Hope Survives – a story of resillence

What the Streets Taught Him by La Risa Lynch Teaching graduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a far cry from the St. Louis streets Von E. Nebbitt once roamed as a drug dealer. Nebbitt cycled in and out of prison for years on a weapons and drug charges, before he turned […]

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Standing Up, Saving their Community

By Evan F. Moore Children playing, laughing, and making new friends is a welcome site for a stretch of turf once  known as a dividing line of two rival street gangs. Rob Castaneda and his wife Amy made this possible. “Historically, people never came here,” Castaneda recalled. “People would get jumped here. People would get […]

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What’s Going On? – a conference on covering violence

“So, why is this happening? Why so much violence?” asks a guy sitting beside me. “I don’t think it’s one thing,” I reply. “I don’t think its just gangs. It’s more. But what makes it so explosive, I can’t say.” We’re sitting among groups that deal with youth violence in Chicago. But I get the […]

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The Circles of Violence – a meeting for the news media

Joseph Briggs, 16, died sitting on his doorstep this weekend. It wasn’t the first time he had been shot. Just over a year ago, he was shot walking home, according to the Chicago Tribune. Youth violence has many circles. Some people arm themselves out of fear and become victims. And some arm themselves because of […]

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Murder is not just murder

I can use your help. I’m struck by the Chicago Homicide Report put out this week by the Trib’s Redeye. http://tinyurl.com/7k5f5qw The important numbers say that: 1. homicides in Chicago are up 44 percent this year from January to May as compared to the same time last year 2. the number  of black victims jumped […]

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A Street, A City, Violence and A Story That Needs to Be Woven

A 16-year-old dies after he was shot in the chest in the South Shore neighborhood Saturday. He was one of three killed and at least another 21 people shot throughout Chicago over the weekend, reports the Sun-Times. Police say they were looking into the possibility that the boy’s death is connected to a shooting that […]

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