How Do We End This Circle?

A youngster is ready to be released from the county’s detention facility, but there’s no place for them to go. No home. No halfway house. So, what happens? They sit in detention. They don’t move on with their lives.They stew. And let’s say this youngster somehow leaves, but they wander from place to place. They […]

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Who Doesn’t Trust Who?

Another shooting. Another South Side scene of despair and violence. A crowd collects and uneasily watches the police. Someone carrying a gun was shot and killed by police. A young black man. Sad, angry eyes. A tearful woman in the crowd talks about why she won’t talk to police. “We don’t trust them. And we’ll […]

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Whose Chicago is Dying?

When you talk about violence in Chicago, which Chicago are you talking about? About everyone? About all of Chicago? Or about those neighborhoods where violence leaps at you day in and day out? In a powerful new book, How Long Will I Cry – Voices of Youth Violence, Alex Kotlowitz writes about the divisions between […]

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Help Us With The Answers, Please

Listen to this voice from the Back of the Yards, the place where a swirl of gunfire recently caught a group of people and forced the world again to stare at Chicago’s dismay. “Complex problems require complex solutions. There is no quick-fix for the violence that plagues Chicago’s South and West Side communities. Shoring up […]

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Isn’t this the talk we need?

We’ve turned the corner, but maybe we don’t realize it. We’re talking now after years and months of dealing with violence in Chicago about solutions. That’s a major step forward from just reporting the toll of the violence and nothing more. Yet I wonder if this is a discussion that involves everyone and whether all […]

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Why is Chicago the drug hub?

The statement is stunning. Chicago is the drug distribution center of the US. Here are the details from the Chicago Magazine article: For this city has replaced Miami as the primary U.S. distribution point for illegal narcotics—mainly cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine—imported from Mexico. In a 2010 report, the U.S. Department of Justice named the […]

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What’s Missing from the Story of Violence?

Covering Violence in Chicago What do we know about violence? What haven’t we reported on? Can you name one story or one theme that might help push our community conversation forward? That would help greatly as we hold a workshop looking at what we’ve done so far, and what more reporting needs to be done […]

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Locking up illegal gun holders – a solution, a nightmare?: covering one solution at a time

Guns kill, we agree. But what do we do about getting them off Chicago’s streets? Do we clamp down and lock up illegal gun holders, sticking them in prisons for a few years. Or do we not let them crowd the prisons? And find other punishments? The mayor has a point of view and so […]

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October 29 – Anti-Violence Media Forum in Chicago

Raise your voice against violence in Chicago at a media forum hosted by Community Media Workshop. Journalists, community voices and students will gather at this FREE EVENT on Tuesday October 29, 2013 from 6-8 pm at Columbia College Chicago, 33 East Congress, Room 101 (Click here for map).  Join moderator Natalie Moore, WBEZ Reporter, in […]

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