A block party. A normal life. A story not told

By Steve Franklin  The story begins: “It was a perfect Saturday for a block party. Not too hot, but just enough sunshine making its way through the burgeoning ash trees along South Wolcott Avenue in West Englewood. “The men on the block had gotten up early to mow the grass and pick up litter. By […]

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Attention, please. This is a city. Not a war zone.

By Steve Franklin The words we use to describe violence frame how we think about it in Chicago. How? Words create mindsets. They can dehumanize. They can increase the sense of despair, rejection, anger, isolation and withdrawl. Words can enforce the stereotyping that swallows whole neighborhoods under a vast canopy of violence.   Natalie Moore, […]

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Cleaning up the blood

The blood had gushed everywhere, so the paramedic had his hands full cleaning up the ambulance. And he was in a hurry because he said he might have busy night on the streets. Another shooting victim. Another night like the rest. What’s driving the violence, I wondered. It’s guns and business on the streets – […]

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The people want peace…… el pueblo quiere la paz

You stop violence when the community steps forward. And when you heal the community,  you leave no room for violence. That’s the mantra. But how do you get it to work? This video from The Resurrection Project’s You Tube channel gives us a good example of how to do this.(Click on the video above) It […]

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