The Barriers Between Us

When we talk about crime, we often judge. We say: Those people are bad. Those people can’t be saved. Those people….. I was talking with a veteran criminal justice professional at her South Side office recently and I was remarking how some South Side neighbors have banded together to keep the gangbangers out of their […]

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What drives the violence is what is missing

So how do you stop the violence here? That’s what the out-of-town TV executive wanted to know. It was a recent meeting at a Chatham restaurant pulled together by Revolt TV, the channel owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs. And Keith Clinkscales, Revolt TV’s CEO, said the channel wants to tell the story of the violence […]

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The Trauma That Lingers

    Violence marks us with a fever. A fever that marks: The shooters or victims, who think they need to retaliate. Those, who think they need to defend  or protect themselves by carrying a gun. Those, who flee their streets, their communities, their cities wanting to protect themselves or their families or their businesses […]

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Let’s Count Our Heroes

    You’ve probably heard the lament that nobody is working in Chicago’s communities to deal with the violence. But that’s not the case. Not at all. Heaps of organizations and individuals dedicate their time and hearts to making a difference. The problem is, we don’t always hear about them. So, we’d like to begin […]

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