We Are A City of Many

We are a city of many  – many faces, many roots, many hopes. How well is the story told about this city of many roots? We’re holding a forum talking exactly about this: Can White Newsrooms Tell Chicago’s Story? It’s fr0m 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at room 219, 33 East Congress, […]

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The Underworld of Teens in the Shadows

They are the pawns of a hell that thrives among us. They wandered into it out of despair or confusion. Or they are trapped and sold and marketed. And they often live amid the crippling dysfunction that feeds the mayhem that feeds violence in our city. They are the teens snared in human trafficking, and […]

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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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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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Crime’s Mirage – Getting the Facts

  Violence haunts us. But sometimes it is the image and not the reality that haunts us more. The Pilsen Portal, a local news website, recently took on the challenge of separating truth from image in an excellent example of community reporting. It asked whether their community is as crime-ridden as some say. Here is […]

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Our Chicago: talking solutions

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The Other Numbers About Juvenile Violence

We reach for the stats on murders, and other crimes that stain Chicago. And we use them to tell us what’s happening. Is crime up, or down, or stuck in Chicago? But other numbers matter as well. What percent of the youths coming out of detention centers wind up back in trouble? What percent of […]

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Keeping Youths From Behind Bars

Illinois’ juvenile prison count has been dropping and that’s good news on several counts. It’s one measure of the success of a program called Redeploy Illinois, which works to treat youths in their communities. And Redeploy’s success is critical. Why? Because it can cost on average about $10,000 a year to help a youth in […]

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What Comes After Prison?

You choke violence by nurturing a healthy community. It’s a strategy that works, and its payoff is often far greater than most other strategies that crack down, seal over, or tighten the screws. Longer-lasting as well. It’s a public health strategy that competes head-on with a policing strategy and nothing else. But what do you […]

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