Solutions to Violence in Chicago

  Any day now one, two or three people will be shot dead. The daily drip of blood flows on though fewer lives were lost in 2014. The stories are not likely to differ from before: How tragic. How upsetting. How frustrating and unacceptable. All true. But maybe now we can look forward to reporting […]

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This Toll Does Not End

  In Newtown, Conn. the toll grew by another 27 lives. That was two years ago on Dec. 14. It was early in the morning as a troubled 20-year-old swept from his home to the Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was a heart-breaking addition to the chronicle of mass shootings in the US – a […]

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Who Among US Can Tell Chicago’s Story?

  Police cars, howling sirens, weeping friends and family and the yellow police tape that marks another  tragedy. We’ve seen and witnessed these scenarios in the news media and live, unfortunately. Too many times. So what do we want from them today? We want context: what it means? If you watch “Chicago Love,” this Wednesday, […]

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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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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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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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