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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What Happens When They Come Home?

Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing?  When: 10 am to noon Thursday, April 17 Where: Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor A joint-program for journalists and neighborhood groups of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an effort of Lurie Children’s Hospital.  By Stephen Franklin Community Media Workship, steve@chicagoistheworld.org, 312 369 6400 In our [...]

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Justice That Heals Not Harms

Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing?  When: 10 am to noon Thursday, April 17 Where: Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor A joint-program for journalists and neighborhood groups of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an effort of Lurie Children’s Hospital.   By Steve Franklin Community Media Workshop steve@chicagoistheworld.org 312.369.6400 The [...]

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What Numbers Matter?

Some numbers count more than others. Take North Lawndale’s numbers. Per-capita income              $12,548 Chicago                             $27,148 Households below poverty level 38.6% Chicago 18.7% Unemployed 18.5% Chicago 11.1% Living in crowded housing 7.2% Chicago 4.7% No high school diploma 30.4% Chicago 20.6% The  numbers tell us that within  North Lawndale’s nearly three mile radius there were over [...]

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The building blocks of our mayhem

Violence in Chicago is a house built of blocks One is guns. Another is a reckless, alternate way of life driven by poverty, segregation, and the result of living on the edge of everyone else. And drugs is the other. Drugs drives violence because users steal or rob or do whatever they can to buy [...]

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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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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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