Solutions Now

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What’s Going On? – a conference on covering violence

“So, why is this happening? Why so much violence?” asks a guy sitting beside me. “I don’t think it’s one thing,” I reply. “I don’t think its just gangs. It’s more. But what makes it so explosive, I can’t say.” We’re sitting among groups that deal with youth violence in Chicago. But I get the [...]

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These Stories Shape Our Lives

Two men fighting. They rush into a fast-food restaurant. One shoots. Five are wounded. Two die. One is 16. The other 17. When I read this story about yet more deaths in Englewood, I am troubled because I know that crime doesn’t fall from the sky. But that’s the unspoken impression I get from what [...]

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Hope and grit and feeling proud of your community

When the stockyards were a great jobs magnet, they came from Eastern Europe and elsewhere to work and live. But they felt their voices were not heard and spoke up and they taught others how to make their voices heard. Today they are still speaking up and though the community has changed hands, the same [...]

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