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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Violence’s Solutions: Reporters workshop, June11

We can report on who gets killed and where. But how do we report on what stops the violence? We’ll talk about that on June 11 from 10 am to noon at 618 S. Michigan, Stage Two, Columbia College. It’s a workshop for journalists on how to measure what works and what’s missing in the effort […]

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Please Don’t Shoot. They are Wearing Orange.

We paint the pictures that stick in peoples’ mind. So when we talk only about the horror of youth violence, we leave an indelible message. And the message says do something. But when we mix images, talking about a gang of kids downtown with lives lost and threatened, our image-making leaps beyond reality, and accountability. […]

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The Community: Fearful and Feared

Say you live in a dangerous place. Say you worry just about going out. Say you’ve had a neighbor, a relative, someone close get hurt. Say you are a kid in high school and you think that the only way to live in peace is to be part of a gang. Say you are worried […]

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It’s More Than Guns, Mr. President

Welcome home Mr. President. Your trip home to talk about guns and jobs and the economy is uplifting. Guns matter. Guns took many of the more than 500 lives lost here last year. We had over 2,200 shootings last year, up near 20 percent in one year. So, nobody will tell you that guns are […]

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What Numbers Matter? Not Just Homicide

Numbers drive us, but sometimes they aren’t the right numbers. Thirty years ago I was trying to understand violence in Detroit. I was a reporter with the Detroit Free Press. All we had then from the FBI were total crimes for each city. That didn’t tell us how the cities compared. So, I called and […]

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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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Covering Youth Violence, a guide for journalists—Informes sobre la violencia juvenil

    This is a guide for your coverage of youth violence. It will walk you through reporting strategies, offer examples of reporting, and ask you to consider how you can do your best for an issue that touches so many lives today. Why do we need a guide? Because the work you do, shapes […]

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