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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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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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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Bonds Hurt, Bonds Unbroken

The bullets that kill also maim and their reality lingers. They linger after the toll of violence changes, and our attention shifts. And so, just as we tell stories about looking back at lives and communities changed, we need to look back at the toll of the violence that lingers. We need to give faces […]

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Chicago is not the most violent city

Chicago isn’t the most violent city in America, begins the Ebony article. That’s important to remember and important as well to help put into context what needs to be done, what needs to be understood and what needs to be told. Chicago isn’t the most violent city in America, but some neighborhoods areas are. So, […]

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Heroes in the Hood: A Solution More than Ever

What’s killing Chicago? Is it more than gangs, and drugs and guns? Stuck on a cycle of harm that doesn’t fade, I hear more asking us to look deeper. Writing this week in the Chicago Reader, Steve Bogira says: “The perpetual focus on whether a crime is gang related ignores another common-denominator that’s an even […]

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“Living each day as if it were the last”

Dear Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy, Diamond Trusty, whose brother Dantril, 17, was kiled, writes: “I am tired of being scared of my community and scared to walk in it. I am tired of having to watch the news and see reports of another death….” Asia Williams, who lives in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, writes: “The […]

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