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Hear from a variety of Chicagoans and former big city mayors Antonio Villaraigosa, Betsy Hodges, Michael Nutter, Mitch Landrieu, and Adrian Fenty share how they successfully lowered gun violence in their city. Cities Striving for Peace from InVEST on Vimeo .
At the close of the 2018 Safe & Peaceful Chicago grant cycle, we asked select grant recipients to offer words of reflection about their work and the larger mission of the Initiative. Gloria Smith, executive director, The Black Star Project , used her 2018 grant funding to support financial literacy and wealth-building programs for teens this su
At the close of the 2018 Safe& Peaceful Chicago grant cycle, we asked select grant recipients to offer words of reflection about their work and the larger mission of the Initiative. Lisa D. Daniels, founder, the Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Practices , used her 2018 grant funding to produce and host a summit dedicated to truth an...
Six youth media organizations worked with The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities to help showcase the work of our 2018 grantees: Community TV Network Homan Grown , Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) District Garden Kalapriya Foundation Center for Indian Performing Arts , "End Violence: Ahimsa" program ( behind-the scenes and the full final pe...
Sustainable change of any kind requires meaningful, collaborative investments and partnerships between the public and private sectors. Members of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities are optimistic that the investments made over the last two years are beginning to show signs of helping to reduce gun violence and contributing to better ...
At the close of the 2018 Safe& Peaceful Chicago grant cycle, we asked select grant recipients to offer words of reflection about their work and the larger mission of the Initiative. Ceola C. Henderson-Bryant, president/CEO, C.B.R. Tranquility Development Home NFP, used her 2018 grant funding to support a series of summer events for youth. Her n
Safe and Peaceful grantee North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCC), held a tree planting in Unity Park to commemorate community organizer Arthur L. Fair III. The park was founded by area residents who, with support from multiple community partners, maintain and landscape the space so it may serve as a gathering place for both recreation...
Safe & Peaceful grantee FOUS Youth Development helps kids be superheroes for their community A couple of Wonder Women, a Black Panther or two, and a fairy ladybug decided to stand up against violence in their community. Their wings and weapons may have been fabric and costumes, but nonetheless, the children participating in the 4 Us Youth Devel...
Safe & Peaceful grantees embrace the power of partnership Ending the cycle of violence one community at a time is the goal for both Peace Makers Worldwide and A Work of Faith Ministries, who have come together as The Violence Prevention Consortium, or VPC. Together, the organizations want to cease the violence in Chatham, with a focus on the 79...
Chicago's corporate sector has long played a role in supporting social service programs, arts and culture, and recreational opportunities in the city. But a new initiative by AT&T stands apart from many philanthropic efforts: theirs is designed to directly address the city's violence and high unemployment rate for people of color by focusing on...
Safe & Peaceful grantee the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace partnered with Neighborhood Barbers for Peace to hold a talent contest throughout the summer. At its culminating award ceremony, the placing contestants shared their thoughts on how the contest impacted their lives, inspiring them to forego violence and spend their time learning ta...
SPC grantee uses the power of the pen and lens to highlight West Siders perspectives so they can tell their own stories. Richard Marion was just a youngster — 6 th or 7 th grade, he can't recall — when he discovered The Westside Writing Project (WWP). "We used to go to Chicago Commons, going up there just after school, getting on computers, wasting...
Safe & Peaceful grantee uses baseball and softball as a way to come together and celebrate South Shore youth While sports/competitive participation are the core drivers of Lost Boyz Inc. offering, program coordinator Lee Smith recognizes that, too often, South Side youth need to have opportunities to just "be." "I take the kids on local field t...
Second-year Safe & Peaceful grantee Jardincito Nature Play Community Garden uses nature as a conduit to showcase and serve the spirit of Little Village Located at 23rd and Whipple, Jardincito, or "little garden", is one of the very few greenspaces open to residents on Chicago's Southwest Side. "A lot of the gardens that we're used to seeing aro...
Safe & Peaceful grantee uses decorative arts as a conduit for relationship-building built on peaceful connection. Harlan Community Academy junior ShaQuia Carmona and her classmates spent their Saturdays working to complete two murals, the newest additions to a series of projects now dotting Harlan's hallways. The murals — music-themed silhouett...
Through an atmosphere of technological and artistic innovation, the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire offered community members a chance to learn from and inspire each other while showcasing their wares and works. Safe & Peaceful grantee & event organizer Jackie Moore proclaims: "The Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of the people, of thos...
Safe & Peaceful grantee structures chess as a conduit to counteract the cycles of violence, conciliate its casualties, and connect police with communities Eight-year-old Terriah Pascal is always eager to challenge the cops. She has been doing it monthly for the past year. She's no troublemaker, though. Terriah is among the youth who partic...
Student leaders protest gun proliferation   August 11, across the street from the Trump Tower, a small group of high school students asked passersby to write the names of people who'd been affected by gun violence in chalk along the sidewalk. "We want everyone to actually see who has been affected by gun violence," one student said. "Seeing an...
A teen activist talks about Safe & Peaceful grantee Kids Off The Block's 24 Hour Peace Jam, the organization's presence in his life, and his determination to bring about positive change.   In Roseland, it can be wild; it's to the point that you can go places, but you have to watch your surroundings, always look over your shoulder. People h...
An interview with BST founder Brother Richard Raymond, who reflects on forgiveness after his 3rd annual back-to-school "Peace in the Hood" basketball tournament was interrupted by gun-violence.  

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