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This year, the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities (PSPC) awarded 132 grants, totaling $850,000, to fund activities throughout the summer and fall in 19 prioritized communities. These neighborhood organizations are working to reduce gun violence, helping to reclaim parks, streets, and public areas, and building community cohesion, and we ...
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Boxville

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​Boxville is an initiative of Urban Juncture; it sits at the foot of the 51 st Street Green Line stop, a station that's part of the Elevated Chicago Green Line South stretch. With its Safe & Peaceful Chicago grant, Urban Juncture is expanding Boxville, creating a community gathering "box" (i.e. reconstituted train cars) among the other retail-r...
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The Alliance 98

David Rojas, a co-founder of The Alliance 98 (TA98), was recently featured on an episode of ChiPedia , a WGN Radio podcast hosted by Marsha Lyles. TA98 is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works to reduce unemployment among young adults through training and job readiness initiatives. Rojas talked about how the grant awarded to TA98 will b...
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Promoting Peace Through Professional Outreach

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The Metropolitan Peace Academy, the first of its kind in Chicago, is a multidisciplinary training platform designed to professionalize street outreach. Participants complete a rigorous 144-hour, 18-week curriculum focused on street outreach, nonviolence, trauma-informed services and restorative justice. The Peace Academy's inaugural class graduated...
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Former Death Row Inmate Sought to Keep the Peace

Derrick House, a former gang leader in the 1970s and 1980s, returned to Chicago after 20 years in prison and became a committed violence interrupter in West Garfield Park and Austin with The Institute for Nonviolence. He passed away of natural causes June 20, at 52, and he is remembered for saving lives and becoming a mentor to young people in his ...
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With High-Tech Help, There's Been Less Bloodshed in Chicago This Year

Better relationships between police, anti-violence workers, residents, and community-based organizations has helped reduce violence in Chicago. Technology is also boosting the impact, with Strategic Decision Support Centers embedded in Chicago police districts that use predictive software to help police respond more quickly and proactively to shoot...
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Everyone can help build peace in our city

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This is the fifth of the Building Peace series in Crain's Chicago Business. It was written by Asiaha Butler, co-founder and president of Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE), and Deborah Bennett, senior program officer for Polk Bros. Foundation. In the first weeks of last summer, Asiaha Butler's block in Englewood saw a rash of shooting...
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Why Chicago's violence interrupters need their own training academy

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This is the fourth of the Building Peace series in Crain's Chicago Business. It was written by Vaughn Bryan, the director of the umbrella group Communities Partnering 4 Peace and Chris Patterson, the program manager of organizing and outreach for the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago. Social workers train for their jobs. So do teachers, ministers, ...
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132 Organizations awarded grants for summer and fall programs

David Rojas, the founder of The Alliance 98 will use the $10,000 grant it received from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities to remove barriers to employment for young people of color. The Alliance 98 is one of the 132 organizations that received grants to help reclaim public spaces and build community cohesion. Rojas and John D. and ...
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Reducing Gun Violence Is On Everyone’s Lips

By The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities With summer upon us, Chicago continues to address gun violence with comprehensive approaches that go beyond policing to include employment, education and political activism. JP Morgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon and Chicago CRED Managing Director and former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Du...
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Homegrown Honor

Chatham art installation recognizes first responders where they live and serve As a child, Nedra Sims Fears would take a sobering ride to a Joliet cemetery. Her father, a police officer, was shot and killed in an armed robbery more than five decades ago. "Unfortunately, he was killed in the line of duty, and every Memorial Day we would get dressed ...
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In hopes of stopping bloodshed, a multimillion-dollar effort is providing jobs, therapy to city's most violent

The brakes of the No. 52 Kedzie bus groaned to a stop about 8:30 a.m., and the doors swooshed open. Corey Givens hopped on and settled into the middle of the bus, holding his backpack as he looked out the window. Givens was disappointed he wasn't heading to his job in a work van that day but instead had to catch the bus to go to the branch courthou...
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Can jobs plus therapy for at-risk men cut gun violence?

This is the third article in our "Building Peace" series in Crain's Chicago Business posted June 7. It was written by Eddie Bocanegra, senior director of READI Chicago at Heartland Alliance, and Roseanna Ander, founding executive director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Anthony, 22, is a father of two young children who lives with his mothe...
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Think Illinois has the country's toughest gun laws? Think again.

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This is the second article in our "Building Peace" series in Crain's Chicago Business posted May 31. It was written by Nina Vinik, director of the Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program at the Joyce Foundation, and Phil Andrew, director of Violence Prevention Initiatives for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The first piece is here. Ch...
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PSPC Weekly Wrap-Up

Post-Parkland, the nation has mourned another mass school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas . For decades, children have been prey to harshest horrors of gun violence . In the wake of these continued tragedies, young people across the nation have moved to the forefront of protest to enact gun safety laws, but maybe it's time for anothe...
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Overshadowed Summer

  Source: The Chicago Tribune For too many in Chicago, the recognized start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend, brings concern rather than celebration .But organizations like The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago are not cowering in the face of challenge — the organization is poised to hold an all-day youth basketball tournament Saturday that aim...
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Mission to Heal

Source: New York City, Office of the Mayor Mental health professionals often challenge conventional understandings of violence, reframing the conversation using frameworks that account for PTSD , the impact of environmental racism and lack of access as factors that may cause, and perpetuate, harmful behaviors. After helping to find Sisters Thrive ,...
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READI Chicago Program in the New York Times

In the New York Times, Tina Rosenberg writes about the  READI Chicago Program to help young men caught up in criminal activity find legal work. It's run by Heartland Alliance and is one of the four core strategies to reduce gun violence funded by the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities. Rosenberg, who founded Solutions Journalism Net...
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Three bills that would make Illinois safer from gun violence

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times As part of its "31 Bullets" series, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board has highlighted three pieces of gun policy that are currently being legislated by the Illinois Assembly. They include: An Illinois House hearing on a bipartisan bill that would allow family members and law enforcement officials to petition the co...
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No, It's Not a Bike Rack

Source: Chicago Tribune What if getting a gun was as simple and straightforward as renting a Divvy bike? A short-term art installation at Daley Plaza, The Chicago Gun Share Program , teases this very notion. The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence commissioned the piece, working with a local ad agency to bring forth this display — The...
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Everyone who cares deeply about Chicago’s future can play a role.

If you are an employer, you can hire young people at risk. If you are a community leader, you can help improve police-community relations. If you are a health care provider, you can support trauma-informed care to gun violence victims. If you are a funder, you can support any one of these efforts. Whatever you do, your voice matters when you speak up in support of policies that can make our neighborhoods safer. Reach out to learn more.

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