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AT&T's Believe Chicago addressing violence and unemployment in 19 neighborhoods

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...
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Kufi Club of Chicago

The KUFI Club of Chicago - through 2018 Safe and Peaceful grantee the Love Foundation - celebrated its first Crowning Ceremony this summer. This rites-of-passage coronation served as an important benchmark to acknowledge the power that young people have to be leaders and anti-violence activists in the Roseland community. "Rather than looking at chi...
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Yes to Life, Yes to Peace

Grantee brings hometown rapper Lil Durk back to his Englewood neighborhood to participate in peace festival The J. Minor Allen Peace Movement, Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE) and Save Our Community Coalition , three Englewood-based groups, recently collaborated to produce the Say Yes to Life, Say Yes to Peace outdoor festival, aide...
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Pullman Playground Built Amid a Newfound Peace

Sherman Scullark, a member of the Risky Road gang faction, reached out Detective Vivian Williams to let her know how tired he was of the violence marring Pullman, according to a recent Tribune story . Kids didn't play outside and they knew not to go to the basketball courts, a hotspot for rival gang shootings. He sought her help to call a truce. A ...
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Grantees in the News

Safe & Peaceful Chicago Grantee News Stories Englewood Unites With Peace, Police & Barbecues Truestar, July 26, 2018 Photo Essay: Performance Arts Camp Helps Kids Bring Peace to the West Side The Triibe, July 31, 2018 One Man Brings Healthy Living to the South Side with S.O.U.L. Community Garden The Triibe, August 9, 2018 More Safe &am...
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How Chicago Communities are Trying to Stop Gun Violence

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Last weekend was tragic, unacceptable, and a stark reminder of the work ahead. Members of Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities remain committed to working with our partners until our neighbors in Chicago are safer and communities are more peaceful, which everyone should expect. Sixty-six people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, and be...
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Hoops for Peace

Safe and Peaceful grantee The Terrell Bosley Anti-Violence Association hosts this annual basketball tournament for boys and girls of all ages who reside in underserved communities that are plagued by gun violence. They believe that the model of a basketball game teaches the importance of teamwork and allows participants to release stress throu...
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Awesome Austin Art Fair

 With its summer art fair, Safe and Peaceful grantee Redevelopment Management Resources used art to both capture and create peace. "I want to change people's viewpoints of Austin, and explore the creativity of the people who live here," said organizer Serethea Matthews.
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Real Talk, Real People Hosts SPC Grantees

WVON's Real Talk, Real People with Chat Daddy hosted Safe and Peaceful grantees who introduced listeners to their work; among those featured: Maynard Welch, on behalf the Museum Shores Yacht Club ; the organization partnered with grantee AMP Community Arts Program to establish "Project Helm," which taught young children the basics of boating (saili...
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#AwardDay

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

​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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The Original 64th Street Drummers

 A decades-old Chicago institution, Safe and Peaceful grantee The Original 64th Street Drummers brought drum circles to neighborhoods across the city as a means to promote peace. This summer, the collective performed a weekly concert in a vacant lot in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. "Drumming brings command, and it also brings calm. You can ...
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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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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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