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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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Love in Lawndale

2018 Safe & Peaceful Chicago grantee Chi-Rise held a "Love in Lawndale" block party; executive director Messiah Equiano offers his reflections on the event. "We worked with the 7th and 8th grade students of Lawndale Community Academy to produce the event — they assisted us in planning and executing, and the event was a tremendous success!" &nbs...
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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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Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities Announces 2018 Grantees

FOR RELEASE Monday, May 14, 2018 CONTACT Sonya M. Lewis, 708-439-0326 Kimberly Rudd, 773-213-6325  $850,000 in grants to 132 organizations for Summer and Fall programs CHICAGO — For the third year in a row, neighborhood organizations in Chicago working to reduce gun violence will receive grants to help reclaim parks, streets and public areas a...
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Two Chicago Organizations Soothe the Pain of Loss on a Celebrated Holiday

Source: Chicago Tribune The Saturday before Mother's Day, for three years running, Tamar Manasseh has thrown a party. It's on the corner of 75th Street and Stewart Avenue in Englewood. There's a band. There's a DJ. There's a photo booth. There's a whole lot of food. Manasseh is the founder of Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings , a 3-year-old gr...
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31 Bullets

 Source: The Chicago Sun-Times The Chicago Sun-Times has launched a campaign against gun violence called "31 Bullets" . It takes its name from the number of bullets manufactured each year in America, 10 billion, divided by the total population. This results in 31 bullets sold for every child, woman, and man.  In the coming months, the Sun...
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Ken Griffin provides $10 million investment in Chicago safety

Improving safety and reducing gun violence requires all of us to pitch in. Today's announcement from Mayor Emanuel and Ken Griffin is another reflection of Chicago's generous spirit and sense of shared responsibility to help our city meet our challenges. This money will support key elements of a larger aligned funding strategy to make our city...
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RFP seeks safe, peaceful programming ideas from Chicago communities

RFP seeks safe, peaceful programming ideas from Chicago communities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2018 Nonprofit organizations and engaged residents are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support summer and early fall violence prevention programs WHAT The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities ("the Fund") opens its 2018 grant application period on Thursday, March 15, calling for proposals f...
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GAPA Recommends Community Safety Oversight Board

Following release of the Police Accountability Task Force report in April 2016, several foundations came together to support a critical next step in the reform effort – the community engagement process that would shape a recommendation for a community oversight board. The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) conducted an extensive c...
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Illinois House Passes Gun Legislation

After emotional pleas from Cardinal Blase Cupich and a chorus of gun safety advocates, the Illinois House passed legislation this week requiring gun dealers to be licensed by the state, according to the Chicago Sun-Times . The House passed other measures to raise the minimum age to purchase an assault rifle to 21, to ban the sale of bump stocks and...
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Chicagoans, It's Time to Demand a Better Life

By Shari E. Runner In the predominantly African-American communities on Chicago's South and West sides, things have been bad for far too long, and they seem to be getting worse — for those communities and for the city as a whole. The fast-approaching March 20 primary election presents a chance for voters to demand better. Across the city and the st...
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Chicago Fighting Crime L.A.-style

Sean Malinowski was invited by Supt. Eddie Johnson to help the Chicago Police Department (CPD) create new, high-tech crime-fighting centers. Malinowski, a former lieutenant in the Los Angeles Police Department who adopted predictive analysis as a way to prevent shootings, was tapped to help build Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSCs) with 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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