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Kids in Englewood have so many bad influences and images staring them in their faces as they wake up each morning. Those images are sometimes block after block of " DO NOT CROSS" police tape from an incident earlier in the day or the bad memories from the scene of a crime that happened weeks ago but still visible. Debris blowing in the wind, broken...
The rhythmic beat of African drums reverberated throughout Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72 nd Street on Saturday, August 26 th ; and local youth were in the spotlight at a pulse-pounding "Drum Circle for Peace" program presented as part of this summer's Safest Summer 2017 Initiative "Praise in the Park." The musical extravaganza was part of a Back-to-Scho...
WBEZ's Chip Mitchell profiled a Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities initiative in an August 7 segment, "To Curb Chicago's Gun Violence, Foundations To Provide Jobs And Therapy To Shooters." Heartland Alliance designed and coordinates the initiative, called Rapid Employment and Development Initiative (READI), which connects individuals at ...
Elijah's House kicked-off their anti-violence activities in August with an event to mend the walls of communication between Chicago's youth and the Chicago Police Department. Venita Williams, Executive Director and planner of this event, said the idea was born from conversations staff members often had with teens about their daily concerns. They fo...
Chicago's gun violence crisis requires all of us to make community safety a priority. Last year, following a decade of progress in reducing violence, Chicago suffered 4,368 shootings and 764 homicides, a level of violence unheard of since the 1990s. The trend continues in 2017. It must stop, and all of us have a role to play. There is so much ...
With the many news headlines about the ongoing violence plaguing the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side, Vanessa Sanchez worries that the youth growing up in the community are unable to think positively about their futures. "[Austin] is so often featured in the media as a dangerous area," says Sanchez, the prevention program manager at Yout...

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