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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...
SPC grantee’s back-to-school event readies children for the academic year and reinforces deeper ties to the community it serves. Community members descended upon Oakdale Covenant Church for a day of free food, celebration and connection at Community and Family Partners ’ Back-to-School Community Bash. “The purpose is to feed into the community and
A mission of shared responsibility guides a Safe & Peaceful grantee who provided programming throughout the summer for South Shore youth Teens and children in the South Shore neighborhood face the risk that violence may impact them, directly or indirectly, on the daily, says Reverend Bailey Grant, founder of I Am My Brother's Keeper (IAMBK). Re...
Two Safe & Peaceful Chicago grantees —Major Adams Community Committee and West Humboldt Park Development Council — partnered with tens of other West Side organizations, block clubs and nonprofits to host a daylong festival at Union Park. Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. praised the collective for showing how redemption can come for making things be...
Safe & Peaceful grantee charged its participants to focus on the beauty of resilience in the face of abuse and oppression The Chicago Torture Justice Center (CTJC), a first and (heretofore declared) only community center of its kind, seeks to offer healing and wellness resources for survivors of police torture. In its outlined history , the org...
Safe & Peaceful grantee The 300 N. Mason Street Block Club celebrated its 41st annual back-to-school party. Community activists and elders provided school supplies and more than 150 backpacks for children, and the day was complete with food, games, and live entertainment courtesy of the Jesse White Tumblers.  
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...
Through material giving, a Safe & Peaceful grantee invokes community, security and hospitality Seven-year-old Kemari Irvin was getting the full experience of The Peace Movement Home, Family & Community Day at Grant A Wish Children & Family Center in Chatham's Burnside neighborhood — he ate, he got to do backflips and play video games, a...
Safe and Peaceful grantee Brothers Standing Together worked with the park district, alderman and scores of volunteers to have a day that "let the community be at peace."  
Safe & Peaceful grantee A Work of Faith Ministries INC (AWOFINC) organized a broad community coalition for a South Shore block party that treated residents to a day of food, recreation, information and giving back.  
The power in the ability to party in peace Food and fun flowed from a West Pullman lot as Kids Off the Block (KOTB) hosted a Summer in the Streets party, one of eight taking place simultaneously in various parts of the city. "We're doing it at the same time on the same day to make a bigger impact regarding youth violence, said Diane Latiker, who fo...
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 ...
2018 Safe & Peaceful grantee highlight It was all about growth during the Austin Green Team garden bus tour. The nearly 30-year-old volunteer organization builds, maintains and supports community gardens in the neighborhood, with the aim to enhance the quality of life. The annual bus tour showcases the gardens, many of which were the sites of d...
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...
Meet Auburn Gresham's John F. Kennedy, founder of The Chicago Village Project —his plan is to teach  young people how to use their interests to become "solopreneurs." "Changing mindsets is one thing, but that doesn't satisfy the primary force that pulls people to the streets: lack of money." This is a story about the Community Safety and Peace...
The loss of her son motivates Englewood mother to take to the streets Audrey Wright doesn't want another mother to go through what she went through. "My son was shot down in a drive-by shooting. He left my house at 15 minutes to midnight. 12:01 he was shot. 12:49 he was dead…it was on 100th and Throop. And the mothers…people don't realize…never get...
40-year-old organization provides veteran leadership in the current climate The last 12 months have brought some key legislative victories for advocates of handgun violence prevention — within the last year, The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) has focused on advocating for bills that will reduce illegal firearms across the state, r...
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...
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...
 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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