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 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.
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...
2018 Safe & Peaceful grantee holds a summit dedicated to truth & forgiveness   Bringing together a diverse audience of people who have been touched by violence as a victim, committer or observer, the Truth & Reconciliation Summit was a moving, daylong event that highlighted the power of acknowledging harm as the first step toward r...
Thomas Hurley, Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the Department of Juvenile Justice , expounds on the necessity of engaging youth offenders, and former youth offenders, in the development of safer, peaceful communities Every youth has a parent, two parents (whether they be engaged with them or not) — they're somebody's son, somebody's daug...
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 ...
​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...
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...
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...
 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 ...
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 ...
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...
Poet explores life & loss on Chicago's South Side Part One I miss you on nights like these where there is either fireworks or gunshots in the air along with July's humidity As I drive by I see families out playing and laughing with each other and it's sad because all I can think about is you How you had that ability to make every place feel lik...
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...
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, ...
  "We should not be refugees from our community seeking asylum in spaces intentionally excluding us. And we should not be demonized for what we do with nothing, either." — Eva Maria Lewis, "Chicago: A Land of Wilderness and Oasis" TEDxTeen TEDxTalk   Eva Lewis has carefully observed and documented the quest for a grocery store in South Sh...
St. Sabina Annual Peace March & Rally brings together a cross section of anti-violence voices There was lots of star power amid the hundreds gathered at 78th Place and Throop Street Friday evening for the Faith Community of Saint Sabina's Annual End of the School Year Peace March & Rally. Chance the Rapper , Jennifer Hudson , Will.i.am and ...
Arts exposure ain't just about entertaining In a city fueled by a prodigious cultural output — museums, plays, concerts and more — many local youth have never experienced a part of what makes Chicago a world-class city. Jamani, 17, is one of the lucky local teens who have tapped into the Teen Arts Pass Program (TAP) sponsored by Urban Gateways . Yo...
"Party for Peace" memorial brings together leaders, victims, survivors, family, friends and activists January 29, 2013, a young student was shot, her life devastatingly cut short: Five years later, Hadiya Pendleton's story remains an important symbol in the movement to end gun violence — National Gun Violence Awareness Day was established June 2, 2...
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 ...
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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