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  "I wear the Kufi Hat a lot. One day a 6-year-old kid asked me 'Man, what's that your wearing on your head?' I explained to him what it was, he was like how can I get one?' I said well you gotta join the club, because when you wear this crown, this Kufi, you have to carry yourself with self-pride, self-dignity, and self-respect." David Mohamm...
Students of Lindblom Math and Science Academy were given the option of learning Swing, Steppin', and Salsa during a "Dance Makers are Peace Makers workshop" held at Lindblom in late Septemeber. Their dance of choice, Steppin', a well-known partner dance in the city of Chicago involves an easy to learn two-step. As the rising vibrations of Beyoncé's...
During a dire week in which Chicago approached 500 homicides for the year, we also saw a beacon of hope. JPMorgan Chase announced that it would invest $40 million in economically deprived neighborhoods on the South and West sides where chronic poverty and violence go hand in hand. Certainly, no one thinks an infusion of cash can solve all of the pr...
This August, 45 people died from 249 incidents of gun violence in Chicago, according to reporting by DNAinfo . Those are tragic numbers, but they actually represent a drop in violence from last summer, when 369 August shootings claimed the lives of 79 people. In 2016, the city experienced a major spike in gun homicide, prompting a sense of crisis a...
JPMorgan Chase plans to invest $40 million in Chicago's historically underserved South and West sides in an effort to tackle the city's poverty and violence through economic growth. The three-year initiative by the nation's largest bank is its second-biggest commitment to a single city, following an infusion of $150 million into Detroit. It amounts...
On August 19 th hundreds of Chicagoans gathered in Douglas Park for the Chicagoland United in Prayer event. Organized by a variety of the city's Christian Leaders, this event called for members of diverse communities to come together in prayer for the City of Chicago. The event was organized by a myriad of religious leaders and organizations includ...
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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