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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...
Discussion seeks to revitalize, leverage technology, and connect block clubs throughout the city Norm Whitenhill, a West Pullman resident, says he and his wife were one of the first African-American families to move on their block in 1974. They moved into their home on 121st and South Prairie and have seen a lot of transformations in the surroundin...
Chasing23's Darius Ballinger writes about how he's channeling pain to elevate potential I went through a lot growing up, had real pain: When I was five, my father died from a seizure; I'm the oldest of two, raised by a single mother. I spent most of my adolescent years in West Pullman. I didn't see black men do anything other than be entertainers, ...
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...
A couple finds divine purpose in serving and safeguarding the children in their neighborhood Victoria and Daniel Allen have a classic love story: 25 years ago they met in church as young adults, became best friends, got married and grew their family. But their desire to build a loving home for children didn't stop at their doorstep — it extended to...
 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...
CPS students primed to channel their tragedies into activism and advocacy  Thousands of students across the country participated in the National School Walkout to demand stricter laws against gun violence; for students at Henderson Elementary in West Englewood, this marked their third walkout. Henderson's peace marches are born from pain that ...
"Where I Stand" teens have a clear vision of safety, security and opportunity in Chicago When it comes to peace and justice, are you a burner or a builder? For 21 Chicago teens who met at Uptown's Institute of Cultural Affairs (USA), it boiled down to constructively burning down barriers and building new relationships, emphasizing ways and means fo...
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...
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...
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...
Chicagoans like Natalie Perkins spent last summer building community cohesion and promoting safety and peace on Chicago's South Side. As education coordinator for South Merrill Community Garden, she helped run an entire summer of Saturday activities for neighborhood kids called Planting and Playing Summer Garden Arts. The effort was one of 120 proj...
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...
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...
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 ...
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is adding management-level positions to oversee reform and strategy. The newly-created positions will be charged with implementing a strategic plan for the police department and making sure reforms are delivered by specific deadlines, according to the Sun-Times. CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson acknowledged the c...
The Chicago Police Department is using an experimental computer program to predict murders -- and prevent them. Calling the results "uncanny," the department said the predictive policing computer program spits out the names of those most likely to shoot or be shot. With those names in hand, police are actively intervening and saving lives, accordin...
Homicides are down in Chicago compared to 2016, but the city is still on pace to have more than New York and Los Angeles combined, according to year-end stories in the  Chicago Sun-Times and the Tribune . In a follow-up editorial , the Tribune emphasizes the importance of continuing with police reforms. The coverage makes clear that the issues...
The Chicago Tribune chronicles an alarming new trend in gang violence -- the use of rifles rather than handguns -- which enables gang members to shoot and kill from further away, often with more devastating consequences. The number of people in Chicago shot by rifles has risen to 140 this year, with 50 fatalities. Last year fewer than 20 were shot ...
"Chicagoans deserve solutions to the crisis." That's how WBEZ's Every Other Hour reporting team explains its piece assessing the initial impact of government, philanthropic, and community responses to Chicago's gun violence epidemic. While acknowledging the difficulty in measuring progress at this point, WBEZ's team says "it's important to try" giv...

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