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By Vaughn Bryant In Chicago, 764 people were murdered in 2016, a 58 percent increase over 2015. That number would have been even greater without the invaluable work of street outreach workers. In cities such as Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago, street outreach workers have been indispensable in diffusing violent situations, helping to prevent such s...
 By Kimberly Rudd, a writer with Rudd Resources This is an excerpt of a post from The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities blog. Margaret's Village Development Director Geri Kerger paused to catch her breath. She had been in the midst of describing the activities – the many, many activities – that comprised her organization's Septemb...
By Cassaundra Sampson, a writer with Rudd Resources This is an excerpt of a post from The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities blog. For 45 years, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center has provided Afro-Latin arts and culture to a neighborhood surrounded by gang activity and crime. In 2017, Executive Director Omar Torres applied for a g...
Local nonprofit groups that respond to violence by cleaning streets, building playgrounds, mentoring children and employing young men have a real effect on the crime rate, says Patrick Sharkey, a sociologist at New York University. His new research suggests that people in communities where violence plummeted the most were working hard, with little ...
By Raquel Venado, a writer with Rudd Resources This is an excerpt of a post from The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities blog. Mentor Teacher Brother is an organization with a clear motto: Leaders of Today Working to Preserve a Better Tomorrow. Located in the West Pullman neighborhood, its goal is to create defining moments for at-risk h...
This is an excerpt of a post from The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities blog. The big warehouse at 24th and Western could easily go unnoticed in the Pilsen neighborhood; there is no dominant signage, no colorful mural and no sweeping awning on the former furniture warehouse. Instead, like a great book with a mediocre cover, the good st...
Chicago CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny) teaches former gang members and at-risk men in their 20s who are trying to escape gang life job skills, provides intensive life and trauma coaching, and tutoring toward their high school diploma or GED. About a dozen men also are part of CRED's voluntary rehabilitation program that helps them write and ...
  Safe and Peaceful Communities grantee, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, hosted a peace march in Pilsen in response to the recent shootings in their community. Over 100 participants joined the march to show their solidarity for peace. They marched from Mujeres Latinas office on 2124 W 21st Pl to the Boys and Girls Club on 2157 W 19th St. Along the ...
Chicago police seized about 7,000 guns per year between 2013 and 2016 -- about half of which could be traced back to a point of purchase. About 25 percent of the guns found at crime scenes or used illegally were purchased at just 10 federally licensed retail gun shops in the Illinois and Indiana suburbs. That's according to a new report from the Ci...
As part of the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, Dancing with Class will facilitate "Dancemakers are Peacemakers" workshops at 20 schools or community sites this summer and early fall. These workshops provide a platform for participants to develop self-confidence, relationship skills and social awareness through a group dance activity...
Chicago Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton writes of two beloved teachers from two very different neighborhoodswho shared the tragic distinction of being unintended victims of gun violence while going about their daily lives – three years and 20 miles apart. "Chances are that Betty Howard and Cynthia Trevillion never crossed paths in life. On the su...
Tamar Manasseh and a group of volunteers put on hot-pink T-shirts, got their lawn chairs, some hots dogs, went to the corner of 75 th Street and South Stewart Avenue and cooked dinner. That is how Manasseh, the founder and president of Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK), reclaimed one of the most violent corners in Chicago. After three summe...
On Saturday, September 23rd, over 100 people gathered at the headquarters of Mujeres Latinas En Acción (MLA) for the Pilsen Peace March. Men, women, and youth marched in solidarity to promote peace and nonviolence for teens. Upon arrival, individuals gathered in the basement where they greeted their fellow participants and continued to prep for the...
In a New York Times op-ed , four leaders in the effort to reduce gun violence are calling on the federal government to better fund the kind of local intervention strategies pioneered across the country and in development here in Chicago. The community-led strategies are built around partnerships with neighborhood organizations, local police, social...
  "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...

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