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Can Jobs Curb Violence?

Two groups team up to offer a job readiness program in Little Village. But are there enough jobs for youth in the city? Two community organizations are preparing at-risk youth and gang members for future job opportunities. Enlace Chicago and Ceasefire Little Village have partnered to offer a set of job-readiness workshops that teaches individuals […]

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Violence in the Street Can Start in the Home

Chicago experts say children experiencing violence in the home are more likely to end up in gangs, but this link goes largely unreported Patricia is a mother of six, who works the night shift at a packing company so she can be there when her kids come home from school. She’s raising her kids alone […]

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Little Village Marches for Peace

In response to the surge of violence this summer, Little Village residents, activists and local organizations came together for a community forum urging neighborhood residents to come together in search of anti-violence solutions. The forum was the beginning of a series of community meetings to keep residents informed and create neighborhood building activities such as […]

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Criminalizing Youth

Is our criminal justice system setting up minority youth to fail? Though recent reports stated declines in citywide crime, neighborhoods with a large concentration of minority youth continue to harbor high crime rates in comparison to other areas. According to Tracy Siska from the Chicago Justice Project, part of the problem is that continuous high profile […]

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The Interrupters Returns to Gene Siskel Film Center

The Interrupters returns to Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Friday, Dec. 16  for a one week run. The award-winning Kartemquin Films documentary about violence prevention has been the Chicago movie of 2011. Having already set the Gene Siskel Film Center box office record, this will be the […]

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Seeking Peace: Communities Unite to End Street Violence

The list read as though part of a commencement ceremony. One by one, accompanied by a mellow hymn, the names of over 260 children killed by street violence in Chicago were read out loud. Gathered at Holy Cross Church on Nov. 4, parishioners joined by youth and residents of Back of the Yards and other […]

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Momma’s Boyz: A Play About Friendship, Drugs and New Opportunities

Once a shotgun is fired there is nothing anyone can do. Imagine that for many inner city neighborhood youth whose lives have been terminated due to gang and drug violence, there is, by miracle, a second chance. This is the story of Momma’s Boyz, a tragi-comedy about three inner city friends magically given a second […]

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Documentary Film “The Interrupters” Sheds Light on Chicago Street Violence

“We have a responsibility to bring up our community to be vibrant. Whatever it is that’s going on, cease the fire, call a truce.” Ameena Matthews’ words echo through the silent wake of a youth named Duke, as the camera zooms in on the grieving mother’s tear-filled face. It’s an image all too familiar in […]