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Jesus “Chuy” Garcia talks politics at The Hideout

A standing-room-only crowd filled The Hideout Inn, located in the Elston Avenue industrial district, Tuesday, Jan. 6 for a chance to hear from mayoral candidate and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia at “First Tuesdays with Mick and Ben.” The monthly talk show is facilitated by Chicago Reader writers Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky as […]

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Peace initiative seeks to inspire inner city youth

The Chicago Area Project (CAP) and CAP Affiliate, South Shore Drill Team (SSDT), are partnering with The World Harmony Run to sponsor a Peace Tree Planting and March in response to recent summer violence today at 2:30 p.m. at the South Shore Drill Team Offices on 7218 S. Chicago Avenue, Chicago. The Peace Tree planting symbolizes bringing […]

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New report highlights root causes of Central American youth migration

According to a new report released by the Pew Research Center, the causes for the migration of Central American children to the Southwestern U.S. border varies by country. From October 1, 2013 to May 31 of this year, more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors have fled their countries and made the long migration north onto U.S. […]

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A closer look at violence in Chicago

Complex problems require complex solutions. There is no quick-fix for the violence that plagues Chicago’s South and West Side communities. Shoring up the violence that affects so many families requires holistic solutions that address the epidemic at every level, and not through one- dimensional policy changes like mandatory minimum sentences on young male offenders (often […]

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Fear and loathing at the border

The U.S. government is deporting immigrants to Mexican cities rife with violence and drug wars. That’s leaving deportees vulnerable to theft, extortion and kidnapping, The Chicago Reporter has found. Reynaldo Hernandez lay on the cold floor of a bus station with his eyes open. The deportee from Illinois was in Matamoros, Mexico, more than 500 […]

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Back of the Yards makes national headlines after mass shooting in local park

Residents say the event is a setback in efforts to end community violence Back of the Yards is making national news after 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy were wounded at a local park last night. The incident happened at approximately 10:15 p.m. when a gunman opened fire by the basketball court in Cornell Square […]

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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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Over 120 Residents, Supporters March for Peace Around Back of the Yards

Victoria Page carried a message as she walked along 51st Street, “Peace y’all, peace, stop the violence, stop the violence,” she screamed. Page lives on 73rd Street and Cottage Grove. She said her 16-year-old daughter was shot in one of her arms last weekend while she was at Mandrake Park, in the South Side. “She […]

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A Walk for Peace

Back of the Yards residents will join together for a 5K peace walk to call for neighborhood safety Frustrated with the ongoing violence in the neighborhood, Back of the Yards residents will call for peace and greater collaborative efforts during a community 5K peace walk on May 18. The annual walk, organized by Precious Blood […]