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Ken Griffin provides $10 million investment in Chicago safety

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...
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RFP seeks safe, peaceful programming ideas from Chicago communities

RFP seeks safe, peaceful programming ideas from Chicago communities
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...
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GAPA Recommends Community Safety Oversight Board

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...
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Illinois House Passes Gun Legislation

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...
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Chicagoans, It's Time to Demand a Better Life

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...
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Chicago Fighting Crime L.A.-style

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 ...
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Predicting Murders: CBS's 60 Minutes

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...
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Homicides Are Down For The Year But Are Still Way Too High

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...
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More Chicago gangs arming themselves with rifles as alliances spread conflict

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 ...
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WBEZ reporting team assesses initial progress on solutions to Chicago gun violence

"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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As shootings and homicides drop in Englewood, a new optimism grows

Chicagoans are stepping up to meet the challenge of our city's gun violence crisis. They are hosting block parties, engaging in police reform, conducting street outreach, and more. The Chicago Tribune reports that optimism is growing in Englewood. A variety of urgent responses is helping transform the neighborhood, which has long been synonymous wi...
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The Unsung Role That Ordinary Citizens Played in the Great Crime Decline

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 ...
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CNN: Chicago gang members seek new lives through writing, reading memoirs

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 ...
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Pilsen Peace March

  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 ...
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Where do Chicago’s crime guns come from?

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...
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Dance Makers are Peace Makers

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...
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Chicago Tribune: A Tale of Two Teachers

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...
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One Corner at a Time

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...
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A March for Peace in Pilsen

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...
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New York Times Highlights Local Intervention Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence

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...
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Everyone who cares deeply about Chicago’s future can play a role.

If you are an employer, you can hire young people at risk. If you are a community leader, you can help improve police-community relations. If you are a health care provider, you can support trauma-informed care to gun violence victims. If you are a funder, you can support any one of these efforts. Whatever you do, your voice matters when you speak up in support of policies that can make our neighborhoods safer. Reach out to learn more.

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