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Peace Gardens Grow

As spring brings green, a back-to-back Safe & Peaceful Communities grantee illustrates all that can bloom from one planted seed Each Saturday, 15-20 kids showed up, ready to learn, play and get their hands dirty… ● "Beeology 101" taught them about how important bees are to the economy and ecology ● They imagined having fairies and pirates livin...
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What Role do Block Clubs Play in Chicago?

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...
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From Exception to Norm

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, ...
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Two Chicago Organizations Soothe the Pain of Loss on a Celebrated Holiday

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...
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Guardians of Garfield Park

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...
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Education That is Far from Elementary

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 ...
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Young But Mighty

"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...
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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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Chicagoans Crowding Out Violence at Block Level

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...
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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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Margaret's Village Block Party Builds Strong Sense of Community

 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...
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How Art Built Bridges Between Police and Community

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...
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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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Mentor Teacher Brother

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...
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Apprenticeship Program Engaged Teens to Repair and Give Away Hundreds of Bikes this Summer

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...
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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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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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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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Introducing Kufi Club

  "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...
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