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Chatham, In Two parts

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Poet explores life & loss on Chicago's South Side Part One I miss you on nights like these where there is either fireworks or gunshots in the air along with July's humidity As I drive by I see families out playing and laughing with each other and it's sad because all I can think about is you How you had that ability to make every place feel lik...
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F.U.B.U. — South Shore Edition

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  "We should not be refugees from our community seeking asylum in spaces intentionally excluding us. And we should not be demonized for what we do with nothing, either." — Eva Maria Lewis, "Chicago: A Land of Wilderness and Oasis" TEDxTeen TEDxTalk   Eva Lewis has carefully observed and documented the quest for a grocery store in South Sh...
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Enough is Enough

St. Sabina Annual Peace March & Rally brings together a cross section of anti-violence voices There was lots of star power amid the hundreds gathered at 78th Place and Throop Street Friday evening for the Faith Community of Saint Sabina's Annual End of the School Year Peace March & Rally. Chance the Rapper , Jennifer Hudson , Will.i.am and ...
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More than Feeling Fancy

Arts exposure ain't just about entertaining In a city fueled by a prodigious cultural output — museums, plays, concerts and more — many local youth have never experienced a part of what makes Chicago a world-class city. Jamani, 17, is one of the lucky local teens who have tapped into the Teen Arts Pass Program (TAP) sponsored by Urban Gateways . Yo...
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United Under an Orange Hue

"Party for Peace" memorial brings together leaders, victims, survivors, family, friends and activists January 29, 2013, a young student was shot, her life devastatingly cut short: Five years later, Hadiya Pendleton's story remains an important symbol in the movement to end gun violence — National Gun Violence Awareness Day was established June 2, 2...
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132 Organizations awarded grants for summer and fall programs

David Rojas, the founder of The Alliance 98 will use the $10,000 grant it received from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities to remove barriers to employment for young people of color. The Alliance 98 is one of the 132 organizations that received grants to help reclaim public spaces and build community cohesion. Rojas and John D. and ...
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National Die-In Chicago

Student organizer shares her thoughts on the day's event As an organizer for the Chicago Die-In , a sister demonstration to the National Die-In on the Capitol Lawn, I was so happy to see how many people actually participated — I did not expect so many students to come from all different parts of Chicago, and to see so many adults willing to lie on ...
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Who Are We if We Separate Ourselves from Our Past?

Leon Ford, a motivational speaker, social activist and author of "Untold," recently spoke at Northwestern University. He is also a BMe Public Voices Fellow — BMe is an award-winning network of community builders known nationally for defining people by their positive contributions to society. I was at a car wash not too far from my home in Monroevil...
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Pitch for Peace, Prosperity and Promise

Chicago youth present ideas for advancing and protecting the black community Lisa Beasley, with the Nova Collective corporate learning and communication firm, was calming a team before their pitch. "It's very scary to talk in front of people. If you start to get nervous and your heart starts beating fast, that's perfectly normal. That's human," she...
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When Art and Activism Collide

Young people find voice, power and change The high school generation is galvanizing people worldwide to demand gun reform, and the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of protestors at the March For Our Lives this spring made their leadership clear. Now that the march is over, how can adults who came out for the march continue to support and help ...
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Love in Lawndale

2018 Safe & Peaceful Chicago grantee Chi-Rise held a "Love in Lawndale" block party; executive director Messiah Equiano offers his reflections on the event. "We worked with the 7th and 8th grade students of Lawndale Community Academy to produce the event — they assisted us in planning and executing, and the event was a tremendous success!" &nbs...
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Overshadowed Summer

  Source: The Chicago Tribune For too many in Chicago, the recognized start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend, brings concern rather than celebration .But organizations like The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago are not cowering in the face of challenge — the organization is poised to hold an all-day youth basketball tournament Saturday that aim...
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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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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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