At a showing the other night of the Interrupters, the documentary about CeaseFire and its work to stop killings in Chicago, the audience broke into loud applause when Cobe Williams came up to talk. He is an Interrupter, and apparently a person of unusual humanity who faces the heart-breaking mayhem on some Chicago streets with […]
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What more do we need to say about the 17-year-old girl randomly shot down in her sixth month of pregnancy Tuesday? Or about the middle-aged Mexican immigrant working in a butcher shop who was killed by bullets aimed at someone in front of his store. Or the young newlywed, a dedicated worker with troubled youths, […]
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When a six-year-old is shot dead in her home, we see the grief, and read of another young life lost. When a 13-year-old is murdered on a basketball court, we see the blood, hear the rage and fury and sense another tragic loss. Is that all there is to report? It’s not and let me […]
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What happens when we blow off a killing with a few graphs in the paper? Does that cheapen life here? And what does it say about the news media’s commitment to telling us about our lives and what’s happening? An excellent series running now on WBEZ raises these question. Questions we journalists have been living […]
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Nine-year-old Ivan Burns Jr. goes out with his dad to walk their dog. It is early morning. Warm night. Bullets fly. They hit the youngster seemingly protected in his fenced-in backyard. He is admitted in critical condition at the hospital. Gun violence in not rare on the streets where the nine-year-old lives, according to a […]
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The headline said, “6 Dead, 28 wounded in holiday weekend violence.” Did you see that? What did you think? Or did you pass it by? Did you? “We need to say something,” said a colleague who works in a part of Chicago where these are not events you just read about. I searched online to […]