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Written by on July 15, 2013

Don’t Shoot. They Want To Grow Up

A stage. About 20 persons. Theme: stopping violence. But how? A police officer who lost a child to violence. A probation officer. Two doctors. A gangbanger leading a new life. A mother of a child in an Illinois Youth Center. A neighborhood activist. A woman who turned her home into a place for kids to […]

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Written by on November 29, 2012

How is crime different today?

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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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Written by on August 26, 2011

Speaking out for the good community – We Are Not Alone

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We were talking about speaking up, speaking out, speaking about what you think is right when the crowd might not agree. We – me and group of high schoolers, most of them African-American, one Latina – were kicking around this and other ideas that fit together. One girl said it isn’t so easy to speak […]

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Written by on March 20, 2011