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Rethinking 'Tough on Crime'

(16) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 3:14 PM

On February 15 President Obama came to Chicago to talk about violence. He spoke at a school close to the school attended by one of Chicago's latest casualties, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. And while Obama evoked the memories of Hadiya and the children of Sandyhook Elementary, killed en masse last December,...

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What We Owe Immigrants

(191) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 12:03 PM

In a climate where Latino children in Alabama and other places are being harassed, and suffering anxiety, panic attacks, and depression, it is time for us to take a hard look at the mental health implications of being undocumented.

Tuesday, November 1st, the Institute on Public Safety & Social...

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The Double Jeopardy of Being an LGBT Immigrant

(16) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 5:48 PM

There is a way that groups of people are pushed to the margins, and kept there for sometimes decades or centuries. In the past, groups including left-handed people, women, and religious minorities were harassed and or separated from general society. While, for the most part, there is no stigma in...

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Toward an Industry of Peace

(9) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 3:19 PM

When I was growing up I learned that, although not perfect, the United States had the "best justice system in the world." I learned to appreciate the Bill of Rights, and the jury system that supposedly offered "fair and impartial" treatment. That bill of goods can not even be...

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The Problem With Snitching

(27) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 6:53 PM

If you thought you had cancer what would you do? If you were Deon (a pseudonym), a 14-year-old from Englewood, you would get to a doctor as quickly as possible. However, when asked what Deon would do if someone were threatening him with violence, Deon, a slight, upright star student,...

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Running Through the West Side at Night

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 4:27 PM

Tio Hardiman often has good ideas. As the Director of CeaseFire Illinois, he has done many things in the name of peace: basketball tournaments, musical performances, and high risk mediations between large groups of warring enemies. Tio is known as the man who works hard to get things done. This...

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Invest in Those Who Can Save Us

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 3:50 PM

A slight, dark-skinned man made his way slowly down the hallway of the hospital clinic. He shuffled awkwardly, his movement impeded by shackles binding his legs and arms. His small frame swam in an extra-large bright yellow jumpsuit with large "IDOC" lettering emblazoned across the back. Two officers flanked him,...

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Graduation Night

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 2:33 PM

Marilyn Pitchford has been a Chicago CeaseFire outreach staff member for longer than any other. Marilyn started work in 2000 as a CeaseFire outreach worker after her brother, Michael Davis, was gunned down on Chicago's Westside. Between 1993 and 1999 Michael had been shot 3 times, finally succumbing to life...

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Redemption

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 11:49 AM

Thomas Tubbs, Jr. has finally settled into a positive mode; a mode of learning and helping and problem solving. Now 26, Thomas is a calm, inquisitive, and happy presence. It's hard to reconcile how a man who had such a difficult and challenging childhood emits such a pure feeling of...

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The Southside Wins

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 1:02 PM

On Monday, Cobe and his friend and co-worker, Hot Rod went to the White Sox game. Each year White Sox charities sponsor a day when they invite representatives from all their funded programs to come and enjoy a day at the ball park. Cobe got his ball signed by Jerry...

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