As he relearned the city, Williamson noticed a strange similarity between veterans like himself and the young people growing up in tough parts of Chicago. Too many had witnessed violence, and they had little support to cope with the trauma.
I was in the sixth grade at Henry Nash Elementary School on the West side of Chicago, and my class had gotten the opportunity to get away from daily life and dive into nature for two weeks.
Why are we even letting them have a platform? Why are we even entertaining the thought that they are saying anything even remotely rational or fact-based? Enough of this! You don't roll around in the muddy gutter with the NRA, you just point and laugh, point and laugh.
I can cite facts and figures all day long depicting the disparity in which different communities are policed, who gets stopped, who gets frisked, who gets arrested, who can afford an attorney and what actual crime rates are broken down by various categories including race and ethnicity. Bottom line is, our criminal justice system is unbalanced, broken and in need of immediate repair.
Pictured left to right: Cal Ripken Jr., Vice Chairman and Steve Salem, President, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Fifty million dollars is a windfall any ...
She mocked that the victim would call 911 rather than going to a "pimp." She called forced sex at gunpoint "theft of services." She stated that taking the sexual assault of a sex worker seriously "minimizes the act of rape," is "an insult" to real victims.
And as I sat on the train this past August, having visited my mother's apartment near the Homan-Kedzie stop, 6 years after I completed my bachelor's and under my belt the accomplishment of providing a safe neighborhood for my daughter, I felt sad.
Limited services, understaffing and poor data keeping are all criticisms being pointed at the Cook County state's attorney via a new study examining the effectiveness of a county program offering alternatives to incarceration for first time felons.
On May 14, 2015, the world lost blues legend Riley B. King, also known as B.B. King who wowed the world with his soothing, somber Delta Blues that connected new generations with the lingering pain of struggles rooted in the Deep South.
While the news stories are disturbing for anyone's eyes, my eyes have witnessed firsthand the devastation of gun violence running wild in my neighborhood. I have seen bloody concrete, bullet-riddled side paneling on houses, broad daylight muggings and gunfire.
From now until April 7, we have the power to push both candidates to give specific answers. After you get the questions you want answered, you must take the final step and cast your ballot.
Urban Prep has now expanded its mission to spread the "counter-narrative" to reach beyond schools walls. As the media coverage of Mr. Hoard's death exemplified, they have been successful. In the days that followed Mr. King's email notifying the public of the tragic shooting, headline stories emerged.
Some music fans -- even hip hop fans -- dismiss drill music as not worth listening to. However, with a little understanding of its origins, it soon becomes obvious that drill music is not influencing the violence in Chicago. It's actually helping to reduce it.
Chicago is home to some of the greatest architecture, culture, food and people in the country. Causing change can't just come from a few people in one community; it needs to come from all. It's going to take the entire city of Chicago to create change.
Have you been paying attention to the news lately? If so, I'm sure some of it has depressed you. Just as history has made us believe that the human race has made progress, reality will tell you the awful truth that we have not come that far at all.
There's no question that life is stressful, but, for most of us lucky enough to be reading here, our stresses are not the life-and-death struggles of urban war zones and developing world slums. We worry about our health, that of our family, about money and our kids' futures. But we don't have to let these worries isolate us. We can find, even within our darkest troubles, opportunities to connect with one another.