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Chicago Gun Violence

I Am Doing Something About It... Meet Byron Bigelow

Jessica Mindich | Posted 01.29.2016 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

Someone dies from gun violence every 16 minutes in America.

You Can Do Something About It

Jessica Mindich | Posted 01.22.2016 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

In the days after San Bernardino we were back to pointing fingers of blame instead of taking a long hard look in the mirror and asking what we can do as individuals and as a society to make it stop.

Guns and Politics and What Actually Reduces Gun Violence

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.20.2016 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Guns are one of the most divisive aspects of public policy in America. One wants to expand gun ownership and the other side reduce guns in America. Both argue that their own perspective will reduce violence with guns. I disagree. Neither argues from a point of view about what works.

Chicago, "If We Stop Dreaming, We die"

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 01.15.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

Gathered around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on August 28, 1963, accompanied by Mahalia Jackson singing "How I Got Over," and Bob Dylan's st...

Congress Must Act Now to Stop America's Gun Violence Epidemic

Rep. Robin Kelly | Posted 01.05.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Robin Kelly

The daily shootings in America's inner cities are all too frequent reminders of the tragic impact of gun violence on our national well-being. Some studies suggest that repeated exposure to shootings in urban areas is akin to the trauma suffered by soldiers in war zones.

Chicago Mayor Cuts Short Vacation After Latest Police Shooting

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.29.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Monday he was cutting short his family vacation in Cuba to address the fatal shooting ...

If Spike Lee's Chi-Raq is Not Chicago's True Story, What is?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 12.10.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

When outrage over a fictional movie outweighs outrage over the horrific gun violence happening all too often in Chicago, the question is, what are we really angry about?

This Woman Started A Sex Strike To Help Stop Violence In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices

Similar to the premise of "Chi-Raq," April Lawson from the South Side of Chicago, wants both married and single women to join her in a sex strike unt...

When Pastors Become Janitors: Tyshawn Lee and Beyond

Julian DeShazier | Posted 11.11.2015 | Chicago
Julian DeShazier

This is an absolute mess of cultural and systemic proportions -- a mess churches and gangs used to be able to work together and prevent. Now, an institution that used to sit as a community's anchor is part of the cleanup crew.

Finding Voices to End Gun Violence

Chris Clark | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Chris Clark

If music can incite gun violence, can it also prevent it? As director of music for the agency, I knew that exploring this idea would require extreme commitment and collaboration both inside and outside the building.

Say Her Name: Chicago Gun Victim Kaylyn Pryor, Model

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 11.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

This is the face of Chicago's Inner-city gun violence victims: a face of elegance, potential, beauty, and ambition. Pryor had a promising future, an Evanston high school graduate, winner of the Mario Tricoci competition, and was someone people praised and enjoyed being around, according to various social media tributes. Say her name.

Paintball Gun-Wielding Robbery Suspect Shot, Killed

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Crime

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Confessions of a 14-Year-Old NRA Dropout

Paul Boorstin | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Paul Boorstin

I was a 14-year-old high school freshman when I began collecting guns. It was Chicago in 1958, a time before a metal detector had ever darkened a school doorway. Disciplinary problems in most American classrooms meant kids sneaking out without a hall pass or sticking old Juicy Fruit under their desks.

Colleges Have a Role to Play in Reducing Gun Violence

Susan Henking | Posted 10.20.2015 | College
Susan Henking

While only a small proportion of the gun deaths in the United States occur on campuses, such events make it starkly evident that higher education must attend to the role of guns in American culture and bring the force of our roles to bear against the violence that is endemic in our country.

This Court Case Could Make It Even Harder For Lawmakers To Pass Gun Control

ThinkProgress | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court appears to be giving serious consideration to a case that, if taken up by the justices, could strip lawmakers of much of what remain...

Major Assault Weapons Case May Be Heading To The Supreme Court

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has so far resisted elaborating on two landmark decisions that established a nationwide right to defend one's ho...

NRA Isn't Serious About Stopping Gun Violence

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The problem is that while Americans continue to talk about preventing mass shootings and gun deaths, the solution coming from gun advocates is to do nothing.

Black on Black Crime: The Myth That Divides

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

I cannot imagine hearing of lives lost of someone of a different race than me and brushing it off as "their" problem. As a nation, citizens being affected by violence and having to live in unsafe communities is an American problem, not a black problem.

Chicago Starts The Week With 14 Shot In 15 Hours

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.30.2015 | Crime

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Man Reportedly Dies Shielding Mother From Gunfire

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 06.21.2015 | Crime

A Chicago man was shot and killed Saturday afternoon while shielding his mother from bullets, according to family members. Dietra Luckett told the ...

Rebecca Klein

Chicago High School Students Pay Tribute To Kids Killed By Guns

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.27.2015 | Arts

The lives of young gun violence victims in Chicago may be lost, but an art project by local high school students seeks to make sure that they are not ...

In the Debate Over Police and Race, We Can't Forget the Most Critical Issue

Toni Irving | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Toni Irving

The police are just one actor in a larger stage driven by our racial climate. Their roles are more visible and are attended to, accordingly. We must do a better job building bridges between law enforcement and people of color and roads to stronger communities.

Kim Bellware

How To Slow Down Shootings In A City Plagued By Gun Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 01.12.2015 | Crime

In a city like Chicago, which regularly grapples with gun violence, street shootings are often referred to as "senseless" or "random"; the violence it...

Homicides Drop, But Shootings Rise As Chicago Still Struggles With Guns And Violence

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.31.2014 | Crime

Though Chicago is ending 2014 with its lowest number of homicides since 1965, a look at the broader picture of gun violence in the Windy City tells a ...

Sam Stein

Pamela Wright's Son Was Shot Dead A Month After Newtown. This Is Her Story.

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tyrone Lawson's pictures are still on the wall of his home in Chicago. His clothes are there, too. Every now and then, his mother, Pamel...