A lot of the who, what, where, and how of the Boston bombing and what led up to it have already been answered and, no doubt, more details will eventually be filled in. The why, however, is the more elusive question. But it's also a crucial one. Why do we have so many disaffected young men in our culture, and what compels them to act out that disaffection in violent ways? As of 2006, boys accounted for 83 percent of arrests for violent crimes. By the age of 17, over a quarter of boys report having carried a handgun. In 2010, there were an estimated 756,000 gang members throughout the country. With Tucson, with Newtown, with countless other places, and now with Boston, the justifications may differ, but the end results have a lot in common. And so, likely, do the beginnings.
The name Edmond St. Claire and the names of other victims of murder should never be forgotten. We talk about change but what steps toward creating substantial and impactful measures to bring an end to youth violence are being taken?
Students have become pawns in what seems to be a simple math problem as presented by CPS, but is really a culture, community and citywide issue of how to create safe and effective schools for all students regardless of race, family income and geographic location.
Photo Credit: Steppenwolf Theater (Left to right: Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardn...
Our nation's children and families have suffered enough broken hearts. We are determined that children get a vote on common-sense gun safety measures to protect them from guns. Take action with us.
Life Camp grew into a non-profit that focused not only on violence prevention, but also provided empowerment opportunities for educationally, economically and socially disadvantaged youth.
This may be easier said than done, but an effort must be made on all fronts by those in power to prevent more senseless deaths. Enough is enough. Too many black children have died. It is time to end this madness once and for all.
The present debate on what to do about gun violence as a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre reminds me of an observation by Winston Churchill: "The American people will find a solution to every problem after they've tried everything else."
There's a danger that in our rush to highlight -- in part, to hopefully eliminate -- what is, in fact, statistically speaking, at least, an extreme outlier problem, we will shift too much attention away from the more day-to-day challenges that threaten the safety and sanctity of our schools.
That's the sentiment a Chicago gang member expressed to Diane Sawyer in her recent 20/20 broadcast. We talk about it on this week's Chicago Newsroom, as host Ken Davis explains...
As we all know, Chicago witnessed an alarming spike in homicides this spring, the effects of which citizens and the police force are still dealing with. While the problem has slowed somewhat, tension remains high, and people are looking for solutions.
When Mitt Romney speaks of single parents contributing to gun violence, I believe he is speaking to me, not to white, single parents whose suburb-dwelling kids have good schools and enthusiastic teachers.
The discrepancy between the reality of the numbers and the reality of lived experience raises a critical question. If we are at a low point in a longer history of violence, why don't people feel safe? Not all crime is alike.
By: Youth Radio Richman Em was 15 years old when he was sentenced to 50 years-to-life in prison. According to testimony during his trial, Em's f...
We can't shelter our children from everything forever. But we've got to do all we can to shut down senseless mayhem, violence and killing and to ensure those who come after us aren't numbed to and harmed by it.
By: Youth Radio Youth Radio has been following the teacher strike in Chicago that ended on Tuesday, with an overwhelming vote by teachers to return t...