Violence in Chicago's African-American community can be difficult to understand, until you look back over the last 40 years.
Though gun homicide has been the leading cause of death for black teens for years, the issue of gun control tends to find itself catapulted to the front pages and the top of political priority lists only when a high profile tragedy takes place.
Even if you weren't aware of Phoebe Prince, the story probably seems all too familiar these days. You feel a little sick to your stomach. You are stunned by yet another horrible story of virulent, unchecked bullying. What is happening in our schools? Our neighborhoods?
HOMEBOY is a film by Dino Dinco about gay Latino men who are former gangbangers (or cholos). Made over the course of 10 years, HOMEBOY features a small group of men in one-on-one interviews about a little-known world.
The decentralized nature and sheer number of gang factions makes understanding the context of gang disputes even more important when trying to craft intervention and prevention efforts.
While David Kennedy's strategy is unlikely to quickly change the diverse causes of homicides or address non-violent crime, his logic may be wise. As more data come in, Chicago will see if the strategy is enlightened or not.
If we don't consider evolving in our parenting styles and discipline methods, we may perpetuate the notion that violence is the logical response to perceived wrongdoing.
Young people are growing up thinking that violence is their only option and some adults reinforce this message on a daily basis. It's time to work on changing behaviors with the most high risk youth in Chicago
While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that it is unconstitutional to sentence a minor to life without parole -- except for homicide -- cases like Rodrigo Caballero's fall under a gray area based on the wording of the law.
Photo Credit: JENNY BOLARIO/Youth Radio Lawrence, 27, gets a tattoo removed from the back of his neck. By: Jenny Bolario and Teresa Chin For many ...
In this week's quickie Indie on Demand Movie Review, we take a look at The Interrupters, a documentary, now available on-demand.
In twenty years as a civil rights attorney in Los Angeles, I've had my share of shattering midnight calls from police and gang intervention workers, clients and social workers. But few calls rattled my world like the one that came on a quiet Jacaranda June morning in 2008.
No one but Connie Rice has ever simultaneously (and successfully) sued the Los Angeles Police Department and forged a pioneering partnership with them.
The lockdown model of education with oppressive rules and blindly inflexible enforcement is a failure. Let's find a way to replace punishment with inspiration, dispassionate control with tough love.
As time goes by, and our reliance on electronic gadgets increases, there will be less funding provided for our beloved brick-and-mortar establishments. We must never let this happen.
Summertime in Brooklyn should be a carefree time, a time for rest and relaxation with family and friends. Tragically, it has become a season of bloodshed for too many of our young people.