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Urban Violence

How One California City Pays Its Most Violent Offenders To Stay Out Of Trouble

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime

As Baltimore, already in the national spotlight over the police killing of Freddie Gray, endured its deadliest month in almost 40 years, the search fo...

The Sociology of Dead Children

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

A new study by Yale researchers attempts to create categories of likely future shooting victims in Chicago and thus determine who among us is most in danger. But in the process the study, at least as it was reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, utterly depersonalized the potential victims, along with their communities, reducing them to components in a mathematical formula.

Joseph Erbentraut

LOOK: New Book Will Document The Toll Of Youth Violence | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

For seven years, Chicago-based photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz has dutifully documented the faces of youth violence in Chicago and other U.S. cities ...

Healing Beyond Bandages

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Yes, we certainly need more regulations and oversight over who can buy a gun, what guns are acceptable for public ownership, and when and where they can be carried.

Hundreds Discuss Urban Violence At 'Emergency' Chicago Summit

Posted 07.27.2013 | Chicago

Hundreds gathered Friday at Chicago State University after members of the Congressional Black Caucus called an "emergency" national summit on urban vi...

Newtown and New Orleans, Oakland and Oak Creek

Rabbi Amy Eilberg | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Amy Eilberg

I gladly accepted a colleague's invitation to attend a multi-faith meeting on gun violence, gathering clergy-activists from around the country in Washington, D.C. But I had no idea of how transformative the experience would be.

News So Good About Guns I Could Shout

Caroline Brewer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Black Voices
Caroline Brewer

It could have been just the one. That's where it starts. That's all it takes. Just one man who says a gun will not define his manhood. Just one football player who says his life, and the lives of his loved ones, mean more than machismo.

Killing Me Softly, as I Stand in Your Ground: Victim-Profiling in Jamaica

Luis Perez-Simon | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Luis Perez-Simon

Policing is not easy. It is also dangerous. Besides more education and counseling, direct accountability and permanent oversight are needed in order to change a one-size-fits-all type of police mentality when it comes to people.

Urban Violence Is a National Crisis

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 02.27.2012 | Crime
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Violence and crime are happening in schools in cities like Camden and other poor urban centers throughout the country. Our families have come together to object the violence in our city.

Origins: The Social Roots of New York City Hip Hop Culture (PHOTOS)

David Maurice Smith | Posted 12.31.2011 | Home
David Maurice Smith


Fighting Violence at the Intersection of Old and New Harlem

Arva Rice | Posted 11.08.2011 | New York
Arva Rice

Somewhere between the new and old Harlem, children need to walk to school knowing they are safe, and walk the halls from class to class without fear.

Second Acts

Alex Kotlowitz | Posted 10.08.2011 | Home
Alex Kotlowitz

There's a moment in The Interrupters when Cobe Williams, a man who works for the Chicago anti-violence organization CeaseFire, gets a call from someone he'd met in the County Jail a number of years back.

It's Time For a New Approach to Violence

Jakada Imani | Posted 10.04.2011 | San Francisco
Jakada Imani

It is rare that young people who witness violence in our cities are counseled. Too often the coping mechanisms that youth learn in the streets only fuel the cycle of violence.

Yes We Can Reduce Urban Violence (Part I)

Scott Harshbarger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Harshbarger

Urban violence is, again, being viewed by the public, the media, and by far too many of our leaders as sad but inevitable realities of life in certain urban neighborhoods. Actually though, it doesn't have to be inevitable at all.

A Hole in the Night

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I remember big, white-teeth grins, laughter, especially from the kid in the white hoodie. He was laughing as he swung and connected with my cheekbone and I went down.

How Sports Can Help End Violence

Karl Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Karl Costello

The opportunities sports provides are too often squandered by individuals and institutions that care so little for youth that their environment allows for the murder of a Derrion Albert.

In Memory of Spc. Nicholas Peters and the Other Boys of Kelly Park

Murray Waas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

Nick served in Iraq and came home in one piece while so many of his friends were not so fortunate. He survived the war but not the peace.

Young People Fight to Push Urban Violence to the Top of Obama's Agenda

Heather Box | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Box

Young people represent 62.5 percent of all murder victims. And for young people of color, the statistics tell an even grimmer story.

Chance of Death by Street Violence Depends on Where You Live: Can Better Data and Information Unlock the Deadly Pattern?

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

There has been no clear-cut formula for systematically predicting and curtailing the violent activity that plagues Chicago and other cities. Can that change?