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Tio Hardiman
Tio Hardiman, Executive Director for CeaseFire Violence Interrupters, INC, has dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change. In 1999, Mr. Hardiman joined CeaseFire, an award-winning public health model that has been scientifically proven to reduce shootings and killings.Tio also created the Violence Interrupters in 2004.

In 2008, under Tio’s direction, CeaseFire received additional funding from the State of Illinois to immediately expand from 5 to 15 communities and from 20 to 130 Outreach Workers and Violence Interrupters. The Violence Interrupters are a specialty unit of violence intervention experts that work to mediate conflict on the “front-end.” Their reputation and connections in the community provide them access to leaders and influential decision makers in street organizations. As testament to the success of this program overall, homicides declined in Chicago by 25 percent in 2010, to a total of 436. This was the fewest number of homicides in the city since 1965.

Today, the CeaseFire Violence Interrupters Model has been replicated in 15 Chicago communities, 7 cities in Illinois, 15 cities nationwide, England, Iraq, and South Africa. In addition, more than 30 cities and 20 nations concerned about their own levels of shootings and killings have expressed interest in learning more about the Violence Interrupters. Mr. Hardiman is a frequent media contributor on the issues of Chicago violence and gang conflict. He has appeared on the local affiliate of every major television network, as well as CNN and the BBC. Mr. Hardiman has also been interviewed for numerous National Public Radio stories and has been covered by the New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Red Eye, Jet Magazine, The Chicago Sun Times, and numerous others. The Interrupters Documentary based on Tio’s work has won film festivals across the nation.

Growing up in Chicago’s notorious Henry Horner Housing Projects, Mr. Hardiman witnessed firsthand the devastating affect the violence epidemic has on a community. From that early exposure, he committed himself to ending violence in Chicago. Before joining CeaseFire, Mr. Hardiman organized more than 100 block clubs to strategize community plans for public safety on behalf of the Chicago Alliance for Neighborhood Safety and held leadership positions for Bethel New Life and Chicago’s CAPS Program. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts from Northeastern University and a Masters Degree in Inner City Studies.

Tio Hardiman can be reached at 773-391-9072 or

Entries by Tio Hardiman

Chicago Police Cannot Stop Killings

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 3:20 PM

This post is not intended to serve as a criticism of the Chicago Police Department, but a learning opportunity for police and the community at large.

Since the beginning of 2016, shootings and homicides have escalated in Chicago. The current strategies being implemented by the police has fallen...

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The Only Way to Stop Killings in Chicago

(6) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 5:14 PM

Shootings and homicides continue to make headlines daily in Chicago. The police do their best to implement one strategy after another to help reduce gun violence, however, the strategies are coming up short as it relates to achieving real results. New Superintendent Eddie Johnson stated that the Chicago...

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High Levels of Violence in Chicago

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 10:53 PM

Shootings and homicides are on the rise in Chicago. It appears that all strategies to reduce them have failed, which left a significant impact from January 1, 2016 to April 28, 2016. There are many stories of shootings and killings every weekend. The Westside and Southside of Chicago...

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Donald Trump Inciting Violence

(5) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 3:20 PM

Why is Donald Trump inciting violence across the United States? There is no reason for this Republican Frontrunner to be concerned about securing the nomination because he is winning the majority of delegates. The Republican Party would be going against the grain by not giving the nomination to...

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My Theory on Violence

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 12:51 PM

This post is not intended to discredit the police or law enforcement agencies working 24 hours a day to help make communities safer across the United States.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing homicides. In cities like Baltimore, New Orleans, St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago, the majority...

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Rahm Forced to Make Changes in Chicago

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 11:39 PM

If the Laquan McDonald video was never released to the public, then Mayor Rahm Emanuel would have never made any changes within the Chicago Police Department. Why did it take the killing of a young African American man for Rahm to do something? Superintendent McCarthy was fired, one of...

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The African American Holocaust

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 8:18 PM

African American males are being attacked from every direction in America. If the police aren't killing them, then they are killing each other. In a 35 year timeframe, over 324,000 African American people were killed by their own race. This is one of the most serious challenges for...

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Rahm Must Go!

(3) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 10:27 PM

It appears that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is currently facing one of the toughest fights of his political career due to the Laquan McDonald cover up. It's hard to believe that the Mayor did not check out the facts surrounding the killing of Laquan McDonald before agreeing to a settlement...

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The Execution of Laquan McDonald

(11) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 11:27 AM

There was no reason at all for Police Officer Jason Van Dyke to cross the line and shoot Laquan McDonald sixteen times. This particular shooting represents an execution style murder for hire. What was this officer thinking as he fired his weapon several times on this young African American...

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Too Much Violence in the World

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 9:38 AM

Violence has become the norm throughout the world, especially considering the recent terrorist attacks in France, Nigeria, Kenya, and the killings in Chicago. One would be led to believe that violence will never end in the world.

If you look back at world history, you...

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No Justice for Tamir Rice

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 5:36 PM

There appears to be no justice for Tamir Rice considering the recent finding by the courts in Columbus, Ohio. This decision represents a big slap in the face for the Rice Family since the killing was captured on video. It was clear that the officer involved in the...

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Do Black Lives Matter to African American People?

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 11:23 AM

This particular subject might be too sensitive for some people, but it needs to be addressed.

Black Lives Matter is a good concept, but how do we address Black on Black violence? African American people kill one another in record numbers throughout the United States. Other cultures also...

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Understanding Violence in the African American Community

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 9:40 PM

Black Lives Matter is a good concept, but how do we address Black on Black violence? African American people kill one another in record numbers throughout the United States. Other cultures also kill, however, African American leaders have failed in their efforts to reduce homicides in their own community....

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Presidential Politics

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 10:25 PM

What's really going with the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election?

Republican Presidential Candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson appear to be gaining ground on the Republican side leaving other candidates far behind, including Jeb Bush. This comes as a big surprise considering the legacy of the Bush Family.

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Salute Black Lives Matter

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 5:25 PM

The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining a lot of momentum across the United States. African American people deserve the same respect as everybody else in the world. Thousands of people throughout the United States agree that Black Lives Matter. This is amazing considering the organization is relatively new...

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Bruce 'Almighty' Rauner

(49) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Governor Bruce Rauner is living up to his campaign promise as it relates to Shaking Up Springfield. However, the only people being hurt are the poor and working class of Illinois. This isn't a good sign of change in Springfield because the majority of political leaders don't agree with...

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Chicago Violence Fueled By Rappers

(3) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 1:42 PM

The recent uptick of violence in Chicago has one main culprit, Rappers that are trying hard to stay in the game at the expense of young men dying on the streets on the south side of Chicago. There appears to be a feud going on between different sets with the...

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Removal of the Confederate Flag

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Why has it taken so long to remove the Confederate Flag in the United States? It represents a dark period in America and it should be removed from all public places, especially in the southern part of the United States. President Obama stated that the flag should...

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Political Corruption in Illinois

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 7:08 PM

Illinois has a long history of politicians going to jail. It appears that corruption is a learned behavior passed down from one politician to the other, or maybe power sometimes corrupts people. However, there is no excuse for the bad decisions that politicians make when it comes to serving...

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Homicides Rise in Chicago, Baltimore, New York

(8) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 3:48 PM

The homicide rate continues to rise in Chicago, New York, and Baltimore. Is the increase related to the hot weather or are the police running out of new strategies? Some police officials say we need stricter gun laws, but New York already has some of the stiffest...

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