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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

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

(7) 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

(4) 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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Is Chicago Chiraq?

(5) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 8:56 PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman William Burns are really upset about Film Maker Spike Lee's intention to film a movie about Chicago called Chiraq. It also appears that Alderman William Burns would like to take back the three million dollar tax credit the city provided to Spike Lee because...

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Will Chicago Become the Next Baltimore?

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 11:09 PM

The city of Baltimore was going up in smoke last week due to the untimely death of Freddie Gray. Hundreds of people are taking to the streets like never before to speak up against the use of excessive force. We wish the good people of Baltimore the best of...

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The Execution of Walter Scott

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM

What needs to happen in the United States before law enforcement officials tell the truth in regards to their training and policies in the area of policing in the African American community? The Caucasian police officers did not just wake up one day and say, "I'm going to join the...

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Black Leadership for Sale in Chicago

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:04 AM

The African American vote plays a crucial role in electoral politics, especially in a big city like Chicago. Many candidates have to gain approval from the African American community in order to secure the mayor's office. You have several prominent ministers and community leaders endorsing one candidate over the...

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Police Brutality Exposed

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 12:17 PM

Incidents of police brutality and the use of excessive force continue to grab the headline news across the nation. This is totally shocking considering all of the outrage from the Michael Brown and Eric Garner incidents.

Do some police officers really care about the lives of people of...

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Chicago's Struggle to Reduce Homicides

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 11:09 PM

Reducing homicides in Chicago is hard job for the police, community groups, and everyone interested in making this city safe. Chicago has already experienced 24 homicides for the first four weeks of January 2015. Shootings on the south and west sides of Chicago are common place. What will it take...

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Chicago's Mayoral Race

(3) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 11:02 PM

Chicago's upcoming Mayoral Race could be up for grabs with four strong contenders looking to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel this February. We have Dr. Willie Wilson, William "Dock" Walls, Alderman Bob Fioretti, and Cook County Commissioner Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia confirmed and on the ballot.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has...

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Protesting Across America

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 9:39 AM

Thousands of people all across the United States are protesting on a daily basis to bring more attention to the issue of 'Excessive Force and Police Brutality' in the United States. As a matter of fact, hundreds of people protested in the UK making this a worldwide issue....

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Mayor Giuliani's Response to Ferguson

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Former New York Mayor Giuliani should stop trying to psycho-analyze the African American community when it comes down to the issue of Black on Black violence. Way before African Americans began killing each other in the United States, the Irish, Italian, and Jewish Mobsters were killing one another...

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Peace in Ferguson, MO

(8) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 9:13 AM

The good people of Ferguson, MO deserve peace and respect from the community at large. As we await the decision to either indict Police Officer Darren Wilson or to let him walk away sky free, the people should remain in a peaceful state of mind. Gun sales are up...

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Quinn or Rauner

(8) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 9:47 AM

Quinn or Rauner

Illinoisans are gearing up for the upcoming Gubernatorial Race between incumbent Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican Challenger Bruce Rauner. The race has turned into a series of negative campaign ads coming out of both camps. Quinn has...

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