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Tio Hardiman
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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 tio_h@comcast.net

Entries by Tio Hardiman

Peace in Ferguson, MO

(8) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 10:13 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 | 10:47 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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Ray Rice and Domestic Violence

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:06 AM

First and foremost, I would like to begin this story by saying that domestic violence is a serious issue around the world. Women suffer from incidents ofdomestic violence by the hands of a man on a daily basis in the United States. The video of Ray Rice...

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Commander Evans: #1 in Chicago for Excessive Force

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:22 AM

Why it is so hard for Superintendent McCarthy to take away Commander Glenn Evans police powers after the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) recommended that he be stripped of his duties as a police official? Commander Evans was accused of shoving a gun down the throat of Rickey Williams...

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No Money Needed to Defeat Rahm Emanuel

(16) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:44 AM

The upcoming Mayoral Race in Chicago should be very interesting considering that Rahm Emanuel is so far behind in the early polls when compared with other candidates like Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Karen Lewis. Emanuel has made a bad name for himself and his administration in...

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Supt. McCarthy Should Be Fired!

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:00 AM

The recent uptick in violence over the Fourth of July Weekend should serve as a wake up call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fire Supt. McCarthy immediately or provide him with the option to step down from his position as Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. Supt. McCarthy...

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Hypocrisy in Illinois Politics

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 1:06 PM

It appears that every time you turn on your television or every time you read the newspaper something has gone wrong with politics in Illinois. For example, House Speaker Mike Madigan supported and financed State Rep. Derrick Smith's re-election bid. Eventually, State Rep. Derrick Smith was convicted of

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Superintendent McCarthy 'All Bark and No Bite'

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 3:05 AM

Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy has failed to deliver in the category of reducing homicides in Chicago. McCarthy arrived in Chicago in mid-2011 to take over as Superintendent after Supt. Jody Weiss resigned.

According to the Chicago Tribune Red Eye Homicide Watch, an excess of 450 homicides occurred...

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Kidnapped School Girls of Nigeria

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 3:27 PM

First and foremost, I would like to begin this story with the upmost respect for the families of the kidnapped school girls of Nigeria. This is what you call the ultimate nightmare considering the girls have been gone for nearly one month now. Not one family or parent in the...

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A Different Perspective on Donald Sterling

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 2:23 PM

The Donald Sterling controversy has caused a major uproar in the NBA and across the United States. Some people may take offense to this particular view, and some people may agree, but the bottom line is that everybody is entitled to their own opinion on the Donald Sterling nightmare....

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Lessons on Forgiveness From Rwanda

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 1:44 AM

Some of the victims and perpetrators from the 1994 Rwanda Genocide recently joined hands in a major effort to bring about forgiveness and to help promote a unified Rwanda. This was a major accomplishment considering all of the damage that was done and the loss of life. Maybe people...

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Unemployment and Violence in the African American Community

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 3:05 PM

The University of Chicago recently released a study that revealed the fact that 92 percent of African American youth between the ages of 16 and 19 are currently unemployed in the state of Illinois; this information should serve as a wake-up call for the nation. However, when the information...

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Cold Weather and Homicides in Chicago

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 9:13 AM

Chicago will always be known as the "Windy City" and the "Homicide Capital of the United States." Even though homicides were down in Chicago by 16 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, but the struggle continues to reduce homicides even in the extremely cold weather. For example, according to...

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Understanding Gun Violence in Illinois

(11) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 9:29 AM

Gun violence has to be looked at from both sides of the coin, especially when you have different factors that lead to increased gun violence in some parts of Illinois compared to some of the smaller towns and cities throughout the state. We cannot continue to blame the legal...

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Government Shutdown 2013

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Does it really make sense to shut down the government during a very critical time in our nation? The United States recently bounced back from a long recession and the economy was starting to show some positive results. Now here comes the government shutdown. Maybe the lawmakers have...

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Chicago's Cowboy Mentality

(2) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 3:59 PM

Everybody appears to be a little confused when it comes down to addressing the issue of violence in Chicago. Senator Mark Kirk announced his new plan, Superintendent McCarthy also announced his plans, and Mayor Emanuel is touting his Safe Passage Program. However, Chicago is not experiencing a...

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We Miss You, Trayvon Martin

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:12 PM

Who would ever think that a 17-year-old African American male named Trayvon Martin would generate so much media attention and galvanize the support of thousands of people worldwide? I'm talking about people protesting everywhere across the United States and throughout the world. The death of this young man...

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No Unity, No Peace in Chicago's African American Community

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 4:33 PM

Everybody's searching for answers as it relates to the high level of homicides and shootings in Chicago's African American community. Over the Fourth of July weekend, 12 people were killed and 74 people shot or injured. The majority of victims were young African American men. There is way too...

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No Violence -- No News in Chicago

(16) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:51 PM

It's rather amazing that when homicides are actually happening down in Chicago the media does not give the same attention to the progress that has been made in regards to reducing homicides. In 2013, Chicago has experienced the lowest level of homicides throughout the months of February, March,...

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Homicides in Chicago Reach Historic Lows

(9) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 6:14 PM

Chicago is well on its way to reaching historic lows in the area of homicide reductions for the first three months of 2013.  For example, February and March of 2013 experienced a significant decrease in homicides compared to the same time period in 2012.

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