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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

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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Ray Rice and Domestic Violence

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:06 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 | 10:22 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 | 10:44 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:06 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'

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:05 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 | 2:27 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 | 1:23 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 | 12:44 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 | 2:05 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 | 8:13 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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