09Aug 2019

STAAR Project: States Build Partnerships to Address Violence Against Women

How can states, and the communities they serve, help prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking? That’s a question Dale Gilbert, Amy Baynes, and many others who work on these issues ask every day. Gilbert is the Senior Planner for the Maine Department of Public Safety; Baynes is Program Manager for the Office ...
06Aug 2019

MacArthur Foundation Panel: Promising Solutions to Reducing Gun Violence

Hope.  That’s not often the first word that comes up when people in Chicago talk about gun violence, but it was certainly on the minds of panelists at Promising Solutions to Reducing Gun Violence, an event held by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on July 11. The event was held in the Auburn ...
26Jul 2019

UPDATE: 24th Annual Walk for Peace

ALSO outreach worker Fred Wallace summed up the July 13 Walk for Peace in Humboldt Park on WBBM-TV in Chicago. “We’re holding this event to bring the community closer to show them there is a better way than violence,” he said.  “We’re taking to the streets to claim Safe Streets in neighborhoods where violence is a ...
24Jun 2019

Safe Streets, A Participant’s Story: Alex Atkins

Alex Atkins, who grew up in Humboldt Park, vividly remembers tough experiences “using and selling weed” for several years. He eventually asked himself “Am I am going to do this every day? Or am I going to go ahead and get me a job?” These days, he is trying to find a new path – one ...
20May 2019

Focus on Youth Sex Trafficking

While working at a national conference in Tucson, Arizona last June, ALSO street outreach worker Marcus Davis heard presenters from the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) talk about youth sex trafficking and cases of missing women. He was concerned, and knew about the same problem in Chicago communities, including West Humboldt Park, where he lived, ...
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