From the Food Chain Workers Alliance, Co-Director, Jose Oliva, shared his experience, thoughts, and goals for the food system. Follow along to learn more about what’s happening and what you can do to help.
A wall of tall glass windows stands out on Madison Street in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. A deviation from the down brick buildings, large orange letters appear on the bottom right side – “The Peace Corner Youth Center” it reads.
Nestled in the west side of Chicago, The Peace Corner is open on the weekdays from 10 am to 6:30 pm. The Peace Corner provides a variety of services to the public— all free of charge.
During the morning and the early afternoon, the organization opens it’s facilities to help prepare young adults for careers. According to their website, “[they] offer assistance in computer literacy, job preparation seminars and referrals to educational resources.”
“Everybody is starting to realize that gun violence is not just a south side problem. It’s not just a Chicago problem. It’s an American problem,” Tamar Manasseh, Founder of Mask,
MASK is a grass roots organization that is working to end gun violence in Chicago. MASK does this by acting as a supplemental force along with police officers to patrol the streets. They do not do so with guns or violence, instead with hugs and kindness. They support stricter gun control though believe that true change is up to them.
“Cure Violence stops the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms – resulting reductions in violence of 40% to 70%.” – Cure Violence, Website
To understand the work that Cure Violence does, it is important to understand their perspective of violence being a ‘Health Issue.’
“BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well being of our communities.”– BUILD Chicago’s Website
BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development ) Chicago is located in Chicago’s western neighborhoods (Austin, Humboldt Park, Hermosa, West Town) and Southern neighborhoods (Fuller Park, Brozeville). BUILD Chicago focuses on youth development within these communities.
One of the most important ways to improve and enjoy life is having the ability to reflect and adjust. Here at Chicago Rises, we are doing just that. You haven’t heard from us in a little bit, but we assure you we are not going anywhere!
We’ve been listening to feedback and thinking about what we really want to accomplish with Chicago Rises. Our intimate and focused team is ready to take our energy to spread all that is good in this great city. This includes a newly designed web site coming soon that will help better inform, share, spread, engage and hopefully inspire you, our fellow Chicagoans.
Sharing positive stories to spread hope, excitement and belief in Chicago
Please stay tuned, we hope you rise with us.