Mainstreaming Nonviolence: Find Your Power

Mainstreaming Nonviolence: Find Your Power

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Chicago and all of its glory can feel overwhelming sometimes. There’s so much going on, there are so many people going so many places and the areas in need of improvement are never ending. The problems that plague this great city may seem far too advanced and complicated for any one person to solve.

Because of this, it becomes so easy to throw our hands in the air, denying responsibility. After all, ‘what can we do?’ So we move on, ignore the issue and focus on other things. Knowing what is going on around us but feeling helpless to change anything.

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Combating Hate with Hope

Combating Hate with Hope

Hate is not a new or isolated issue. On July 2, 1999 Ricky Byrdsong, husband and father of three, was murdered by a white supremacist. As the former Men’s Basketball Coach at Northwestern University, his love for sports translated into his work of helping young people in the community reach their full potential.

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Hive Chicago: A platform buzzing with opportunity for Youth

Hive Chicago: A platform buzzing with opportunity for Youth

Imagine. Chicago’s most focused organizations committed to youth development; libraries, museums, advocacy groups, after-school programs, all coming together as one to create a large network of connection.

Like a giant beehive, Hive Chicago created just that, consisting of a staggering 84 different organizations to create the most accessible opportunities for youth to pursue their dreams.

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Perspectives Charter Schools: Peace March 2016

Perspectives Charter Schools: Peace March 2016

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Too many times Chicago is advertised for its violence and fear is forced upon the nation in regards to the city. And while that fear should be acknowledged, so should the counter measures occurring around the city.

On Friday, June 3rd Perspectives Charter Schools held a Peace March from 24th and State to 36th and Wabash. Over 2,000 Perspectives Charter School students showed up, in addition to staff, organizers, media outlets and community members.

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A Community Café Providing More Than Coffee

A Community Café Providing More Than Coffee

I think there is some consensus that we can all share. The world is not fair. We could spend hours arguing the reasons for this unfair playing field or why it seems some people get a leg up in life. These are good questions to be thinking about. But they do not always lead us to answers, a solution, or even a small action of change.

Walking into Curt’s Café is like walking into many other coffee shops. I ordered my coffee, got a scone, and pretended to work. It was a very typical experience, though there was something much greater happening around me.

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