Chicago Gardening

If you've ever taken a stroll through a Chicago neighborhood park, you may have noticed small patches of plant and soil with wood built around it; a "mini garden." These mini gardens are actually called "pop-up victory gardens" and have been sprouting all over Chicago...

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Mainstreaming Nonviolence: Find Your Power

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...

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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...

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Noor Ahmed

Up to the age of eleven years old, Noor had been moving from one refugee camp to another in Kenya. Originally from Somalia, his family had immigrated to many cities but was finally surprised with a new place to call home. They won a trip to settle in their new home,...

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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...

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Food For Freedom Organization

(Image from Fransico check his work here) Food deserts are geographic areas where residents have no access to healthy food options. Many of the people in Chicago affected by this are African-Americans. To make things worse many people in these neighborhoods only have...

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Community Created through Tourette Syndrome Camp

Tourette Syndrome is a disorder that involves involuntary repetitive movements, also known as “tics.”  "The massive misconception of this disorder is that “all people with Tourette’s swear, which is not true. They’re just ordinary people," said Scott Loeff, President...

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