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Institute for Nonviolence Chicago

Institute for Nonviolence Chicago
Institute for Nonviolence Chicago

West Side Neighborhood Sees 58% Drop In Shootings Thanks To Violence Prevention Programs, Outreach Workers Say

Outreach workers are connecting with vulnerable people, offering support to reduce their risk for violence. The result: fewer shootings, advocates say.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Murder Surge Was Driven By Social Media, Old Conflicts. Now, Groups Are Working To Chart A Path To Peace

The issues that drove the West Side's pandemic spike in violence won't be fixed overnight, anti-violence workers said. "That's why we have the guys working with them every day, trying to instill some hope in them," one said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Violence Prevention Programs To Get $50 Million Next Year As Pritzker Calls Gun Violence A Public Health Emergency

The state's violence prevention strategy will focus on youth development, violence prevention, trauma recovery and programs diverting youths from the criminal justice system.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Violence Interrupters Working To Bring Hope, Purpose To Young Residents — Before They Pick Up A Gun

Three years ago, the city dedicated less than $1 million to violence prevention. But this year, $36 million is going to violence prevention and related programs, on top of at least $38 million from private organizations.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders Blame Open-Air Drug Market, Lack Of Jobs After Another Mass Shooting Leaves 5 Wounded

Gun violence has risen sharply since the beginning of the pandemic. West Siders say the wave of crime will only end when young people have access to jobs, resources and programs.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Street Outreach Groups Join Forces In Lawndale To ‘Interrupt Violence Deep In The Trenches’

The collaborative of violence prevention groups is focusing on North Lawndale to scale up street outreach work.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Garfield Park Businesses Forced To Close As Open Air Drug Market, Crime Scares Off Customers — With No Help In Sight, Owners Say

Business owners, already struggling through the pandemic, said police aren't trying to stop open-air drug markets along one of the West Side's main commercial corridors.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

If City Wants Gun Violence To Drop 20%, It Must Invest In Prevention Programs, Activists Say

Though Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2020 budget increased violence prevention funding by nearly $10 million, organizers say that's still not enough to reach their goal.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore