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Chain of Change is committed to advancing justice in and through media. We see gaps and contradictions between how mainstream media often report on violence involving and affecting youth and what you are experiencing in your everyday life. This blog seeks to fill in the gaps by including your story.

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Media Justice Blog

Stop the Violence: Mayor Daley

June 14, 2010 - no comments

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley discusses how parents can help stop the violence - video interview-


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CPS anti-violence program takes off, slowly

June 03, 2010 - no comments

As CJ lay in a hospital last winter nursing a gunshot wound to his arm, the prospect of graduating from high school seemed a distant dream for the skinny Roseland teen. Mostly left to his own devices, he had drifted to the streets at an early age and often skipped school, since attending class required crossing a web of gang lines that conflicted with his own affiliations.
Five months later, CJ rarely misses a day, participates in class and is on track to graduate. He credits his turnaround to an ambitious program launched by Chicago Public Schools this school year to stem youth violence.

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Students’ party brings sparkle — and hopes for peace — to Rogers Park

May 26, 2010 - no comments

Last school year, several students on their way to school watched a teacher get carjacked. Fights are a constant, and kids often are chased. Sirens wail and shots ring out when they are home at night. The kids avoid Pottawattomie Park, just outside their school's front door, because of the gangs hanging out there. Recently, a woman was lurking around the school handing out fliers to the teen girls, trying to entice them into sex work, with a phone number to call.

But rather than fear their community, the teens are trying to change it. For the second year in a row, they are hosting a party with a straightforward and time-tested goal: peace. A student-organized party informally called the "peace event,'' will be held on the streets around the school and part of Pottawattomie Park on Saturday, and the students are hoping the whole neighborhood will come.


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Kids killing kids

March 15, 2010 - no comments

Over the past 10 years, Bigeck and Morfin have traveled annually from a downstate prison to talk with Chicago-area school and youth groups. They explain,
mostly in calm terms, what it's like to spend their decades doing penance for gunplay. They try to press home to young audiences an underappreciated concept that Illinois law calls "Accountability for Conduct of Another." Its essence: You were.


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Juvenile Probation-A Day on the Front Lines

February 26, 2010 - no comments

Rodney Purdy is a Cook County Juvenile Probation officer. His job kicks in after a young person is found delinquent, or guilty, by a judge. Probation officers, or P.O.s, are, in a way, the eyes and ears of the court, making sure the kid follows through on the judge’s orders. Maybe to go through drug rehab or do community service or attend anger management class. The P.O is supposed to make sure the young person’s getting what’s needed, to stay out of prison and get a new footing in life.

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Chicago’s real crime story – City Journal

January 30, 2010 - no comments

This past September, a cell-phone video of Chicago students beating a fellow teen to death coursed over
the airwaves and across the Internet. None of the news outlets that had admiringly reported on Obama’s
community-organizing efforts mentioned that the beating involved students from the very South Side
neighborhoods where the president had once worked. Obama’s connection to the area was suddenly lost
in the mists of time.

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Getting Out and Staying Out

January 27, 2010 - 1 Comment

Half the young people who get out of Illinois youth prisons end up back inside. They
just can't make it outside. When Illinois broke off its youth prisons from adult ones
three and a half years ago, it vowed to change that.

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School districts struggle to deal with dating violence among students

January 20, 2010 - no comments

Simeon is one of many high schools in Illinois to come under fire for their handling of student sexual assaults and dating-related violence. There are no state laws or policies governing how school districts should respond to these sensitive issues. Administrators often face he-said, she-said cases in which no
criminal charges have been filed, and so they must balance protecting alleged victims versus the rights of the accused.

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student seriously wounded outside SW side high school

January 20, 2010 - no comments

Outside school Tuesday, students said that though they feel safe at school, they cannot say the same for the streets around the building.
"It's like a war," said freshman Crystal Fernandez, 14.
Fernandez said police and security were increased Friday.
"On Friday, I was scared," she said. "We thought, yeah, there's going to be fighting but not (shooting).

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2 teens charged with beating 14-year-old

January 10, 2010 - 1 Comment

Two teens have been charged with beating a 14-year-old Chicago Public Schools student after a basketball game Thursday at Curie Metro High School, 4959 S. Archer. Two 17-year-old students attacked and severely beat the other boy, who was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, police said.

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Youth Blog

“Stop violence. End discrimination in schools”

July 06, 2010 - no comments

This blog posting was created in a Chain of Change workshop, where participants used mobile media devices (cell phones, iPods, Flip cameras, etc.) to create and send short viral messages that help promote and organize for peace work.

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Is Choking Her Loving Her?

March 29, 2010 - no comments

"i find that so hard to believe that even after all that that the guy did to her she is still there by his side, i mean once that happens is it bound to happen again and maybe this time it might happen behind closed doors and maybe she wont be able to make it out alive"

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