WBEZ | Chicago Violence http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-violence Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Teens and Combat Veterans Join Forces to Process Trauma http://www.wbez.org/programs/all-things-considered/2016-01-25/chicago-teens-and-combat-veterans-join-forces-process <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/urbanwarriors09edit_custom-9459b1b92239d1fd205db74ec32154c764aa2bf7-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you took a map of Chicago and put down a tack for each person shot last year, you&#39;d need nearly 3,000 tacks.</p><p>Of those, 101 would be clustered in the neighborhood of East Garfield Park. That&#39;s where 15-year-old Jim Courtney-Clarks lives.</p><p>&quot;To be honest, I really don&#39;t like it,&quot; Courtney-Clarks says. &quot;Every time you look up somebody else is getting killed, and I never know if it&#39;s me or somebody I am really close to.&quot;</p><p>For kids in some Chicago neighborhoods, walking up and down the same street where there was a beating or a shooting or a body is just part of life &mdash; one that isn&#39;t always talked about.</p><p>That&#39;s something the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ymcachicago.org/programs/youth-safety-and-violence-prevention-programs#urbanwarriors">Urban Warriors program</a>&nbsp;is trying to change. The YMCA of Metro Chicago project connects kids like Courtney-Clarks, who live in high-violence neighborhoods, with veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan and who might understand what they&#39;re going through.</p><p>The program is built on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/types/violence/effects-community-violence-children.asp">the idea that these kids are experiencing trauma and need to process it</a>, and that witnessing or experiencing violence can affect how they behave at home, react at school, or lead them to commit violence themselves.</p><div id="res464038552" previewtitle="The Urban Warriors program takes place at YMCAs in the Chicago's Humboldt Park and Little Village neighborhoods."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="The Urban Warriors program takes place at YMCAs in the Chicago's Humboldt Park and Little Village neighborhoods." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/22/urbanwarriors10_custom-9deeb04db577c9d1425fccc75cfffe2537dc05ac-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 404px; width: 620px;" title="The Urban Warriors program takes place at YMCAs in the Chicago's Humboldt Park and Little Village neighborhoods. (Alyssa Schukar for NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>The man behind the program is Eddie Bocanegra. Today he&#39;s the co-executive director of youth safety and violence prevention programs at the YMCA. But 20 years ago, he was a 19-year-old gang member serving prison time on felony murder charges.</p></div></div></div><p>Bocanegra traces the idea for Urban Warriors back to a conversation he had while he was in prison. It was during a visit from his brother, Gabriel Bocanegra, a decorated Army veteran who had done two tours of duty in Iraq.</p><p>Fresh from therapy, Gabriel told his brother stories about struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder &mdash; and how he thought Eddie was also dealing with the effects of trauma.</p><p>Eddie was skeptical, but his brother pressed him, recalling the violence of their childhood &mdash; black eyes, stab wounds, run-ins with the police. The trauma was ongoing, his brother said.</p><p>&quot;&#39;Every time that I come and visit you, what you talk to me about is prison assaults, you talk about people who commit suicide. ... You talk about it as if it was just normal,&#39;&quot; Eddie remembers his brother telling him. &quot;And he was explaining to me, &#39;Like, Eddie, actually this does something to you. And the reason why you&#39;re pretty upset most of the time, or you&#39;re not sleeping well, is because of what you&#39;ve been through.&#39;&quot;</p><p>Eddie says he was in denial. &quot;I have never been to war,&quot; he thought. &quot;This is normal, this is nothing, compared to what I know (my brother has) gone through.&quot;</p><div id="res464300250" previewtitle="After serving 14 years for a gang-related murder, Eddie Bocanegra graduated from the University of Chicago and created the Urban Warriors program. He is co-executive director of youth safety and violence prevention at the YMCA in Chicago."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="After serving 14 years for a gang-related murder, Eddie Bocanegra graduated from the University of Chicago and created the Urban Warriors program. He is co-executive director of youth safety and violence prevention at the YMCA in Chicago." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/25/urbanwarriors01_custom-ed98562d0ee128191414d6a3cea03c86a23138fa-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 419px; width: 620px;" title="After serving 14 years for a gang-related murder, Eddie Bocanegra graduated from the University of Chicago and created the Urban Warriors program. He is co-executive director of youth safety and violence prevention at the YMCA in Chicago. (Alyssa Schukar for NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>His brother urged Eddie to see a therapist when he got out of prison. When he was released, he did eventually. He also returned to the Chicago neighborhoods where he was once a gang member and worked for an anti-violence program.</p></div></div></div><p>Many of the gang members Bocanegra met had witnessed violence or been victims as kids. He wanted to get to them sooner, using people they respect as mentors. He gave the kids a list of potential role models from the neighborhood; they liked the idea of veterans.</p><p>&quot;Kids identify themselves as soldiers, because they live in war zone communities,&quot; Bocanegra says. &quot;They make the parallels between, veterans, you know, carry guns, we carry guns. They got ranks, we got ranks. They got their army uniforms, we got our gang colors. And the list went on and on.&quot;</p><p>For the last two years, he&#39;s put this idea into practice with the Urban Warriors program.</p><p>On a Saturday morning late last year at Chicago&#39;s Kelly Hall YMCA, a group of seven veterans &mdash; a mix of black, white and Latino men, some of whom grew up in the same neighborhoods as the teens &mdash; sit in a circle. The dozen or so boys shuffle in one by one. Some are cheerful, some sullen with sweatshirt hoods and baseball caps pulled low. They grab granola bars and take a seat.</p><p>Mikhail Dasovich is a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran helping to lead the session. He joined Urban Warriors after seeing a flyer about the program at his therapist&#39;s office where he was getting help for PTSD.</p><p>The tough stories started from the very first meeting, Dasovich recalls.</p><div id="res464300912" previewtitle="(Top, left) In an exercise designed to open up the conversation between veterans and teenagers, Navy veteran Jamal McPherson waits for others to ask him questions. (Top, right) Veteran Mikhail Dasovich, who served as a Marine in Sangin in Afghanistan, shares his tattoos with participants. (Bottom) Bocanegra speaks at the start of the day's program."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="(Top, left) In an exercise designed to open up the conversation between veterans and teenagers, Navy veteran Jamal McPherson waits for others to ask him questions. (Top, right) Veteran Mikhail Dasovich, who served as a Marine in Sangin in Afghanistan, shares his tattoos with participants. (Bottom) Bocanegra speaks at the start of the day's program." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/25/urbanwarriors17edit_custom-16a9142bf50ae834ab166096a4614ade47047c46-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 615px; width: 620px;" title="Top, left: In an exercise designed to open up the conversation between veterans and teenagers, Navy veteran Jamal McPherson waits for others to ask him questions. Top, right: Veteran Mikhail Dasovich, who served as a Marine in Sangin in Afghanistan, shares his tattoos with participants. Bottom: Bocanegra speaks at the start of the day's program. (Alyssa Schukar for NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>&quot;I was very, very nervous, and all of the youth were looking at me. And everyone&#39;s clowning, everyone&#39;s joking,&quot; he says. &quot;And one of the youth ... he says to me like, &#39;Hey, you ever seen someone get shot in front of you?&#39; And the whole room went silent, and I was like &#39;Oh man, like, this quick, huh?&#39;&quot;</p></div></div></div><p>Dasovich told the group about watching his platoon sergeant get shot, right in front of him, during the war.</p><p>&quot;I went into detail, what seeing my father figure getting tore up by rifle bullets, what that did to me emotionally,&quot; Dasovich says.</p><p>Immediately, the teen who asked the question then offered up his story.</p><p>&quot;Right from my answer [he] goes in to describe how he had to watch his two cousins get gunned down right in front of him.&quot; Dasovich says. &quot;And that was something I had never felt before, to have such a young man so effortlessly describe the execution of his family members.&quot;</p><p>&quot;These kids, before they&#39;re 16, have, in essence, really been to combat,&quot; he says.</p><div id="res464317723" previewtitle="(Left to right) Jim Courtney-Clarks, 15; Noel Melecio, 15; and Marine veteran Mikhail Dasovich, 25."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="(Left to right) Jim Courtney-Clarks, 15; Noel Melecio, 15; and Marine veteran Mikhail Dasovich, 25." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/25/urbanwarriors-composite_custom-cfbd2854205a4609c17a4294c21b326676008b9a-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 307px; width: 620px;" title="Left to right, Jim Courtney-Clarks, 15; Noel Melecio, 15; and Marine veteran Mikhail Dasovich, 25. (Alyssa Schukar for NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>Dasovich says he sees the effects of neighborhood violence on some of the teenagers, and recognizes some of the same habits he picked up serving in combat.</p></div></div></div><p>&quot;I see the same levels of self-awareness with these kids when we&#39;re outside, just seeing how they&#39;re looking around,&quot; he says. &quot;It piques up right in me, remembering just having to check my sectors, always feeling like I had to check my back when I came home from the war.&quot;</p><p>Being alert is just a way of life for most of these boys. Fifteen-year-old Noel Melecio brings up a few recent attacks in his neighborhood, Logan Square. He says he thinks the same thing almost happened to him.</p><p>&quot;Me and my friend were walking, and I look back and I see there&#39;s one group of kids behind me, which is like two or three kids and then across the street I see another group of kids,&quot; he says. &quot;I think they&#39;re trying to wrap around so they can get in front of us, so I tell my friend, &#39;Start running.&#39; And we start running and they start chasing us.&quot;</p><p>Melecio got away, and later shared the story with the vets and kids in the group.</p><p>For Urban Warriors that&#39;s the idea: The teens talk about what they&#39;re going through, the veterans help them figure out how to process it.</p><p>But getting them to open up takes time. Over the program&#39;s 16 weeks, the veterans build trust through team building, talking and sometimes just playing.</p><p>At the recent Saturday session, that included a rowdy race through a makeshift obstacle course of folding chairs and lunch tables. The catch: a blindfolded member on each team and a military-like mandate that no one is left behind.</p><div id="res464301124" previewtitle="(From left) Marine veterans Richard Rivera and Dasovich help a youth participate in a trust-building exercise."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="(From left) Marine veterans Richard Rivera and Dasovich help a youth participate in a trust-building exercise." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/25/urbanwarriors16_custom-47a2ab1062415bbaca2998835e8302f16d863c9f-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 405px; width: 620px;" title="From left, Marine veterans Richard Rivera and Dasovich help a youth participate in a trust-building exercise. (Alyssa Schukar for NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>Eventually they break into small groups &mdash; three or four kids for each veteran. And that&#39;s where they get at the most difficult subjects: suicide, loss, grief. They might have endured the deaths of family or friends, witnessed assaults or other violence.</p></div></div></div><p>Melecio says it wasn&#39;t easy for him to share at first.</p><p>&quot;It was like, all we do is just come here and sit here and just talk about feelings,&quot; he says. &quot;I can do that anywhere else.&quot;</p><p>The program is voluntary and some kids do drop out. Melecio says the veterans are what got him to stay.</p><p>&quot;Anywhere else anybody would just tell you, &#39;Oh, you&#39;ll be OK,&#39; or they&#39;ll pat you on the back or something. But them, they like get into your feelings and help you sort them out,&quot; he says.</p><p>But just sticking it out isn&#39;t a measure of success. In fact, people around the country are weighing this idea &mdash; that neighborhood violence can cause trauma that should be treated.</p><div id="res464301485" previewtitle="Noel Melecio, 15, talks with YMCA outreach worker John Vergara during a recent Urban Warriors session."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Noel Melecio, 15, talks with YMCA outreach worker John Vergara during a recent Urban Warriors session." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/25/urbanwarriors09edit_custom-9459b1b92239d1fd205db74ec32154c764aa2bf7-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Noel Melecio, 15, talks with YMCA outreach worker John Vergara during a recent Urban Warriors session. (Alyssa Schukar for NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>In California, a handful of families&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/10/01/445001579/ruling-in-compton-schools-case-trauma-could-cause-disability">sued the Compton school district</a>&nbsp;arguing that trauma is a disability that schools should accommodate. Baltimore is putting workers, city-wide,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-trauma-training-20150827-story.html.">through train</a><a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-trauma-training-20150827-story.html.">ing to detect and understand trauma</a>&nbsp;in the communities they serve.</p></div></div></div><p>The Urban Warriors program raises many questions: How do you know if a kid is coping better? What about the vets? Does mentoring help them deal with PTSD? Researchers from the University of Chicago have begun studying the kids who have completed the program &mdash; currently about 80 &mdash; in order to start answering those questions.</p><p>In the meantime, Jim Courtney-Clarks, the teenager wondering whether he&#39;d be the next shooting victim in his neighborhood, is unequivocal. He says Urban Warriors has changed the way he thinks about his future.</p><p>&quot;The past week, I was just thinking about dropping out of school,&quot; he says. &quot;Until today. And I see that it&#39;s a lot of stuff that I can accomplish if I stay in school, by looking at the veterans. Like I&#39;m not sure if I want to go to college, but I might want to join the police academy or just go to the Navy or something.&quot;</p><p>For Courtney-Clarks and the veterans of Urban Warriors, that&#39;s a start.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/all-things-considered/2016-01-25/chicago-teens-and-combat-veterans-join-forces-process Artists Respond to Violence and Strife in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-21/artists-respond-violence-and-strife-chicago-114561 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Artists Respond.jpeg" alt="" /><p><div><div>Two artists who have created work that speaks to some of Chicago&rsquo;s underlying issues like police brutality and gun violence join us to talk about their work.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Garland Martin Taylor is a sculptor based in Hyde Park. Kristiana Colon is a poet and playwright as well as an activist with the Let Us Breathe Collective.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-21/artists-respond-violence-and-strife-chicago-114561 Violence plagues some new 'Safe Passage' routes http://www.wbez.org/news/violence-plagues-some-new-safe-passage-routes-108514 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/safe passage_130809 credit BILL HEALY_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The areas closely surrounding routes designated by Chicago Public Schools as Safe Passage, where students will begin walking this week, have already seen more than 100 shootings and dozens of murders this year, according to a WBEZ analysis.<br /><br />The analysis of Chicago Police Department data offers a snapshot of violent crime within a one-block radius along each of the 53 <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-public-schools-unveils-safe-passage-routes-108369">newly designated</a> Safe Passage routes, as defined on the city&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fdata.cityofchicago.org%2FPublic-Safety%2FSafe-Passages%2Fb4yy-ytgy&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNE-_S6flSr2u_VizuHJkK-vJSGBPg">website</a>, before the expanded program goes into effect on Monday.</p><p>Following safety concerns in the wake of a historic round of 50 school <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wbez.org%2Fnews%2Fcps-board-votes-close-50-schools-107294&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNHN5xfFFuualP20kbksCbYwLrMTnw">closures</a>, the district is spending an additional $7.7 million this year to double the number of Safe Passage workers, from 600 to 1,200. The program stations adults, trained in conflict resolution and armed with cell phones and high-visibility vests, along designated Safe Passage routes during the hours students are walking to and from school.</p><p>Safe Passage is already in place near 35 Chicago high schools and four elementary schools. CPS and Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s administration are<a href="http://cps.edu/Pages/safepassage.aspx"> expanding</a> it this year to allay safety concerns for the roughly 10,000 students who will be heading to new receiving schools this year, sometimes through dangerous gang territory.</p><p>The grisly daytime <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Farticles.chicagotribune.com%2F2013-08-20%2Fnews%2Fct-met-uptown-shooting-folo-20130821_1_safe-passage-uptown-shooting-five-men&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNHcdN589tfquYaS_eHcG5fsrcEwqA">shooting</a> of five people along one new Safe Passage route in Chicago&rsquo;s Uptown neighborhood last week drew more attention to violence along the new routes, just days before the start of classes.<br /><br />But it was hardly the first.</p><p>There have been 133 shootings and 38 murders near Safe Passage routes so far in 2013, according to a WBEZ analysis of Chicago Police Department data. That&rsquo;s 16 percent of all shootings, and 16 percent of all murders, that have taken place citywide through Aug. 13, the most recent data available.</p><p>Crime data also show that violence plagued the areas around some new Safe Passage routes, even while CPS students were in class last year. Areas within a one-block radius of the newly named routes saw 68 shootings and 12 murders on school days during daytime hours last school year, according to WBEZ&rsquo;s analysis.</p><p>The Safe Passage zone around Luke O&rsquo;Toole Elementary School, in the West Englewood neighborhood, has seen 10 shootings and three murders this year through Aug. 13, and seven shootings between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on school days last year. In the area surrounding the new Safe Passage route leading to Mollison Elementary School, in the South Side&rsquo;s Bronzeville neighborhood, there have been at least 10 shootings so far in 2013.</p><p>WBEZ reached out to principals at several schools with the most violence near the new Safe Passage routes, but none returned phone calls.</p><p>CPS maintains posting Safe Passage workers along the routes can lead to a drop in crime. Over the past two years, overall crime along the 39 existing Safe Passage routes has dropped 20 percent, according to CPS. The district did not provide numbers to back that up, or data showing the effect on violent crime specifically.</p><p>&ldquo;Any crime near our schools underscores the importance of partnering with community-based Safe Passage vendors and workers to help our children get to and from school safely,&rdquo; CPS spokeswoman Keiana Barrett was quoted as saying in an email to WBEZ late Friday. &ldquo;CPS looks forward to collaborating with CPD, CFD, other city agencies and responsible adults throughout the communities we serve to provide for the safety and security of our students.&rdquo;</p><p>Crime in the areas surrounding Safe Passage routes does tend to go down as the programs become more established in communities and local business owners and residents become involved, said Cindy Wilder, with Prologue, one of the vendors providing workers along new Safe Passage routes serving five schools across the city&rsquo;s West Side.</p><p>&ldquo;We tell the older kids, &lsquo;C&rsquo;mon you guys, you&rsquo;re doing something illegal, this isn&rsquo;t the place to do it,&rsquo;&rdquo; Wilder said. &ldquo;It becomes known in the community, you can&rsquo;t do those kinda wrongdoings in that area.&rdquo;<br /><br />But CPS has also suggested the program shouldn&rsquo;t be seen as a panacea for the city&rsquo;s crime problem.</p><p>&ldquo;Safe Passage is during the time that children come to school and leave school,&rdquo; said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett when asked about last week&rsquo;s shooting in Uptown. &ldquo;That doesn&rsquo;t minimize sympathy for any child or any person that&rsquo;s hurt on a particular street, but Safe Passage is slightly different and it&rsquo;s comprehensive.&rdquo;</p><p>But just days before the start of classes, the city&rsquo;s continuing violence added to worries among some CPS parents and other officials.</p><p>&ldquo;I am more concerned,&rdquo; said Chicago 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman. His ward includes Brennemann Elementary, near where the five people were shot along the new Safe Passage route in Uptown last week. The area around Brennemann&rsquo;s route has seen at least four shootings so far this year, and five daytime shootings during the last school year.<br /><br />&ldquo;That&rsquo;s why we continue to put pressure on CPS to have a good program in place that ensures children feel safe as they go to and from school,&rdquo; Cappleman said.</p><p>The Chicago Teachers Union, meanwhile, has questioned CPS&rsquo; commitment to the Safe Passage program beyond the first week of class.<br /><br />&ldquo;We&rsquo;re skeptical that the Board is gonna be able to protect the kids in all of these routes for the whole entire school year, and the school years to come. So that&rsquo;s a concern,&rdquo; said Norine Gutekanst, the coordinator of organizing for the Chicago Teachers Union.</p><p>Meanwhile, Cappleman said he remains optimistic but is waiting to see how the new Safe Passage routes shake out.<br /><br />&ldquo;For me, the proof is in the pudding,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We look at the data. We will know it&rsquo;s a good plan when we see less violence occurring when school lets out.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Alex Keefe covers politics and Elliott Ramos is a web producer at WBEZ. </em></p><p><em>Follow Alex&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fakeefe&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNEVrPvbWptqW-vqRNGdFWcP5RpnpA">@akeefe</a>&nbsp;and Elliott <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoEl">@ChicagoEl</a>.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 620px;"><tbody><tr><td colspan="3"><strong>Violence near new &#39;Safe Passage&#39; routes, 2013</strong></td></tr><tr><td style="background-color: rgb(11, 83, 148); width: 205px;"><strong><span style="color:#ffffff;">New Safe Passage zones</span></strong></td><td style="background-color: rgb(255, 51, 51);"><strong>Homicides</strong></td><td style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 153);"><strong>Shootings</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="800" scrolling="no" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/INTERACTIVE+DATA+PUBLISHING/2013+Projects/August/SafePassage/2013CrimeMap.html" width="620"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Source: City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department data through Aug. 13, the most recent available. <a href="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=GVIZ&amp;t=TABLE&amp;q=select+col0%2C+col1%2C+col2%2C+col3%2C+col4%2C+col5%2C+col6%2C+col7%2C+col8%2C+col9%2C+col10%2C+col11%2C+col12%2C+col13%2C+col14%2C+col15%2C+col16%2C+col17%2C+col18%2C+col19%2C+col20%2C+col21%2C+col22%2C+col23%2C+col24+from+1cMIaCFFbZGeD-9b3ocVnXC357IFizZtFKnKgqfE&amp;containerId=gviz_canvas">Shootings data</a> | <a href="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=GVIZ&amp;t=TABLE&amp;q=select+col0%2C+col1%2C+col2%2C+col3%2C+col4%2C+col5%2C+col6%2C+col7%2C+col8%2C+col9%2C+col10%2C+col11%2C+col12%2C+col13%2C+col14%2C+col15%2C+col16%2C+col17%2C+col18%2C+col19%2C+col20%2C+col21%2C+col22%2C+col23%2C+col24+from+1cMIaCFFbZGeD-9b3ocVnXC357IFizZtFKnKgqfE&amp;containerId=gviz_canvas">Homicide data</a></em></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 620px;"><tbody><tr><td colspan="3"><strong>Daytime violence near new &#39;Safe Passage&#39; routes, 2012-2013 school year</strong></td></tr><tr><td style="background-color: rgb(11, 83, 148); width: 205px;"><strong><span style="color:#ffffff;">New Safe Passage routes</span></strong><span id="cke_bm_347S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></td><td style="background-color: rgb(255, 51, 51);"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_347E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><strong>Homicides</strong></td><td style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 153);"><strong>Shootings</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="800" scrolling="no" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/INTERACTIVE+DATA+PUBLISHING/2013+Projects/August/SafePassage/SchoolYearCrime.html" width="620"></iframe></p><p><em style="font-size: 10px;">Source: City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department data through Aug. 13, the most recent available. Includes all shootings and murders that took place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on days when class was in session for all CPS students. <a href="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=GVIZ&amp;t=TABLE&amp;q=select+col0%2C+col1%2C+col2%2C+col3%2C+col4%2C+col5%2C+col6%2C+col7%2C+col8%2C+col9%2C+col10%2C+col11%2C+col12%2C+col13%2C+col14%2C+col15%2C+col16%2C+col17%2C+col18%2C+col19%2C+col20%2C+col21%2C+col22%2C+col23%2C+col24%2C+col25%2C+col26%2C+col27%2C+col28%2C+col29%2C+col30%2C+col31+from+1KtSVldYmC7Byz0Mbb9nq-6Cp8UxkafD5ZGc-cX0&amp;containerId=gviz_canvas">Shootings data</a> | <a href="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=GVIZ&amp;t=TABLE&amp;q=select+col0%2C+col1%2C+col2%2C+col3%2C+col4%2C+col5%2C+col6%2C+col7%2C+col8%2C+col9%2C+col10%2C+col11%2C+col12%2C+col13%2C+col14%2C+col15%2C+col16%2C+col17%2C+col18%2C+col19%2C+col20%2C+col21%2C+col22%2C+col23%2C+col24%2C+col25%2C+col26%2C+col27%2C+col28%2C+col29%2C+col30%2C+col31+from+1KtSVldYmC7Byz0Mbb9nq-6Cp8UxkafD5ZGc-cX0&amp;containerId=gviz_canvas">Homicide data</a></em></p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/violence-plagues-some-new-safe-passage-routes-108514 Afternoon Shift: Violence in Chicago, public art and 10 years of Gapers Block http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-05-01/afternoon-shift-violence-chicago-public-art-and-10-years-gapers <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Picasso_sculpture_Civic_Center_360.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Niala talks with Natalie Moore and Lance Williams about last night&#39;s spike in shootings and architect Richard Tomlinson and AIC assistant curator Alison Fisher discuss bringing world class art to Chicago. Then Curious City takes a look in to the history of Dunning Insane Asylum with Robert Louerzel.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-attracting-eyeballs.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-attracting-eyeballs" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift: Violence in Chicago, showcasing art and 10 years of Gapers Block" on Storify</a>]<h1>Afternoon Shift: Violence in Chicago, showcasing art and 10 years of Gapers Block</h1><h2>Niala talks with Natalie Moore and Lance Williams about last night's spike in shootings and architect Richard Tomlinson and AIC assistant curator Alison Fisher discuss bringing world class art to Chicago. Then Curious City takes a look in to the history of Dunning Insane Asylum with Robert Louerzel.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Wed, May 01 2013 11:45:43</p><div>Artic</div><div><b>Tinder Box:</b> Last night was the warmest night in Chicago in seven months, so it came as no surprise when the number of shootings sky rocketed. WBEZ's south side&nbsp;bureau<b>&nbsp;Natalie Moore </b>and Northeastern Illinois University professor<b> Lance Williams</b>, coauthors of the book "<a href="http://blackstonebook.com/about.html" class="">The Almighty Black P Stone Nation</a>", look in to the causes of the tension that has engulfed Chicago and how to diffuse it.&nbsp;</div><div>At least 8 wounded in separate shootings on the South, North Side(Tribune illustration) South Princeton Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA 2000 East 71st Street, Chicago, IL 60649, USA North Sheridan Road &amp; West ...</div><div><b>Attracting Artists:&nbsp;</b>What can Chicago do to showcase the work of world-class artists? The Art Institute of Chicago is holding an event tonight to look back at the famed courting of Pablo Picasso. The city ended up commissioning his work and it now stands tall and proud in Chicago's Daley Plaza. What will it take for our art community to continue to attract and showcase the artists of our time?&nbsp;<b>Richard Tomlinson</b>, architect and&nbsp;managing partner at Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill architecture, <b>Alison Fisher</b>, the Art Institute's assistant curator for architecture and, arts patron <b>Scott Hodes </b>weigh in.&nbsp;</div><div>Building Public Art and Public Spaces: The Chicago Picasso and Its Legacy | The Art Institute of ChicagoVisit &gt; Calendar &gt; Building Public Art and Public Spaces: The Chicago Picasso and Its Legacy</div><div>CLOSING SOON—Don't miss our first major Picasso show in almost 30 years. Picasso and Chicago closes May 12! http://ow.ly/kxgD4Art Institute</div><div><b><i>Curious City</i>: </b>In the latest installment of <i>Curious City</i>, editor <b>Shawn Allee, </b>author and freelance journalist <b>Robert Louerzel</b>, sought out to answer <b>Michael Dotson</b>'s question: What's the history behind&nbsp;<div>Cook County's former Dunning Insane Asylum and the people buried nearby? The trio join Niala to share their findings.</div></div><div>Amazing #longread by @robertloerzel at @WBEZCuriousCity on the history of Dunning and its asylum/poorhouse bit.ly/11B7cRXChuck Sudo</div><div>The story of Dunning, a 'tomb for the living'In both life and death, the people who ended up at the notorious asylum and poor farm were some of Chicago&rsquo;s least fortunate reside...</div><div><b>10 Years of Gapers Block: </b>It is hard to believe the Chicago news site <i><a href="http://gapersblock.com/" class="">Gapers Block</a> </i>has been at it for a decade. <i>Gapers' </i>editor and publisher<i>&nbsp;</i><b>Andrew Huff </b>and <b>Mark Konkol</b>, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer at large for <i><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/" class="">DNA Info</a>, </i>discuss the health and sustainability of local independent journalism.&nbsp;</div><div>I'll be on @wbez's #afternoonshift at 3:30 today talking about @gapersblock at 10yrs &amp; the challenges &amp; opportunities of indie online media.Andrew Huff</div><div>Konkol leaves Sun-Times to write for DNAInfo ChicagoMark Konkol, the Chicago journalism superstar who won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting last year, is leaving the Sun-Times to join ...</div></noscript></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 12:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-05-01/afternoon-shift-violence-chicago-public-art-and-10-years-gapers