Amidst headline-grabbing violence in Chicago, we’re talking to people working to rebuild communities.
We were originally scheduled to be joined by Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church here in Chicago. He was going to talk about "Brothers on the Block", his new program to help curb violence through mentorship. He wound up having to cancel, to be by the bedside of a shooting victim.
We were joined by Carter's Barber Shop neighbor and former State Rep. Art Turner. The Barber Shop is in his former district. He lives blocks away. He talked about some of the root causes of violence in the community, as well as some solutions.
We also spoke with one of the barbers, Vaughan Allison, Sr. Almost a year ago exactly, Vaughan lost his son, Vaughan, Jr., to gun violence. At the time, father and son were in Barber College together. They were planning to open a barber shop together. Vaughan, Jr. was 20.
We also spoke with:
• Mattie Butler of Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors (via phone)
• Kevin Jackson of the Chicago Rehab Network.
They spoke about affordable housing, another facet to rebuilding strong, safe communities.
The Barber Shop Show airs every Friday at 12pm CST on Vocalo.org, 90.7 FM, and 89.5 FM.
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