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Sheila Solomon

Addressing the Violence

Chicago is paying attention to violence. The Chicago police are calling attention to periods without shootings in troubled corners of the South and West sides.

The Chicago filmmakers and CeaseFire Illinois violence interrupter involved in the documentary “The Interrupters” have been featured on television and in Trib Nation programs such as Chicago Forward: Is Our City Safe? and Chicago Live!

In the Washington Heights neighborhood, one Mount Vernon Elementary School class-room has been addressing how to manage conflicts before they lead to violence.

Through a partnership with The News Literacy Project, a national organization aimed at teaching students critical thinking skills about the media and supported in part by the Chicago Tribune Foundation, these Chicago seventh-graders have produced their own video about youth violence. You can watch the video they produced on our newsroom blog,

The message ties in to conversations, and we’ve been hearing a great deal from members of the community who would like to do more to be involved. What are your thoughts on neighborhood violence? Send us a message at