We Are Reclaiming Chicago One Corner at a Time

By Tamar Manasseh

New York Times

October 23, 2017

An Op Ed by a Chicago resident about a simple idea: mothers facing down violence by being present on the street so children can play. In this model of Community Justice, where residents ask for a piece of the $95 million being spent on a new police headquarters, the author declares:

The most frequently asked question we get is: How did you do it? It’s simple. We cared. We put on hot-pink T-shirts, got our lawn chairs and a couple of packs of hot dogs, and went to the corner and cooked some dinner. We showed up and established a presence in the neighborhood. We’re also creating small community centers in vacant lots around the city, where kids can play, study and get a hot meal.



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