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Public Equity, Think Outside Da Block Join Communities Partnering 4 Peace

Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) is proud to officially welcome two new organizations to the collective — Public Equity and Think Outside Da Block. These groups join 13 other community-based and citywide organizations dedicated to helping heal Chicago’s communities experiencing the highest levels of gun violence.

Overheard at the 2024 Giffords Community Violence Intervention Conference

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) and Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) were present at the 2024 Giffords Community Violence Intervention Conference which took place June 24-25 in Los Angeles, California. The conference is the largest gathering in the country dedicated to CVI, attracting over 800 experts from across the nation and world.

Op-Ed: Where Chicago’s Community Gun Violence and Migrant Humanitarian Crises Intersect

As Independence Day celebrates freedom and liberty, the American experience remains a struggle marked by contradictions between our ideals and the realities faced by underrepresented citizens.

WATCH NOW: The Joyce Foundation Holds Webinar on ‘Law Enforcement Support for CVI Strategies’

The Joyce Foundation hosted the latest installment of its monthly lunch & learn webinar series with a panel entitled “Exploring Law Enforcement Support for Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Strategies” on Thursday, June 20, 2024.

Metropolitan Peace Academy Celebrates Newest Class of CVI Leaders at Spring Graduation, Marks More Than 500 Graduates to Date

The Metropolitan Peace Initiatives’ (MPI) Metropolitan Peace Academy (MPA) celebrated the newest class of street outreach workers, case management workers, victim service advocates, and its first-ever Crisis Prevention & Response Unit (CPRU) cohort at its Spring graduation on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center.

WATCH NOW: Four Chicago Communities to Scale Up Violence Intervention Programs

Four Chicago communities are moving forward with plans to expand community violence intervention (CVI) programs under a larger effort entitled “Scaling Community Violence Intervention for a Safer Chicago” or “SC2.” The news was announced at a convening on Monday, June 17, 2024 at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC) in Austin.

PHOTOS: Strides for Peace’s 2024 Race Against Gun Violence

Runners, walkers, and community violence intervention (CVI) supporters of all ages joined in on Strides for Peace‘s 2024 Race Against Gun Violence on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Grant Park. The annual event celebrates the life-changing work of community organizations and provides a platform for people who care about ending gun violence.

INVC Celebrates Three College Unbound Graduates

It was a momentous occasion as three leaders representing the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC) graduated from College Unbound with their bachelor’s degrees on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at the Metropolitan Peace Academy in Pilsen.

2024 Gun Violence Prevention Activities

June is recognized as National Gun Violence Awareness Month, a time to honor gun violence survivors and advocate to put an end to gun violence.

Save the Date: Scaling CVI for a Safer Chicago Convening

On Monday, June 17, 2024, community violence intervention (CVI) organizations, philanthropic, business, and government leaders will convene to provide updates on our plan entitled “Scaling Community Violence Intervention for a Safer Chicago” or “SC2.”

Participate in #WearOrange This Friday, June 7

Join us on Friday, June 7, 2024 as we come together for Wear Orange, an annual campaign during Gun Violence Awareness Month. This action is in remembrance of Chicagoan Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed in 2017 while in the park with classmates.

Southland RISE: Strengthening Violence Recovery Through Hospital and Street Outreach Collaboration

Southland RISE, a joint initiative by UChicago Medicine and Advocate Christ Medical Center, aims to improve treatment and support for crime survivors and their families by forging stronger connections between hospitals and street outreach organizations.

MPI Chief Training Officer Vanessa Perry Dereef Teaches the Keys to Building High-Impact Teams for CVILA

The newest cohort of students enrolled in the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA) sat excited and inquisitive as they learned key tactics for “Building and Cultivating High-Impact Teams” within their organizations.

NFL Renews ‘Inspire Change’ Grant With Metropolitan Peace Initiatives

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) will be the recipient of a grant renewal from the NFL, furthering the organization’s mission to help reduce gun violence across Chicago.

Communities Partnering 4 Peace Wins UChicago ‘Distinctive Innovation and Social Service Award

The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice recently awarded Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) with the 2024 Distinctive Innovation and Social Service Award. This accolade is given annually to deserving social service agencies and programs that demonstrate innovation in their approaches and practices while reflecting the mission of the school.

‘Trauma Is Real’: CVI Leaders Discuss the Importance of Healing

With May being recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, and specifically, May 15 being observed as National Trauma Survivors Day, there was no better time for leading voices in the community violence intervention (CVI) and restorative justice spaces to speak on the effects of trauma and the strength in healing.

Claretian Associates Honors Mothers With Free ‘Paint and Chat’ Event in South Chicago

It was all about the mamas as Claretian Associates hosted a “Mothers Appreciation Paint and Chat” on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the South Chicago SALUD Center. The event was a part of Communities Partnering 4 Peaces (CP4P) Light in the Night initiative, a program aimed at reclaiming public spaces to empower communities.

CVI in Practice: MPI Leads Strategy Workshops at 2024 PLECET National Conference in Atlanta

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) leadership conducted a series of community violence intervention (CVI) training courses at the 2024 Professionalizing Law Enforcement-Community Engagement Training (PLECET) National Conference on May 2 and 3, 2024 in Atlanta.

WATCH NOW: The Civil Rights Act at 60 — How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream Lives on in Chicago

The past and the present collided in a conversation on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, its lasting effects, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as the Family Action Network hosted a panel discussion at Evanston Township High School on Monday, April 29, 2024. Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) Executive Director Vaughn Bryant reflected on how Dr. King’s vision continues to inform his organization’s efforts in combating gun violence across Chicago.

Food For Those In Need: Pan de Vida Opens Fourth Location in Chicago

The neighborhood of Midway recently celebrated the grand opening of a new Pan de Vida, which translates to “Bread of Life”, location at New Life Centers. This marked a collaborative effort with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to provide food to thousands within the community.