Our (Peaceful World Movement and Quality of Life Solution) first workshop in the series on Responsible Fatherhood and Community Peace, held at Chicago State University on Chicago's South Side on 6/27/13 was more of a success than we imagined.
Even with the heavy rain and strong wind, a diverse age group of African American participants mainly from Englewood and Roseland communities, two of the highest violence communities in Chicago, happily participated. These are the main communities of focus for our work at the moment.
Lawrence Walls, Sr. who I recently featured on my latest EBONY.com article entitled, “Why did they Kill My Son” made a guest appearance and helped workshop participants understand the thoughts, feelings, and actions associated with losing a child through violence. Participants were amazed with how much they learned from sharing various experiences. The working groups matched persons who lost loved ones through murder, and those who did not. Those who did not have the experience interviewed those who had, through use of various questions that Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean provided.
Our next Mini-workshop is on July 25 and entitled, “Introduction to Responsible Fatherhood.”
Is is amazing how much difference some
healthy dialogue can make. We thank all those who participated in our first workshop, and look forward to seeing you and your guests on July 25th.
We thank our co-sponsor, the Neighborhood Assistance Center at Chicago State University. We thank Michero Washington from SAFE STREETS for being with us, as well as Arthur Stringer from Developers of Dreams, and Don Dirk from Mission of Peace.
Enjoy the pictures below:
from April 9th 2013 discussion at Chicago State University,
Douglas 103, 12:30-2:00pm, entitled,
"Why Aren't there MORE Murders in Chicago?
discussion was hosted by Dr. Yan Searcy, Interim Associate Dean
College of Arts and Sciences, Chicago State University. The presenter
and leader of the discussion was Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean.
Thirty one persons represented various community non profit organizations, Chicago State University faculty, and students, were present at the discussion. Dr. Searcy welcomed the audience and reminded them that the discussion is part of a series of presentations taking place on campus to stimulate provocative thought and dialogue that can lead to creating a better society. He introduced Dr. St. Jean, who he believes has a unique and promising approach through the Peaceful World Movement, to addressing the problems of violence in Chicago, and elsewhere.
In Dr. St. Jean's brief presentation, he outlined various statistics which indicate the decline in murders in Chicago from the first five years of the 1990s when there were an average of 899 murders per year, to the most recent five years, when there were an average of 470 murders per year: a 48% decrease between those periods. Dr St. Jean indicated that, while murders are still too high in Chicago, it is important to focus on approaches that may be contributing to the decline.
He showed a map which illustrated the various police districts where murders remained relatively low, high, mid-range, and changed from one level to another during the periods. Police District 8 was the only one where murders have increased between the two periods. More details about the material covered in the presentation can be obtained from the following article written by Dr. St. Jean and published by EBONY.com on April 8th 2013: “The Decline of Murders in Chicago: Voices from the Streets."
After Dr. St. Jean's presentation, he introduced guests who he invited to the meeting to share their views about what seems to be working to reduce murders in Chicago. He indicated that he determined which guests to invite when their names or organizations were mentioned by persons he had encountered while conducting crime and peace related field research in Chicago. He said in conversations with many ex-offenders and others who are at high risk of being perpetrators or victims of murder, the names of certain organizations and individuals emerged as part of the solution. He therefore, invited heads of some of those organizations to the discussion to dialogue with each other, and plan the way forward through the vision of the Peaceful World Movement, which is to develop a Peace Industry in Chicago as a sustainable antidote to the problems of crime, violence, delinquency, and associated issues.
Persons who spoke on behalf of organizations include Arthur "Bo" Stringer and Dirk Alkin "Don Dirk", President and Vice President of Developers of Dreams; Ray Soucek, President of Haymarket Center; Audrey Wright of Gordie's Foundation; Pleasant Stephens, Founder of Infinity Building Economics/Black Political Action Committees; Lewis Myers and Douglas Thomson, Professors in the Department of Criminal Justice, CSU; and several others.
On Wednesday, April 15th 2013, from 4:30-6:45pm, at the Swift Mansion on 4500 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, the Peaceful Chicagoland Initiative chapter of the Peaceful World Movement will host a restorative justice dialogue with former leaders of some of Chicago's most notorious street organizations such as the Black Disciples. The dialogue will include students from Dr. St. Jean's Restorative Justice class at Governors State University. They will discuss with members of the street organizations the relevance of restorative justice to their efforts to create more peace in Chicago's most troubled communities.
Founder and Executive Director of the Peaceful World Movement, Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean, has
been asked by EBONY Magazine, to prepare a variety of articles to be
included in its series on the epidemic of violence in its hometown,
Chicago. The series began on March 13th 2013 with Dr. St. Jean's first article, "MURDER BY THE NUMBERS" and is called, "ENOUGH: Chicago and the Tragedy
of Urban Violence."
We hereby feature below, links to the introduction of this important series by Jamilah Lemieux, News and Lifestyle Editor, EBONY.com, and Dr. St. Jean's various articles. We will soon add links to the other articles written by other authors in the series. Our hope is that this series will create new windows of opportunity for the further enjoyment of peaceful living in the Chicago area, and beyond.
Introduction by Jamilah Lemieux
"ENOUGH: Chicago and the Tragedy of Urban Violence
EBONY.COM'S LATEST SERIES TAKES ON THE CRISIS IN OUR HOMETOWN"
by Jamilah Lemieux; March 13th 2013:
EBONY.com Articles written by Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean
April 8th 2013:
The Decline of Murders in Chicago: Voices from the Streets
Dr. Peter K.B. St. Jean on the 'quiet revolution' taking place on the city's streets
March 26th 2013:
Struggles of Shooting Survivors in Chicago
VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES OFTEN FAIL TO GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. HERE ARE SOME OF THEIR STORIES
March 20th 2013
Homegoing for Jonylah Emani Watkins:
Mourners pack Chicago's New Beginnings Church to grieve the six-month-old who was gunned down last week
March 19th 2013
Guns and Murders:
Former and Current Shooters and Illegal Gun Carriers speak
The following pictures are in a slideshow from Dr. Ogletree's June 14th 2012 book signing. View and download as you wish.
All pictures taken by John Alexander.