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Stop The Violence


Responding to the recent escalating violence aimed at youth in Chicago's neighborhoods, Chicago's public access station, CAN TV19, will devote an entire day to programming produced by residents whose communities have been affected by violence.

"I kept hearing more and more stories from residents submitting their programs about people close to them getting hurt or killed because of the violence," said Omari Nyamweya of CAN TV, coordinator of the programming day. Stop the Violence includes first person accounts of parents, like 2009 Father of the Year Ron Holt, who've lost children to violence. Other programs were created by youth trying to make sense of the violence, a dance group offering an alternative to gang life, and community residents active in anti-violence work.

Documentary producer Ernest Hayes said, "We are coming together as a community to say this needs to stop because we send a stronger message by taking a stand together."

Hayes' documentary, A Killer Name Streets, airing on June 27 at 5:00 p.m., features interviews with gang members and street hustlers warning youth about the dangers of life on the streets.

Stop the Violence will be cablecast from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 on cable channel CAN TV19. The day begins with a live one-hour panel and call-in show featuring community leaders from the Chicago Public Schools, the 6th Ward and Bronzeville.

Here's the complete schedule:

10:30 a.m.: Stop the Violence Or Else . . .

Chicago community leaders join with victims of violence for a live panel discussion and call-in show about violence in Chicago.

Panelists include: Alderman Freddrenna Lyle (6th Ward), Alderman Sandi Jackson (7th Ward), Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. (21st Ward), Ron Holt (parent of child lost to gun violence), Phil Jackson (Black Star Project), James Deanes (Chicago Public Schools Attendance and Truancy), and Marcus Jones (survivor of gun violence).

Noon: A Parent's Plea

2009 Father of the Year Ron Holt, who lost his son to gunfire on the CTA in 2007, joins other parents to talk about the emotional toll of losing a loved one to violence.

1:30 p.m.: Youth Voices Against Violence

Youth activists discuss their work educating other youth between the ages of 9 and 18 years old on the causes and consequences of violence.

2:00 p.m.: A Closer Look

Dr. Tyrone Powers, director of the Criminal Justice Institute, discusses youth violence and crime intervention.

3:00 p.m.: Hard Cover

Students from the Chicago area perform skits about stopping the violence.

4:00 p.m.: Purpose over Pain

Dr. Clarice Mason interviews Pamela Bosley and Willie Williams about their involvement with Purpose over Pain - a parents' support group for those who have lost their children to gun violence.

4:30 p.m.: Stop Tha Violence

Residents of Chicago inner city neighborhoods combat violence through dance.

5:00 p.m.: Killer Named Streets

Former gang members and street hustlers appeal to young viewers to avoid the temptations of the streets in this documentary examining life on the inner city streets.

7:30 p.m.: Youth Violence

Phil Jackson, president of the Black Star Project, and Marcus Jones, a survivor of gun violence, discuss what parents, students and the community can do to combat violence.

8:00 p.m.: Hoops High

Students reflect on the violence in their community through skits and video clips.

10:00 p.m.: Ghetto Revolution

An exploration of the social factors and causes of violence in the community.

10:30 p.m.: Underground Railroad

Community activist and businessman, Harold Davis Jr., talks about the need for youth and their parents to discuss the consequences of violent behavior.


Disclosure: Beachwood Reporter proprietor Steve Rhodes rents an apartment in a building owned by Barbara Popovic, the executive director of CAN TV.


Posted on June 23, 2009

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