Category: Gun Violence

Here It Goes Again: A Brief Reflection On Another School Shooting

Here It Goes Again: A Brief Reflection On Another School Shooting
While eating dinner this evening, I saw on Twitter that there was another shooting at another high school. 1 dead, 1 in custody. So unfortunate. In my prior professional position, I would often talk to students about the real price of gun violence, and the ripple effect of these events. Butler High School in Matthews, North... Read more »

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan
I’ve always told my students, “Don’t just read about history someone else is making.  Make some yourself.” Yesterday felt like history being made.  It felt momentous.  In the wake of the March For Our Lives movement, and the new explosion of youth engagement, it felt like so many pages coming together. Now, I’m no stranger... Read more »

Are You Going To Strides For Peace?

Are You Going To Strides For Peace?
Do you think about Chicago violence? Do you talk about Chicago violence? If either of those answers is yes, then the only place you should be Thursday night is Grant Park, for the Strides for Peace “Race Against Gun Violence”. I don’t intend to sound mean, but I will say it to all of you as... Read more »
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The Metro Gun Share Program

The Metro Gun Share Program
If you’ve ventured down to Daley Plaza in the last 24 hours, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a new addition to the Plaza,  a new art exhibit entitled the Metro Gun Share Program.  The design of the art piece will look extremely familiar to Chicagoans; it looks exactly like a Divvy bike share docking station.  However, you’ll... Read more »

Is This America???

Is This America???
Now, first and foremost, if you haven’t seen the video for Childish Gambino’s newest internet breaking single and video, This Is America, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about…so start by watching the video.  If you’ve seen it before, you already know that 4, 5, or 6 viewings isn’t enough to take it all... Read more »

Reflections of a Chicago Boy who took students to the March For Our Lives: DC Edition

Reflections of a Chicago Boy who took students to the March For Our Lives: DC Edition
8:04am I am currently sitting in a Starbucks in Crestwood, IL., 2 hours removed from our bus returning to Chicago. Let me start by saying that I feel amazingly fortunate to have traveled to Washington D.C. for the March For Our Lives. Better yet, I was able to travel there with a bus full of... Read more »
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Breaking News: Gun Dealer Licensing Passes in Illinois!

It’s pretty rare that I’m speechless, or don’t know exactly what to say, or at least have a general idea of what I want to say. But, I’m drawing a pretty good blank at the moment. A little over 3 years ago, I was introduced to the idea of Gun Dealer Licensing.  I was sat... Read more »

As A Veteran And Teacher, I Think Arming Teachers Is A Really Bad Idea

As A Veteran And Teacher, I Think Arming Teachers Is A Really Bad Idea
Throughout the day, friends have sent me a plethora of articles surrounding the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  One of those articles in particular caught my eye. It was written by Matt Martin and entitled, “I’ve been shot in combat. And as a veteran, I’m telling you: allowing teachers to be armed... Read more »

Unpublished Throwback: Did You Know There Was A Peace March and Rally In Chicago Thursday? And It Was Awesome

Unpublished Throwback: Did You Know There Was A Peace March and Rally In Chicago Thursday? And It Was Awesome
Note: This blog was originally created on October 29, 2017, but was never published. Today, I had the privilege of an attending a peace march and rally here in Chicago.  In fact, I was the guest speaker. The rally was organized by the community of teachers and students at Dr. Martin Luther King Academy for... Read more »
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Have You Read Chicago's Gun Trace Report?

Have You Read Chicago's Gun Trace Report?
I suppose an easier question is did you know that Chicago released a gun trace report?  If you have yet to see it, click on the picture below to read it…I’ll wait.   Now, I’ve been meaning to post on this topic since the report was released last week.  However today, I heard two things that... Read more »