Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A crumb from two gangs in Chicago

Eight months ago, two rival gangs in the North Pullman neighborhood of southwest Chicago decided to call a cease-fire. They realized gang violence prevented their kids from playing outside, so they decided to achieve peace. The successful cease-fire has brought relief to the community. Now kids can play outside again, but where?

Working with Chicago CRED, an organization to reduce violence in the city, young men in the two rival gangs banded together so they could build a community playground. "They didn't ask for anything for themselves," said CRED spokesman Amy Duncan. "They just said, 'Our kids have no place to play. Can you help us build a playground?'" The two gangs worked side-by-side on the project, and when they saw the finished playground, no one could hide their smiles.

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