Transforming Pain Into Power: National Panel + Youth Townhall on Violence

Chicago, IL

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Transforming Pain into Power: Voices against Violence

CHICAGO November 23rd, 2013 10am-3:30pm

VENUE: Holy Family School 3415 W. Arthington

Presented by The Peace Exchange (

In Partnership w/ Free Spirit Media, Chicago Citizens for Change, Holy Family Ministries,  Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, Cities United, League of Young Voters, Black Youth Project, BYP 100, & DePaul University’s Stean Center



*Lunch will be provided


Jamira Burley (Philadelphia Youth Commission)

Dennis Johnson (Chicago International Youth Peace Movement)

Joy McCormack (Chicago Citizens for Change)

Dr. Ozella Barnes (A Safe Place)

Henry Cervantes (Mikva Challenge Alumnus/The Peace Exchange)

CPS student TBD



10am-10:30 -Registration

10:30-10:40am - Welcome and opening Youth Peace Prayer: Rev Joan R. Harrell (Trinity United Church of Christ) *written by Dr. Rev Dr. Otis Moss III,  Alderman Michael Chandler

10:40-10:50 Lyrik Squad performance

10:50-11:50am National Panel moderated

11:50-11:55am Dance Break: Deavondre Jones “Shoes”

11:55am-12:30p GROUP BASE BUILDING BYP 100

12:35-1:25p LUNCH (Civic Engagement)FWK performance

1:30p-2:30p Town Hall begins/breakout sessions

2:30-3:00pm Breakout sessions report back

3:00-3:30p Action items, steps/where do we go from here, closing remarks, performance by FM Supreme


 LUNCH: Mayor Rahm Emanuel (City of Chicago-Invited), Juliana Stratton (Cook County Board President's Office) Dr. Phillip Jackson (Black Star Project), Dr. Miles Harvey (DePaul University, How Long Will We Cry), Cassandra Murff (Harper High School alum, Depaul University) should each speak for 3 mins about the work that they are actively performing to reduce violence in our communities.

 Performance by North Lawndale College Prep (ASM dance program)

Chicago FootWorKINGZ

Sicko Mobb

The breakout sessions/Town Hall will be centered on youth creating suggestions and or programs in their community/school in which they believe would decrease violence; peer mediation, community centers, etc.


Guest Facilitators

 Biko Baker/Ray Nitti (League of Young Voters) “The Ballot or the Bullet; Voter Information, the power of the youth vote. Does voting actually matter?


Johnae Strong/Aaron Talley (University of Chicago Grad Teaching Program) “Trayvon Martin Toolkit”


Henry Cervantes/Andrea Guzman (The Peace Exchange/Little Village/Pilsen Grassroots activism) Fasting, discipline, and organizing for their CPS school in LV. This workshop will be centered around strategies and tactics.


Rose Afriye/Katie McNulty/Awesome Luvvie (Google, Translation LLC, Social Media Expert) “Activism, Media , Advertising and Tech”


Felicia Davis/Juliana Stratton (City of Chicago, Cook County) “Youth Violence, prevention, and intervention workshop.”


Jamira Burley/FM Supreme (Philadelphia Youth Commission, Chicago International Youth Peace Movement/The Peace Exchange) “Grassroots activism and youth civic engagement workshop; storytelling and the power of your own voice as an instrument for peace”


Charlene Carruthers/ Jasson Perrez/Todd Walton (Black Youth Project 100/Emerging Leaders Commission) “Mobilizing and organizing from where we are”


Awethentik/Phenom/K Love “(LYRIC SQUAD) “Performance and art as activism, resilence and pathway to peace”


Richard Taylor/Dennis Johnson/Deacon Blue(Black Male Achievement) “Turning nothing into something; stories of at risk men who made a way for themselves from Chicago’s South Side”


Monica Moss/ Fierce Women of Faith (1st lady of Trinity United Church of Christ, co -founder of Fierce Women of Faith) “Food and Health Violence intervention/prevention workshop”


Angie “Fresco Steez”/Malcolm London (Black Thought, Black Action/Young Chicago Authors/BYP 100) Peer to peer organizing, base building and raising social awareness amongst youth in Chicago


*students and community members should walk away with a clear understanding of what the city of Chicago is doing to help our communities decrease violence, what we as Chicago citizens can do and should be doing and clearly identifying the tools and resources needed to accomplish our goals. We will produce 3-4 PSA’s created by our youth to be widely distributed.*