Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Dismanling Racism by Joseph Barndt, Author.  Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Books, 1991.Here is a book about racism in America, written “for white people and about white people . . . by a white person.”Joseph Barndt, defining racism as “prejudice plus power,” asserts that efforts against racism have often been incorrectly focused on minority populations rather than the majority. “The cause of racism is in the white society. The effects are felt in the communities of color,” he writes. Rather than attempting to soften the effects, we need to attack the cause.

The book examines individual, institutional, and cultural racism, and includes a section on racism and the church—with particular attention to the European American traditions inherited by white congregations, which Barndt refers to provocatively as a contemporary “circumcision crowd.” The author asks congregations to incorporate multicultural aspects in its worship before the congregation becomes multicultural and to work to achieve a pluralistic, not racist, witness to the world.

and consider that…

 “At the center of the Christian faith is the reminder that the time is
always right to do the right thing,” Turner said. “The church can and must
provide moral leadership that helps move the world’s nations into people of
transformation. The church has the capacity to transform itself to be an
agent of change, but this only happens when the church is engaged in the
struggle for justice.”

                                                                                                            -Rev. Otis Turner, 1996

 

Arloa Sutter is the Founder and Executive Director of Breakthrough Urban Ministries. Breakthrough restores broken networks by providing neighborhood-based holistic services to individuals and families in Chicago’s East Garfield Park community. For more information on Arloa Sutter and Breakthrough Urban Ministries please go to:

http://www.breakthrough.org/

and

http://arloasutter.com/

Breaking Ground is a faith community characterized by grace and truth that seeks and develops those who desire to become instruments of lasting change in their community.

Vision
Breaking Ground is a mission-driven not for profit organization building strong inner city communities through self-sustaining entrepreneurial programs and services.  We are a comprehensive community development corporation focused on transforming low income individuals and their communities by offering integrated real estate development, homeownership assistance, job training, and direct employment, along with client-centered services.

Find information about this transformative ministry at:

www.breakingground.net

A story about getting a second chance in the Chicago area. We believe in fresh coffee and fresh starts. We roast our Specialty Grade coffee fresh daily in small batches so you can enjoy the natural flavor and aroma of each bean. And we help ex-offenders get a fresh start by providing gainful employment, job training and a nurturing community of acceptance. Passion + purpose. It’s a beautiful thing.

See their website at:

http://www.ihaveabean.com/

See the Tribune story at:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-second-chance-coffee-w-zone-oct14,0,6010009.story

This is an interesting model for working with incarcerated youths. See their website at:

http://www.storycatcherstheatre.org/

A list of Illinois resources from the Billy Graham Center for incarcerated and recently released individuals trying to straighten out their lives. Find more at:

http://www.bgcprisonministries.com/index.php?id=108&state=IL

Crossfire is in the process of beginning some Gangs Anonymous groups. if you’re trrying to deal with gang-related issues and could use some help in sorting through things, Gangs Anonymous may be able to help. The actual places that we will meet is dependent on the numbers of guys wanting to attend in various neighborhoods and the presence of someone to lead the groups. Groups will be available for men or women. If you are interested in being part of Gangs Anonymous in either of those capacities, please let us know by calling me at 773.294.8849 or e-mailing me at:

 rlg2@uchicago.edu

More than 1.7 million children across the USA have a parent in U.S. prisons, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The number of children with a father in prison grew by 77% from 1991 through mid-2007. And those children are two to three more times likely to wind up behind bars themselves, says Christopher Wildeman, a University of Michigan sociologist who has studied the effects of imprisoned parents.

To try to snap that trend, Angola and other prisons across the country sponsor two programs aimed at reconnecting prison dads with their children: Returning Hearts, a day-long carnival-like celebration where inmates spend eight hours with their kids, and Malachi Dads, a year-long training session that uses Bible passages to help improve inmates’ parenting skills. To find out more, see the links below:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-06-17-prison-dads_N.htm?csp=34news

http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2008/summer/12.13.html

http://www.pfi.org/cot/prison/offender/spiritual-care/lifeline-malachi-dads-awana-usa/?searchterm=None

http://awanalifeline.org/

Findings From the Evaluation of OJJDP’s Gang Reduction Program can be found at:

http://www.ojjdp.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=252138

I know I have a KLOVE widget on the left side of the webpage, but I wanted to give a shout out for my favorite radio Station. Its KLOVE and you can find it at fm 94.3 in Chicago (the call numbers will be different if you want to find it any place else in the country). Though the majority of the music is contemporary Christian in nature, offerings run the gamut from rap to soul. It has a great message and provides information on major music events all over the country, and more! It’s a great resource and I think you’ll like it so tune in and let me know. Here is the link so you can listen online:

http://www.klove.com/

Mission Statement:

Barrio Bonito has a mission to inspire economic growth, celebrate the strengths of inner-city communities, and empower urban youth to lead positive change amongst their peers. Barrio Bonito is dedicated to creating innovative employment opportunities for urban youth, by showcasing their artistic talents, encouraging their entrepreneurial spirit, providing interpersonal and career development education, and through strategic partnerships, offering them job placement services.

Objective:

Our primary objective is creating sustainable employment opportunities that increase the self-sufficiency of our participants and decrease the crime and violence associated with unemployment.

Goals:

 Barrio Bonito is a passion driven organization founded on a comprehensive model for Arts, Community, Entrepreneurship and Hope, constructed to pioneer innovation in Social Enterprise.

While pursing our mission and employment objective, Barrio Bonito seeks to achieve the following:

  • To stimulate economic development in under-served communities by creating innovative job opportunities for urban youth, a demographic afflicted by our nations highest unemployment rates.
  • To foster personal growth amongst our youth participants by encouraging conviction in their self identity and by providing opportunities to develop interpersonal skills.
  • To lower Entrepreneurial barriers to Chicago’s urban youth by providing start-up business education and legal counsel.
  • To initiate a trend of young people leading change in their communities.
  • To reduce gun, gang and related violence by empowering youth to commit to their passions and encouraging them to take ownership over the positive effects of urban culture (style/fashion, entrepreneurship, entertainment, art, athletics, faith).

 

Find out more at: http://barriobonito.org/

An internet radio station repn Christ. Find it at:

http://www.christian-hiphop.net/

A rapper with something serious to say.  See his message at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/DEMinistries#p/a/u/1/fIoMzeNrgas

http://www.youtube.com/user/DEMinistries

  Gangs 101: Understanding the Culture of Youth Violence

by Henry Pachero

This is a new publication designed to help the service provider gain a better understanding of the gang culture they are facing and suggests ways of being more effectual in their outreach to those who make up the gang culture. Written by a long-time gang specialist, this publications is both insightful and readable.  Henry Pachero provides us who are on the front lines with an eminently useful resource. Download the publication at:

http://gangs.umd.edu/Downloads/Prevention/Gangs%20101%20-%20Understanding%20the%20Culture%20of%20Youth%20Violence.pdf

Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs

 http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/231116.pdf