Community leaders, new center work to address root causes of Chicago violence
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CHICAGO — Avanii Hazzard of Teamwork Englewood stood before dozens of leaders at a meeting in the neighborhood and implored them to dig deeper when they were discussing what the community needs in order to prevent stubborn violence. “We’re missing a big part of the situation,” Hazzard said. “This is all reactive and none of it is proactive.” The situation she was referring to was a fictional scenario of a teenage mom who was angry that her baby’s father, just 17, wouldn’t provide for the child and instead was spending his money throwing himself a birthday party. The tension between the teen pa...