After several years of organizing a variety of community events, we recognized that as we work together to create a peaceable city, we need a forum to make collaboration among agencies, organizations, and city departments easy and effective.
To address this need, the Evanston Alliance to End Violence (EAEV) was launched on November 15, 2013. We are deeply grateful to the Tawani Foundation for initial funding to develop and support the Alliance.
The EAEV Outreach Working Group is for the community of collegues working for agencies or organizations engaged in outreach work that serves people in Evanston. As EAEV is a strategic initiative of Peaceable Cities: Evanston, this group will work under the general care of PCE.
Better understand who is doing what
Enable collaborative efforts particular clients, as well as for shared programs
Help one another at a moment's notice
Share useful strategies and approaches
Dr. Dennis Rosenbaum of the University of Illinois at Chicago, was the keynote speaker for the Alliance Kick-Off.
Professor Rosebaum has a long-standing interest in the intersection of formal and informal social control mechanisms.
His research focuses on the evaluation of community-based
or community-focused initatives to prevent violence,
drug abuse, and disorder.
Restorative Justice in Evanston
How is restorative justice practiced in Evanston? What is it, exactly? How can my agency use it?
Susan Trieschmann of Curt's Cafe, Patrice Quehl of the Evanston Police Department, and Christine Agaiby of Northwestern University's Law School answered these questions and more at the May 9 quarterly meeting of the Evanston Alliance to End Violence.
In Evanston, restorative justice is a grassroots movement organized and staffed by volunteers. It is primarily used to create relationships among victims, offenders, their families, and community members so all can understand the harm that was done and find a path to resolution. It often keeps young people out of the criminal justice system - always a good thing!
A second initiative of the restorative justice movement is the development of Peace Circles, gatherings useful for people of all ages to sit in a circle, speak one at a time, practice respect, and gain understanding of the lives of others.
For more information, visit www.restorativejusticeevanston.com.