Senator Mattie Hunter, Alderman Pat Dowell, & Stateway Community Partners, to Host Violence Prevention Town Hall Summit

CHICAGO, IL – On Tuesday, August 21st, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago – 3rd District), Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) and Stateway Community Partners (SCP) will sponsor the 2012 Violence Prevention Town Hall Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Hermann Hall, located at 3241 S. Federal Street.  This free event, which is open to the public, will provide youth, families, and the community an opportunity to have proactive dialogue on the topic: What are the root causes of violence?  It will include a short movie screening, panel discussion, and awards ceremony.  Both Senator Hunter and Alderman Dowell will serve as the moderators for the Town Hall discussion and presenters for the awards ceremony.

Summit highlights include:

“Change Gon’ Come” Movie Screening
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
“Change Gon’ Come” is a short film that was written, directed and performed by local teens from SCP, funded through the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority’s Safety Network program.  The movie presents local Chicago youth’s perspective on the ripple effect of violent acts, solutions to stop violence, and the need for personal responsibility.

Town Hall Discussion
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Following the movie screening, there will be a panel discussion about violence, led by a diverse panel of youth, parents, law enforcement officials, members of the judiciary, as well as victims and (former) perpetrators of crime. The event is designed to encourage young people to speak out, and for all families and neighbors to ask these questions:

  • As a community, what can we do to address this issue?
  • What do youth need to help them avoid violence?
  • What resources are currently available for youth, and what more is needed?

“Change Gon’ Come” Movie Awards Ceremony
7:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
After the town hall discussion, there will be a special awards ceremony for the cast and crew of the short film “Change Gon’ Come.” 

This 2012 Violence Prevention Town Hall Summit is sponsored in part by funding through the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority Safety Network Program.  View the trailer for “Change Gon’ Come” below.

About Stateway Community Partners
Stateway Community Partners (SCP) is a non-profit organization located in Bronzeville, working to bring leadership and support to the people who comprise the transitioning neighborhood. SCP stems from a public-private partnership, and its goal is to ensure that the transformation of Bronzeville succeeds as a model for developing vibrant urban neighborhoods. To achieve this goal, SCP works closely with individuals in the community, particularly current and former Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) families.

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For more information about this event, please call Michelle Newell at (312)794-5146 or email



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