Vanessa Molinaro

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Today marks one year since Fenger High School student Derrion Albert was beaten to death on his way home from classes. Anjanette Albert says her son would be a high school senior applying for college right now if a fight hadn’t broken out one year ago. Thursday, she invited ABC7 into her home to talk […]

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I stood over a coffin that should never have been built.  Motionless.  Looking at a motionless body.  A body of a sixteen-year-old kid.  A kid half my age.  Exactly half my age.  A kid who had been hit over the head with a 2×4 and knocked out.  Knocked out so badly that his body became […]

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We come to you with a heavy heart today as we remember a young soul that was taking from this earth one year ago today. Young Derrion Albert, a Chicago honor student from Christian Fenger Academy High School, was the victim of a violent after school fight where things turned deadly and Derrion lost his […]

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VIA FOX CHICAGO The brutal death of honors student Derion Albert shocked the world and embarrassed this city . Albert died in the vicious high school brawl caught on tape. But what happened to the survivors of the infamous street fight? For at least one young man, the fight was a turning point in the […]

(via The Chicago Tribune) In September they were two teens heading into senior year. Vashion ‘B.J.’ Bullock and Montrell Truitt lived in the same neighborhood on the Far South Side, were classmates at Fenger High School and were being raised by the firm hands of protective mothers. Two weeks into the school year their paths […]

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(via The Chicago Tribune) In September they were two teens heading into senior year. Vashion ‘B.J.’ Bullock and Montrell Truitt lived in the same neighborhood on the Far South Side, were classmates at Fenger High School and were being raised by the firm hands of protective mothers. Two weeks into the school year their paths […]

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by Russell Simmons Two weeks ago, I went back to my old neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, to support the launch of the pilot program of The national Peacekeepers, an initiative that seeks to deter crime and violence by introducing a strong presence of community men into unstable neighborhoods to make their streets safe for women, […]

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On Friday, February 26th, 2010 three hundred Chicago public school students will gather for the Teen Summit REMIX (Responsibility Is A Lifestyle), which will give Chicago Youth a coice and platform to address their concerns about the rising violence epidemic that has plagued their city and the nation.  Hosted by the Political Swagger Foundation, U.S. […]

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Pause.  Stop.  Breathe.  Pause.  Stop.  Don’t Breathe.  Pause.  Stop.  Live.  Pause.  Stop.  Don’t Live. Pause.  And this got nothin’ to do about our generation’s issues with homosexuality.  That’s for another blog, another day. But for the past two months, I have been deeply affected by the surge in youth violence that has been travelling across […]

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Peace GG, Just four days after the Fenger High School boycott and press conference with Rev. Sharpton on Monday, students from the Gardens were out of school again today, after they say they were harassed by nearly 50 boys from the ‘Ville,’ while on their school bus Thursday. I was invited over to the Gardens […]

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I just got off the phone with Rachel Noerdlinger for Rev. Al Sharpton/National Action Network. Rachel saw my GG blog ‘Chicago Under Siege’ and asked me what could Rev. Sharpton and The National Action Network do to help. We arranged a meeting with Rev. and the parents last night. Rev. Sharpton is in the Chi […]

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 When it comes to youth violence, I’m not one to blame the media or television, video games or even music. I think the problem with violence starts at home and then other variables fuel that fire. The parents and family members need to start stepping up.  ‘The reason why we’re so angry…in a way we’re […]