Great Cities Congratulates Chicago’s New Mayor

As Brandon Johnson is sworn in today as Chicago’s New Mayor, staff of the Great Cities Institute are serving on his transition committees. Juan González, Senior Fellow at GCI, is serving on the Transition Committee while GCI Director, Teresa Córdova, is serving on the Subcommittee on Economic Vitality and Equity, […]

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Getting Back in Touch

It’s been a while since you have heard from us, but we think of you often as we busily work with partners on an array of projects. In the coming weeks, we will catch you up on some of what we have been doing over the last few months.

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Gangs on Trial: A Conversation with John Hagedorn

I believe research needs to be understood outside of “truth for its own sake,” and deliberately designed to benefit those in powerless communities, especially those who are stigmatized and demonized. If social scientists will not defend the powerless, what values do we have?

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Between a Bullet and Its Target

Street intervention work involves proactive community engagement of individuals who are involved in gangs, cliques, or other street organizations to reduce their risk of violence perpetration or victimization.

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Women Who Ignited the Environmental Justice Movement

At a time when the term, environmental justice, is being used more widely, it is worthwhile to learn more about the roots of the term and of the Environmental Justice Movement, particularly to understand how the very poisoning of communities of color is directly tied to the conditions that are pushing us closer to climate catastrophe.

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