Mark your calendars for the next Speaking Up event: a screening of Lydia Nibley’s film Two Spirits, Sunday March 4, 4 pm, Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Avenue, Evanston.
Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16 by a man who bragged to his friends that he ‘bug-smashed a fag’. But Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition – the ‘nadleeh’, or ‘two-spirit’, who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits. Through telling Fred’s story, Nibley reminds us of the values that America’s indigenous peoples have long embraced. (Outfest, IMDB)
For those of you out there interested in a bit of context for our next Speaking Up book discussion, David Kennedy’s Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-city America, check out some of the links below.
Kennedy’s program, Operation Ceasefire, has been successful in many cities and states since its beginnings in Boston. Check out this link to read about how the United States Attorney’s Office has gotten involved.
The most current crime statistics available for Cincinnati are HERE. A more comprehensive overview of crime statistics in Cincinnati can be found HERE, with year-by-year comparisons for the city itself, and also comparisons to the United States in general. The numbers may surprise you!
And here is a neat graphic that compares Cincinnati crime rates with those of Chicago in 2006, the year that Kennedy introduced Ceasefire.
The subject of our next Speaking Up book discussion, David Kennedy’s Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-city America, has been generating a lot of buzz. Just in case you’re not quite finished, or you just want to get a jump on preparations for the event, check out a great synopsis in the New Yorker and a couple of excellent reviews in the Wall Street Journal and the New Republic.
Here’s the author himself discussing his work January 23 at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA.
Sunday, February 19, 4 pm, Main Library, Community Meeting Room
Join a provocative community conversation about street violence and a proven strategy to halt it as we discuss David Kennedy’s Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-city America (find it at EPL here). Kennedy, who put together the law enforcement recipe which cut gang violence in half in Boston, tells the story of his long journey toward a solution which began with listening to people on the ground, and closing the trust gap between law enforcement and the community. Call 847-448-8620 to register and reserve a copy. Part of the Peaceable Cities: Evanston “Speaking Up” series of community conversations.