Hungry for a Change

Hungry for a Change

When you come from a neighborhood where the people there don’t matter it’s time for change. For someone like myself I can honestly say that I was part of the problem. And now I want to be a part of the solution or whatever it takes to see a change. You see you can sit...
One Fresh Breath

One Fresh Breath

An act of love – nonjudgmental, unconditional, supportive love – changes lives. And the amazing thing about love is that anyone can do it. Anyone can be it. You don’t need any special skills or resources to love. You simply need to show up, open and...
Growing Hope

Growing Hope

Being a mentor in the I Grow Chicago Peace Garden is one of the most beautiful things I have ever been a part of in my life. Everyone I’ve had the honor of working with, we all walk proudly on the block, feeling the delights of the tidy flower beds, litterless...
Olam chesed yibaneh, a world where love lives in public

Olam chesed yibaneh, a world where love lives in public

When I heard news of the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was immediately brought back to an experience I had in high school, when the seniors played a “prank” and painted all the underclassmen Jews’ cars with swastikas. In that moment, seeing a...
Community Spotlight: Delois Steward

Community Spotlight: Delois Steward

An interview with Delois Steward, Peace Gardener How long have you lived in Englewood? I’ve lived in Englewood for 48 years, on 66th and Honore. In the 48 years I lived on 66th and Honore, I’ve always been a giver. I’m out at 7 o’clock in the morning cleaning up the...
A Piece by Peace

A Piece by Peace

“All great changes are preceded by chaos” – Deepak Chopra This quote explains my journey to becoming “Peace” perfectly. At birth I was given the name of James Lee Coleman. Later I realized with the help of restorative justice that to be...