HATE CANNOT DRIVE OUT HATE
ONLY LOVE CAN DO THAT.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our mission is to end the cycle of violence in Chicago.
OUR STRATEGIC VISION
Guided by Dr. King’s principles, practices, and teachings of nonviolence, we connect to individuals at highest risk of shooting or being shot and offer conflict mediation, victim advocacy, case management, and nonviolence training.
These methods help us work to reduce shootings, guide people involved in violence through their journey away from it, empower and nurture communities in the aftermath of violence, and mediate positive interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
We believe that you can’t fight violence with more violence. Hate will not overcome hate. Only love can.
We believe nonviolence is a choice, an action, and a way of life. It is not passive. It demands courage.
We believe the best way to dismantle violence is to build the beloved community.
We believe it is possible to resist revenge, resist hate, and choose peace.
We believe only by embracing nonviolence can we outrun, outlast, and overcome hate.
We believe nonviolence can be learned, and as we put it into practice, things change. We've seen it happen.
We believe that conflicts can be resolved peacefully through a commitment to nonviolence.
We believe change happens locally, when we work on the ground, helping people deal with conflict on a human, personal level.
We believe in radical collaboration. We all learn from each other. No one person or organization can defuse and dismantle violence alone.