interrupt violence

Saturday, April 20, 2013 3:00 pm

Experimental Station
6100 South Blackstone Avenue
Chicago, IL
The Illinois Humanities Council hosts a discussion on how youth are taking action via media spaces to organize and amplify their voices in their daily lives, and to explore the possibilities of transforming the lives of young people through new media technologies. L. Anton Seals Jr. outreach specialist for The Interrupters will attend to discuss and demonstrate the new website: is a transmedia project that uses story, education and collaboration as a way to connect and heal communities impacted by violence. The discussion will be moderated by: Claudia Garcia-Rojas, social media fellow at The OpEd Project and will also feature: Cathy Cohen, founder of the Black Youth Project and principal researcher of the Youth & Participatory Politics Survey Project Biko Baker, Executive Director of the League of Young Voters Malcolm London, poet and teaching artist at Young Chicago Authors Martin Macias, media activist and youth organizer at Chicago Fair Trade Charity Tolliver, organizer with Black on Both Sides The event is free to the public, reservations required. Click here for more information or to make a reservation. This series is made possible in part by the generous support of the McCormick Foundation's journalism program. Presented by The Public Square, Black Youth Project, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, Chicago Votes, and WBEZ/Chicago Public Media. Community co-sponsors include: Community Media Workshop, Chicago Youth Voices Network, Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, and Young Chicago Authors.

Interrupt Violence: New Interactive Website for The Interrupters

Today we’re launching Interrupt Violence (, Kartemquin’s first transmedia project, which will expand the journey of The Interrupters into the persistent violence that plagues American cities.
On the new site, users can explore an interactive sequence including background and personal histories of murder victims and communities featured in The Interrupters.
By the full launch, additional sections will be created, including:
  • Interactive webisodes paired with Interrupter advice about dealing with crisis, anger, loss, and redemption

  • Community resources (violence prevention, counseling, health, education, etc.) that can have an impact on local families

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