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Check[In], Mate

Safe & Peaceful grantee structures chess as a conduit to counteract the cycles of violence, conciliate its casualties, and connect police with communities

Eight-year-old Terriah Pascal is always eager to challenge the cops. She has been doing it monthly for the past year.

She's no troublemaker, though.

Terriah is among the youth who participate in Not Before My Parents (NBMP) Chess Moves Against Violence: Bridging the Gap with CAPS. An expansion of the NBMP chess club, Bridging the Gap with CAPS aims to use chess as a way to help youth to consider potential outcomes of their daily choices, bringing community members and police together at the Englewood District police station for both chess lessons and matches.

Raydell Lacey founded Not Before My Parents in 2012, prompted by the 1994 killing of her 21-year-old daughter, Elonda D. Lacey. She added the chess club in 2016 after her 19-year-old grandson, Erick L. Lacey Jr., was killed. she'd observed how her son, Erick L. Lacey Sr., used the game to cope with the violent death of his son.

"I said, [here's] a tool that can help children avoid violence — it keeps their minds in a strategic method of thinking before they act; if you make this move, that's going happen," Lacey said, extrapolating that mode of thinking to real-life situations that young people may face. "If I hang out with my friends, what's going to happen? Suppose the police show up, what's going to happen?"

It started with weekly sessions at Lafayette Plaza, then expanded to other locations. On September 11, the NBMP-CAPS partnership celebrated its one year anniversary of monthly lessons and matches at the 007th District Police Station, 1438 W. 63rd St.

Sergeant Janice Wilson, who'd met Lacey at a 2016 Coffee with a Cop event, lobbied to get her to bring the program to the Englewood police station last year.

"We welcome everybody to come and be a part of it, all ages," Wilson said. "We wanted the police station to be a positive platform in the community, someplace that you're not afraid to come, someplace we welcome you."

District Commander Roderick Robinson greeted the participants at the anniversary event. "It's great to have the community as a whole come together and make this something we can really be proud of — Englewood kids and parents and residents can come together and do something really nice as far as chess and teaching them how to play chess," he said.

Lacey said she hopes it will also help officers better relate to young people in the community, making them less likely to be heavy-handed in their enforcement.

 "We want officers to see their children in our children, to have a positive outlook on our children, especially since you guys are going to be working in our community and growing up in our community," she said. "When the officer is playing chess with the kids, they're growing up with the kids — I wanted them to take time and dialogue with these kids, and mentor these kids."

"If a situation occurs with the kid, they can handle it without pulling out their guns or a stun gun," she added. "You don't all the time have to pull out your weapon, you don't all the time have to put your foot on their neck."

Bridging the Gap with CAPS participants range from neighborhood tots to community organizers to veteran players, and the program has allowed them to discover other connections that help relationships cement and thrive. For example, Officer Cametia Middleton, who brings her children to the meetings, has a brother who plays in a chess club with Lacey's son.

"Hopefully they can build relationships with us and use them through life," Middleton said.

Officer Cortez Cox said he's sharpened his skills playing chess at the events. "It was a blessing to see all the kids and the adults. Everybody can learn, [even] people who've never played before. And they have professionals who can help you; there are some people here who have played 20 or 30 years."

"I'm pretty good, but some of the kids who've never played before, I teach them a little. And by teaching them, I'm learning too." Cox continued. "I teach them chess and then start talking to them so they're comfortable with me. So if they see me on the street I've got a relationship with them."

Middleton stressed that those relationships can form expectations that influence whether or not a young person entertains scenarios that may encourage or lead to violence. And those strategic lessons can come early and often.

"Sometimes it makes a difference," Terriah said, noting a time when she did not physically retaliate against a girl who hit her. "I was going to put my hands on her, but I'd get in big trouble."

This is a story about the Community Safety and Peace strategy of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities. 

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Grant a Wish, Change a Heart

Through material giving, a Safe & Peaceful grantee invokes community, security and hospitality

Seven-year-old Kemari Irvin was getting the full experience of The Peace Movement Home, Family & Community Day at Grant A Wish Children & Family Center in Chatham's Burnside neighborhood — he ate, he got to do backflips and play video games, and to top off the day, he pulled a wagon full of toys home when he and his family left the party.

It was fun, but Kemari's mother, Dalila Jefferson, said there was a deeper benefit of this community gathering: fostering communication to help deter violence.

"We need to come together as a group — the young kids, the older kids, and put the guns down and raise the kids how they're supposed to be raised, so that the violence will not start," she said.

Grant A Wish board member Earle Chisolm-El, whose mother founded the organization, said that promoting peace was a point of the event, and part of the center's larger outreach program.

"It brings the family and the community together," Chisholm-El said. "Just to get familiar with one another creates a lot of opportunity to dispel problems. If you know the person, the more likely you are to have a conversation with that person should there be an issue that needs to be resolved. But if the community doesn't know each other, then it makes it difficult for you to intervene in a situation when you don't know the person."

On Saturday, signs along the gate surrounding the property at 1136 E. 93rd Street espoused peace, self-esteem, change, happiness, education and love.

"Visuals are really important," Chisholm-El said. "If you can see it, you can receive it."

Carolyn Jones was big on love and support, adding the sentiment to the peace wall of inspirations and tributes attendees penned and posted upon entering.

"We need more love, more caring, more sharing, more family, more togetherness than what we have today," the 28-year community resident said.

The event mixed seniors, millennials and toddlers, who all enjoyed games, music, and grilled chicken, burgers, mostaccioli and sweet potato pie.

 Longtime neighbor James Watts attended with his great-grandsons, Zhyar and Kingston Harris, ages 4 and 2.

"We try to come out and participate whenever there's anything going on in the community," he said, while Zhyar showed off his fresh face paint. "We have a lot of violence about four or five blocks down, but in here it's real nice. Most everybody knows everybody."

Toys — from tricycles to wagons to dollhouses and workbenches — were there for attendees to take, and baby items and school supplies were given away.

Anne Blair started Grant A Wish in 1981, getting her friends and colleagues to provide coats, boots and other winter items to disadvantaged youths. Since then, the center has reached about 200,000 people through its various programs, such as the baby items and back-to-school supplies provided at Saturday's event, along with holiday gifts and food giveaways at other times of the year, Chilsohm-El said.

"You want to show people love by giving them things: They remember those things; they remember being able to get some things for my infant, for my family," said Grant A Wish President Vital Thomas. 'When people see more love, they will stay away from violence, and they will think about things when confronted with a choice to make."

Victoria Hicks brought her two teenage sons, Vershad Gill, 14, and Cameron Gill, 15, out to meet new people.

"This is something to bring them to do that's positive, outside of the house and also outside of the neighborhood, just a little bit — they can get out and see some new people, some new faces, some new attitudes," Hicks said.

This is a story about the Community Safety and Peace strategy of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities.

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Make Friends. Have Fun.

The power in the ability to party in peace

Food and fun flowed from a West Pullman lot as Kids Off the Block (KOTB) hosted a Summer in the Streets party, one of eight taking place simultaneously in various parts of the city.

"We're doing it at the same time on the same day to make a bigger impact regarding youth violence, said Diane Latiker, who founded the Kids Off the Block program in 2003, opening her home to neighborhood youth and providing activities to avert at-risk youth from gangs, drugs, truancy and violence. A beloved community-builder in Chicago's Roseland community, Latiker has been heralded nationally for her work in providing safe spaces for children and teens as a respite from the violence around them.

Feeling safe while having a good time was a motivator for most attending the gathering.

For 14-year-old Oni Haygood, the day meant enjoying the music from DJ JQ and chatting with friends as her mother taught double Dutch.

"This is somewhere I can have fun and also feel like I'm safe at the same time, versus going out somewhere around people who don't really care about your well-being," Oni said. "Being here, I feel like I have some type of safe haven to come to just have fun."

Her mother, Faith Haygood, a Roseland resident, is a supporter of the program.

"I've been knowing Ms. Diane Latiker and her daughter for almost 20 years. I've seen the growth, I've seen the vision, and I've seen how Ms. Diane has changed her community one child at a time," she said.

"This mission is to gather those that are in the community so that we can know one another — I think we've lost the values of children playing and children coming together and teenagers communing together in a healthy and safe environment. So this gives the young men and women somewhere to retreat."

"This is a safe haven," Faith declared.

It's also the site of some good memories for Faith. Last month she won $100 in a three-point basketball shootout on the KOTB court (which was built on the KOTB site in 2011 during ABC's "Secret Millionaire"). Edward Fleming, 18, played in a basketball tournament during Summer in the Streets.

"This is about cleaning up the community, and getting the little kids off the street, and stopping the violence, and coming together and having fun. There's a lot of stuff that's been going on," he said.

"This is about going positive, not negative," Fleming added.

Immanuel Jones was among the little kids Edward referenced — the six-year-old jumped from the basketball court to a pogo stick during the festivities.

"I'm just here to party. And make friends," Jones said.

Sponsored by Fierce Over 40, the Summer in the Streets multi-site effort to reduce youth violence was the second of two this summer. On August 31, eight of the participating groups will have one large 24-hour Peace Jam back-to-school event.

"The goal is to decrease youth violence, to keep people safe citywide," said Latiker, who founded Fierce Over 40 in 2017 to galvanize women within their communities.

"We're trying to show how important the community is. Especially now," she affirmed.

This is a story about the Community Safety and Peace strategy of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities. 

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Bringing Forth Hidden Beauty

2018 Safe & Peaceful grantee highlight

It was all about growth during the Austin Green Team garden bus tour.

The nearly 30-year-old volunteer organization builds, maintains and supports community gardens in the neighborhood, with the aim to enhance the quality of life. The annual bus tour showcases the gardens, many of which were the sites of dilapidated homes or overgrown lots, said president Daniel Gibbs.

Austin Green team past president George Lawson served as the garden bus tour guide, providing background on local structures in the neighborhood. The bus tour was followed by a festival with food and family activities, including a bounce house, crafts and prize drawings.

"These are really beautiful gardens, they are just so inspirational," said Austin resident Judy Beisser while visiting the Peace in the Valley flower garden in the 100 block of North Laramie. "I brought a pencil because I knew I'd want to take some notes." Several of the gardens also offered produce such as summer squash, kale, beets and basil to tour participants.

During a stop at the garden in the 4900 block of West Ferdinand, Derrick Luckett, 19, one of the program teens who worked in gardens, got a blackberry seedling for his grandmother. "I learned [about] team building and teamwork," he said about his experience in the gardens over the past two summers. Another summer worker, Terrance Walker, 16, recounted that while some neighbors discard beer cans, cigar packets and other trash at some gardens, others lend a hand in the upkeep.

"It's up to us to show them what we can do as young people, and try to be a better example," Walker said.

For more than 30 years, Irma Ferba, 77, has been that example, turning the corner next to her home at Division and Menard into a flower garden. She'd noticed that a jitney cab company had taken over the lot, parking and working on cars, but for her, the last straw was a truck pulling up with the intent to dump an old stove and refrigerator, she recalls. "I said, 'I'm not going to stand and look at all that junk piling up.'"

She and another neighbor got the city involved in clearing the lot. Since then, Ferba says that she's noticed her neighbors taking more pride in the upkeep of their lawns. "No one over here was seeing after their front yard. There's been a lot of difference once I started it," she said.

"It betters the whole community," she added.

That's the hope for the Build Garden in the 5100 block of West Congress, also on the tour.

Volunteer Pete Todd says the organization is seeking to publicize that its produce is there for the taking; they want to overcome the perception that the two-year-old garden's fencing means the community isn't welcome to its watermelons, banana peppers, beets, collards, dinosaur kale, raspberries and goji berries.

"You can come in and pick whatever you want. You see a ripe tomato, pick it. If you get a hankering for beets, come on by,'' he said. "We've got some berry plants, and I'm hoping when they grow they grow through the fence, so that when the kids come by here going to school they can pick them."

"We're not here to make money," Todd said. "We're here to build community and provide education."

Last year, BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) worked with neighborhood youth, ages four to 18, to build a greenhouse, and it's looking to recruit seniors to work at the structure. Additionally, many of the gardens reflect broader environmental best practices such as organic farming and repurposing — Terry J. Barnes, who started the Ferdinand garden about two years ago, boasted that the furniture and statues in the "learning garden" (it has mantras and quotes throughout) were recycled, and its plants, which include, fruit trees and bushes, corn, onions, garlic, greens, string beans, and flowers, are grown without pesticides.

Linda Johnson brought her five-year-old granddaughter, Jamia Washington, on the tour. "We wanted to see all of the beautiful things in the area: It's amazing what's in our area that we don't know about," she said. 

This is a story about the Community Safety and Peace strategy of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities.

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Enough is Enough

St. Sabina Annual Peace March & Rally brings together a cross section of anti-violence voices

There was lots of star power amid the hundreds gathered at 78th Place and Throop Street Friday evening for the Faith Community of Saint Sabina's Annual End of the School Year Peace March & Rally.

Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson, and former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, an avid gun policy advocate who suffered a gunshot wound to the head in a 2011 assassination attempt, were featured speakers.

At the center of it all, though, were the young people — March for Our Lives figureheads and others — calling for an end to violence, supported by a diverse crowd of Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers.

"They're getting ready to run America," said Michael Pfleger, senior pastor at Saint Sabina, which holds weekly rallies throughout the summer. "Young people are rising up from the north and the south and the east and the west, and they're taking control."

All of the youth emphasized the need for gun legislation — the rally was the official kickoff of the Road to Change bus tour, which will be led by the student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Most of the young speakers were local, and they focused on the more common incidences of violence in Chicago neighborhoods much of it by gunfire.

"I'm so tired of misconceptions that come with everyday shooting; every shooting isn't gang related…people lose their lives every day in Chicago, not because they were doing anything wrong, but because the Chicago community, as well as the officials, have let them down," said Trevon Bosley, a youth leader at St. Sabina who listed a number of young people killed while engaged in routine activities: sitting in cars, riding the bus home, hanging out at parks and playing on basketball courts.

The last name on the list was his 18-year-old brother, Terrell; Bosley said his sibling was shot in 2006 while unloading music equipment outside a church.

The young people expressed anger at the closure of schools and cuts in social services funding — several referenced the need to for resources that address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in neighborhoods where too many suffer the trauma of their communities.

Alex King, a recent North Lawndale College Prep High School graduate, referred to peers as both physical and emotional survivors of a war on violence…a war in which they constantly fear loss of life.

"When war veterans come back, a lot of them suffer from PTSD, and they go see doctors and therapists and get all of this help. But what about the war veterans that don't go overseas? What about us? In our communities, we go through so many traumatic events, but have no one or place to go and get help," King said. "There are so many corner stores and liquor stores and police stations and all these different resources that are not beneficial for our survival. The resources which we need are more mental health and trauma centers in our communities for those who have been traumatized for way too long."

In 2018, about 1,138 people had been shot, 213 of them fatally, in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Politicians and leaders were out in force at the peace march — Illinois state senators Jacqueline Collins and Kwame Raoul; state representative Mary Flowers; former governor Pat Quinn; gubernatorial candidate J.B Pritzker and his running mate Juliana Stratton; Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, U.S. Representative Robin Kelly; Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Chicago mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot, Ja'Mal Green and Dorothy Brown. But the young speakers did not mince words, letting leaders know that they weren't currying any favor with their mere presence.

"I'm here to talk about the elected officials who see people dying in the streets every day, and instead of sending us resources, they send us Divvy bikes," Bosley said. "I'm here to talk about a governor who cuts anti-violence funding because he feels it's non-essential spending. I'm here to talk about a president who belittles Chicago's problems and hasn't done anything about any one of them."

"It's not just enough to make a statement, to be here with us today in the pictures. We need the Chicago City Council, we need the mayor, we need everyone to know that we will not stop until we get $95 million dollars for community," said Maria Hernandez, a Black Lives Matter Chicago organizer, who also called for education, mental health and anti-drug program funding. "These people who say they represent us, they don't talk to us. They repeatedly shut us out of community meetings."

"We refuse to accept that the only solution is to put more money into the Chicago Police Department when we have more police per capita than any other city in this whole region, and it's not fixing things. It's not stopping the violence," she added.

Diego Garcia, a 16-year-old organizer from Brighton Park, announced an 8-week "Starved for Change" hunger strike (beginning July 2nd) where sets of southwest side teens will go without food in week-long shifts as part of a campaign for what he called "common sense gun legislation."

"How are we supposed to have proper education when the schools in our communities are underfunded, or we are in danger of losing our lives just by sitting in a classroom?" he asked. "The number of students who have reached out to me for advice that could be given by a social worker is higher than the amount of money Illinois representatives Rodney Davis and John Shimkus are receiving from the NRA."

"Politicians who take money from the NRA do not deserve to work for the people of our communities," he added.

Pfleger praised the youth for their impatience and bluntness. "The hell with political correctness! I love you because of the way you say what's on your heart and what's in your spirit, and that's what America needs right now," he said.

"It's important that we not only gather here, but we also go out into the neighborhood," Pfleger added, announcing a July 7 demonstration that will halt traffic on the Dan Ryan Expressway at 79th Street. "We want to make sure Chicago understands we are not sitting down. We are not shutting up. We are not going to be quiet. We are going to push for direction until violence stops in Chicago."

Personal stories of grief and the desire for action came from the both the podium and among the crowd. Englewood-bred Jennifer Hudson reminded attendees that her mother, brother and uncle were murdered in 2008; in a likely nod to increased reports of missing women and a desire for more gender parity in violence coverage and intervention, Chance The Rapper offered, "to the young women of the community, I want to say I understand to a certain degree what's going on out there and I just want to work with you and follow you in whatever direction you guys want to take to ensure your safety and your liberty."

Erma Aragon, who lives in Albany Park, came to rally and march in memory of her son, Israel Aragon Jr. She says he was killed Sept. 7, 2016 on his way from work; he was 21.

"This has happened all over our city, it's not only South Side. On the North Side it happens a lot, but they don't want to talk crime over there," she said, carrying a poster with her son's photo.

"It's time to stand up and raise our voices. I lost my son. I don't want him to be a number: I want change," which, in her assessment, means changes in law enforcement and throughout the legal system. "We need more detectives, we don't need more police. We need better police on the job. And we need judges giving the right sentences," she said.

Lamont Cooley, 37, applauded the procession as he watched from the front of a barbershop with his three young nephews.

"The only way to change things is to give the kids something to do," he said.

During the rally, four teens read the names of young victims of gun violence, which included 12-year-old She'Nyah O'Flynn who was killed in West Garfield Park the night before, after leaving her cousin's eighth-grade graduation party.

"We have just read 147 names: 147 youth who never got a chance to grow up, to reach their full potential. America, you should be ashamed!" said Mariah Mack.

"You allowed the very future of this country to die," she chided.

This is a story about the Community Safety and Peace strategy of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities. 

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Pitch for Peace, Prosperity and Promise

Chicago youth present ideas for advancing and protecting the black community

Lisa Beasley, with the Nova Collective corporate learning and communication firm, was calming a team before their pitch.

"It's very scary to talk in front of people. If you start to get nervous and your heart starts beating fast, that's perfectly normal. That's human," she said. "I've been performing for 10 years and my heart still beats fast."

Elijah Jeffries held on to girlfriend Shaniya Washington's purse and phone, and insisted that she have a few nibbles as she concentrated on her pitch ahead of taking the stage.

"I've seen her work so hard," said Jeffries, himself a 17-year-old apparel entrepreneur. "I just told her to have confidence."

The support was overflowing for economic endeavors throughout The Gray Matter Experience 2nd Annual Pitch Black student competition at mHub.

The Gray Matter Experience, a 12-week entrepreneurship program for black high school students, provides resources for young people to start their own businesses and positively impact South and West Side neighborhoods.

Britney Robbins had worked in corporate and moved to a startup before joining a nonprofit that taught students about entrepreneurship; however, she noticed that the organization failed to provide resources to help the students actually launch businesses. In founding The Gray Matter Experience in 2016, she wanted to include a funding element, and to put students in front of black entrepreneurs and business leaders.

"Our goal is to change the face of black and brown entrepreneurship, to make tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem more inclusive and to really give our black kids space to be creative and bring solutions to their communities," Robbins said.

She said that this year, many of the students came to The Gray Matter Experience year with ideas they'd already formulated and just wanted some direction. "They came in with ideas on how to better their communities and they really wanted to bring them to life," she said. "They came in dedicated to bringing solutions. They were very committed to figuring out a way to make it viable."

All teams participating in The Gray Matter Experience get financial stipends for scholarships, internships or seed funding — this year, that covered at least $1,000 per student, along with free branding, marketing and legal services.

The top three companies from the pitch competition will also receive free coworking space at mHub, a tech center for manufacturing.

So while making a profit is important, making a difference also is top of mind. Several participants aimed to keep youth safe and productive, mitigating the violence in some communities. Recruiteen, for example, is an app that uses GPS positioning to address high teen unemployment rates by connecting them with businesses for part-time jobs.

Supported by his mother and younger brother in the audience, both donning logoed t-shirts to match his company's, Jordan Lewis pitched Kids Going Out (KGO) a teen-run event company that provides a safe space for teens to convene. Lewis wasn't even seeking funding but placed second in the pitch competition, won a $1,000 prize and walked away with $20,000 in pledged investments from attendees — Kids Going Out has been running for about a year and said it draws hundreds of attendees per event, which are held in violence-free settings and employ heavy security to ensure the safety of attendees.

This year's 17-student Gray Matter cohort formed six teams, which included Chicago Based, a platform whereby teen entrepreneurs who specialize in beauty and cosmetics, entertainment, arts and food would pay a monthly $9.99 subscription to be profiled on the site, and customers could book services, schedule appointments and buy products through the app.

"It allows teens to put their focus into making money. The main stem of a lot of crime is not having enough resources or feeling like they can't get it, so they'd rather just take it," said Ezekiel Stevens, part of the Chicago Based team that came in third at the competition. "Chicago Based allows you to focus on what you're good at, whether it's customizing shoes or making beats. It allows you to make money and be happy.'

Shaniya Washington, Maya Cooks and Jaleea Henderson touted the idea for the Your Purpose app to link underserved students who need mental health counseling to volunteer counselors. Lameka Hayes and Jakaija Truitt teamed up for Chi-Chic, a custom shop for special occasion dressing that would provide formal wear to underserved students and determine payment based on household income.

Jordan Quinn, a Lindblom Math and Science Academy senior who has a passion for supporting black-owned businesses, envisioned Absolute Black, an online directory and app that connects such enterprises to customers and to each other; he and his team sought $80,000 to launch the business. He came to his idea after watching a documentary about the Greenwood black business district in Tulsa that was destroyed in a race riot — he vowed to support as many black-owned businesses as possible but found only a couple dozen that were mostly restaurants.

He said his Gray Matter Experience put him closer to development and presented him with black business role models. "This allows me to facilitate this dream, as well as help my own community," Quinn said. "It was a no-brainer for me."

In the end, the Food for Thought Aquaponics squad of DeJashana Boyd, McKayla Carruthers and Dartonya Wright took first prize for their idea for a hydroponics (combining fish and plants in a single garden system to feed off of each other) gardening education business.

The project addresses the food deserts in the communities from which all three hail, said Carruthers, who is from West Pullman and attends Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep with Englewood resident Wright; Boyd lives in East Garfield Park and attends Whitney M. Young High School.

"There are 22 food desserts in Chicago, 15 of them in African-American communities," Carruthers said, noting the absence of fresh food choices and a link to conditions such as obesity and diabetes and recalling being a 12-year-old who had to frequently rely on a bag of hot chips from the corner store or gas station for breakfast.

Stacie Robbins showed love to the team vending Lip Locker organic lipsticks. "I'm so proud of you, make millions!" she told the two young ladies whom she didn't know personally but knew that the pair had received $6,000 to launch their business through The Gray Matter Experience…which was founded by her daughter.

"I don't know them, but I know how important it is to Britney," the proud mom said. 

This is a story about the Community Safety and Peace strategy of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities.

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