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    READI Chicago's Reality Allah on Violence, Trauma, and Redemption in Chicago

    READI Chicago's Reality Allah, who is featured in WTTW's digital serires FIRSTHAND: GUN VIOLENCE, speaks with Rolling Stone Senior Writer Jamil Smith on the role that addressing trauma and the power healing plays in violence reduction in Chicago and beyond.

    Reality Allah
    READI Chicago outreach worker, featured in FIRSTHAND: GUN VIOLENCE, a WTTW digital series
    Jamil Smith
    Senior Writer, Rolling Stone

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    Idea: Does activism make a difference?

    A Talk about turning purpose into action.

    Jose Antonio Vargas
    Pulitzer Prize–Winning Journalist & Author, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
    Shannon Watts
    Founder, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
    Heidi Stevens
    Parenting & Lifestyle Columnist, Chicago Tribune
    Cleo Wade
    Artist, Poet, Author & Activist
    Richard Edelman
    President & CEO, Edelman
    Mony Ruiz-Velasco
    Immigration Lawyer; Organizer; Executive Director, PASO–West Suburban Action Project
    Jamil Smith
    Senior Writer, Rolling Stone
    Reality Allah
    READI Chicago outreach worker, featured in FIRSTHAND: GUN VIOLENCE, a WTTW digital series

    Our emotions undoubtedly play a role in motivating, sustaining, and shaping personal activism. But what are the ways in which social, cultural, and personal experiences lead to individual purpose—is that how a movement begins? This session, presented in partnership with WTTW, will examine the meaning of purpose and the defining moments that transform it into action.  

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