Austin's Peace Circle Aims To Resolve Conflict Before Violence Happens

April 13, 2019 - 4:32 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Residents and community leaders in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side are combatting violence in their community first hand. 

They gathered for what they call a “peace circle.” Residents, community leaders, people who have committed violence and some victims sit in a circle and talk about ways to resolve conflicts and avert violence.

Askari Nicholas is a mentor who counsels troubled youth.

"There comes a time when they say sometimes it takes a tribe, a whole village to raise one child, and there are many children in this community that need guidance, need mentorship," he said.

Austin peace circle mural
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Nicholas says community efforts like peace circles help to prevent violence before it happens, rather than reacting to it.