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Resource November 26, 2013

Rieke Havertz on Chicago's Gun Violence, from a German Perspective

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Graffiti in Humboldt Park on the West Side of Chicago where Latin and black gangs control the streets.  Image by Rieke Havertz. Chicago, 2013.
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As the discussion about tougher gun laws gains momentum in the U.S. after mass shootings in Colorado...

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Albert Vaughn was the neighborhood guardian, the older teenager who would play ball with the younger kids and try to keep them safe from trouble. About 50 people gathered including his family members and friends to remember Little Al on the block where he was killed. Image by Rieke Havertz. Chicago, 2013.

Rieke Havertz is an editor and writer for the German newspaper Taz, Die Tageszeitung. With a degree in journalism and American Studies from the University of Leipzig in Germany, Rieke lived in Ohio for a year and has traveled extensively in the US. She wrote about the 2012 presidential election as an Arthur F. Burns fellow at the Christian Science Monitor.

Rieke has been reporting from Chicago for her project "Gun Violence in Chicago: A Global Problem." She reported on the sales of local gun shops, the strict gun laws and the neighborhoods that suffer most from violence.

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