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“Speaking Up,” a free, community-wide film and book series, continues its discussion of non-violence on Feb. 19 with the anti-violence book “Don’t Shoot,” at 4 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

“Don’t Shoot” describes David Kennedy’s successful efforts to end gang- and drug-related violence in cities throughout the U.S. The discussion that follows will be guided by local juvenile justice and community relations experts. 

This film book series is an outgrowth of PeaceAble Cities: Evanston, whose goal is to work toward a violence-free Evanston by the year 2020. Acting executive director Joey Rodger says the group believes violence is almost always preventable, that residents can live together peaceably, and that violence prevention is the job of everyone in Evanston.

“We named the film book group ‘Speaking Up’ because it’s only when we speak up and intervene that bullying, violence and other types of abuse can be stopped,” said Ms. Rodger, who is also a member of the Evanston Police Department’s Chaplain/Clergy Team.

Part of PeaceAble Cities: Evanston’s strategy is to understand the causes of violence and stimulate discussion on how to prevent and treat it. A new topic will be explored monthly, with conversation about the featured film or book, followed by a community conversation with local resource people. Among the topics will be domestic violence, gang issues and prejudice against immigrants. 

“Speaking Up” co-sponsored by the Evanston Public Library, will alternate films with books. The library will provide a limited number of copies of the book. Those interested in reserving a copy or registering for the discussion should call 847-448-8620.