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The City of Evanston is presenting a Violence Prevention Community Forum featuring Tio Hardiman, Executive Director of CeaseFire Illinois, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013. It will be held at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street. The public is invited to attend.

Tio Hardiman has dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change. This forum is a follow-up presentation that Mr. Hardiman and CeaseFire Illinois representatives gave at Evanston Township High School on February 27.

From 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., residents are invited to browse resource tables; the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Topics will include: what was learned at the ETHS presentation; an overview of CeaseFire violence prevention model; whether Evanston is on the right track or not; and effective best practice community strategies to reduce violence, which include block clubs, neighborhood watches, outreach and mentoring.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Limited parking will be available in the following lots: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, Faith Temple (west parking lot only) and Family Focus.

The event will be hosted by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. Sponsors are the City of Evanston, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and Peaceable Cities.