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Chicago, IL

Cities of Peace seeks to amplify the struggles of young people in Chicago and Phnom Penh as they organize to transform harm and create community healing. Using their own site-specific histories as a jumping off point, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Peace Institute of Cambodia will form Community Peace Councils which will interrogate the roots of structural and relational violence and practice transformative justice. They will produce a documentary film, develop exhibitions, and participate in an international exchange which will culminate in a Community Peacebuilding Summit in Chicago in the summer of 2015.

Follow Along on our Journey to Cambodia

Chicago-based Peace Fellows will travel to Phnom Penh April 3rd-13th 2015
While Chicago and Phnom Penh have distinct histories of structural and interpersonal violence, they share a common approach to community peacebuilding. Youth in both cities practice restorative justice to transform harm, promote civic engagement, and facilitate community healing. In an effort to connect and amplify these efforts, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (JAHHM) and the Peace Institute of Cambodia (PIC) will facilitate a cultural exchange through which youth ages 17-28 will explore the roots of violence and the practice of peacebuilding in their respective cities and envision opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration.