Tag Archives: Cabrini Green

For the Least.

In one of our usual strolls through the Cabrini Green row-houses, the sidewalks were abandoned and the air eerily still. Where was everybody? We soon understood. As soon as we spotted our teenage friends, an unmarked police car swooped onto the … Continue reading

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A (Not So Ordinary) Day In the Life of Brothers and Sisters of Love

Walking up the street, something did not feel right. Stares felt interrogating; silence seemed heavier. We approached 54th and Laflin on a typical Wednesday walk through the Back of the Yards neighborhood and were met with an unusual dynamic. Groups … Continue reading

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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo….

I’m not sure what exactly I had in mind when I entered the juvenile court that first time, but I was shocked by the utter chaos of what I witnessed. The waiting room consisted of three long wooden benches not … Continue reading

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Elbert O’ Neal

When most people think of the history of the Brothers and Sisters of Love, they think of the days of Brother Bill standing in between warring gangs in the Cabrini-Green projects, unafraid and untouched by the bullets whizzing by.  Or … Continue reading

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We’re Having a Party!

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Come to Friendly Tap next Tuesday, April 24th: 1. All the food and drink you can get your hands on. Join us for unlimited beer and wine, and tasty treats from area restaurants. 2. … Continue reading

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(In)Action.

“I wasn’t feeling well.” “I overslept.” “I thought it was a different day.” “I lost the number to call the office.” No doubt, Brother Jim and I are used to excuses.  Our friends have a tendency to become paralyzed by … Continue reading

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Disposable.

We live for things that are disposable: diapers, napkins, containers, cleaning products, and the like. These items are just so darn convenient because we no longer have to fix anything. Instead, we throw it away—no clean up, no preservation, and … Continue reading

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Home.

It was a place where everyone knew your name. Your kids all grew up together and played in one another’s homes. Doors were unlocked and neighbors walked in without knocking. If you needed a cup of sugar, a place to … Continue reading

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Would You Live Like This? (Part Two)

 NP Lanthrum has helped Brothers and Sisters of Love by photographing the living conditions of our friends in Cabrini Green and Back of the Yards that we wrote about two weeks ago. Below are photos of various damages and living conditions. … Continue reading

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Chains

Image via Wikipedia Strolling through the sidewalks, the poverty is palpable.  Boarded-up homes are more common than not, garbage overcomes the front lawns where children play, and multiple families all huddle under the same small roof.  The presence of gangs … Continue reading

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