neighborhood barbers for peace
Beginning in June, 2017,
the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, with a grant from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, started to work with barbers and barber colleges in several Chicago communities where many of the Center's participants live.
Since barbershops are places where men gather and often talk more openly than they might in other settings, the Center chose barbers as possible neighborhood allies in providing information about domestic violence and about what it means to be an accountable man.
Four businesses joined us as charter members: Chazap Barber College in Roseland was the first, followed by Powell's Barbershop in Englewood, Gordie's Foundation with Mz. Pam's Salon 64 in West Englewood, and McCoy's Barber-Styling College. The Center provided "DV 101" workshops for barbers and students. Sunni Powell of Powell's Barbershop also began having regular Sunday afternoon discussions about domestic violence in his shop and became adept at leading those discussions.
The Center is continuing to provide training and informational materials including videos, posters and brochures. We hope to continue this work and expand it during the summer of 2018 and we will again be joining the Brotherhood of Barbers event in Ogden Park on Sunday, June 24th from 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Meet “Ms. J” - Johnnie Hammond, Second Prize Winner
"Drop the Gun, Pick Up the Tools" Summer Contest
I am Johnnie Hammond also known as “Ms. J”.
I’m currently enrolled in Chazap Barber College & all is going great. Despite many obstacles while finally deciding to pursue my dream in barbering & enrolling in school I’ve pressed passed my issues & continue to keep my eye on the prize. Now, let me tell you why I’m the student who deserves 1st prize in the Drop the Guns & Pick Up the Tools summer contest. Barbering has been my passion for over 20 years, when I was a single parent raising my two sons. I didn’t have extra money for haircuts every two weeks so I purchased some clippers from Walgreens & the rest is history…(Some) of my cheerleaders from back in the day found out that I’m finally doing it & they told me that I waited too late! I told them it’s never too late to pursue your dream/goals. As a woman in this industry you have to show up and be prepared to show out with the best of them. I’m here, I’m showing up & I’m ready. I’m doing it not just for the income but for the outcome. I refuse to be in corporate America & build its dream & not nurture mine. I gave up too much to not be here.
Watch for more information about the winners and their entries!