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