A group of Evanston residents rallied for peace after Justin Murray, 19, was shot and killed Nov. 29. Two more shootings since have only increased the urgency of the new group's mission.
Two days after 19-year-old Justin Murray was shot and killed in Evanston on Nov. 29, a small group gathered in front of Boocoo, holding signs that read “Stop the Violence” and “Peace Now, Peace Always.” That small rally was a first step toward what the group hopes is a larger movement. Immediately following the gathering at Boocoo, Evanston residents Justin Blake, Mandy Eason and Kimberly Frazier decided to start a group dedicated to promoting nonviolence, hoping to carry the momentum of that gathering forward. Called Peace Pioneers for Evanston, the group’s stated goal is to unite the community, empower young people, support existing programs and create more programs and activities for teens and young adults. For more stories similar to…
Known as 'Ms. Mamie' to many, Evanston resident Mamie Lee Smith-Faust served as the director of Fleetwood-Jourdain from July 1984 to June 2008. She died on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Mamie Lee Smith-Faust was born in Ypsilanti, MI, on February 27, 1953, to Leroy Smith and Cora Bell Long. Mamie Lee Smith-Faust served as the director of Fleetwood-Jourdain from July 1984 to June 2008, shortly after her arrival she became known to all as Ms. Mamie. It was under Ms. Mamie's stewardship that Fleetwood-Jourdain was transformed into the vital, dynamic, well run community center that we have all come to expect and appreciate. During her tenure at Fleetwood she was an outspoken advocate for community redevelopment and minority rights. Ms. Mamie modeled community activism by being engaged as a life member of the NAACP, an executive member for the League of Women Voters, a member of the Evanston West-Side Citizens District Council…