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Online discussion to focus on anti-violence activist Tamar Manasseh and documentary about her

The founder of Chicago’s Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings and the makers of “They Ain’t Ready For Me” will be part of the panel.

Tamar Manasseh speaks to police about a block party in 2018.
Kevin Tanaka/For the Sun-Times

Chicago anti-gun violence activist Tamar Manasseh will participate in an online discussion Thursday on a documentary focusing on her work.

“They Ain’t Ready For Me” follows Manasseh, founder of Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killing, and her work against violence focusing on the South Side.

After a mother was shot and killed in 2015, Manasseh sat every day at the site of the crime, the normally violent corner of 75th Street and Stewart Avenue. She created a growing group of mothers and men who brought children and barbecued, and their daily efforts led to a decrease in violence on the block.

The documentary also explores Manasseh’s faith as a Black Jew, which she highlights as a driving force behind her anti-violence activism.

“This film is not just about me as a Black woman or a mother,” Manasseh told the Sun-Times in January. “It’s also about me as a rabbinical student and how I use my brand of Judaism to fix the world.”

The discussion will be held online from 7 to 8 p.m. by the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival. It follows following previous free online screenings of the film held from July 19 to 21.

Along with Manasseh, conversation participants include the documentary’s director, Brad Rothschild; executive producer Reuben Cannon, and past President/CEO of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Wendy DuBoe. It will be moderated by CBS Chicago reporter Jim Williams.

Go here to register for the discussion.