Mayors take notice of violence prevention program

We have seen that Safe Streets works,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in January 2012 of the longest running national Cure Violence replication.

In January, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health demonstrated this fact with the results of the first rigorous evaluation of a Cure Violence replication. The evaluation demonstrated a reduction in violence in all four neighborhoods where it was implemented (read more here). Dr. Daniel Webster, lead author of the study, presented the three year evaluation of four historically violent neighborhoods–McElderry Park, Elwood Park, Madison-Eastend, Cherry Hill– showing a statistically significant decline in homicides or nonfatal shootings or both in each of the communities. Gardnel Carter, Safe Streets Program Manager, shares his personal story in this recent article and demonstrates just how it is working.

Last week, Cure Violence-Chicago had the honor of participating in a private event hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. City officials gathered for a two-hour event hosted by the Mayor himself centering discussions around key clips from The Interrupters film. Key clips from the film included the opening of the film; the Peace Summit about Fenger High School; and the Town Hall Meeting about the National Guard.

Each clip was selected to open up a specific topic for that panel. The first clip set up Cure Violence and its mission, showing how violence interrupters work in the field, while the subsequent panel focused on violence as a matter of public health. The second explored the response of high school teenagers to gang violence (prompted by the Derrion Albert killing), and re-evaluated conventional methods of youth outreach. The third clip panel debated how to approach the underlying causes of violence, from lack of jobs and education to the despair and hopelessness afflicting these affected communities. Read more here.

Fittingly, on the heels of this significant city event, Cobe Williams and Ameena Matthews were honored by UIC CCSB as Black History Makers this week.

The Global Journal announced the release of its inaugural ‘Top 100 Best NGOs’ list naming Cure Violence #30 in Global Journal’s Top 100 Best NGOs! This is the first international ranking of its kind. Cure Violence is honored to be named alongside Oxfam, International Rescue Committee, PATH, CARE and Ushahidi.