August 2013 E-Newsletter – Latest News from Cure Violence

On the streets: Chicago’s Violence Interrupters in action
Global news giant Al Jazeera posted a video report on Cure Violence’s flagship partner site, CeaseFire Illinois this weekend, featuring footage of violence interrupters at work in the community. The tense situation reporter John Hendren caught on camera depicts firsthand how interrupting the transmission of violence can cut down on lives lost to both prison and violence. Watch it

Violence Interrupter to be awarded distinguished “Freedom from Fear” medal
One of Cure Violence’s most prominent Violence Interrupters, Ameena Matthews, will receive the “Freedom from Fear” Medal at the 2013 Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards on October 16th in New York City.

In announcing the honor, the Roosevelt Institute stated that “Ameena Matthews’s work as an “interrupter” for Cure Violence was documented in the acclaimed documentary The Interrupters. In this role, she aggressively mediates conflicts, arbitrating between individuals and even physically stepping into the middle of them in order to prevent their escalation to physical violence. Cure Violence has been extremely successful in reducing violent altercations in some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, with Matthews serving as an influential face of the organization nationally and internationally.”

Collaborating for the common good: law enforcement and public health learn from one another
Now available: a podcast series focusing on the intersection of law enforcement, violence prevention and public health. The collaborative effort aims to bring together police chiefs, public health experts, and grant-makers to discuss how law enforcement and public health might share resources and strategies to make communities safer.

The podcasts are a project of the Center for Court Innovation together with The California Endowment and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The Center for Court Innovation recently completed an evaluation that measures the impact of the Save Our Streets Prevention Program in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (a Cure Violence replication project) and documents reduced gun violence.

Safe Streets Baltimore stopping the spread of gun violence
Cure Violence partner, Safe Streets Baltimore, uses behavior change and peer-to-peer outreach to stop conflict before it becomes deadly and they’ve been successful. Mary Rose Madden, Senior News Producer and Reporter for WYPR, Baltimore’s public radio station, explores how Safe Streets Baltimore is reducing homicides and shootings in that city’s most violence neighborhoods. Have a listen.

Cure Violence benefitting from Foundation Beyond Belief
Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) has chosen Cure Violence as its featured Human Rights beneficiary for the third quarter of 2013. In choosing Cure Violence, FBB noted: “Your programming has an extremely high rate of effectiveness and is serving as a strong model for programs around the country, and world. This made Cure Violence a staff, and member, favorite to be featured as a beneficiary this quarter.” Check out the campaign and join it!