Friday News Roundup: Ameena Matthews, Al Jazeera Covers CeaseFire Illinois, and Can Health Reform Help Reduce Violence?


Al Jazeera Video Report Features Violence Interrupters at Work in Chicago (reprinted on the Cure Violence blog): Global news giant Al Jazeera posted a video report on Cure Violence’s flagship partner site, CeaseFire Illinois, featuring footage of violence interrupters at work in the community.

It's time for our Friday News Roundup. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons)

It’s time for our Friday News Roundup. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons)

11 Inspiring Chicago Women You Should Know (WBEZ): Violence interrupter, Ameena Matthews, was named one of 11 “extraordinary women making a difference in Chicago and beyond” by WBEZ.

California Healthline Asks: Can Health Reform Help Reduce Violence (reprinted on Cure Violence blog): Health care leaders across the U.S.  see better alignment between health and violence prevention under health reform.

#ENDviolence Against Children (UNICEF): The United Nations Children’s Fund launched a global call to combat violence against children.

Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Public Health and Prevention (White House blog) : The White House asks for nominations of local public health leaders and change-agents whose exemplary leadership is helping to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in our communities.

National Emergency Summit on Urban Violence (Ebony): In response to high violence rates in Chicago, activists, community leaders, and policy makers came together in early August for a weekend-long emergency summit to discuss prevention, reduction and solutions.

A Voice from Phildelphia’s Youth (Stoneleigh Foundation blog): Nydia Whittica, a young woman from Philadelphia, shares this moving, first-hand account of how violence in her community has affected her feelings of safety, her education, and at times her ability to even get to work at the Stoneleigh Foundation.