What’s Going On This Week?

Walking the Streets of Baltimore with the Other Barksdale   (National Journal, CityLab.com and Huffington Post)
The author interviews violence interrupters and provides an overview of the Cure Violence model and Safe Streets program and how it has been successful. “The genius of Cure Violence lies in its targeted, almost clinical approach to reducing shootings, assaults, and homicides. The group sees incidents of violence much the same as cases of HIV, tuberculosis, or even Ebola are viewed. Violence spreads when people are infected with it. It stops when those exposed to it stop infecting others.”

Public Health Approach May Help Reduce Violence   (The Columbia Chronicle)
The author recaps a recent talk Cure Violence Founder & Executive Director Gary Slutkin, M.D. gave at University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health on Cure Violence and why violence should be treated as a contagious disease.

Passion & Commitment for Everyday Life: Elise McCabe Thompson’s Mission   (The Harlem Times)
The NYC Mission Society’s Central-Harlem Cure Violence Initiative is modeled after the highly effective CeaseFire Chicago model employing street-credible “violence interrupters.” The intention is to prevent the spread of violence in Central Harlem by persuading those who are most likely to engage in physical force to find peaceful solutions to conflict. Outreach workers (“credible messengers”) logged 2,630 contacts, with 106 youth participants who are at high risk of perpetrating or becoming victims of violence, especially gun violence. When surveyed, 95% of participants reported that they feel less likely to be involved in gun violence because of the program. One-hundred percent of participants surveyed reported the program helps them make better choices.

Albany Residents Rally After Spike in City Shootings   (WNYT.com)
This video newsclip covers the recent shootings in Albany and the rallies Cure Violence has organized to bring the community together to prevent further violence.

Good Reading for Doing Good   (TheDailyNewsOnline.com)
Written by a librarian, the article touts New York Times Best-Selling Authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s newest book “A Path Appears” as inspirational and highly praised by readers. Gary Slutkin, Cure Violence Founder & Executive Director, is featured in this new book which provides a compelling narrative of the story of the Cure Violence health approach.

Analysis:  17-25 Year Olds Greatest Percent of Chicago Homicides Since 1991   (Chicago Sun Times)
Adolescents are programmed to be more concerned about what their friends think than they are concerned about what’s going to happen to them in the future. These circumstances are why people end up going to prison or dying when they weren’t thinking about prison or dying. They were unconsciously concerned about what their friends thought because that’s the way they’re wired.

Violence Interrupters Answer SOS in South Bronx    (Bronx Ink)      

One of the best articles to describe the Cure Violence health approach ever. Congrats to SOS Brooklyn for going 108 days without a shooting as of 10/14. This is a must read article violence interrupters, outreach workers, program managers, policy makers, health professionals, i.e., everyone! Great information about the New York City partner sites and the Cure Violence program approach to eradicating violence using health protocols.