What needs to be done? That’s a question that has been raised at every screening of The Interrupters for over a year. But now with homicides in Chicago up 60% compared to this time last year, these concerns and a call to action is still more necessary than ever. Tio Hardiman, the director of CeaseFire Illiniois and one of the interrupters featured in the film, recently spoke with PBS’s Azmat Khan about Chicago’s recent spike in violence and how “the community needs to step up.”
However, The Interrupters producers certainly would like to thank a few organizations that are trying to do their part to not only wipe out street violence in Chicago, but on a national level as well. Throughout March, Peace Alliance partnered with The Interrupters Outreach Team for over 100 Interrupters Viewing Parties in support of a bi-partisan piece of legislation, The Youth PROMISE Act. After viewing The Interrupters, attendees would come up with a call to action, take photos of their event and then contact their congressman in support of the PROMISE Act, a bill that earmarks funds for programs that address youth violence issues. For even more highlights from The Interrupters Viewing Parties, check out Peace Alliance’s YPA Campaign page.
Coming up in the weeks ahead will be even more Interrupters Community events in Chicago, Philadelphia and Oakland. Kicking off this series of spring events was Chicago’s Growing Home, an urban farm located in Englewood. Growing Home not only teaches Englewood residents tips for healthy eating and gardening, but also gives residents job training and employment skills. Following up April 18th‘s screening and Q&A with interrupters Lil’ Mikey Davis and Hot Rod Phillips, Growing Home will celebrate their 10th Anniversary on May 1st with a keynote address by Interrupters director Steve James. So be sure to stay tuned to theinterrupters.com for announcements on events being coordinated throughout Chicago, Philadelphia and Oakland throughout the spring and into the summer.