CeaseFire, the Chicago organization profiled in the award-winning Kartemquin documentary The Interrupters, will now be known as Cure Violence.
A new blog post and video from founder and executive director Gary Slutkin explain the re-branding as part of an effort to create "a movement of people who understand violence is a disease." You can find more information at www.cureviolence.org.
The move reflects the increased global focus of the organization and wider acceptance of their strategy for treating violence as a disease, something which the success of The Interrupters has helped spread. Read more about the film's impact so far.
For the first time since the program's inception, CeaseFire will receive funding from the City of Chicago. After weeks of negotiations with the city’s top brass and police officials, CeaseFire and the City of Chicago announced that $1 million will go to expanding the program in Chicago’s Grand-Crossing and Ogden districts. Until now, CeaseFire has depended upon state, federal and private aid in order to operate, but Tuesday’s historic announcement signals the start of a partnership between Chicago Police and CeaseFire.
Watch video of Ameena Matthews' superb interview on The Colbert Report from yesterday. The star of The Interrupters did a great job of keeping her cool amid Stephen Colbert's own interruptions, getting the CeaseFire message across and dropping brilliant quips such as "I wasn't lecturing them, I was having a conversation with them" and "I would like to say I am a paper-sack brown blood cell."