Philadelphia has been awarded two federal, anti-violence grants. One is a $20 million planning grant as Philly has been invited into the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. The other is $1.5 million to fund CeaseFire over three years. CeaseFire is the Philly’s attempt to quell the ongoing gun violence in the city.
CeaseFire sends outreach workers with roots in target communities and experience in gun culture—in other words, reformed criminals—to defuse potentially deadly situations. In the parlance of the program, which views gun violence as a disease, the outreach workers “interrupt” the spread of gun violence through direct action. They try to talk people out of retaliating. [Philly Weekly]