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Meta-Post: Attempts to Reducing Street Violence

These weeks discussion is on street violence and the increase in gang member numbers within Chicago. Many posters mention how the violence rate has gone up, as well as the death rates. The program CeaseFire is an attempt to step … Continue reading

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Meta Post — Guides out of the Dark

All of the launch posts this week really looked into how the Kotlowitz article introduced the CeaseFire program. With a program looking at inner-city violence in the perspective of a disease, all of the first posts looked at different ways … Continue reading

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Meta Post: Education and Public Health

After going through the readings and the blog posts and comments, it was evident that all of us seemed to take a lot from the Kotlowitz article. Yellowsubmarine2 made a very interesting point in extending the already-present idea of public … Continue reading

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Meta Post: Interrupting the Threat of Violence

                This week, we focused on the problem of gang violence, particularly in cities like Chicago where it runs rampant, in regards to the Interrupters, a group of former gang members who work to decrease this epidemic through their good … Continue reading

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Launch Post: CeaseFire-One Brick, One Step

In his New York Times Article titled, “Blocking the Transmission of Violence,” author Alex Kotlowitz explores the aims and outcomes of CeaseFire, a “gang-intervention program” founded by Gary Slutkin in Chicago.  Gary Slutkin, an epidemiologist and physician who worked in … Continue reading

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Launch Post: Violence—The Ever-Increasing Epidemic

This article Blocking the Transmission of Violence, by Alex Kotlowitz, brings to light the troublesome problem of gang violence in Chicago. Not only is this violence the reason behind numerous deaths of the youth of Chicago, it is also a … Continue reading

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Launch Post: Called the Interrupters For a Reason

This weeks readings were about the Interrupters, a group of former gang members working to protect their Chicago communities from violence they once participated in. The Interrupters partner with an organization named CeaseFire, which believe violence is similar to the … Continue reading

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