Although Robinson's book doesn't spend much time on urban violence, it's an issue many in the African American community struggle with. The amazing Chicago organization Ceasefire has successfully reduced shootings in dangerous neighborhoods by mediating and intervening in crisis situations.Ceasefire's efforts have earned praise from the Department of Justice, and they are the subject of an outstanding documentary The Interrupters, which you can see for free at 2 Evanston locations this month.
Sunday January 15th 3:00 pm
Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Ave. Evanston
Followed by a Community Conversation with representatives from the Evanston Police Department, Restorative Justice Evanston, Evanston Township High School, and CeaseFire. Screening co-sponsored by Peaceable Cities Evanston, Family Focus, MOMs Saving Our Sons, and the Evanston YWCA.
Wednesday January 25th, 6:30 pm
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
The post-screening discussion will include Ameena Matthews, one of the CeaseFire violence interrupters featured in the film, along with Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and community representatives to explore the issues of violence, conflict resolution and restorative justice in our own community. Co-presented by Reeltime's Percolator Films and the Evanston Community Foundation.