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A powerful movement to end the gun violence epidemic and connect those most impacted with real lifelines to healing and opportunity.
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Justice Department to Begin Collecting Racial Profiling Data - COLORLINES

Justice Department to Begin Collecting Racial Profiling Data - COLORLINES | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
The Justice Department will start tabulating stop-and-frisk frequency and racial bias.
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Richmond reports lowest homicide total in 33 years, credits multipronged efforts

Richmond reports lowest homicide total in 33 years, credits multipronged efforts | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
Sixteen people were killed in Richmond in 2013, the lowest total since 1980 and a far cry from the 40-plus tallies of just a few years ago.
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While the drop in Richmond's violent crime is pronounced, it's also part of a larger trend.Oakland saw a 30 percent reduction in homicides and a slight drop in overall violent crime in 2013. San Jose reported 44 killings, a drop of two from 2012, and San Francisco's homicides fell from 69 to 48. The regional trend mirrors a national one of major urban centers such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York reporting steep drops in killings, said Barry Krisberg, a senior fellow at UC Berkeley's law school.Krisberg said Richmond benefits from a confluence of forces, including improvements in policing strategies and the ONS, along with community groups and faith leaders who conduct frequent "peace walks" in the city's most crime-plagued neighborhoods. The focus on offering positive outlets for at-risk youths in Richmond and elsewhere could be key to sustained crime reduction, he said.
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Ceasefire Night Walk July 26 2013 from Omega Boys Club/Street-Soldier on Vimeo

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North Richmond not receiving the benefits of Ceasefire

North Richmond not receiving the benefits of Ceasefire | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
Since Richmond’s Ceasefire was founded in 2011 homicides have dropped, although violent crime in general has been declining since 2007. But some residents and activists in North Richmond feel that they're not benefitting from the program.
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“People don’t seem to be afraid like they used to be,” said Bennie Singleton, a long-time community activist who’s involved in Ceasefire. “There was a time when I wouldn’t walk down Macdonald Ave., but now I’m not afraid to walk anywhere in this city.”

Ceasefire is one of the many grassroots programs trying to curb violence in Richmond. The group works closely with the Richmond Police Department to target residents with violent records. Ceasefire offers these persons referrals to services to try and steer them away from crime. If the person doesn’t get the message, Richmond PD responds.  In dozens of cities across the country statistics indicate the approach has produced positive results.  Since Richmond’s Ceasefire was founded in 2011 homicides have dropped, although violent crime in general has been declining since 2007.

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Richmond antiviolence outreach pays off

Richmond antiviolence outreach pays off | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
[...] the teens were also put on notice - if anyone in their gang or clique took up arms, the group would become the focus of a sustained police crackdown.
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Richmond finds success in reducing gun violence

Richmond finds success in reducing gun violence | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
It may be hard to believe, but many residents of the city of Richmond now talk about rampant gun violence there as a thing of the past. Less than a decade
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Making Richmond (Calif.) safer one young person at a time

Making Richmond (Calif.) safer one young person at a time | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
"Richmond just feels different, it feels safer, healthier. Does this appear to be true from where you sit?" I was posed with this statement and question from a longtime Richmond resident in late 2011.
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Great op-ed piece from DeVone Boggan

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Richmond mourns another, while gang tensions remain hot

Richmond mourns another, while gang tensions remain hot | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
A crowd gathered in mourning on a street corner in Richmond on Wednesday evening to honor the life of Dimarea Young, a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed on this block the day before.
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Bay Area homicide rate rises in 2012

Bay Area homicide rate rises in 2012 | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
First her 15-year-old, Shonte Daniels Jr., was shot by a 14-year-old friend in a park, apparently after teasing him.
CCISCO's insight:

There's a different story in Richmond, which used to be known as one of the nation's murder capitals. In 1991, 62 people were killed there. In 2012 the total was 18, the lowest in 11 years.

Unlike in other big cities in the Bay Area, Richmond has been adding police officers - 40 since 2006, to bring the force to a total of 190. The city also increased its use of crime-mapping and other technologies, strengthened community outreach programs, and opted to pay for two Contra Costa County prosecutors to work at the Police Department on gang and gun cases.

"I don't think there's any question that it helps to be fully staffed," said Police Chief Chris Magnus. "But the way in which officers are deployed is really important, too, as are the kinds of relationships police build with the community."


Franklin Zimring, a UC Berkeley law professor and criminologist added, "The biggest story is Richmond. After bouncing around a lot, it's not merely down for 2012 but way down - and it's not a one-year number but a three-year downward trajectory, which is extremely encouraging."

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Cease Fire Night Walk

North Richmond, CA- Residents of North Richmond, CA, hold a Cease Fire Night walk to encourage an end to the violence in their community to keep them alive & Free

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Can Ceasefire work in Richmond? California Health Report

Every Friday at 1 PM Pastor Henry Washington meets other Richmond community members concerned about gun-violence at his church—The Garden of Peace Ministries. They walk around the parts of Richmond most devastated by violence, handing out anti-violence literature and talking with residents. “We go out for a good part of the afternoon to saturate these areas with a message of hope,” said Washington. Another team follows his at 7 pm for night-walks, also engaging neighborhood residents. The day-walks and night-walks are a unique Richmond twist to the national anti-gun violence strategy known as Ceasefire.

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Richmond sees decrease in violent crime

Richmond sees decrease in violent crime | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
The number of homicides in Richmond this year rose to 14 on Saturday when a deadly shooting occurred in the Taco Bell parking lot on 23rd St. and Barrett Ave.
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Q&A: What’s Behind the Drop in Bay Area Homicides? - New America Media

Q&A: What’s Behind the Drop in Bay Area Homicides? - New America Media | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism. Founded in 1996 by Pacific News Service, New America Media promotes ethnic media by strengthening the editorial and economic viability of this increasingly influential segment of America's communications industry.
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"I think the credit has to go, at the beginning of this conversation, to every single young person that has decided to put down their gun and say, “I want to live another day.” 

And then after that I think the credit and the responsibility must go to all those folks who are leading organizations and movements to actually partner with the young folks and their families in these communities to make sure that their desire to live is matched with the resources, tools, with healing and all the different mechanisms that pretty much every human being across the world has access to if they are living in healthy communities that produce life and not death. 

And let me add this piece as well. There are midterm elections coming up in November 2014. We have a moment in the state of California and across the country to make sure that we who are living in these communities impacted by gun violence, impacted by a radical investment in jails and prisons rather than people, that we have an opportunity to take the next step around sustainability, which is to begin to identify the policies and investments that will make sure that the success we’re having is institutionalized.

My message to folks across the country is if we’re serious about sustainability we also have to change our mindset about engagement in the process politically. We need to begin to think about how we [can] move resources. I’m talking about hundreds of millions of dollars back into Oakland, Hunters Point, Fillmore, the Iron Triangle, East San Jose. How do we make sure that our tax dollars do not continue to be spent on strategies like prisons that have been proven to not make us safe? Pay attention to the opportunity that is in front of us."

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Grassroots Change

Grassroots Change | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
CCISCO's insight:

To me, what Richmond has accomplished feels like a buck in the trend. We’re almost used to seeing mass violence inflicted daily. From the Boston Marathon bombing to Newtown and the recent defeat of modest gun control legislation in the US Senate, curbing violence seems almost impossible.


But knowing there are communities like Richmond making concerted efforts, from the grassroots to the grass tops, to reverse entrenched problems and take power back, is inspiring and heartening.

If there is a secret to Richmond’s success, I’d have to say it is grassroots leaders’ willingness to be innovative and having the patience, fortitude and commitment to the goal of reducing violence. It’s the ability to be nimble and course-correct when necessary, and involving all sectors of the community.

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Richmond: Ceasefire volunteers look to establish trust with at-risk offenders in wake of police sting

Richmond: Ceasefire volunteers look to establish trust with at-risk offenders in wake of police sting | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
The lines between police and Ceasefire volunteers -- mostly clergy and activists who work to offer positive options to the city's most hardened young men and boys -- were blurred in late August when police, the district attorney and Ceasefire...
CCISCO's insight:

"Our work is hard, and it will take sustained effort over a long period," Bernstine said. "But it's working."

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Peace marchers look to unite Richmond neighborhoods in night walk

Peace marchers look to unite Richmond neighborhoods in night walk | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it

The event, titled "Ceasefire-Lifelines to Healing Citywide Walk for Peace and Healing," is expected to draw hundreds of residents to walk in groups and urge peaceful relations among Richmond neighborhoods, which have been at odds in the past.

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The "Ceasefire-Lifelines to Healing Citywide Walk for Peace and Healing" event is expected to draw hundreds of residents who will walk in groups and urge peaceful relations among Richmond neighborhoods, which have been at odds in the past. 

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Cease Fire Night Walk

North Richmond, CA- community members gather in North Richmond for a weekly Night walk to encourage an end to the violence in their community. The walks are ...
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East Bay Profile: Ex-inmate works to help the formerly incarcerated in West Contra Costa

East Bay Profile: Ex-inmate works to help the formerly incarcerated in West Contra Costa | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
Andres Abarra works two community-based jobs, and he recently finished a yearlong volunteer stint on the community advisory board for Contra Costa Countys public safety realignment plan, helping men and women coming out of the same jail in which...
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Great interview by Tamisha Torres about the Ceasefire-Lifelines to Healing movement in Richmond by our friends at Redeemed World. 

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At Richmond vigil, father of gunned down son calls for halt to violence

At Richmond vigil, father of gunned down son calls for halt to violence | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
Kitric Young told more than 100 residents and city leaders that his son Dimarea Youngs death should be cause to redouble efforts to stop gun violence in Richmond.
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Lincoln's Wishes Video Version 2

Lincoln's Wishes Video Version 2 | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
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Powerful message from Lincoln Plair sharing his hopes for a peaceful Richmond. Thanks to our friends at Pogo Park for putting this together. Please honor Lincoln's memory by taking action to make our world a place of peace and hope. 'In this version of "Lincoln's Wishes",  we edited out everything except for Lincoln, his words, and his beautiful vision for Richmond. The goal of this video is to "shine the light on who he was": a peaceful, gentle, loving man who was known throughout the neighborhood for riding his bike, washing cars, and helping people."

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Violence as a disease, and one man’s prescription for Richmond

Violence as a disease, and one man’s prescription for Richmond | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
As an advocate for non-violence, Dr. Joseph Marshall had devoted the better part of his adult life to teaching others how to answer tough questions. Questions like: How thin is the line between killing someone and turning the other cheek?
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ONS reports ‘significant drop’ in Richmond homicides to Human Rights Commission

ONS reports ‘significant drop’ in Richmond homicides to Human Rights Commission | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it
There was a significant drop in gun-related summer violence this summer, which representatives from The Office of Neighborhood Safety credited at a meeting Monday night to the agency’s Summer Gun Violence Interruption Initiative.
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Contra Costa community leaders halt new jail construction | Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Contra Costa community leaders halt new jail construction | Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice | Ceasefire Lifelines to Healing Movement | Scoop.it

Last week, religious leaders and community members from Contra Costa County convinced county Sheriff David Livingston to withdraw his proposal for constructing a new 150-bed jail. Working in partnership with the local PICO California affiliate, CCISCO, these grassroots leaders were able to convince law enforcement stakeholders that the $6 million required for a new jail would be better spent on alternatives. A community advisory board recommended redirecting realignment funding into rehabilitative services like job training, mental health services, and drug treatment programs.

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