Ceasefire launches new initiative

April 23, 2008 3:55:48 PM PDT
A community organization called Ceasefire has a new initiative to try and stop the violence before it starts. The strategy will focus on high risk neighborhoods like Englewood and Roseland.

On Friday nights, Ceasefire says it will take members of those communities onto the streets to try and engage gang members and convince them to put away their guns.

Ceasefire also hopes to train community members in dealing with at-risk young people.

"Everybody in the community needs to be trained in conflict resolution. There should be two or three people on every block who know that they can mediate with the young guys," said Tio Hardiman, CeaseFire.

Ceasefire will also offer mediation services to the gang members.

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