Ceasefire program coming to Uptown neighborhood

March 7, 2011 2:14:44 PM PST
A community group known for fighting crime in Chicago is expanding. The violence prevention program Ceasefire is moving into the Uptown neighborhood on the North Side.

Community leaders from the Organization of the Northeast, or ONE, along with Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, have successfully secured county funding to bring Ceasefire to Uptown.

Organizers say Uptown has seen an increase in shootings and violent crimes over the last two years.

Ceasefire relies on outreach workers, faith leaders and other community members to intervene and help promote alternatives.

"The police can do a part of the problem, and they can only be a part of that solution," Gainer said. "We have to a have a tool to bring people together in a way that we know has success, and we know that Ceasefire is successful."

The first Ceasefire advisory meeting takes place in a couple of weeks.

The annual grant will have to be renewed with the county every year.