Violence Interceptors Fan Out In Chicago This Weekend

Craig Dellimore
May 21, 2020 - 7:25 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — With the Memorial Day weekend arriving, a coalition is mounting a major anti-violence effort in communities that have been hurt by gun violence.

Vaughn Bryant, executive director of Communities Partnering 4 Peace, says there will be 370 additional mediators and street-intervention workers on the streets this holiday.

The effort, overseen by the organization Chicago CRED, will focus on 72 violence hot spots on the South and West sides.

Jalon Arthur heads CRED’s strategic operations. He said the program is called Flatlining Violence Inspires Peace, or FLIP, and the teams are from the affected neighborhoods.

Some groups have negotiated non-aggression pacts among rival gang in their areas. James Sims, an outreach worker with the Claretian Initiative, said bringing something to the table is important, too. Vaughn Bryant says you  have to help the young people get the things they need.

What some need is behavioral health assistance. Others need help getting their high school diplomas. What’s often needed are jobs, which may be hard to find.