CeaseFire Chicago: Stop the Violence – with Speaker Ameena Matthews

The Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning and the Muslim Student Association are honored to bring to campus Ameena Matthews, one of the stars of the critically-acclaimed documentary “The Interrupters,” called “the most necessary film of the year” by Slate last year.

Ameena Matthews is one of the “interrupters” who work with Chicago-based anti-violence group CeaseFire, an innovative organization that aims to decrease the brutal violence that continues to disproportionately impact the city’s poor, urban neighborhoods through a peer-based public health-oriented approach. CeaseFire’s model, pioneered by epidemiologist Gary Slutkin, has been replicated in a number of other cities around the world who also struggling with street violence, most recently in Philadelphia, Baltimore and London.

Matthews will speak about Ceasefire Chicago, the documentary “The Interrupters,” and how her Islamic faith influences her work from 12:50 – 1:50 pm on Wednesday, April 4 in E1 Auditorium.

Please join us for this powerful and inspiring event. Light refreshments will be provided.