WBEZ | Ameena Mathhews http://www.wbez.org/tags/ameena-mathhews Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CeaseFire's Ameena Matthews works with youth to 'interrupt' violence http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-28/ceasefires-ameena-matthews-works-youth-interrupt-violence-84343 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-27/ameena matthews.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Violence is an issue across many of the city&rsquo;s wards. But some neighborhoods need more help than others. Groups like CeaseFire seek to provide that help. The anti-violence initiative tries to stop potentially violent situations from starting. Their main tactic is to put so-called violence interrupters in the middle of the dispute.</p><p>Ameena Matthews is an interrupter with <a href="http://www.ceasefirechicago.org/">CeaseFire</a>. She&rsquo;s featured in the new documentary <a href="http://interrupters.kartemquin.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Interrupters</em></a>, by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz.</p><p>Matthews grew up in different parts of the South Side, including Englewood. She spoke to <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> host Alison Cuddy, and started by discussing some of her favorite spots in the neighborhood.</p><p>Tuesday, <em>Eight Forty Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy continues the conversation with Matthews, and learns more about what her day to day life is like as a violence interrupter.</p><p><em>Music Button: Thunderball, &quot;Low Down Weather&quot;, from the CD 12 Mile High, (ESL) </em></p></p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-28/ceasefires-ameena-matthews-works-youth-interrupt-violence-84343