Baltimore Ceasefire weekends have been held four times a year every year since 2017, when its organizers first decided to encourage people around the city to stop the violence and take part in activities that build community. Ceasefire weekends--which usually include marches, prayer circles, and other community events--feel good to participate in, but now there is proof that they actually do lower the rate of gun violence experienced in the city.
According to a study published by data analyst Peter Phalen, the city sees anywhere from 30 to 66 percent fewer shootings in Baltimore during Ceasefire weekends. His research also found that the results of Ceasefire weekends can extend well after those three days are over, sometimes lowering the rate of gun violence for as many as 12 days after the weekend is over. That's important information, especially as city and state leaders like Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young look for ways to bring down the city's crime rate. Phalen will be at the next Real Talk Tho to talk about how he found this data and what it could mean for the city. We will also have representatives from Baltimore Ceasefire to talk about what the data means for Baltimore and their movement.
- Letrice Gant, Ceasefire Organizer
- Alex Long, Violence Interrupter, Safe Streets; Team Redemption Boxing Gym Founder and President; featured in the award winning 2018 documentary Charm City
- Peter Phalen, PsyD. , clinician and research fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Baltimore VA Medical Center
Moderated by The Real News Network host Jaisal Noor.