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Study: Community-driven Ceasefire weekends effective in reducing violence in Baltimore

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Young supporters of the Baltimore Ceasefire carry signs at a rally in 2018. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

A report published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) dispelled some previous criticisms of the Baltimore Ceasefire movement’s effectiveness, instead finding there was an estimated 52 percent reduction in gun violence during Ceasefire weekends.

The study, headed by Dr. Peter Phalen of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, examined the 6,024 fatal and non-fatal shootings that occurred in Baltimore from Jan. 1, 2012, to July 6, 2019.

The researchers found that the number of shootings dipped during quarterly Ceasefire weekends that have been led by anti-violence activists since 2017.

Baltimore-area auto dealer donating SUV to Ceasefire’s Erricka Bridgeford

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Erricka Bridgeford talking car troubles and her work with Baltimore Ceasefire. Still via YouTube/MovingStories LLC

Erricka Bridgeford, the community mediator and force of nature behind a grassroots movement to disrupt the city’s cycle of street violence, is set to receive some much-deserved help in the form of some wheels.

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