219. Ameena Matthews (Violence Interrupter, CeaseFire-Chicago)

Ameena  Matthews is one of the only women interrupters and the daughter of Jeff Fort, one of the most notorious and powerful gang leaders in the history of Chicago and US crime. She worked for a big drug dealing operation in Chicago and as an enforcer. Now she’s a devout Muslim and a mother and wife.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/aug/06/interrupters-chicago-anti-gang-violence

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2011/mar/10/truefalse-continues-to-feel-like-first-time/

http://www.vice.com/read/steve-james-violence-interrupters-film-interview

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/ameena-matthews-the-interrupters_n_1250150.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-20111222-chicagoans-of-the-year-pictures-004,0,6520290.photo

http://kartemquin.com/

http://ceasefirechicago.org/

 

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