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Distributed gangbanging pt. 3

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The NYT Mag's cover story this week is a fascinating exploration of CeaseFire (you will surely recognize their "Stop. Killing. People." slogan) by Alex Kotlowitz, the purpose of which is to basically stop escalation on a case-by-case basis. In other words, CeaseFire's employees, many of whom are ex-cons familiar with the territory, seek out the recently shot, beaten, or just offended and try to convince them not to seek revenge. It's been around awhile, but with the evolution of local gangs into smaller, non-hierarchical, more chaotic groups--"a wilder group of youngsters now running the streets and by a gang structure that is no longer top-down but is instead made up of many small groups — which they refer to as cliques — whose members are answerable to a handful of peers"--the insider knowledge that CeaseFire provides will undoubtedly be useful.

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