Re[2]: Stop killing our children

Pfleming (
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 13:38:42 -0400

Funny you should ask. Before I came to WEEA in March, I was Deputy Press
Secretary for the City of Boston. The key thing I think was that the Mayor and
the Police Commissioner really believe in and respect kids. There was a top
down sense that kids should be respected, appreciated and held accountable for
their behavior. The crucial programs were Operation Ceasefire and Operation
Nightlight. But commitment and cooperation were key. I pulled this press release
about Operation Ceasefire winning a Ford Foundation Innovation in Government
award off the City's website, but the text of the report isn't there. I'll see
what I can find out about where they might be posted. There are some good
articles in past issues of Nation's Cities magazine and the Philadelphia
Enquirer. If I get some time, I'll get references for them too.

Here's the release:
City of Boston Press Release

City of Boston's "Operation Cease Fire" Receives Ford
Foundation Award for Innovation in American Government

The City of Boston's Operation Cease Fire was selected today as a "Top
Ten" Innovation in American
Government for 1997. The Police Department will receive a $100,000
grant from the Ford Foundation for its
model program that slashed gang-related violence and eliminated
teenage deaths by handgun in Boston for
the past two years.

The grant will enable the Department to share with other law
enforcement agencies the lessons learned from
this initiative, in the hope that the program will be replicated in
other cities.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino responded to the announcement by saying, "We
are very excited to have been
chosen for this award. Not simply because it recognizes the commitment
to youth that this administration has
made, but because by sharing the information with other cities, we can
begin the process of eliminating
teenage deaths by handguns all over the United States. The Ford
Foundation Awards are prestigious, but
more importantly, they help to set standards for excellence in all
areas of American government."

Since its inception in 1986, more than 85 percent of the winning
programs have been replicated by other
government agencies.

m o r e
City of Boston's Operation Cease Fire Receives Innovation Award 2

A total of one million dollars is given to ten programs each year for
innovations at all levels of government, in
areas such as criminal justice, education, health care, the
environment and transportation. This year Boston
and Chicago were the only two cities to receive awards.

The recipients are chosen in a rigorous process, which this year
included over 1,540 applicants. The
applications were evaluated according to originality of approach,
value of services, effectiveness and potential
for replication in other jurisdictions. The ten award recipients were
chosen by a national selection committee
of public policy experts and former public officials including,
Chairperson David Gergen, Editor-at-Large of
U.S. News and World Report; former Congressman Tom Downey; former
League of Women Voters
president, Dorothy Ridings; former Gary, Indiana Mayor Richard
Hatcher, and New York Times Magazine
editor, Jack Rosenthal.

The Ford Foundation's Innovations in American Government Award is
administered by Harvard University's
Kennedy School of Government in partnership with the Council for
Excellence in Government.

Paula Fleming
WEEA Equity Resource Center

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Subject: Re: Stop killing our children
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Date: 6/17/98 10:01 AM

Anyone have more details on what is working in Boston?

Jane Sheeran

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