Does anyone remember Operation Ceasefire?
In 2007, eight city residents took training in various forms of outreach, conflict resolution and grief counseling, At their graduation ceremony, State Attorney General Ann Milgram praised them for "putting faith over fear" in the battle against gun violence. The community workers were the final piece in in the collaborative effort between law enforcement and city residents to turn the tide of shootings. See the entire November 2007 post here. Unfortunately, the group was later disbanded.
Gun violence has persisted, despite the best efforts of individuals and groups willing to take it on as a challenge. The New Yorker had an article in February about a priest in Chicago who has been working with his church and the larger community to stem the loss of lives to gun violence. It is a long article, but well worth reading. See "Father Mike" by Evan Osnos here (contains expletives). One tactic, which was also used here in Plainfield for a time, was to call out gang members by name to try to deter them. With the current array of weapons available, I would not suggest that tactic here.
The latest shootings in Plainfield will undoubtedly inspire another gathering of Norman Deen Muhammad's Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition. Somehow the reasons behind the violence must be uncovered and resolved in order to prevent more deaths and injuries.