Detroit Night Walks: The Black Church Stands Up for Peace!


Detroit Night Walks: The Black Church Stands Up for Peace!

DETROIT (WXYZ) – The crime and violence in Detroit, the carjackings, shootings and break-ins, have sparked a new initiative called “Night Walks” and they will be happening week after week.

Bishops, pastors, parishioners and others will be walking through different neighborhoods to let people know someone cares and something is being done.

Friday night was the first walk and 7 Action News went along. There were instructions and prayers, then walking and singing. It’s all intended to send a very serious message.

They are tired of the crime and they want a better city for all the people who live here. They walked several blocks and even stopped cars to spread the word.

They are calling themselves soldiers and say they won’t stop the walks until the crime rate goes down and even then they may continue.


After their first training and “Night Walk,” on Friday on at Solomon’s Temple on Detroit’s east side , the Detroit Clergy Team organizing Detroit Night Walks are calling for anyone of good will to join them in prayer and set a new tone in the City. On Saturday May 26 at 2pm, thousands are expected to gather at five churches for a “313 Prayer Rally” to end the violence.

Here are the participating churches: Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre, Lighthouse Community Church, 15820 Wyoming, Third New Hope , 5439 West Warren, Citadel of Faith Covenant Church, 1419 W. Warren Ave. and Grace In Action, 7725 West Vernor, Fellowship Chapel, 7707 West Outer Drive

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Ameena Matthews to appear on The Colbert Report

January 25, 2012

Has Stephen Colbert finally met his match? Ameena Matthews, one of the stars of The Interrupters, will be his guest on Wednesday, February 1st at 11:30pm (10:30pm CT) on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
Ameena, recently named “Chicagoan of the Year in Film” by The Chicago Tribune, will be discussing her work as an Ceasefire Illinois Violence Interrupter ahead of the film’s US television premiere on PBS Frontline at 9pm on Tuesday, February 14th (check local listings) and same day DVD/Blu-Ray release.
Colbert’s on-air persona is known to put his guests in the hot seat, but Matthews is no stranger to pressure. “I’m so excited,” she says. “I just hope I won’t need to kick his ass!”
The film’s North American television premiere is this Saturday, January 28th at 9:30pm ET/PT on Canada’s CBC News Network series The Passionate Eye. In reviewing the film for broadcast / PostMedia News’ Alex Strachan stated “The Interrupters is as memorable and hard-to-forget as any documentary you’ll see this year.”
The Interrupters continues to screen across the US, and is available for DVD/Blu-Ray pre-order from our store.ameena-matthews-on-community-violence-credible-messengers