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Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia
Each Wednesday morning we share news, research, data, opinions and community responses related to gun violence and prevention in Philadelphia.

Above: "Heaven: Can You Hear Me?" is streaming on our home page now. Visit:
Above: "Heaven: Can You Hear Me?" is streaming on our home page now. Visit:
Our partners at Mothers in Charge are prominently featured in a new documentary that premiered online in its entirely for the first time Monday night: “Heaven: Can You Hear Me?”
“In Philadelphia, gun violence is the leading cause of death for young Black men. The documentary, HEAVEN: CAN YOU HEAR ME? explores the devastating impact of gun violence on families seen through the eyes of mothers, like one woman who grieves after the youngest of her four sons was murdered in 2016. Across town, the film takes us into the inner sanctum of Mothers in Charge, a Philadelphia-based service and advocacy organization working with survivors of violence. In weaving together the stories of mothers and community advocates on the frontlines of a crisis, the film paints an intimate portrait of loss, grief, and resilience.”
Watch it online. [WORLD Channel/PBS/PCGVR]
Caring for victims
“Philadelphia has planted the seed that will become the place where survivors will be heard and their needs will be addressed.” - Philadelphia’s new Victim Advocate Adara L. Combs
New Voices for RJ
We are honored to announce the launch of the #SAYHERNAME Justice Fund. Grants will be awarded to Black mamas, femmes, folx and their families to help cover sudden expenses as a direct result of gun violence and gender-based violence. Learn more at
• The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced the expansion of the Victim Support Services Division and introduced two new leaders. [The Philadelphia Tribune]
By the numbers
28: People shot during the seven-day period ending at midnight Sunday, one of the lowest weekly totals recorded during the past year.
53: Percent increase in gunpoint robberies this year in Philadelphia, compared to the same period during 2021.
53: Year-to-date homicides in Philadelphia through last night, representing a 15 percent decrease vs. the same period last year.
189: People shot last month in Philadelphia, down from 201 shooting victims reported during December and 196 people shot in January, 2021. The average monthly total for January, from 2015 through 2019 was 92 shooting victims.
140: Carjackings reported in Philadelphia this year through last Wednesday, according to police. That’s double the year-to-date total from 2021, and seven times the pace reported at the beginning of 2020.
76,000: Estimated guns sold in Pennsylvania during January, down six percent vs. the previous month and down 47 percent vs. January, 2021.
45,222: U.S. gun deaths in 2020, by far the most on record, representing a 14% increase from the year before, a 25% increase from five years earlier and a 43% increase from a decade prior.
Deeper dive
Solutions to curb gun violence in Philadelphia, other American cities
“If we had helped those experiencing trauma in real time, we would have prevented a tremendous amount of future violence.”Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner
All hands on deck
State Sen. Haywood seeks more coordination with Kenney to attack gun violence
“One thing is clear: There is no point in the Philadelphia Police Department investing resources in gun cases that the District Attorney’s Office is not interested in pursuing, or that prosecutors are unable to win.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lend a hand
Souls Shot Portrait Project
Our next move for the Philadelphia area exhibition will be to the State Capitol at the end of February.
If you have an hour or two to spare, please reach out to us by filling out our volunteer form

Thank you for your support!
Across the Delaware
• Incoming New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin’s says his top priorities include preventing gun violence, guaranteeing civil rights, and policing and mental health reform. [WHYY]
New findings
• Over 80% of mass shooters were in a noticeable crisis prior to their shooting. Hate-motivated mass shootings and fame-seeking perpetrators have rapidly increased since 2015. [The Violence Project]
Ask The Trace:
Why Isn't There More Media Coverage of Where Crime Guns Were Sold?
New data
• In 2019, 17.2% of children with disability had been exposed to violence in their neighborhood compared with 5.3% of children without disability. [CDC]
Perpetuating trauma
“In 2013, I was shot and while I was fighting for my life in the emergency room, I was interrogated and questioned as if I was a guilty party in my own shooting. When my story was covered in the media, the comment sections were filled with accusations that I was dealing drugs, that this was gang violence and some of the worst stereotypes imaginable.” Gregory Jackson Jr., executive director of the Community Justice Action Fund
Solution of the Week
• A newly proposed California bill would require parents of public and charter schools students to disclose whether any guns are kept at their homes as well as how they are stored. []
In memoriam
Ninetyfive South Stewart, 30, a vegan who made family his priority
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