Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

By The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

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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.

Mike White, above, was photographed by Ronald Gray and interviewed by Tyler Campbell for the latest report produced with support from our Credible Messenger Reporting Project: “Humanity behind the headlines: Black men on surviving in Philly." Dana DiFilippo was the partnering professional journalist.
Mike White, above, was photographed by Ronald Gray and interviewed by Tyler Campbell for the latest report produced with support from our Credible Messenger Reporting Project: “Humanity behind the headlines: Black men on surviving in Philly." Dana DiFilippo was the partnering professional journalist.
Behind the scenes with a Credible Messenger
An interview “almost feels like an interrogation which is triggering for a lot of folks,” but “it allows you to open up when you’re talking to somebody who can relate to your experiences.” – Tyler Campbell
• Community journalist Tyler Campbell planned, managed, reported and wrote the latest project from our Credible Messenger Reporting Project. Sammy Caiola – who recently joined WHYY in the new role of gun violence prevention reporter – interviewed Tyler last week. [WHYY via PCGVR]
• We might need a photographer from the community of people affected by gun violence in Philadelphia, to work on an upcoming project we are funding. Please read about the Credible Messenger Reporting Project, consider applying and contact us if you haev any questions. [PCGVR/PCGVR/PCGVR]
Schools
Too many lockdowns to count: Gun violence has touched everything at one Philly school
Business
Barbershop owner says business is suffering since being caught in police shootout
Third Thursday Initiative
• A new collaboration among city, state, and community leaders is intended to educate residents about what resources are available to address and prevent gun violence. So far this year, areas with the most shootings include Frankford, Kensington, North Philadelphia, and Strawberry Mansion. [WHYY/6ABC]
Speaking out
“We spend hours upon days trying to get in touch with the assigned detectives. … The person that answers the call takes your information, but you never receive a call back.” – Kimberly Kamara, mother of murder victim Niam K. Johnson-Tate 
By the numbers
[PCGVR.org]
[PCGVR.org]
43: Shooting victims reported to police last week in Philadelphia, down from 46 during the previous week.
54: Percent increase in gunpoint robberies this year in Philadelphia. Shooting victims are up six percent.
337: Shooting victims reported in Philadelphia this year thorough Sunday, including 69 fatalities.
86: Year-to-date homicides in Philadelphia through late Monday night, representing a 12 percent increase vs. the same period last year.
15: Percent decrease in Philadelphia homicides observed year-to-date as of three weeks ago.
Politics
• Republicans running for Pa. governor talk a lot about Philly crime but their rhetoric omits critical context. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Help for survivors
• Next Tuesday: Stephen St.Vincent – Director of Philadelphia Gun Violence Reduction Initiatives for the PA Commission on Crime & Deliquency (PCCD) – is co-hosting an event with Annie Karlen, the Philadelphia Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate, which helps crime survivors navigate criminal justice systems and find pathways to hope and healing. [Zoom
Survey
• Up the Block wants to hear more about how you’ve been using their resource guide. Complete the survey by Monday, March 7th to be entered to win a $20 GrubHub gift card. Text UTB to 73224 to get started or use your browser. [PublicInput/UpTheBlock.org]
Perspective
“There are people in Philly who take credit for fact that 2013 and 2014 were low-points for homicides here, without acknowledging they were also the nadir for homicide rates nationally since the 1960s. … Interesting how some are blamed for broad trends, while others take credit for them.” – Oren Gun, Director of Research, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Law enforcement
• Philadelphia Police arrested and charged a man they say was the leader of a gang of carjackers who specifically targeted Toyota cars and trucks. [WHYY]
City briefing
• The next city briefing on gun violence in Philadelphia is scheduled to take place today at 1 p.m. Listen live on WURD Radio 900 AM / 96.1 FM or watch live online. [Facebook]
Police accountability
• Pennsylvania State Police pushed back against requiring independent investigations when troopers cause deaths and injuries. [spotlightpa.org]
Looking ahead
Registration is open for “Taking a Stand in Harrisburg Advocacy Day” on April 26 to meet with legislators and demand action on gun safety reforms. [EveryAction]
Research
CaterinaGouvisRoman
2/2 In Phila, post COVID onset, neighborhoods with very high drug arrest activity (proxy for drug markets) were the places that witnessed the fastest uptick in shootings. https://t.co/qhtNq7tKXK
• A new study highlights neighborhood-level gun violence dynamics in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic, identifying statistical links between changes in shooting rates and levels of drug market and police activity. [scienmag.com/Temple Now]
• A new study of CDC data indicates a growing burden of firearm injuries on child mortality and widening racial inequities with Black youth disproportionately affected. [American Academy of Pediatrics]
Milestone
• Firearm-related deaths are continuing their rapid rise in the U.S., with a new study finding they have overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of “years of potential life lost” due to trauma. [NPR/Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open]
Data
Youth Gun Suicide Is Rising, Particularly Among Children of Color
Open letter
• Dozens of advocacy groups are pushing the White House to take more action on gun violence prevention. [Center for American Progress]
On the media
• A journalism student at Temple University shares his thoughts on the portrayal of young people in the media. [Instagram]
In memoriam
Brian Madera, 22, high-flying truck driver and 'happy soul'
Contact
Please let us know whenever you may have questions, concerns or recommendations related to this newsletter or anything else we do at the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting. [PCGVR]
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