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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.

Four years ago this week: Students from the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia gathered on North Broad Street during National Student Walkout Day to protest against gun violence. The Parkland shooting had taken place one month earlier. Photograph by Jim MacMillan.
Four years ago this week: Students from the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia gathered on North Broad Street during National Student Walkout Day to protest against gun violence. The Parkland shooting had taken place one month earlier. Photograph by Jim MacMillan.
Compounding crises
• Domestic violence has spiked in Philadelphia during recent years, especially the number of cases involving guns. Several recommendations were presented at a City Council hearing last week. [WHYY/The Philadelphia Tribune
Powering through
Philadelphia teen shot in the head last fall makes miraculous recovery
Seeking solutions
• Historic Philadelphia peacemaking institute will reconvene weekly solutions-based community dialogues beginning March 26. [House of Umoja]
Integral role
Philadelphia school counselors balancing COVID-19 pandemic, gun violence epidemic In city
Hospital shooting reverberates
• Listen to the reading of a doctor’s essay recounting the shooting inside Jefferson University Hospital last fall. [Annals of Internal Medicine]
By the numbers
Visualization: PCGVR.org
Visualization: PCGVR.org
35: Shooting victims recorded in Philadelphia during the seven-day period ending Sunday. The previous week’s total has been updated from 19 to 30 people shot.
404: Shooting victims reported to Philadelphia Police through March 14 of this year.
103: Year-to-date homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through last night.
42: Year-to-date homicides recorded in Philadelphia as of the same date in 2013.
10,000: Year-to-date national shooting victim milestone surpassed this week.
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]
Honoring her sons
DA Larry Krasner
Had a great time last weekend with @CouncilmemberJG highlighting some of the great work our friend Movita does to honor the sons she lost to gun violence. All these young people you see in red are mentored by Movita’s Donte initiative, created in honor of her son Donte. https://t.co/46WPFk0kJ6
On the calendar
• A free, virtual symposium on March 25 will offer insights into developing, pitching, and funding innovative project ideas that utilize community-academic partnerships, while offering an opportunity for networking. [Penn Injury Science Center]
• The PHIGHT Network is organizing a free community listening session on March 29 to help university, health system and government partners understand lived experiences. [The PHIGHT Network via Eventbrite]
New research
• A new study suggests that people who die by firearm suicide are more likely to tell someone about their thoughts or plans, thus emphasizing the importance of community-based interventions. [JAMA Network]
Need help now?
• The City of Philadelphia operates a 24-hour telephone hotline to assist people and their families dealing with behavioral health emergencies: (215) 685-6440 [Healthy Minds Philly]
Solution of the Week
Nakisha Billa
My son’s murder trial will be coming up soon. How about in order for friends & family to attend the hearings there should be identification logs & facial recognition of attendees I bet this would stop witness intimidation & ongoing disputes. Thats called gun violence prevention!
Survey
• About half of U.S. adults say they support the development of personalized smart guns and nearly as many say they would be interested in using one. [Morning Consult]
In memoriam
Nahray Crisden, 19, lightning-fast athlete who was 'always trying to save people'
Join the conversation
• The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting is partnering with the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, Firelight Media and filmmaker Terrance Pitts to present a free, virtual event.
Register now and join the conversation on April 1:
Our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard will join a panel of local experts from the media and community. Collaborating partners include Mothers in Charge, Philly Truce and the Young Chances Foundation. Human Impact Solutions and Humanature are the production partners.
Our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard will join a panel of local experts from the media and community. Collaborating partners include Mothers in Charge, Philly Truce and the Young Chances Foundation. Human Impact Solutions and Humanature are the production partners.
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