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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.

Mothers in Charge
• The community at Mothers in Charge is planning a peace walk and rally in advance of Mothers Day. Register to participate on May 5. [Mothers in Charge/eventbrite]
My Son Khaaliq Was Killed Over a Parking Space. Now I Help Other Mothers Grieve.
From Retribution to 'Healing': Changing How We Help Crime Survivors
• Mothers in Charge also received federal support this week for their PIE initiative: for prevention, intervention and education. [CBS3]
On the media
Watch now: Save Our Streets
Transforming Crime Reporting Into Public Safety Journalism
• Local reporters have been expressing frustrations with the remote and controlled nature of the city’s biweekly gun violence briefings. [@JoeHoldenCBS3/@KristenJohanson]
• Watch for yourself: The commissioner of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services has been added to the agenda for the city’s Virtual Update on Gun Violence Response this afternoon. Listen live at 1 p.m. on WURD Radio 900 AM / 96.1 FM or watch live online. [Facebook]
Gun violence prevention journalism
• ICYMI: You can listen on Twitter Spaces to WHYY’s community conversation yesterday on “Resolving Conflict: Tactics to Prevent Shootings.” Follow them on Twitter for a link to next Tuesday’s session: “Getting to the Root: Addressing the Cultural Causes Behind Gun Violence.” [Twitter Spaces/@WHYYNews]
Research recap
“I think we really have to start treating gun violence as the public health crisis that it is and that means we need to better understand the underlying causes and how to address it really by tackling the structural issues that make it such a problem in our city and others like it. - Dr. Iman Afif discussing new research we shared last week
Situation report
“During the city’s record-breaking shootings toll last year, just one in seven nonfatal shootings led to an arrest. The rest remain unsolved.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
As National Victims Rights Week kicks off, Philadelphia’s gun violence shows no sign of slowing down
Philadelphia shootings: Philly is averaging 1.5 homicides per day
Fatal Shootings In East Frankford Leaves Community Thinking About Times Before Nonstop Gun Violence
City Council wants the next budget to fix ‘black hole’ created by quality-of-life problems, from trash to broken streetlights
“Students are petrified to go to school or come back to school.” - Northeast High School student Armando Ortez
Firearms overtook auto accidents as the leading cause of death in children
“Groups are looking to fund youth summer programs with a whatever-it-takes urgency that is still lacking from officials in a city buckling under an unrelenting string of shootings.” - Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Helen Ubiñas
Action plans
• Congressman Dwight Evans announced an ambitious, $51 billion plan to tackle the nation’s gun violence epidemic at its roots last week in Philadelphia. State Senator Art Haywood has a six-part plan for the city. [WHYY/ Philadelphia Tribune]
By the numbers
30: People shot last week in Philadelphia, down from 64 shooting victims during the previous week.
662: Total Philadelphia shooting victims reported to police this year through Monday, slightly ahead of last year’s pace.
152: Year-to-date total homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through last night.
67: Year-to-date homicides recorded in Philadelphia as of the same date in 2015.
90: Percent increase in gunshot wound patients entering the emergency department at Temple University Hospital.
City responds
• Applications are now open for the next round of Targeted Community Investment Grants supporting programs and activities focused on violence prevention and intervention in Philadelphia. [PHENND/Google Docs]
Curfew centers working in some Philadelphia neighborhoods despite violations doubling from last year
• Community listening tour continues to inform next update to the Philadelphia Roadmap for Safer Communities There’s a meeting tonight in West Philadelphia. [ via @RepMcClinton]
• The Philadelphia Police Department posted info on the case clearance process and how to submit a tip. []
Advocates in action
Rally Against Gun Violence At Pennsylvania State Capitol
Zaf #StopTheGunViolence Qasim 🇵🇰🇬🇧🇺🇸 on Twitter:
PA Office of Victim Advocate
Gun homicides spiked 39% in 2020, reaching a deadly milestone, shared @CeaseFirePA today at the Capitol.

Community violence preventions program interrupt cycles or violence through outreach and engagement.

#crimeprevention #listentosurvivors #bethevoice
In the community
NOMO Foundation to open and operate youth transitional housing program in West Philly
Kendra Brooks
To address gun violence and years of disinvestment, we must adequately fund the city services that keep our neighbors safe.

Communities that have been neglected for years demand clean streets, regular trash pick up, working street lights, & safe, green corridors. #JustServices
Across the river
“It’s not fair that day after day members of our New Jersey family are being shot and it is outrageous that the state government in Trenton isn’t doing everything it can to stem this tide of gun violence.” - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
Solutions of the Week
Could planting gardens be the key to preventing shootings? These Grays Ferry residents are giving it a go
Opinion: The surprising solution to gun violence
Mapping gun violence: A closer look at the intersection between place and gun homicides in four cities
Dick’s Sporting Goods Followed Its Conscience on Guns—and It Paid Off
In memoriam
Isaiah Jewett, 22: 'He was the ultimate gentleman'
Philadelphia 76ers Fan Shot Dead on Food Run During Watch Party
Parents mourn a ‘fine young man’ as police search for their son’s killer
Yaseem Jenkins death: 3-year-old boy dies after surviving 2019 shooting
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