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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.

Behind the Scenes
Credible Messenger Reporting Project
Credible Messenger Reporting Project
Professional partner P.O.C. of Revive Media, seen at left above, sat down recently to share her thoughts behind the making of “Numb to Normalcy,” one of several mini-documentaries produced during the first round of the Credible Messenger Reporting Project last year.
The interview was conducted by our Community Engagement Manager Maxayn Gooden, who first joined our organization last year while producing her own project as a Credible Messenger community journalist.
We will have more “Behind the Scenes” interviews soon plus new reports from more community reporting teams this summer. [PCGVR]
Community in action
Mothers who’ve lost kids to gun violence say it’s time for everyone to step up
• Mothers in Charge also introduced a new Community Violence Prevention Resource Guide. []
• The team behind the Philly Truce App discussed the hard work they do. [6ABC]
• Four Philadelphia violence prevention organizations planned simultaneous events last weekend, which they say speaks to both the urgency to solve the city’s crisis and the need for more collaboration. [WHYY]
• ManUpPHL’s volunteer training event this Saturday at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business will provide you with a meal prepare you for volunteer positions in communications, community outreach, technology or fundraising. [eventbrite]
Burdening health care systems
“The intensity and immediacy of that [gunshot] visit is different from other emergency visits and puts different kinds of strain… All of a sudden, you went from needing one nurse for a few patients to maybe three nurses to help take care of that one patient.” - U.Penn trauma surgeon Dr. Elinore Kaufman via CNN
Reporting on gun violence
• The Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2021 series on gun violence was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting on Monday. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
• WHYY News concluded their Twitter Spaces series on solutions yesterday with a virtual community conversation addressing school-based conflict resolution training as a gun violence prevention tool. [@SammyCaiola]
Searching students
Philly School District To Begin Periodical Weapons Screenings At Middle Schools
Listen and learn
• Philadelphia gun violence survivor and prevention activist Oronde Mclain will speak next month to the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, but you can attend online for free. [JFCS via
By the numbers
33: People shot last week in Philadelphia, down from 39 shooting victims recorded one week earlier.
737: Total Philadelphia shooting victims reported to police this year through Monday.
169: Year-to-date total homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through last night.
79: Year-to-date homicides recorded in Philadelphia as of the same date in 2015.
96: People between the ages of 13 and 19 shot this year in Philadelphia, as of last week.
87: Percentage of Philadelphia homicides committed with firearms in 2021, up from 78 percent in 2017.
34: Homicides recorded by police last month in Philadelphia. Here are their names:
500: Dollar-per-resident cost of for violence prevention programs in Philadelphia mayor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023.
35: Firearm homicide percentage increase in the U.S. between 2019 and 2020, according to a new CDC report.
77,000: Stolen guns reported in 271 U.S. cities during 2020, according to new research.
Philly residents plagued by illegal dumping tell city to invest in solutions
Finding funds
• The City of Philadelphia’s Targeted Community Investment Grant (TCIG) application is now open! Organizations in Philadelphia engaged in violence prevention or intervention work can apply for grants from $1,500 – $50,000. []
• The City of Philadelphia is looking for agencies involved in violence prevention work that uses credible messengers as community crisis outreach workers to apply to the Community Crisis Intervention Program. []
• Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Assistance Program helps nonprofits complete vital community projects by providing tax credits up to 55% to businesses that contribute to efforts including affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training or neighborhood assistance. []
• The federal Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for funding to prevent and reduce violent crime in communities by supporting comprehensive, evidence-based violence intervention and prevention programs. []
Bi-weekly virtual briefing
• Philadelphia’s next Virtual Update on Gun Violence Response takes place this afternoon. No health experts are on the agenda. Listen live at 1 p.m. on WURD Radio 900 AM / 96.1 FM or watch live online. [Facebook]
• Last time, officials responded to journalists who were calling for the return to in-person briefings:
Joe Holden
The City of Philadelphia in response to criticism about its continued use of Zoom press conferences indicated it’s preferred by some reporters (unsure who) and it’s convenient for city officials who no longer have to “trudge” down to city hall. Zero mention of covid.
Domestic violence resources in Philadelphia
Solution(s) of the Week
• Engaging youth in supervised, prosocial activities is vital to help them feel connected to others for support and mentorship, which can break the cycle of victimization to violence—especially firearm violence. [University of Michigan]
Could a program in New Jersey's largest city help reduce violence here?
In memoriam
Philadelphia Neighborhood Remembering Former Northeast High School Football Player Gunned Down Over Weekend
Terry Jenkins to Perry Nixon and Te’Jan Adris Jenkins
Crime Fighters: Who killed Elgin Battle?
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