Each week we share news from the Center plus updates on gun violence and prevention in Philadelphia from our partners at Billy Penn. Please note: This newsletter will arrive on Thursday mornings beginning next week.
New audio documentary
Above: Tashawn Strother and Walter Willis. Photograph by Dan Colavito.
• New today: Tashawn Strother, a community journalist from our Credible Messenger Reporting Project, hosts an audio documentary sharing her family’s journey after her son Walter Willis was shot and critically wounded on New Year’s Eve in 2019. Voices include our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard, who is also the trauma surgeon who cared for Walter – and Walter himself. Thanks also go to the Independence Public Media Foundation, The Stoneleigh Foundation and Kouvenda Media, where you can listen now:
Do journalists reporting on gun violence in Philadelphia want self-care info, trauma education, safety training, a virtual network, live gatherings, all of the above or something else? We're getting some signals but could use more. Reply, DM or email: https://t.co/P7WJB9EceK
51: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 61 the week prior — but this will likely be updated, as Open Data Philly has last week’s count at 78. [PPD Google Drive/@PCGVR]
226: Shooting victims in May, vs. 188 in April and 193 in May 2021. [@PCGVR]
990: Shooting victims this year, up 9% from last year [PCGVR]
220: Year-to-date homicides, down 4% from last year; up 56% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
Violence and interruption
• A news report says one Philadelphia teen shot last weekend was also shot one week earlier. You can join a community conversation on interrupting cycles of violence Saturday in North Philadelphia. [6ABC/YMCA]
Stop the Bleed
• Community activist Rosalind Pichardo is now passing out tourniquets. You can learn about bleeding control online. [6ABC/YouTube]
#HIRING: Temple Health is expanding its Victim Advocates program to better support violently-injured patients and is looking for a qualified Workforce Development Specialist to join its team of hospital responders. Click the following link for more info: https://t.co/QTKu9tROtPhttps://t.co/QGLWMPZWci