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Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia
Each week we share news from our Center plus updates on gun violence and prevention from our partners at Billy Penn.

Seeking solutions
Curbing Philadelphia gun violence
Updates from Billy Penn
  • On a sadly typical weekend in August, 20 people in Philadelphia were shot. Inquirer journalists went to every crime scene and tried to understand why. [Inquirer$]
  • It’s not just Philly: From Oakland to Chicago to Newark, shootings are disrupting childhood education. Solutions being tried include patrols by community members and group counseling for young men. [Chalkbeat]
  • Are you at an org that can host a fellow focused on addressing gun violence from a policy, practice, research, advocacy, organizing, or communications lens? The Stoneleigh Foundation is funding full-time positions. [Stoneleigh] 
  • Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is using his voice to help fight gun violence in Philly. He visited the Penn t Trauma Center to learn more about the public health crisis. [@JalenHurts/CBS3]
  • Ban truck parking at rec centers? Councilmember Curtis Jones says it’s a big safety problem that allows violence to escalate. [WHYY]
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 36: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 62 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,725: Shooting victims this year, up TK% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 389: Year-to-date homicides, TK% ahead of last year’s pace and up TK% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
Workshop Update
Our upcoming Better Gun Violence Workshop is now booked to capacity. Philadelphia TV news journalists, community leaders and other experts are convening later this month to explore how we can lead the way together in advancing the most ethical, empathetic and impactful gun violence reporting possible.
Watch this page and our free Weekly Brief newsletter for preliminary reports beginning in October but neither the identity nor the affiliation of any participants will be revealed. Why?
We are employing the Chatham House Rule, which is intended to create a trusting environment, bring people together, break down barriers, understand complex problems, generate ideas and agree on solutions. If you have any questions, please: Send us a Message
For freelance journalists
Psychological Safety Training
New research
Study Finds Significant Increase in Firearm Assaults in States that Relaxed Conceal Carry Permit Restrictions
Dearth of data
What’s Dangerous Is America’s Lack of Crime Data
Solution of the Week
How U.S. Businesses Can Help Reduce Gun Violence in Their Communities
In memoriam
Steven Andre Golden, 19, unbeatable gamer who mentored students
• This newsletter has been produced thanks to funding awarded through the Directors Grant Program of the Barra Foundation.
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