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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.

Incidents which took place through December 31 are now represented on the 2021 shooting victims map maintained by the Philadelphia Office of the Controller. Fatal shootings are denoted in red.
Incidents which took place through December 31 are now represented on the 2021 shooting victims map maintained by the Philadelphia Office of the Controller. Fatal shootings are denoted in red.
By the numbers
We usually strive to lead each Weekly Brief with prevention efforts but we have an exceptional amount of incident data to share this week:
• 562: Total homicides in Philadelphia during 2021. 
• 12.6: Percent increase in 2021 homicides vs. 2020.
• 103: Percent increase in 2021 homicides vs. 2016.
• 2,327: Total Philadelphia shootings victims recorded in 2021, up 3.3 percent vs. 2020.
• 486: Philadelphia fatal shooting victims recorded in 2021, up 17.3 percent vs. 2020.
• 196: People shot last month in Philadelphia.
• 21: People shot during the first 48 hours of 2022.
• 76.7: Percentage of 2021 Philadelphia shooting victims identified as Black men, male teens and children.
• 95: Percentage of 2021 Philadelphia shooting victims identified as people of color.
• 59: People shot last week in Philadelphia.
• 2,398: Philadelphia gunpoint robberies reported in 2021, up 28.4 percent vs. 2020.
• 25: Mass shooting in Philadelphia during 2021.
Philadelphia mass shooting locations, 2021.
Philadelphia mass shooting locations, 2021.
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Reorganized for 2022
Motives
• Police believe at least 111 of last year’s homicides were motivated by revenge against someone for a past assault or insult, or an attack against a rival group over a perceived beef. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Say their names
• Here is a list of 2021 murder victims from January 1 through November 30, 2021 in Philadelphia. [Philly Obit Project]
Opinion
“This requires using all the data available to us, often from many different sectors, to really drill down on the micro-environments where violence is able to thrive, in order to transform those environments. The focus has to be the population of those exposed to the problem — not just individuals.” - Dr. Ruth Abaya
Stolen guns
• Although car break-ins in Philadelphia have stayed flat for years, car break-ins that yield guns shot up 37% last year. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Community action
• Brandon Chastang of West Philadelphia is using the power of social media to inspire change. [Fox29]
• ManUpPHL is accepting new mentees who will receive a $240 stipend, a daily complementary meal and a guaranteed job offer if they attend all eight sessions in the program. [ManUpPHL via Instagram]
• Community leaders say a ‘peace movement’ is building in Philadelphia. [WHYY]
Editorials
“We propose a new year’s resolution for every entity in city government: Before every action, decision, or new program, ask how it contributes to reducing gun violence — and communicate the answer.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Let’s work on every single level — from each block to the very halls of the U.S. Congress — to make sure that 2022 is not a repeat of the record number of gun-related homicides in 2021.” - The Philadelphia Tribune
Calling for help
• Philadelphia City Councilmember Cindy Bass is requesting state and federal support to fight gun violence in the city, possibly including the National Guard. [@cindybassphilly]
City briefing today
• The city’s Group Violence Intervention Coordinator will join the next briefing on gun violence in Philadelphia, scheduled to take place today at 1 p.m. Listen live on WURD Radio 900AM/96.1FM or watch live online. [Facebook]
D.A. begins second term
• Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said he will soon announce a new initiative aimed at healing trauma in areas with high levels of gun violence, while speaking at his second inauguration Monday. [WHYY]
• Last week, the District Attorney’s DATA Lab published three stories on shooting clearance and arrest rates and recent changes to their graphics. [phillyda.org]
• A new report breaks down the District Attorney’s CARES program, which provides crisis response and service connections for those who have lost loved ones to homicide. [Temple University Department of Criminal Justice via Canva]
Leaning in
• The Philadelphia Eagles are launching a Philadelphia anti-gun violence initiative, beginning with more than $316,600 in grants to 32 different nonprofits. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Research
• Almost everyone in California is touched by violence. The situation is probably worse in many other states.  [US Davis Health]
Solution of the Week
• In New York, pending legislation would require a mandatory 10-day waiting period after purchase before receiving a gun. [Public News Service]
Defending democracy
• The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence issued a report with five policy recommendations to protect democracy in the face of a growing armed insurrectionist movement. [efsgv.org]
In memoriam
Andres Lopez Wyatt, 35, free spirit who craved acceptance
Shamir Gilmore, 21, known for his thoughtful gestures
Souls Shot Portrait Project paints a picture of gun violence in Philadelphia
You can view the 2021-22 Souls Shot Philadelphia Exhibition online or make an appointment to see it in person. [SoulsShot/SoulsShot]
Do you want to share memories of someone you lost? Several local organizations are ready to help. [PCGVR]
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