One 11-year-old lost his uncle and a cousin to gun violence last year in Philadelphia. A 10-year-old has learned to identify different weapons by the sounds they make when fired.
These are just two examples of how gun violence impacts life in Philadelphia, and among many cited by Mothers in Charge Executive Director Dorothy Johnson-Speight during a recent community meeting in North Philadelphia.
This spring, Mothers in Charge is hosting the first “Cost of Violence National Conference on Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health,” and is seeking volunteers in advance as well as during the event.
The group is looking for help with everything from event registration data entry to hosting for guests at the Evening Commencement and Peace Gala on May 7th.
Scheduled participants include Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health.
Johnson-Speight invited First Lady Michelle Obama to attend when they met in Washington last month.
Sessions will convene at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel on Monday and Tuesday, followed by Tuesday night’s gala and then a Mother’s Walk for Peace to Philadelphia LOVE Park on Wednesday, May 8th.
Get the latest news on the conference at: costofviolence.mothersincharge.org.
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Dorothy Johnson-Speight concluded the meeting with her constant reminder that “No one is safe until we’re all safe.”