Addressing gun violence: Key events this week in Philadelphia

We have launched a new community calendar at the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, to focus on violence prevention and related community events in Philadelphia. Two important events are scheduled Wednesday night, just a few blocks apart in Center City:

A child hold a candle during a vigil after a community activist was shot in killed in December.

A child holds a candle during a vigil after a community activist was shot and killed in December. Photograph for the GunCrisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Cheyney University presents United For Change: Collaborative Solutions to Reduce Gun Violence: A Forum, scheduled from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, in the Caucus Room of Philadelphia City Hall.

Panelists include Philadelphia Councilman Curtis Jones, Stoneleigh Foundation Executive Director Cathy M. Weiss, Jeffrey Brown, Chairman of UpLift Solutions, and Shondell Revell, Executive Director of the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership. More info at

From 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility is hosting Gun Violence in America – A Public Health and Social Crisis, at Friends Center at 15th and Cherry Streets.

Speakers include Dr. C William Schwab, Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. John Rich, Professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and Shira Goodman, Executive Director of Ceasefire PA. More info at

On Thursday, Michelle Breslauer from Institute for Economics and Peace will present: How Do We Measure Peace? The Pillars of Peace and the Global Peace Index, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Carriage House/LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street, at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Institute for Economics and Peace is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress. IEP produces the Global Peace Index, national peace indices such as the US Peace Index, the Pillars of Peace framework, and analysis of the economic impact of peace. More info at

Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, has announced a Good Friday Vigil in Philadelphia, on March 29th, 2013.

Participants will gather at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Baptist Church at 1000 Wallace Street, at the corner of 10th Street. They will proceed to Benjamin Franklin High School at 550 North Broad Street, which is one block north of Spring Garden Street. More info at

Also on Friday, Philadelphia’s 18th Police District invites community members to a Crime Prevention Event, scheduled from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at the Sayre High School parking lot, in the rear at 5800 Walnut Street. More info at

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