Wednesday night: Addressing Gun Violence, Exploring Grass-Roots Solutions

On the heels of one of the most violent nights and weekends of 2013 in Philadelphia, a gathering on grassroots gun violence solutions is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Calvary Center for Community & Culture at 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue. (map)

A crowd reacts as police remove the body following a fatal shooting in the Kingsessing section of southwest Philadelphia last last month. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

A crowd reacts as police remove the body following a fatal shooting in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia late last month. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

According to heedinggodscall.org: The community will hear from leaders of two organizations engaged in grass-roots efforts to stem the tide of gun violence and learn how you can support and get involved with those efforts. Philadelphia CeaseFire is an evidence based public health violence intervention program at Temple Univ. School of Medicine that treats violence as a disease utilizing data, credible messengers, and community mobilization strategies. Heeding God’s Call helps faith communities both to stand witness to gun violence and to pressure local gun stores into adopting practices that will deter straw purchasing.

According to westphillylocal.com: This is the second gathering on “Addressing Gun Violence” organized by Kol Tzedek Synagogue, West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship, and Calvary United Methodist Church. All three congregations are part of POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild, an organization dedicated to opportunity and justice for Philadelphians. If you have questions, e-mail rabbi – at – kol-tzedek.org.”

Look for live tweets from the event tonight at @guncrisisnews and guncrisis.org.

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