Working on ways to prevent gun violence

The sun sets at the scene where four people were shot last spring in the Kensington section of Philadelphia last spring. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

The sun sets at the scene where four people were shot last spring in Philadelphia’s Kensington section. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

A reporting colleague recently expressed to us that he had been noticing an increase in the number of events focused on gun violence prevention in Philadelphia. As we begin building our calendar for the fall, we took a look back at that many events in which we have participated since launching the Gun Crisis Reporting Project — and a few that we missed.

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Police Commissioner Ramsey and #GunCrisis editor Jim MacMillan were among recipients of Partners in Peace honors at the Mothers in Charge 10th anniversary gala last May.

In May, Mothers in Charge hosted their first national conference, focused on “The Cost of Violence.” We produced a video from the first day and covered Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey’s comments at the following 10th anniversary gala.

Had it not been scheduled simultaneously, we would have also covered the Camden Trauma Summit. Hopeworks ‘n Camden has a report.

In April, we attended the annual Stoneleigh Foundation symposium, this year entitled “From Risk to Resilience, From Despair to Hope: Shifting Our Framework for Responding to Harm.” Also in April, dozens gathered for discussion of grassroots gun violence solutions in Southwest Philadelphia.

In March, a forum entitled “United For Change: Collaborative Solutions to Reduce Gun Violence,” was convened at Philadelphia City Hall. On the same night, Physicians for Social Responsibility hosted Gun Violence in America – A Public Health and Social Crisis, at Friends Center.

Peace Day Philly is a volunteer initiative that promotes local participation in the United Nations International Day of Peace. Get involved this year at peacedayphilly.org.

Plans are underway to open the Envision Peace Museum in Philadelphia, a global peace museum but with serious attention to building local peace by addressing gun violence.

Lat December, we collaborated with Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones’ staff on Building a Philadelphia Public Safety Agenda, a violence prevention summit at St. Joseph’s University. An unfortunate scheduling conflict kept us from attending the Father’s Day Rally Committee’s Black on Black Crime Conference.

Philadelphia City Councilmen, from left, Bill Greenlee, Curtis Jones and Kenyatta Johnson speak with the press at the #GunCrisis roundtable on solutions Tuesday at Philadelphia City Hall. All photos by GunCrisis staffer Tom Kelly IV.

Philadelphia City Councilmen, from left, Bill Greenlee, Curtis Jones and Kenyatta Johnson speak with the press at the #GunCrisis roundtable on solutions last summer at Philadelphia City Hall. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

Last summer, the #GunCrisis team was invited to lead a roundtable on gun violence solutions with the Philadelphia City Council.

And the Gun Crisis team had the opportunity to present on solutions to medical fellows at Penn, and to students at University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, Swarthmore College and Haverford College.

We were also invited to participate in symposium at Columbia University: Sandy Hook and Beyond, hosted by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, where two of the #GunCrisis partners are fellows. The Gun Crisis Reporting Project was launched shorty after two of us attended a Dart Center conference on Covering Youth Violence, which gathered in Philadelphia in late 2011.

Throughout our first 16 months, media coverage has suggested that we are not alone among news organizations seeking solutions to the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in our cities. Please let us know of any events your organizations have planned to address gun violence this fall. Email: info@guncrisis.org | Voice mail: (215) 882-9867

If you want to get involved in gun violence reduction in Philadelphia, please consider volunteering your time or making a donation to one of the organizations listed under our Network tab at the top of this site. If you would like us to add your group to our list, please email us at info@guncrisis.org.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project is an award-winning, independent, nonprofit journalism community striving to illuminate the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia — and to find solutions.

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