Gun Crisis Reporting Project curtailing operations; will halt daily reporting

The sun sets over West Somerset Street in Kensington, during a six-hour gun violence outbreak last year which left two people dead and six more wounded. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

After publishing every day for more than two and a half years — illuminating the epidemic of gun violence in Philadelphia and seeking solutions — the Gun Crisis Reporting Project will cease daily reporting this Friday, November 7th.

For now, we will continue gathering and analyzing data, participating in community events, and will continue to respond to crime scenes, memorials, and other events when possible. And we plan to keep producing and distributing our free monthly email newsletter.

Meanwhile, we have compiled all of our posts in the #GunCrisis Knowledge Base, which you can also find in the menu at the left of each page, except for previous incident reports, which you can find by searching the site.

Complete details ->

Introducing the #GunCrisis Knowledge Base

This playlist includes 16 past videos with a total running time of 45 minutes, and includes several produced by the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, others in which we collaborated with national and international news organizations, and one lightning talk explaining our mission and strategy.

Over the past few weeks, we have been editing the #GunCrisis Knowledge Base, a compendium containing nearly every #GunCrisis post we have published since launching in March 2012, sorted by category with the exception of incident reports, which now number greater than 1,500. (Use the search window in the left column to search for individual incidents reports.)

<- You can find the Knowledge Base in the left column menu.

Knowledge Base Contents:

Within each category below, the most recent links are at the top of the list.

• The State of Gun Violence in Philadelphia
• Philadelphia Gun Violence in National Context
• Intervention Programs
• Community Response
• Social Media Response
• Leaders
• Feature Reports
• Artists Respond to Gun Violence
• #GunCrisis Monthly Newsletters
• Solution of the Day
• Photojournalism
• Essential #GunCrisis Maps
• #GunCrisis Sandy Hook Reports
• National Incident Summaries
• #GunCrisis Community Participation
• Media coverage of Gun Crisis Reporting Project
• Professional Honors
• Community Honors
#GunCrisis Project Status Reports
#GunCrisis Video Index

A few posts have been omitted to reduce redundancy, and sometimes for linking to external content which is no longer available, but please let us know if you have links which you think we need to repair.

Communities gathering to address gun violence in Philadelphia

Several community events have been scheduled around Philadelphia in the coming weeks, to remember the victims of violence and to find solutions.

Friday: Candle lighting for victims and survivors of violence

The Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy invites you to their annual candle lighting ceremony this Friday to mark National Victims’ Rights Week and to “remember and honor victims and survivors of violence, and to take a stand against crime in our communities.”

Meet at the First Unitarian Church at 2125 Chestnut Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 6:30. You can find more info on Facebook.

Tuesday: Vigil for homicide victims

The Richard Johnson Center at Saint Joseph’s University will be holding their eighth annual Vigil for Homicide Victims next Tuesday, April 8th at 7p.m., at the Chapel of St. Joseph, off of Cardinal Avenue. View the event flyer on Facebook.

Participants in the interdenominational service will light candles and read names to remember the 247 lives lost to violence in Philadelphia in 2013. Mayor Nutter is expected to attend.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project partnered with the Richard Johnson Center and Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., for the #PhilaCrimeSummit in 2012.

April 18th: Good Friday Service

Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, will hold their annual Good Friday service, “a city-wide ecumenical service… to honor lives lost to violence” at Sister Muhummad/Durham Park, at 47th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, at 4 p.m. View the event flyer on Facebook.

Check our report from last year’s Good Friday Vigil with Heeding God’s Call.

Next month: The Cost of Violence National Conference in Philadelphia

Mothers in Charge, a community advocacy and support organization for families affected by violence, will host the second annual Cost of Violence National Conference from may 12th through 14th at the Philadelphia Downtown Sheraton, at 201 North 17th Street. Register now.

Video report: The 2013 Cost of Violence National Conference: Day One

Related reports:

Photo at top of page: Members of Heeding Gods Call participate in the 2013 Good Friday vigil to end gun violence, outside Benjamin Franklin High School in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.