Philadelphia CeaseFire hosting “A Game of Peace Basketball Tournament” Wednesday night in North Philadelphia

Above: Players compete in Philadelphia CeaseFire’s “A Game of Peace Basketball Tournament” last year. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Jim MacMillan.

The next Philadelphia CeaseFire “A Game of Peace” tournament is almost here:

Wednesday, October 8th, from 6-9 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center, at 2101 Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.

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#GunCrisis archives: Philadelphia gun violence in national context

Above: Mourners gather in remembrance of Philadelphia shooting victim Terrance “T-Bird” Cox this summer in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we are presently working to organize all of our posts into a more accessible knowledge base. This group contains previous posts addressing Philadelphia gun violence and homicides in context with national rates. The most recent posts are at the top of each group.

2014:

• Philadelphia stays ahead of Chicago’s homicide rate through first 26 weeks of 2014
• Latest FBI data puts 2013 murder reductions in context
• Philadelphia still suffering higher homicide rate than largest cities, but also showing greater progress

2013:

• Homicides drop sharply in Philadelphia and New York, but unequal rates persist
• New York responds to violent outbreak while Philadelphia suffers four times as much
• Eleven dead, 80 wounded by gunfire in Philadelphia during one month period since Boston bombing news
• Philadelphia Commissioner Ramsey: We have a Sandy Hook happening all the time

2012:

• Philadelphia is “behind the curve” on implementing innovative gun violence solutions
• Report: Philadelphia stands out as most violent city
• 2012 U.S. Peace Index Highlights America’s Most and Least Peaceful States and Cities — and the cost of violence

Tonight in Rhawnhurst: Prayer vigil to end gun violence

A prayer vigil to end gun violence is scheduled for tonight in the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia. The event will also open the latest installation of the Memorial to the Lost, a public display which includes one tee shirt remembering each of the 201 citizens of Philadelphia killed by gun violence during 2013. Click the headline to get more information.

This week: Communities coming out to stop the violence

Even with three four and five people shot in recent Philadelphia incidents, including a three-year-old girl who was fatally wounded in Grays Ferry, and the deaths of three more children after a gunpoint carjacking in North Philadelphia, we can’t find much local media reporting in advance of tonight’s National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

But the community isn’t waiting to take action. Click the headline to see how you can get involved.