For Michael Cogbill, getting engaged in the electoral process is the best way an individual can help to eliminate community violence.

Cogbill, a resident of the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, was one of many that attended WURD’s Transmit Transform event held at Bartram’s Garden highlighting the documentary “Quest” about life in North Philadelphia.

“I think we have to show up to the polls, I think we have to vote,” Cogbill said. “There are so many things that we can do, but I think kind of getting engaged with the electoral process is first because as long as we have access to firearms and not decent education, we’ll have problems.”

Cogbill added that oftentimes when he is on his way to work, he sees a lot of young men on street corners with nothing really to do.

WHYY, in a partnership with WURD, interviewed Cogbill and other attendees to share their thoughts and opinions on the growing issue of violence in urban communities. Both organizations are involved with Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting effort focusing on poverty and a push for economic justice in the region.

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