Violence

The City of Philadelphia announced Wednesday the fourth and final round of the Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant Program awardees. The final round of awardees includes 18 additional organizations that will collectively receive more than $7 million in funding, bringing the total amount distributed through this program to the total $13.5 million allocated for the Community [...]
ICYMI: From pandemic news to police shootings, here’s a roundup of the biggest topics of conversation this week on WURD Radio. The Kim Potter Case: Linn Washington Jr. is a professor of journalism at Temple University, where he is a co-founder of the award-winning Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab. In addition to his Temple degrees, Washington [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Peak Johnson | Solutions Journalism As Philadelphia’s homicide count rises, community groups and medical professionals are using trauma-based cognitive therapies to better serve victims. Now, Portland [...]
This article is part of The Toll: The Roots and Costs of Gun Violence in Philadelphia, a solutions-focused series from the collaborative reporting project Broke in Philly. You can find other stories in the series here and follow us on Twitter at @BrokeInPhilly. By Charles Ellison | The Philadelphia Citizen Multiple studies find that environmental fixes to low-income neighborhoods [...]
By Curtis Jones | thephiladelphiacitizen.org I couldn’t sleep last night trying to dissect all of the causes for the pandemic-level rise in gun violence in Philadelphia. It is a multi-pronged problem that will require an all-hands-on-deck solution. This national problem shocked Overbrook Park, an otherwise peaceful neighborhood in my district, with a shootout that resulted [...]
By Solomon Jones | WHYY.org Before COVID-19 shut down the world, I would often take my family to a bowling alley in East Norriton, Montgomery County. Back then, it was called the Facenda-Whitaker Bowling Lanes. Now it’s called the Our Town Alley Bowling Lanes, and it’s called one thing more — a murder scene. In the days [...]
Solomon Jones | solomonjones.com What must we do to get justice? That’s what I’m asking after the Kenosha Wisconsin D.A. failed to charge a white cop for shooting a Black man in the back. The victim, Jacob Blake, had been trying to break up an argument between two women, and as he walked back to [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Last week’s fatal, officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., a  Black man from West Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood, has brought into focus a ballot question that would allow greater oversight of city police. The officers involved in the incident are being investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department’s investigative unit. Unlike [...]
Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer When I watched the video of Walter Wallace Jr., 27, being gunned down by two Philadelphia police officers on Monday, I was overcome by sadness and rage. Then a sense of calm certainty overtook those roiling emotions, because I was sure of one thing. This would not have happened [...]

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