WHEN AMBER LONG was shot and killed during a purse-snatching in Northern Liberties earlier this year, her mother, Stephanie, committed herself to raising awareness about street safety among women.
Today, she will take part in a free women's self-defense class, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Cobbs Creek Recreation Center, on 63rd Street near Walnut.
"This class is the first step on a productive road to protect ourselves," said Long, 52, of Harrisburg. "I want people to know that they shouldn't give predators, the nonfunctioning part of society, what they don't deserve."
The class is hosted by Handbags 4 Peace, a grass-roots movement of women dedicated to making Philadelphia a safer place for women through empowerment and education.