October 8, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Wei Chen honed his organizing skills as a student during a boycott triggered by racial violence at South Philadelphia High School four years ago. On Sunday, he was awarded a fellowship that will help him continue organizing Asian youth. "Organizing is one of the best ways to change our society," said Chen, who grew up in China's Fujian Province, where organizing was not tolerated. Chen, 22, is one of 10 young people to receive the inaugural Peace First Prize, which is supported by various foundations and which celebrates those who have confronted injustice.
August 10, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed 10 bills Thursday targeting gun violence in New Jersey, including measures requiring that certain mental-health records be submitted to the federal background-check database and increasing penalties for gun trafficking. Christie did not take action on several other measures passed by the Legislature after the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., including a proposal to ban .50-caliber guns and another requiring that gun-permit information be encoded on driver's licenses.
June 19, 2012
THERE ARE no easy solutions to solving the city's rising homicide rate and epidemic levels of violence, but local and national experts have some thoughts on what's needed. Minister Rodney Muhammad, leader of Mosque No. 12 at Broad and Cumberland streets in North Philadelphia, stressed the need to give residents a safe way to take a stand. "It's going to take a village level of outrage to put a stop to the violence," he said. He's organizing an anti-violence campaign focused on South Philadelphia this summer, which will hark back to the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in which a "code of conduct" was promoted.
June 10, 2012 |
An off-duty Philadelphia Police officer seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Friday showed signs of improvement Saturday. Police said his medical condition was downgraded from "extremely critical" to "critical. " Milan Merke, 28, a four-year officer assigned to the 35th District in Olney, was going to Broad and Thompson Streets to get gas when he collided with a car at Broad and Master Streets. Merke was preparing to join an anti-violence motorcycle rally through North Philadelphia.
April 29, 2011 |
Runners committed to slowing the pace of crime will converge on the streets of West Chester tomorrow for the 16th annual Chester County Race Against Violence. The event represents a major fundraiser for the Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, an internationally-recognized nonprofit that offers a wide range of victim-advocacy and anti-violence programs and services. Registration and check-in are scheduled from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at the agency's office at the corner of W. Market and New Streets, across from the Chester County Justice Center.
April 25, 2011 |
City Hall filled with the unmistakable - and unmistakably foreign - sounds of people cheering and clapping when Police Commissioner Ramsey showed up at a news conference on April 6 and pulled a Jerry Maguire, announcing, in so many words, that Philly completed him. He had decided against pursuing his dream job - superintendent of the Chicago Police Department - in his hometown to keep fighting the good fight in the City of Brotherly Love....
July 13, 2007 |
Charlie Mack is back this summer, celebrities in tow, with his fourth annual Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend tomorrow and Sunday. Charles "Charlie Mack" Alston, a native Philadelphian and longtime aide and friend to Philly-born actor Will Smith, produces the series of charity events. Invited stars this year include Chris Tucker, Mo'Nique, Terrence Howard (also a local) and Queen Latifah. Initially a celebrity basketball game started in 1990, Party 4 Peace evolved into a two-day charity event to raise money and awareness about violent crime in Philadelphia.
January 2, 2007
IN PHILADELPHIA'S fight to reduce violence and murder, 2006 was a year of frustration and failure. The sobering year-end homicide figures - 404 as of Friday - show a spike in deaths that has defied explanation, as well as new police strategies, endless marches and rallies, and pleas from community activists and politicians. But as this editorial page year-in-homicides reveals, there was plenty of inaction, too, both at the local and state level. January: We called on Mayor Street to strike a higher crime-fighting profile.
October 3, 2006 |
Faced with unrelenting sectarian killings and growing anger from Sunni Arab leaders, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki yesterday announced a new security plan that calls for committees of neighborhood leaders to try to defuse sectarian crises in their own areas and also for new supervision of the news media. But the details of the plan were vague, and it was not clear how effective it would be in the face of recent unsuccessful attempts, through both political and military initiatives, to quell the sectarian violence and growing militia dominance that have pushed the country to the verge of civil war. News of the plan came amid brazen sectarian abductions and killings in the past two days that have enraged Sunni legislators, some of whom accused Shiite lawmakers of focusing their efforts against Sunni militants while ignoring - and even empowering - Shiite militiamen.
July 28, 2006
HERE'S WHAT the city should be doing to stem the violence. First, the city will start with the Band-Aids to "stop the bleeding. " More police. More overtime. Redeployment of officers. Town watch meetings. All good things, but at this point, "window dressing. " We need to dig to the root of the problem. Here are some suggestions. Let's make the parents of these "under-privileged" children who have taken to the streets responsible for their education. I was brought up in South Philly, and my parents are the reason I graduated from high school.