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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.
NEWS
November 27, 1992 | by Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
Even the warriors have grown weary of the violence. They have been struggling for years to end the senseless violence that is snuffing out record numbers of young lives. Men like Bilal Quayyum. "Guns are the weapons of choice these days," said Quayyum from his office on Arch near 16th Street. "I used to be in a gang and there may have been one zip-gun in the gang. Now, you may have 30 weapons on one block," he said. It is this proliferation of guns and the corresponding violence that has Quayyum co-sponsoring an anti-violence march and rally that kicks off tomorrow in three different locations in the city.
NEWS
January 11, 1993
Community leader Sonny Hill, whose summer basketball league builds character and muscles simultaneously, launched his personal intiative to stop teen violence last week at Simon Gratz High School. It was an inspiring followup to the spate of violent incidents in city schools before the Christmas break. Accompanied by 10 achievers from the fields of law, medicine, sports and public service, Mr. Hill told some 700 kids that their school was the second chosen to participate in Project PAVE, an anti-violence mentoring program.
NEWS
August 21, 1997
Training health-care professionals to be vigilant about spotting, treating and referring victims of domestic abuse is no simple task. It can mean challenging a common attitude that responding to family violence is best left to police and courts. But family violence takes a savage toll on community health - nowhere more vividly demonstrated than in the emergency room. During the last decade, more physicians, nurses and other health-care workers have accepted that their profession demands that they address violence, including family violence, as a public-health issue.
NEWS
April 6, 1996 | By Marjorie Valbrun, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hands Across Philadelphia, a citywide rally that organizers hope will prompt thousands to join hands against violence, is scheduled for today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Organizers said that they planned to hold the event if there is light rain, but that they would reschedule in the event of a downpour. People who want to take part can line up anywhere along the demonstration route and link hands with neighbors, friends or strangers, said Bilal Qayyum, president of the Father's Day Rally Committee, one of the sponsoring organizations.
NEWS
March 12, 1992 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The chairman of Temple University's African American studies department yesterday called on Camden youths to stand up against drug and gang violence in their city because it threatens the very existence of blacks and Puerto Ricans. "Please do not take part in the violence," Molefi Asante, an architect of the Afrocentric studies program that has taken hold in Camden and other cities. Raising concerns about the future of minority members, he said, "I say this because we have lost some of our most intelligent people, wasted through violence.
NEWS
June 27, 1995 | by Monica Lewis, Daily News Staff Writer
With violence one of the city's and nation's fastest-growing problems, Mercy Health Plan has developed a program aimed at keeping peace in the streets. Through its Violence Prevention Program - a $2 million, five-year partnership with Misericordia Hospital - Mercy Health Plan hopes to engage young people in positive activities that will help keep them out of trouble. "We're looking to financially back sound ideas that will keep kids off the streets and change their attitudes and behavior, if necessary," said Judy Stavisky, associate vice president of health services for Mercy Health Plan.
NEWS
June 21, 1994 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / WILLIAM F. STEINMETZ
About 150 Camden third graders got Peacemaker medallions at St. Joseph's Catholic Church yesterday for completing conflict-resolution sessions put together by the prosecutor's office and the Mayday anti-violence group. Here, Leon Daniels is honored by his teacher, Mary Games, as Tram Do waits her turn.
NEWS
April 29, 2011 | Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 21, 2002
RE: YOUR Oct. 11 editorial ("Oops, They've Done It Again") criticizing the Street administration's error in reporting "drug-related" crime: What I find irresponsible is the last sentence, "But until the administration coughs up real numbers, Safe Streets doesn't deserve a future. " I would like to see members of the editorial board venture out into drug-infested neighborhoods and explain that comment. Explain it to grandmothers who have lost loved ones to drug violence. Explain to a mother who runs to the door every time she hears a car backfire that the comment is truly in the interest of her children.
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NEWS
October 8, 2013 | By Ben Finley and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
August 10, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 10, 2012 | By Julie Zauzmer and Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
April 29, 2011 | Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 25, 2011 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
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....
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2007 | By KATE MAYS For the Daily News
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 3, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
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.
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