August 9, 2014 |
The violent deaths of five children in eight days, including three who were mowed down by a hijacked car in North Philadelphia, are sparking outrage in communities around the city and calls to action by antiviolence activists. Those activists, from a spectrum of community antiviolence groups, held a rally Thursday evening at LOVE Park to talk about ways to prevent homicides among children and young people in the city. In an interview before the rally, Anton Moore, an antiviolence advocate in South Philadelphia, said adults must engage young people and talk to them about ways to avoid violence.
April 5, 2014 |
On Sunday morning, strengthen your limbs while supporting a good cause - opposing illegal handguns in Philadelphia - at PSR Philadelphia's (Physicians for Social Responsibility) eighth annual Legs Against Arms 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk at Arcadia University. Registration begins at 7:30 and the race begins at 9. Youths 12 and younger can run the 5K or participate in the 1-mile walk for free. The race, in collaboration with the Celebration of Peace program, will feature an exhibit hosted by community organizations and student groups at 9:30 inside Arcadia's Commons Building.
December 30, 2013 |
CAMDEN Wilson Rodriguez thought he had something worthwhile to say, but he wondered why a young audience would listen to a 21-year-old parolee convicted as a teenager in the bludgeoning death of a sleeping homeless man. He told more than a dozen youngsters in an event hosted by the Camden Board of Education he and his friends "did something horrible and someone ended up dying. " Two or three hands shot up, and questions followed: Why did you do it? How do you feel now? The children wanted to know more.
December 20, 2013 |
CAMDEN The head of a Chicago-based violence prevention program toured Camden on Wednesday and said the initiative, which has been implemented in other cities, can be right for Camden as well. "We view violence as a disease. Diseases spread everywhere, whether that's Chicago, whether that's Camden, whether it's a big city, whether it's a small city," Frank Perez, national director of Cure Violence, said in an interview. He added: "Therefore, it doesn't make a difference where it is. It can be fought.
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.
May 9, 2013 |
Addressing urban violence as a problem that grips cities large and small, the Philadelphia-based organization Mothers in Charge hosted its first national conference on the impact of violence this week. The two-day conference at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, which concluded Tuesday, featured grassroots activists, law enforcement officials, medical experts, and others. Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder and executive director of the group, said her organization was hosting a national conference "because violence is a national problem.
April 21, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie wants to add new gun penalties to state law, ease restrictions on the involuntary commitment of the mentally ill, mandate photo IDs for firearms purchases, and forbid children from buying violent video games without parental permission. Those are just a handful of more than a dozen proposals on violence that Christie, like other state and national lawmakers, is offering in the aftermath of the mass shooting Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
April 15, 2013 |
The hospital community sees firsthand the terrible consequences of gun violence. Emergency rooms and trauma centers are where victims come to be saved, if possible. All too often, it is not: Nearly a third of all firearm injuries are fatal. Patients with gunshot injuries are disproportionately and heartbreakingly young. Firearm homicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-to 24-year-olds in the United States. The survivors may live with a lifetime of physical and mental disability.
March 16, 2013 |
Violence against women is a profoundly serious and disturbing problem throughout the world. Daily we are reminded that global leaders have failed to address or find adequate remedies for the horrific tragedies that befall women and girls. Many of the victims are doing little more than trying to survive and provide stable lives for themselves and their children. We like to think it is different here at home. We expect women will be safe and treated fairly. We assume that no political party or partisan agenda will stand in the way of ensuring the safety of our grandmothers, our mothers, and our daughters.
March 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday passed and sent to President Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act. The vote came after House Republican leaders, cognizant of divisions in their own ranks and the need to improve their faltering image among women voters, accepted a bill that cleared the Senate two weeks ago on a strong bipartisan vote. The bill would renew a 1994 law that has set the standard for how to protect women, and some men, from domestic abuse and prosecute abusers.