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April 18, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
The Voice of God tells us that Hillary Clinton gets it. She has internalized the civil rights struggle of our time. "She says their names . . . and makes their mothers' fight for justice her own," intones Morgan Freeman, cast often as the Almighty during his acting career, in a 30-second TV ad airing last week in the Philadelphia market for Clinton's presidential campaign. Between those lines, Freeman and Clinton recite a partial litany of African Americans felled by gun violence and police misconduct: Trayvon Martin.
NEWS
April 12, 2016
I CAN'T understand why our political leaders are not going into the city's areas of concern to discuss gun issues with young people. I'm sure they will find answers such as no jobs, lack of leadership and a host of other issues. You can't solve problems unless you go to the source. Once these issues are found, only then will we be able to change things. With all the new construction being planned and currently taking place in our city, Council members should be demanding that young people be accepted into a apprentice program in their district to give them a skill that will help them with some direction.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Clamp down on illegally obtained weapons Kudos to City Councilmen Kenyatta Johnson and Curtis Jones Jr. for conducting a public hearing on how to deal with the epidemic of gun violence ("Protecting young men," Tuesday). However, programs to help young men find alternatives to violence should be complemented by laws that make it difficult to obtain a gun illegally. Laws outlawing straw purchases must be vigorously enforced. In addition, we must support legislation that would limit the number of handguns that can be bought to one a month, require the reporting of lost and stolen guns, and improve background checks.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
NONE OF us had any business being inside City Council chambers Monday. Not the politicians seeking a strategy to reduce gun violence, sincere as they are. Not the directors of this program or the president of that program, who inevitably said they needed more money to do what they do. Some do. Others need a good, hard look at their results before anyone forks over any more money. Not the cynical reporters - speaking mostly of myself - who sat through a marathon hearing on youth gun violence, jotting down the same old catchphrases about partnerships and programs and resources and services - and if anyone was feeling especially brave, the "epidemic" of violence.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, Staff Writer
The gunmen lodged three bullets in Jayvon Mitchell-Pendleton's body on the evening of March 2 in North Philadelphia. The 20-year-old died a few hours later at Temple University Hospital. Several days later, police charged Nasir McNamee, 15, and Khalil Davenport, 20, with Mitchell-Pendleton's murder. Both live only blocks away from the victim's home. It's become a common story in the city: boys and young men shooting other young men, often in retaliation for previous incidents.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Kenyatta Johnson
OUR YOUTH are the most important resource we have, so we must protect them from senseless acts of gun violence if we hope to build a better future for Philadelphia. As a young man who grew up in South Philadelphia, I have watched illegal guns proliferate around the city. More guns are confiscated now than when I was younger, and the weapons recovered are more dangerous assault-style weapons. My own cousin was killed in an act of gun violence at 17th and Dickinson Streets in the 1990s, inspiring me to become a public servant and work full time to reduce youth gun violence.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Tia Yang, Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. Jr., who did an about-face on gun control three years ago, came to Philadelphia on Monday to talk with like-minded individuals about his efforts, and to solicit their ideas on dealing with gun violence. "This is a grave matter for the country and, candidly, it's an issue that we haven't tackled in a manner that's commensurate with the threat that's posed," the Democrat told representatives of Mothers in Charge, Philadelphia CeaseFire, CeaseFire PA, and others at a roundtable at Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine.
NEWS
March 12, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Help stop shootings When will Pennsylvania stop putting guns over lives? I'm sure it's a question the Pittsburgh community of Wilkinsburg is asking after Wednesday's shootings left four women and one man dead and three others wounded. I'm disgusted by the disregard for life and the love for guns in Pennsylvania. And I'm angry as I watch most of my fellow lawmakers turn a blind eye to gun violence and proliferation while citizens are killed daily. As a member of the Pa. SAFE Caucus, I am fighting to reduce violence through sensible gun laws, funding for mental-health services, and stronger tools for law enforcement.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
In the second meeting in as many days on Philadelphia's ever-present problem of gun violence, a group of clerical and civic leaders concluded that stopping young men from arming themselves and shooting themselves and others has no easy solutions. "We are in a war, a real war, where casualties are every day in our community," Kenny Gamble, the Grammy-winning record producer and developer, who has focused his attention on the South Philadelphia neighborhood of his birth, said Tuesday during a faith-based roundtable discussion at City Hall.
NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
More than 100 people attended a rancorous community meeting Monday night in South Philadelphia to discuss solutions for dealing with gun violence. The gathering at Vare Recreation Center, originally billed as for "men only," was opened to anyone after Mayor Kenney asked to attend. Kenney touted his forthcoming budget, which he said included the borrowing of hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild recreation centers and other facilities throughout the city. He also highlighted his proposal for universal pre-kindergarten and programs in schools that would provide access to dental, vision, nutrition, and psychological services for children.
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