Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney doubled down on his refusal to declare a gun violence emergency during the city’s bi-weekly gun violence prevention briefing last Wednesday. Shortly before the briefing, a triple shooting in West Philadelphia left an 18-year-old and 15-year-old dead, and another 15-year-old wounded. As of last week, community groups hadn’t heard a word about the gun violence prevention money promised in Philly’s new budget Read More
Several newsrooms shared a letter from Mayor Jim Kenney refusing to declare a state of emergency for gun violence in Philadelphia. Councilmember Jamie Gauthier led the response. Some are now calling the mayor a coward. Read More
More than twice as many people were shot in Philadelphia during the first six months of 2021 when compared with the first six months of 2015. Fatal shootings also doubled from 94 recorded during the first six months of 2015 to 237 in 2021. Read More
Grim milestones: More than 200 people have been shot this month in Philadelphia, more than 1,000 shooting victims have been reported so far this year and city data now show more than 10,000 people wounded or killed by gunfire since January 1, 2015. Read More
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This is no time to celebrate. Gun violence is raging in Philadelphia and many American cities with no end in sight. But today marks one year since launching the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting, we owe you an update and we are pleased to report that progress is good in terms of hitting our strategic goals, especially while working our way through the pandemic and related challenges. Read More
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced last week that the city will dedicate more than $150 million this year to reduce violence. Philly anti-violence activists are hopeful about new funding for prevention efforts. Read More