As the city reaches 500 murders, ManUpPHL releases study with 5 solutions for gun violence

Perhaps, under different circumstances, I would celebrate the fact that ManUpPHL, the nonprofit I began, has completed a study that puts forth five core solutions drawn from young men who’ve been touched by gun violence. But as Philadelphia approaches 500 murders in a single year, I must mourn.

When someone in my city can repeatedly shoot a pregnant woman in the head and stomach, killing both mother and child, we need solutions, and we need them now. The only way to get them is to understand the problem fully, and we can’t do that unless we talk to young Black men. Gun violence victims in Philadelphia are 88% male and 85% Black. Any conversation meant to stem the tide of gun violence in our city must include the voices of these young men. Not only to save their lives, but also to save our own.
That’s why we started ManUpPHL — to steer young Black men away from gun violence. Through our Listening to the Streets initiative, we embarked upon hours of conversation with young men who’ve been shot, faced gun charges, or lived in communities where gunfire is a regular occurrence. Written by ManUpPHL board chairman Brian Ellis, the resultant study is called, “Exploring the Lived Experiences of Black Males in Philadelphia Around Gun Violence and the Behaviors/Activities That Encourage Gun Culture.”
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Photo: Crime Scene Tape By. Brandon Anderson
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