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ManUpPHL took action on gun violence. You can join us, too

Yesterday we did something unusual. We did a call to action on gun violence. Not a call to make speeches or to shout for someone else to do something. Not a call to shout slogans or to criticize other efforts. Not a call to name the reasons why we can’t do anything about our plight.

No, we came together at City Hall to take action and save lives.

And it’s always interesting to see who shows up when you say we’re here to work.

Sometimes you get those who are just curious. Sometimes you get folks with their own agenda. But in between all of that, you get those who understand the value of working together.

I’m grateful for the men and women who answered the call. People who believe we can transform lives if we listen long enough to learn something, muster the courage to say something, push the powers that be to do something, and take the action needed to change something.

Because here’s the bottom line. No one is coming to our communities to save us. We have to do that. And we have everything we need to make it happen.

ManUpPHL’s Listening to the Streets program is about working directly with the young men whose lives are impacted by gun violence. We listen to them about the cause, effects and solutions for gun violence. We mentor them, provide them counseling and give them a job opportunity. And we pay them a $240 stipend for the privilege.

Yesterday, when we asked for people to mentor those young brothers, to connect them with resources, to do social media, to provide administrative support, Philly showed up. And because you showed up, we can go on changing lives.

We won’t stop every shooting that’s happening in Philadelphia. But if we can turn one person around, then the work we do together will be worth it.
Click here to volunteer or donate to ManUpPHL
Photo: DUI By. Johnny SilverClouds

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