ManUpPHL wins major City grant for anti-gun violence work

Yesterday when I learned that ManUpPHL was among several community organizations to receive City funding to fight gun violence, I was moved. Moved not only by the $242,000 grant, which will go to pay stipends and create employment opportunities for the men we serve, but by the journey we’ve taken to grow this movement. I…

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While crisis abroad is trending, local crisis hides in the shadows

While the world watches the crisis in Afghanistan, I’m watching the crisis at home. In fact, I’m watching more than one crisis at home.   COVID is a crisis, and I fault Trump because he created an atmosphere where his followers don’t trust common sense advice for doctors, and it’s now so bad that when…

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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.…

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Philly spending on gun violence must be about saving lives

As gun violence rages in Philadelphia, the city has made it a budget priority. But much of the $68 million in the city’s anti-violence budget is money that was already there, according to the Inquirer. For instance, some money for parks, recreation centers and libraries has now been reclassified as anti-violence spending. So, in reality,…

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The City plans to spend $70 million on gun violence. But it’s not how much you spend. It’s how you spend it.

Politics is the art of the deal, and yesterday, City Council reached a compromise to spend $70 million fighting gun violence. That’s good. But let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that money, in any amount, is the cure for what’s happening on our streets, because unlike politicians, the streets don’t compromise. Bullets don’t compromise. Death…

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You want to stop gun violence? Listen to the streets

Gun violence has taken our peace, our prosperity, and our people. It’s left far too many of us in a constant state of fight or flight, wondering if the next moment might be our last. In a city where 499 homicides took place last year, we can’t sit here hoping things will get better. We…

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Kids and guns don’t mix–lessons from a childhood tragedy

As a father, my heart breaks because a 9-year-old girl was shot dead by another child when they were left alone with a gun.    It happened Wednesday morning, when police responded to a report of a shooting on North Bouvier Street. Officers found the girl in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the…

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