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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Trump is killing us, but gun violence is doing it faster

There’s so much happening that sometimes it’s easy to be overwhelmed. The president is lying about coronavirus, the homeless are camped out on the Parkway, fires are raging in California, and the most important election of our lifetimes is less than two months away.  But in Philadelphia, the most immediate danger is gun violence. Gun…

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A Prayer For The City: Celebrating Aretha Franklin’s Legacy

Join us at Philadelphia City Hall at 12:30 pm August 31st for A Prayer for the City: Celebrating Aretha Franklin’s Legacy. Aretha Franklin brought prayer to the top of the charts with, “I Say A Little Prayer.” On Friday, as the world says its final farewell, Philadelphia will celebrate her legacy through prayer. We’ll pray…

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Black Boys #RIP

NO ONE WILL be there to hug you in a coffin when you leave this unforgiving world. Nor will they care that you lived and died in an environment where it was easier to get a gun than a home cooked meal. Some nights I scroll the social media hashtags trying to find something opulent and…

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