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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Hurricane Ida sweeps through East Coast, results in record breaking damage.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through Philly, Jersey and Delaware, killing five people, creating seven tornadoes, and leaving behind record flooding that turned parts of the Schuylkill expressway and other roadways into rivers.   I’ve never seen anything like it, because nothing like this has ever happened here. But it’s only going to get…

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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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When the fight against gun violence is personal

Sometimes I get frustrated, because when I talk to young men about gun violence, I sometimes hear a hopelessness that makes me think that I want change more than they do.   And I’ve been talking to a lot of young brothers lately. Through ManUpPHL’s Listening to the Streets program, I’ve learned that gun violence…

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