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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 have to do something. And while yesterday’s announcement that the feds will prosecute gun crimes and give long sentences is part of the solution, it’s not everything. Not by a longshot.

In communities where some now see prison as a right of passage, jail doesn’t scare anyone. It doesn’t deter anyone. It doesn’t stop anyone. All it does is drain our community of people. And while I firmly believe that some people should be in jail, I also believe that some people can change. That’s why I started ManUpPHL. Because I know from my own experience that there are brothers who can turn their lives around if they’re given a chance.

So starting now, were doing something radical. We’re Listening to the Streets. And through this new program, we’ll talk to the young men whose lives are most likely to be affected by gun violence. We want their truth about the causes, the effects, and the solutions. So over a two-week period, we’ll ask the hard questions, get the real answers, and establish a street-level agenda for saving lives. Along the way, we’ll provide them with the mentoring necessary to take the next step. Participants will get a $240 stipend and a daily meal. If they attend all eight sessions, they are guaranteed a job offer from one of our partners.

ManUpPHL and Classix 107.9 want to end gun violence. Listening to the Streets is a step. Interested? Call 267.748.7818. That’s 267.748.7818.

Photo: Philadelphia By. Peter Miller

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