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As homicides rise, Philly police must quit the lip service and start building community bonds

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Although nationwide protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, have largely stopped, addressing systemic racism and improving the relationship between the police and the communities they serve remain critical even as the spotlight dims. This is especially true in Philadelphia, where the homicide rate is rising.

Public commitments were made by the Philadelphia Police Department, and communities of color wondered if these commitments would be kept. Keeping them is key because, among other things, addressing police reform is an integral part of gun-violence prevention.

When individuals experience police discrimination or brutality, they are less likely to trust or rely on law enforcement. Consequently, these community members are less likely to cooperate with law enforcement, which includes not reporting crimes or serving as witnesses in investigations. Unfortunately, some turn to retaliatory violence, which can increase crime.

 

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Bryn Mawr College Alums and Students Come Together in New Group to Support Students of Color on Campus

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As students, Alexis De La Rosa ’15 and Lauren Footman ’14 worked together to create “A Point of Difference: Diversity at Bryn Mawr College,” an online exhibition centered on the experiences of Bryn Mawr College students, faculty and/or staff from Africa and the African Diaspora and the broader experience of diversity on campus by all members of the community.  Inspired in part by the work they did on “A Point of Difference,” the pair have formed Students Committed to Opportunities Progress and Empowerment (SCOPE).

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Moving The Gun Violence Prevention Discourse Beyond The Margins

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“Gun violence plays such a large role in my life because I always fear when my next friend is going to die or if I will ever make it home in one piece,” says 19-year-old Amy Chen of Philadelphia.  Amy’s experience is not uncommon, and is reflective of the experiences of young people around the country who live surrounded by violence, constantly worrying if they’ll live to see another day. One cannot hide from the reality that gun violence is at an all-time high nationwide. As Americans, we are constantly bombarded with the staggering homicide rates that occur in metropolitan cities across the country.

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Millennials Call For A Holistic Approach To Gun Violence Prevention

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In September of 2009, high school star swimmer Ondelee Perteet was attending a party with his friends in Chicago. A rather typical social activity for Ondelee and his friends, all seemed fine at the party until a disagreement erupted between Perteet and a 15-year-old boy named Robert Sansberry. After the encounter, Sansberry was asked to leave. He later returned — this time, with a gun. Sansberry opened fire on the crowd. A bullet struck Ondelee’s chin. The bullet severed his spinal cord, rendering him quadriplegic. He would never swim again. He would never walk again. In an instant, Ondelee’s life was changed forever. He was only 14.

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Beyond The Ballot, We Cannot Rest

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Daily, we have borne witness to the divisive language and tactics that have been employed during the 2016 Election.

I have often had to remind myself: God is still in control and all things happen according to His plan.

The 2016 election has reminded me how much further we actually have to go as a nation in order to build a more just and equitable society. For instance, we must face the fact that our urban cties are facing the harsh realities of deep poverty, subpar education, lack of socioeconomic opportunity and high rates of violence.

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