Philly Inquirer: “Guns, poverty equal violence”

Gun-city-540x360The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board recently posted an editorial on Philadelphia’s gun violence issue citing the December report by the Public Health Department that showed Philadelphia’s high murder rate.

“Regardless of where the city ranks on any given list, it’s clear that gun violence remains a major public health problem in the city – even though overall crime is down.”

The article goes on to point out two large contributing factors of gun violence in the city: poverty and easy access to guns.

“Philadelphia is the poorest big city in America. The city’s poverty rate is 26 percent. More than 400,000 Philadelphians live below the federal poverty line, including 37 percent of children and 43 percent of Latinos, according to a report last year by the Pew Charitable Trust.”

“Crime experts also point to the thousands of guns readily available in the city and across the state, including scores of illegal guns. A 2014 report from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said 8,929 illegal guns were recovered in Pennsylvania. One third of those – 3,187 – were found in Philadelphia.”“Efforts to pass commonsense gun laws have run into fierce opposition in the Republican-controlled legislature. As a result, Pennsylvania received a “C” for the strength of its gun laws from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.”

“Efforts to pass commonsense gun laws have run into fierce opposition in the Republican-controlled legislature. As a result, Pennsylvania received a “C” for the strength of its gun laws from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.”

Read the full story here

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Advocacy groups stand up against Gorsuch

schnolick photoToday representatives from advocacy groups such as Planned Parenthood, League of Conservations Voters of PA, and Philadelphia POWER came together to respond to President Trump’s choice of Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch.

CeaseFirePA also joined the group to oppose Judge Gorsuch’s nomination.  Board member Dave Scholnick spoke on behalf of the gun violence prevention organization.

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Upcoming Events

upcomingeventsHere are some CeaseFirePA sponsored events coming up:

Mother Emanuel: A Musical Play Inspired by the Emanuel Nine

Mother Emanuel: An American Musical Play presented on Sunday, February 12, at Bethel AME Church of Ardmore

We will have two (2) performances:
10:30am in lieu of our Formal Worship Service

Suggested Donation: $20.00

Tickets will be sold at the door.

See below and attached flyer for more details.

Hoodie Rally

To mark the five-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley hosts a Hoodie Rally on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Bethlehem City Hall’s Payrow Plaza.

The Rally’s main speaker is Rev. Dr. Gregory Edwards, Pastor of Resurrected Life Church in Allentown. Other speakers include Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens, Ecumenical Director at the Lehigh County Conference of Churches, Brian Jones, Music & Worship Director at MCCLV, Kara Bender, Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training, East Stroudsburg University students and Dr. Sirry Alang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Health Medicine and Society Program at Lehigh University.

A church community committed to inclusion and social justice, MCCLV created the Hoodie Rally as an opportunity for a “ministry of presence,” to stand in solidarity with young people of color, to publicly show love, respect and care. The rally ensures the legacy of Trayvon Martin and so many victims of social injustice are not forgotten.

Supporting Organizations include:
Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley
Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing & Training
East Stroudsburg University Office of Multicultural Affairs
First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, PCUSA
Lehigh University Pride Center
Lehigh Valley for All
Pennsylvania Youth Congress
POWER Northeast
Resurrected Life Community Church
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Gun Violence in PA

971 Old York Rd, Abington, PA 19001-4607, United States

March 1 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Join CeasefirePA’s executive director along with State Represenative Madeleine Dean, State Senator Art Haywood, Abington Township Chief of Police Bill Kelly, Founder of Mothers in Charge Dorthy Johnson and Attorney General Josh Shapiro for a panel discussion and question and answer period related to Gun Violence in Pennsylvania.


‘Newtown’ Screening

Indie Lens Pop-Up Series Presents: Newtown

March 1st

2017 7-9:30 824

West Lancaster Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Suicide Prevention Training

Or Hadash is hosting a free QPR training this spring:

March 26, 2017  10:30am – 1:30pm

190 Camp Hill Road

Fort Washington PA, 19034

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Shira Goodman talks Gun Violence in Pennsylvania March 1, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 10.42.10 AMJoin CeasefirePA’s Executive Director, Shira Goodman and special guest for a discussion regarding Gun Violence in Pennsylvania.

March 1, 2017 @ Old York Road Temple – Beth Am Molish Sanctuary 971 Old York Road Abington PA

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Miss Sloane Movie Screening with Ed Rendell January 31

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-1-06-14-pmPlease join The Honorable Ed Rendell as he hosts a showing of Miss Sloane, a Hollywood account of the very real high stakes of fighting the gun lobby starring Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, and Sam Waterson.

Tuesday January 31st, 2017
Prince Theater 1412 Chestnut St.

Light refreshments at 6:30 PM. Film at 7:00 PM.

Individual tickets $40
Pair of tickets $70

To purchase tickets:
Please call 215-923-3151 or visit CEASEFIREPA.ORG/DONATE/ and please note that your contribution is in honor of “Miss Sloane”!

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A Prayer for 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, we want to offer some thoughts, hopes and a prayer for 2017. Pennsylvania went to sleep last night with the news of State Trooper Landon Weaver shot in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence situation and many families across PA and the nation woke up to news of tragic losses. This, unfortunately, is nothing new. Every day brings terrible news, more losses, more empty seats at too many tables.

But we are not powerless or without hope. We know there are ways to reduce the toll of gun violence, to lessen the tragedies, to save lives. We’ve faced tough issues and problems before, and we’ve found ways to solve them. Americans are innovative, creative, and relentless.  Our stick-to-it-ness is one of our national treasures. We just need to channel all this know-how, energy and good will into solving this problem.

Standing with you, we work for this every day. And we pledge to continue the fight.

Thank you for standing with us. We hope and pray that 2017 brings health, happiness, and peace to all of you. For those mourning today, our hearts are with you.  You inspire us to keep working and fighting.

The CeaseFirePA Family

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