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CeaseFirePA Joining White House “Building a Better Pennsylvania”

CeaseFirePA Joining White House “Building a Better Pennsylvania”

In the last two years, Pennsylvania and municipalities across the Commonwealth have invested more than $170 million in violence prevention programs. The investment was made possible by hundreds of millions of federal funding provided by the Biden-Harris Administration. CeaseFirePA Education Fund’s Executive Director highlighted success stories and the need for continued focus at a special White House event on Thursday, September 28th. 

New Survey Reveals Scope of Gun Violence’s Severe Impact on Pittsburgh-Area Youth

New Survey Reveals Scope of Gun Violence’s Severe Impact on Pittsburgh-Area Youth

Among the findings: more than half of youth have lost a family member to the gun violence epidemic. The research, conducted by CeaseFirePA Education Fund and The Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence, finds that statistics showing the rise in shootings only tell part of the story. For most surveyed youth, the gun violence crisis has them regularly concerned, and many directly impacted.

STATEMENT: PA Budget Expands Historic Investment in Gun Violence Prevention

STATEMENT: PA Budget Expands Historic Investment in Gun Violence Prevention

Today, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a budget that invests $105 million in violence prevention programs. More than doubling the size of last year’s program, this funding will allow community-led organizations and local governments to expand evidence-based programs to intervene and prevent violence before it happens. Read more.

Dozens of PA Local Officials Urge Chairman Knowles to Hold First Public Hearing on Gun Violence This Legislative Session

Dozens of PA Local Officials Urge Chairman Knowles to Hold First Public Hearing on Gun Violence This Legislative Session

Today, a coalition of 80 local elected officials, community leaders, public health professionals, and faith leaders, as well as members of the veteran, law enforcement, and education communities from across Pennsylvania, sent a letter to Representative Jerry Knowles, Chairman of the PA House Local Government Committee, asking him to schedule a hearing on four gun violence prevention bills that are awaiting action in his committee.

STATEMENT: PA House Judiciary Committee Plays Games With Pennsylvanians’ Lives

STATEMENT: PA House Judiciary Committee Plays Games With Pennsylvanians’ Lives

A week after a mass shooting destroyed celebrations on Philadelphia’s South Street, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee considered life-saving legislation for the first time this session. Unfortunately, four impactful bills were shelved via parliamentary procedure. Read our statement and take action.

Delaware County Residents Convene to Discuss the Gun Violence Crisis

Delaware County Residents Convene to Discuss the Gun Violence Crisis

“Partnering with Rep. Jenn O’Mara and CeaseFirePA to host this Town Hall was critical to our efforts to push forth meaningful gun safety reform legislation in the Commonwealth,” said Sen. Kearney. “Seeing so many concerned citizens turn out for this event gives me hope that collectively, we are moving closer to actionable ways to combat this epidemic.”