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CeaseFirePA Action & Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence Endorse Two Gun Safety Champions for PA House of Reps

CeaseFirePA Action & Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence Endorse Two Gun Safety Champions for PA House of Reps

CeaseFirePA Action, the Commonwealth’s leading gun violence prevention advocacy organization, along with its program, Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, announced endorsements of two Special Election candidates for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who will prioritize Pennsylvanians’ lives and safety.  Joe McAndrew in the 32nd House District and Abigail Salisbury in the 34th House District earned this endorsement by demonstrating a commitment to support lifesaving gun violence prevention legislation and continued investments in community violence intervention programs in Harrisburg.

100th Mayor: Restoring Safety Forum

100th Mayor: Restoring Safety Forum

With public safety a top voter concern as Philadelphians prepare to elect their next leader, CeaseFirePA Education Fund, WHYY News, and Billy Penn will host the “100th Mayor: Restoring Safety Forum,” a discussion among candidates on how they plan to approach policing and the gun violence epidemic as mayor. Philadelphia experienced nearly 1,000 gun homicides over the last two years.

Sandy Hook 10 years later: 10 vigils remember 15,000 PA lives lost to gun violence

Sandy Hook 10 years later: 10 vigils remember 15,000 PA lives lost to gun violence

15,000 Pennsylvainans have died from gun violence in the decade since 20 children and six educators were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. CeaseFirePA Education Fund, faith leaders, survivors, doctors and a network of community partners hosted 10 vigils in two weeks to remember those who will no longer join holiday gatherings because of gun violence.

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. 

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.