Rich Negrin, the City of Philadelphia’s Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination, has often been asked what a “day in the life” is like for him. On the morning of June 17th, Negrin, preparing to talk to middle school students about the impact of gun violence later that day, received two notifications of such violence from the City of Philadelphia Employee Alert System. That night, he learned of the Charleston shooting.
“While this busy day gives a snapshot of what it’s like to be a big City Managing Director, it also gives an accurate snapshot of what it’s like to be an American. Whether it’s the mass shootings at our churches, schools, malls, movie theatres or the violence in our neighborhoods, we are constantly surrounded, overwhelmed, and terrorized by gun violence,” Negin writes. “This cannot be the status quo. This cannot be our ‘Day in the Life’ any longer. And you don’t need to be a Deputy Mayor or Managing Director to make a difference. I hope we all do our part to make sure we no longer have days like June 17th.”