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File #: 170099    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/2/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/2/2017
Title: Recognizing Philadelphia CeaseFire for their ongoing violence-reduction efforts in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Taubenberger
Attachments: 1. Signature17009900.pdf
Recognizing Philadelphia CeaseFire for their ongoing violence-reduction efforts in the City of Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, Dedicated and sustained work from a broad coalition of anti-violence activists, law enforcement agencies, religious leaders, businesspeople and many others has contributed to a multi-year downward trend of violent incidents in the City, including gun homicides; and

WHEREAS, Despite this commendable work and the heartening progress that has been made thus far, violent incidents, particularly those which involve firearms and young people, are still occurring at unacceptably high levels, causing devastation to our families and placing tremendous strain on the limited resources of our institutions; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia CeaseFire began its campaign in 2011, at the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health & Policy at the Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, joining dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals already working to mitigate the City's violence epidemic; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia CeaseFire is a replication site of the national public health organization Cure Violence, previously known as Chicago CeaseFire, which developed a structured, deliberate, and disciplined violence intervention strategy based on the premise of violence as a preventable public health issue; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia CeaseFire's approach is evidence-based and has been proven to be effective in the reduction of homicides and shootings in Philadelphia's 22nd and 39th Police Districts; and

WHEREAS, Their program includes efforts to heighten community awareness about gun violence and encourage area residents as well as community, business and religious leaders to work toward reducing violence, especially shootings and homicides; and

WHEREAS, Crucial to the success of Philadelphia CeaseFire is their choice of the most appropriate and effective people to deliver their anti-violence message directly to high-risk individuals, in...

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