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File #: 210371    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/22/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/29/2021
Title: Calling for the establishment of a "Philly Youth Act" to reduce gun violence and foster, coordinate, and promote peace treaties amongst our Philadelphia youths.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Brooks
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21037100, 2. Signature21037100
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Calling for the establishment of a "Philly Youth Act" to reduce gun violence and foster, coordinate, and promote peace treaties amongst our Philadelphia youths.

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WHEREAS, Homicide is the second leading cause of deaths nationwide among young individuals, ages 15 to 19. in the City of Philadelphia, homicide is the number one leading cause of death amongst youths, as more young people become the perpetrators and the victims of gun violence; and

WHEREAS, It is estimated that over 50% of Philadelphia's youths have witnessed gun violence and that the majority of shootings victims are young black men; and

WHEREAS, In the year 2020, there were more than 2,200 shooting victims in Philadelphia. Nearly half of those victims were young people between the ages of 10 to 24. Over a quarter of the City's 499 shooting fatalities were young individuals. About 15% of 887 of youth-involved in shootings resulted in fatalities; and

WHEREAS, The deadly violence that gripped Philadelphia in 2020 has carried over and bled into 2021. In the first month of 2021, the Philadelphia Police Department recorded 50 homicides, a 32 percent increase from last year and the deadliest in three decades; and

WHEREAS, As of April 14, 2021, the City has recorded over 540 shootings, a 40.4% increase from this time last year. The number of youth victims account for 37% of the total shootings. Out of the 207 youth involved-shootings that occurred, 40 were fatal; and

WHEREAS, The numerous stories of youths whose lives were tragically cut short as a result of gun violence is dominating the City's news headlines. One mother was left in disbelief as she grieved the death of her 15-year-old son, who was shot 17 times; and

WHEREAS, Our Philadelphia youths are under fire, hurting, and bleeding all over the City streets. The casualties of this gun violence and bloodshed include not just the victims, perpetrators, their families, loved ones, but the whole City of Philadelphia and those of us wh...

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