Philadelphia’s murder rate year-to-date is down about 40% from this time last year, according to police records. Activists at an anti-violence march in North Philadelphia Sunday said the numbers are moving in the right direction but they could be better.
The Father’s Day Rally Committee is hosting a three-day conference later this month that is expected to draw anti-violence leaders from all over the country.
With the number of violent deaths in Philadelphia on the rise, a number of community groups and faith-based leaders put together a “Stop the Violence” vigil and 24-hour prayer service open to all.
An anti-violence art project, long housed at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, has been kicked out and left in limbo.