PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Local group calls for homicide-free vacation. App makers and community organizations gathered on Tuesday for a launch event at Muhamad Park in West Philadelphia.
Mazzie Kosher is the co-founder of the app. The idea behind the Philly Truce app is to crush the ox before it turns deadly and engage people in the fight for peace.
“Explore this immediate area, share information and have them go out under their direction, patrol and probe their own neighbors,” he said.
Often when something violent happens people are too afraid to speak up. The app allows people to volunteer to help or give anonymous advice so that violence interrupters can get involved.
“We also let people know that their longing, their deep desire for peace is not foolishness,” said Brother Tommy Joshua Kaison of Partners of Peace. “We think a miracle is going to take place here in Philadelphia. This miracle is going to be a reality of peace.”
Last year 59 people were shot and 10 people died over Thanksgiving weekend. The group says the bar is not high to lower those numbers this year in hopes of a day when no one associates the holidays with the loss.
“I am disgusted,” said Andrea Custis. “I am sad when I look at the number of people killing and harming each other.”
Custis is the President and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia. She said it’s important to give people opportunities when they reach out.
“It is essential that people are well educated. Job, people who kill people do not have jobs. We have to invest in our people, people who look like me. Give them the opportunity to have wages. fair and sustainable. “
With the launch of the app, the group was in person recruiting people to sign up in order to spread the word.
“We called for a truce this Thanksgiving, also a ceasefire.” So far, we have distributed over 5,000 pieces of literature. We knocked on over 450 doors. We discussed a block-by-block strategy with over two dozen local business leaders in the Carrol Park section. “
It is one of the most affected neighborhoods in the city.
Volunteers went to the neighborhood to recruit people to share their message of peace.
“When I hear the call saying they do things like that, I want to come out and support,” said Ira Lark. “That’s why I’m here hoping I can make a little impact with this great thing they’re doing.”
Marcetta Bellamy had a big smile on her face as the group passed.
She said it’s good to see this group going door to door, but the whole community needs to come together.
“It’s possible but we have to start on the inside,” Bellamy said. “They can get out here as much as they want. It has to start inside, we have to take our families back.”
Pastor Keith Bethel of Christian Strongehold Baptist Church helped organize the launch event and invited local politicians to join them and contribute resources.
“Life matters and life is sacred,” Bethel said. “Somehow we’ve lost the idea that there shouldn’t be outrage when it comes to loss. of life in the city of Philadelphia. “
After this cease-fire, they call for a Holliday ceasefire around Kwanzaa and Christmas.
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