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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 13, 2016 12:38 PM
From: Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution: Designating the week of April 17-23, 2016, as "Violence Prevention Week" in Pennsylvania
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring a resolution recognizing April 17-23, 2016, as “Violence Prevention Week” in Pennsylvania. The resolution specifically recognizes groups such as The Philadelphia Anti-Violence Coalition (PAVC) and the Philadelphia Anti-drug, Anti-violence Network (PAAN) for their work to prevent violence and promote peace in our local communities. These groups work tirelessly with law enforcement, faith leaders, business owners and educators to reduce violence and to inform the public that violence is widespread and that it has serious implications for every resident of Pennsylvania.

Violence is a multi-faceted phenomenon caused by a variety of factors, therefore any success in preventing violence must be achieved by multi-faceted effort, as “The World Report on Violence and Health” states, it is important to address not only individual factors, but also the social systems that shape individuals. Philadelphia has the highest deep poverty rate among America’s ten largest cities and has endured 67 murders and 450 assaults with firearms so far in 2016 alone. Meanwhile, the rate of violent crime in Pennsylvania was 314 per 100,000 in 2014, with more than 40,000 incidents of violent crime statewide, concentrated in our urban areas.

My resolution will honor and thank all the individuals and organizations working tirelessly in Philadelphia and throughout the Commonwealth to reduce violence in our communities at the grassroots level. It will recognize the exemplary work of these groups and individuals, who work with extremely limited resources, to fight for change that benefits everyone . While acts of violence easily grab headlines, let us recognize those who work diligently every day to try and make all of us safer. I kindly ask that you consider co-sponsoring my resolution. Thank you.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this legislation, please contact April James at 717.783.3822 or ajames@pahouse.net.

Introduced as HR824