Funding What Works: Ensuring safe communities

Free Press, WHYY, and Reclaim Philadelphia convened community leaders on the frontline of the gun violence crisis to explore funding what works and defunding what doesn’t.

While the city continues to grapple with a gun violence crisis that has claimed 145 lives so far this year, WHYY, Reclaim Philadelphia, and Free Press organized a Community Conversation to discuss ideas, programs, and initiatives that — despite a lack of sustainable funding and local governmental support — advance public safety and community healing.

Panelists included Jacqui Johnson, LPC, CCMHC, PMH-C, and founder of Sankofa Healing Studio; Michael Butler, founder of MannUP; Kendra Van de Water, co-founder of YEAH Philly; and Chantay Love, program director of EMIR Healing Center.

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