Up the Block is a Philadelphia-based project from The Trace, the only U.S. newsroom that exclusively covers gun violence. As you browse our resources, these stories from our publication might help you understand the broader crisis and its potential solutions.
Michael Ta’Bon, an ex-offender turned crime fighter, is in his 13th year of bringing interactive exhibits, “sidewalk therapy,” and a message on healing to neighborhoods affected by the city’s gun violence crisis.
Recent shootings claimed the lives of a bus driver and a school staffer, part of a crisis that led new mayor Cherelle Parker to declare a public safety emergency.
Reporter Afea Tucker discusses a year of local community engagement, culminating in an anti-violence event focused on music.
For the first time in three years, the city is poised to end 2023 with fewer than 500 fatalities — but the gunshots, sirens, and recurring cycles of mourning persist.
Cherelle Parker, the first woman to lead the city, campaigned on stop-and-frisk policing. Her constituents have strong views on how she should implement it — if at all.
Concern about homicides is also contributing to the rise of private security. But there are questions about limited training and regulation.
Cherelle Parker and David Oh have agreed to one debate, but community leaders worry they won’t get details on the candidates’ plans to address gun violence.
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Philly’s strategy for solving violent crime relies on the public’s trust. The police killing of Eddie Irizarry, 27, threatens to strain that trust even more.
City officials argue that to keep killings on the decline, the Republican-led state Senate needs to pass stronger gun laws.
The pilot program paid $13.5 million to 31 community groups who served more than 4,800 people, mostly men and teenage boys.
The U.S. has 78 million people with criminal records who face more than 40,000 legal restrictions and barriers to finding jobs and housing, according to a new survey.
Parker, who is likely to become the city’s first woman chief executive in November, pledged to crack down on crime and declare a state of emergency.
Parents say that no one has been arrested for the murders of their children, even after they’ve passed along tips to the police. Now they’re skeptical of a new campaign to locate homicide fugitives.
Social media beefs and long-standing social ills are driving gun violence among young people at a record pace.
A recent study found that a Philadelphia program can reduce shootings among participants by about half.
Fifteen months after the community’s last high-profile killing, Philadelphia’s largest university is still struggling to keep its people safe.
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Philadelphians are already torn over whether the city has sent enough officers to do the job, and whether the increased numbers alone are sufficient without further reform. Some complain of seeing more police cars parked on corners and a few have had such negative interactions with police that they’ve lost faith in the department entirely.
Two city workers were shot and killed on the job last year, while others were shot and threatened with guns.
Danielle Outlaw heads a dwindling police force in a city that just logged 500 homicides, but Philadelphians from all walks of life are giving her the benefit of the doubt.
The city’s gun violence crisis claimed more than 90 percent of deaths.
Bout Mine I Matter helps Philly’s youth process their grief through a filmmaking program that integrates behavioral counseling and de-escalation techniques.
Shootings at gas stations are rising across the city. As police search for answers, the families of victims are grieving — and filing lawsuits.
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As the city grapples with unrelenting shootings, a record number of city council members have resigned to seek the city’s top job.
Residents tell us what they want city leaders to do to make them safer — but say earning their trust will be an uphill battle.
In January 2018, Larry Krasner walked into the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office fresh from a historic victory. A PBS camera crew followed, capturing him and his core staff mapping out a plan to drop prosecution of a series of low-level offenses, including possession of small amounts of marijuana, crack and powder cocaine possession under a few grams, and prostitution. The meeting offered Krasner more than just a chance to set policy. As he sat back in his chair and declared the old ways of thinking about prosecution in Philadelphia had to go, no matter the political consequences, Krasner was girding his office for battle.
With school districts around the country operating remotely to avoid spreading COVID-19, teachers and administrators are confronting a full range of complications caused by virtual learning. In Philadelphia, educators have tried to address a specific challenge: When kids aren’t spending time in classrooms, it’s harder to keep them safe. Close to 1,450 people have already been shot in the city this year, eclipsing the total for all of 2019. The violence has taken an especially cruel toll on Philadelphia’s children.