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National Day of Remembrance 2016

Mothers In Charge sends a sincere THANK YOU to Senator Robert Casey for acknowledging the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims and the work of MIC before Congress yesterday. Your support of our work and the concern around the impact of violence is invaluable. Again, Thank You!

Victims Of Homicide Remembered At City Hall

On Thursday afternoon the community action group Mothers in Charge held a meeting at City Hall to discuss violence prevention throughout Philadelphia. “We’re also wanting to have dialogue and conversation about homicide as a public epidemic. It is the leading cause of death among African-American males 14-35,” said Johnson-Speight.

City Officials Portray Homicide As Public Health Epidemic

A news conference at City Hall featured remarks from Mayor James Kenney, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, and Rodney Muhammad, president of the NAACP Philadelphia branch, and other gun-control advocates, including Mothers In Charge. The event, sponsored by Mothers In Charge, a group of members who have lost children to street violence, marked National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder and executive director for Mothers In Charge, said homicides should be treated with all the seriousness of diseases, the Ebola virus and other public health threats. “It needs to be treated the same way,” she said.

Philly Tribune

At York, A Gathering Of The Minds On Black Issues

Community activists, reporters and civic leaders gathered in the York College Faculty Dining Room to answer a question that may be a bit controversial to those in minority communities: Do Black lives matter to Black people?

Stories of loss at council hearing on gun violence

Felicia Pendenton knows the anguish of losing a child to gun violence. Her 20-year-old son became a homicide victim two weeks ago. “I am a broken mother right now,” she said Monday during a City Council hearing on youth gun violence.

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Gun Victims' Mothers Urge Sensible Gun Controls

At a morning rally, hundreds turned out for the gun-control demonstration, which called on politicians to pass "common-sense" legislation that would impose stricter background checks and limitations on purchasing semiautomatic weapons. - July 05, 2013

Survivors Speak 2016: Honoring, Healing, and Hope Survivors Speak 2016: Honoring Healing and Hope tells the story of our annual Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice program conference. In it you will see the beautiful faces and moments that made this year’s conference so meaningful, impactful and memorable. Held during National Crime Victims’ Week this past April in Sacramento, Survivors Speak 2016 brought together crime survivors, law enforcement, and advocates for two days of honoring, healing, and hope. Stories and discussions centered on the need to replace over-incarceration with new safety priorities focused on prevention and treatment, with the experiences and voices of crime survivors driving the change.

Alliance for Safety and Justice National organization advancing new safety priorities. We bring together state leaders, advocates and crime survivors to reform justice policy.

Black Activists Don’t Ignore Crime

IT has become a standard conservative talking point: Black activists focus on police brutality but ignore violent crime in black neighborhoods. Last month Rudy Giuliani said on Fox News: “If they meant ‘Black Lives Matter,’ they would be doing something about the way in which the vast majority of blacks are killed in America, which is by other blacks.”

NY Times 08/06/2016

Philadelphia Sheriff's Department Hand Out Free Gun Locks

Please spread the word you can stop by Mothers In Charge to get a free gun lock. You can take a few to hand out to your family members, neighbors or community members. We have to keep you children and families safe. Please Please Please secure your handguns. We are at 520 N Delaware Ave Suite 320, Philadelphia Pa 19123, 215-228-1718 or email us at


Don’t mess with these mothers fighting gun violence

These women have experienced gun violence in their families and communities. Now they’re fighting back. - April 7, 2016

Commentary: Sentence reviews will be challenge for victims

As we observe Victim Rights Awareness Week, I call on our community to ensure that all victim families receive appropriate access to support, counseling, healing, and restorative services, no matter where they are emotionally. - April 04, 2016