Mothers in Charge partners on journalism and community event

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The program was hosted by our founder and executive director Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight. Dr. H. Jean Wright is at left.

Mothers in Charge was a key partner in an event convened by The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting in a first step toward informing a new set of best practices for journalists covering the issue and exploring the impact of news coverage on levels of violence.

Fifteen Philadelphia journalists were invited to spend a day with 30 residents from the core communities impacted by gun violence in the city.

Dr. H. Jean Wright, director of behavioral health and justice-related services in the city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, led the program with a discussion of trauma related to gun violence and then spent the day working with individuals who had more questions.

Danielle Blanco of Mothers in Charge led a team of event workers who provided critical services throughout the day, including Rysheda Elliott, Thomas Roach, Kempis Songster and Valerie Todd. We gathered at the Student Faculty Center on the Temple Health Sciences Campus in North Philadelphia.