The deadliest year on record in Philadelphia occurred in 2021. There were 562 homicides, a 13% increase from 499 in 2020.
It has long been said that there is a correlation between poverty, lack of access and violence, especially in black communities.
While people of color – specifically blacks – are disproportionately affected by gun violence plaguing the city (80% of fatal shootings), the Philadelphia Eagles have announced an “End Philly Gun Violence” campaign.
According to a press release sent by the team, they “are launching a targeted and multifaceted campaign against gun violence in collaboration with nonprofits in the area and the city of Philadelphia.”
Through the Eagles Social Justice Fund, 32 nonprofits will receive $ 316,600 in grants. Some of the players involved include Shaun Bradley, Dallas Goedert, Brandon Graham, Anthony Harris, Jordan Howard, Avonte Maddox, Rodney McLeod, Miles Sanders and K’Von Wallace.
The funds come from matched donations from the players.
Grants range from $ 15,000 to $ 1,000. They are aimed at organizations that fight against poverty, put an end to gun violence, educational equality, workforce development, police and community relations reform, youth sports, mentoring, support for formerly incarcerated women and parenting resources.
“It hurts to see so much heartache and suffering in our communities as a result of these senseless acts of violence,” said Eagles safety Rodney McLeod. “We are losing family members, friends, mentors, role models and future leaders to gun violence on our streets. No one should ever have to live in fear of going to school, hanging out in the playground, or just getting out of school. Yet for so many people in our communities, it is. It has been a privilege to work with city leaders and organizations during this process, who are just as determined to end gun violence as we are. “
In addition to funds from the Eagles Social Justice Fund, the team partnered with the City of Philadelphia to create FinPhillyGunViolence.com, a website that will serve as a tool to provide young people with information on how to help.
“I am inspired by our players for how they leveraged the Eagles Social Justice Fund this year to address one of our city’s most pressing issues – gun violence,” said Jeffrey Lurie, CEO of the Philadelphia Eagles . “I stand by their side in their efforts and am grateful to those who have joined us to help create safer, more equitable communities in which all Philadelphians can live in peace.”
Since the inception of the Eagles Social Justice Fund in 2018, more than $ 1.6 million has been donated to organizations in the region focused on education, community and policing relations, improving the criminal justice system and improving the criminal justice system. ‘other initiatives targeting poverty, racial equality and workforce development.
The following organizations have received grants:
• ACHIEVEMENT $ 15,000
• Chester Community Coalition $ 15,000
• Education Law Center $ 15,000
• Big Brothers Big Sisters – Independence $ 10,600
• 100 Black Men-Philadelphia Chapter $ 10,000
• Community legal services $ 10,000
• Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice $ 10,000
• FathersRead365 $ 10,000
• Frontline Dads Inc. $ 10,000
• Girls on the Run Philadelphia $ 10,000
• New Leash on Life USA $ 10,000
• Innocence Project in Pennsylvania $ 10,000
• Philadelphia Auto and Parole Inc. $ 10,000
• Philadelphia Futures $ 10,000
• Philadelphia Youth Network $ 10,000
• Philadelphia Police Athletic League $ 10,000
• Sankofa Healing Studio $ 10,000
• Steppingstone researchers $ 10,000
• Summer research in Philadelphia $ 10,000
• The Anthony Harris Foundation Inc. $ 10,000
• United Way of Delaware $ 10,000
• Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania $ 10,000
• Why not prosper $ 10,000
• Youth Sentencing and Reintegration Project $ 10,000
• Service jeunesse inc. $ 10,000
• Change Our Future Foundation $ 10,000
• Philadelphia Junior Football Academy $ 5,000
• Strawberry Mansion Area Renaissance Trust Corporation $ 5,000
• Motivate young mothers $ 1,000