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Perspectives on Gun Violence: Schools, Police, Community & Public Health

November 10, 2022

The Stoneleigh Foundation hosted a virtual convening series, entitled Addressing Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Epidemic. Part I of the series featured a panel discussion about the impacts of and solutions to Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic from an education, law enforcement, public health, and community organizing perspective.

The speakers unpacked some prevailing assumptions about community-based gun violence and offered action-oriented recommendations for addressing this crisis.


Ruth Abaya
Stoneleigh Fellow
Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Kevin Bethel
Chief Safety Officer & former Stoneleigh Fellow
School District of Philadelphia

Andre Simms
Lead Organizer
Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project

Nikki Smith-Kea
Stoneleigh Fellow
Philadelphia Police Department

Marie Williams (moderator)
Deputy Director
Stoneleigh Foundation