New Weapon To Combat Gun Violence In Philadelphia: Cold, Hard Cash

“We call it Stand Up Nicetown because we pick one of the busiest corners in our neighborhood and just stood out there and talked to people and brought resources around,” Kendra Brooks said. “Being a good father, resources for young men and mentorship.”

But it’s hard to combat the violence when there’s no funding for grassroots organizations.

“It’s completely self-funded,” Brooks said. “Each one of our organizations, each one of our members — we fund all of our meetings, all our programming is out of pocket.”

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