Monday, 30 September 2013 15:12

"Superman is Not Coming to Rescue Us"

In an efforty to address a recent increase in gun violence in Pittsburgh Homewood neighborhood, Rashad Byrdsong, CEA of the Community Empowerment Association, called an emergency meeting for stakeholders, officials, residents and community leaders, and was disappointed with the response.

"I equate this to a natural disaster where foundations, non-profits and agencies like FEMA come together. There have been 30 shootings and seven homicides in Homewood in just two months-not the year," he said. "The biggest public health emergency in this city is the killing of young people in our streets, and we need to address it."

Though 15-20 people voiced concerns about the violence and anger over the loss of loved ones at the Sept. 18th meeting, they did not hear solutions, said Byrdsong, nore did the issue get the attention of key entities: universities, foundations and the clergy.

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