Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Sweat trickled down muscled backs, down onto the blue canvas stretched over a wooden frame which was pieced together by a carpenter from down the block. Fluorescent lights flickered over the glory of former champions pasted across the walls, under the watch of a small wooden cross. Sgt. Mike Rafferty leaned lightly on the ropes, […]

 

West Philly: The House of Umoja Still Inspires the Community to End Gang Violence

West Philly: The House of Umoja Still Inspires the Community to End Gang Violence

Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, mother of Congressman Chaka Fattah, runs the House of Umoja, an organization that urges the community to help end gang violence among young people locally and nationally. Created in 1968, the organization then used the Imani Pact of 1974 to get 80 gangs to pledge peace. More than 40 years later, the peace […]