Local organizations come together to support Philadelphia neighborhoods affected by crime
PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Local organizations took to the streets of a Philadelphia neighborhood affected by gun violence to share resources and information to help youth and families.
Sister Taleah, founder of the City of Dreams Coalition and the Social Music Movement, gathered a grassroots organization to visit two neighborhoods in Germantown on Tuesday evening.
“Providing real resources, really engaging with the community,” Sister Taleah said.
Led by a line of drummers, organizers armed with information went door-to-door with youth programs and other family support services.
Sister Taleah joined the march a week after her 24-year-old nephew, Jami “Mooshy” Lee, was shot in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia.
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“It hit different, it hit different,” Sister Taleah said. “I had to look at myself, am I doing enough? He’s my own nephew.”
Meanwhile, the founder of the non-profit organization “As I Plant This Seed”, Ryan Harris, was there to support the movement.
“It’s important to make sure these organizations are seen and heard and that we fill out these free programs,” Harris said. “We’ve had free youth programs for at least 2 and a half years and we just want to be here and make sure young people know they exist.”
Zarinah Lomax, CEO of “Apologues Organization”, gives back to the families of the victims through art, with portraits of their loved one and forums to express their grief.
“In that type of population, they don’t put that in our corners, so bringing that in our corners is the most important thing,” Lomax said. “You have to go somewhere to get resources instead of bringing them to you.”
Sister Taleah hopes families will take notice and help save the youngsters.
“Bring them to the NOMO Foundation, bring them to the Young Chances Foundation, bring them to Born Leaders and Family, bring them to Positive Choices and many other grassroots organizations that do the work,” Sister said. Talah.