PHILADELPHIA – There is an overall reduction in the number of homicides in the city, however, there are still far too many who are losing their lives to gun violence.

On Tuesday, April 30, 2024, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and the Quaker City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will co-sponsor the “Put Them Jawns Down” Gun Violence Summit at Venice Island Performance Arts and Recreation Center located at 7 Lock Street, Philadelphia PA 19128. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The event will feature a panel of community leaders: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal, Director Mayor’s Office Of Black Male Engagement Abu Edwards, Former Top Prosecutor Leading Trial Attorney and Gun Violence Survivor Kevin Harden and Moderator G. Lamar Stewart, Chief of External Engagement & Government Affairs Division at the District Attorney’s Office.

The summit will jumpstart a weeklong campaign designed to bring awareness and resources aimed at reducing gun violence, enhancing conflict resolution, and supporting victims.

“Every life lost to senseless gun violence is a tragedy that causes immense suffering and loss,” said Kia Ghee, PCHR Executive Director. “We are excited to partner on this important event. We must stand together, one Philly, united to build safe and vibrant communities where our young people can thrive.”


Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) is the City’s official civil rights agency. Our mission is to fight discrimination, promote equality, and build strong communities.

PCHR works with residents to help them develop the skills necessary to solve disputes without resorting to violence. Our Dispute Resolution Program offers mediation and conflict resolution services to neighbors and others who are experiencing conflict that is not currently in court and has not already escalated to violence. For more information, visit our website at