THE BLACK MALE COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF PHILADELPHIA TRUSTED SERVANTS OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY Community Vision Project Concept The concept for the Community Vision Project is to create a virtual video media campaign that will produce provocative and substantive videos from people of African decent. This is an opportunity to create
Answering The Call-to-Action
In 2018, Philadelphia’s homicide rate was the highest in over a decade. There were 1,376 shootings and 351 murders. Fatal shootings have already increased by 7.41% from last year. Of the 130 victims thus far, 108 were Black. The City of Philadelphia has declared violence a public health crisis. Our political, religious, community leaders, and law enforcement have all called for a cease-fire to halt city shootings. Communities gather for candlelight vigils to mourn the loss and support the family and friends of the murder victims. They call for the violence to end; they pledge to keep the memories of the deceased alive, they memorialize the murder scenes with candles, teddy bears, sneakers, and flowers – And repeat!
Stanley Crawford, organizer, and president of The Black Male Community Council of Philadelphia became the surviving parent of a homicide victim, when his son, William Aboaje Samir Crawford was murdered on the streets of Philadelphia. Determined not to allow grief to paralyze him, Stanley presented a call-to-action for Philadelphia’s Black men. His crowdsourcing efforts yielded a coalition of 50 African American males, whose community leadership and activism span decades and is multi-generational. These men bring various levels of expertise and diverse experiences. Faith-based organizations, social service organizations, law enforcement, community leaders and other community stakeholders make up the membership of B.M.C.C.P.
Our VALUES – We Will Lead By Example
Our conduct and rules of engagement will exemplify the love and respect we have for our communities and ourselves.
The Goals and Objectives:
To transform hotspots in Philadelphia neighborhoods into peaceful, clean and safe environments for the women, children, and senior citizens to live. We will facilitate collaborative partnerships between community stakeholders, law enforcement, religious and political leadership to foster strong community engagement and reduce violence in targeted areas of the city. We will provide supportive services to assist and empower B.M.C.C.P. Community Partners to maintain continued safety and security within the neighborhood. B.M.C.C.P. will utilize various methods of assessments, including internal and external crowdsourcing in order to make necessary adjustments required to improve its success rate and maintain stability within its service communities.
Recognizing the socioeconomic challenges and complexities of our neighborhoods, B.M.C.C.P. has established five committees to implement the following strategies that will stabilize ten identified “hotspots,” or high-crime targeted areas of the city by engaging 500 Black Men as Community Partners of B.M.C.C.P.
- The Steering Committee of The B.M.C.C.P. will:
- Give strategic direction to programs
- Support the committees/community partner
- Report to the Board of Directors
- The Security Committee will:
- Establish trust within targeted neighborhoods
- Work with and provide training to community partners and community stakeholders on how to identify, prevent, and mediate conflicts
- Recognize and work with community partners and stakeholders to prevent conflicts
- Organize and monitor surveillance schedules to maintain security
- Report all community interaction, mediations, and possible conflicts to Steering Committee
- The Cleanup Committee will:
- Identify areas of the community that require cleanup (i.e. ally ways, parks, vacant lots, etc.)
- Coordinate with City agencies for assistance, equipment, and supplies
- Communicate areas of service and needs to Steering Committee
- The Education Committee will identify community sites to offer information and educational supports within the service areas to the communities at-risk male population and returning citizens that will include:
- Gender-specific Parenting Skills
- Cultural Studies
- Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills
- Project Uplift (see appendix “A”)
- The Public Relations Committee will:
- Make B.M.C.C.P a recognized organization by keeping our hotline and social media sources updated and available to the public
- Assist the Steering Committee and Board of Directors to organize and promote fundraising strategies and activities
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PLEDGE OF VALUES I Pledge to join together as a family, community and race. I Pledge to be responsible for our collective future. I Pledge to build our communities together and solve any problems as a group. I Pledge that our community will build and profit from its own businesses.
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