Gun Violence en League of Women Voters To Host Gun Safety Forum <p>The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVGP) wants to talk about guns--not just ballot boxes.</p><p>The citizens' organization is holding its second Gun Safety in a Free Society event on Wednesday Feb. 26 at the Kingsley Center on Frankstown Ave.</p><p>Best known for its candidates' forums and election guides for voters, the League&nbsp;will address issues such as gun safety, teenage gun violence, and how to keep guns out of the wrong hands in Allegheny County.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:27:48 +0000 Michael Lynch 24707 at City Council Declares Tuesday Feb. 18th Marcus White Day <p>Marcus L. White, Jr. would have turned two years old on Wednesday.</p><p>But when he was just 15 months old, he was killed when someone fired shots into a family picnic on East Hills Drive.</p><p>In his honor, City Council declared Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to be “Marcus Lamont White, Jr. Day” in the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>Around three dozen of Marcus’s family, friends, and supporters crowded into Pittsburgh City Council chambers for the proclamation on Tuesday.</p><p>Among the speakers was Andre Scott, the cousin of Marcus’s mother, Jameela Tyler.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:18:21 +0000 Liz Reid 24609 at City Council Declares Tuesday Feb. 18th Marcus White Day Candlelight Vigil To Be Held At Heinz Chapel in Remembrance of Newtown Shooting <p>A national nonprofit is organizing candlelight vigils across the country, including one in Pittsburgh, to honor the 20 children who lost their lives last year in Newtown, Conn.</p><p>On Saturday, Organizing for Action will host “Remembering Newtown—A Candlelight Vigil” at Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh Campus at 6:30 p.m.</p><p>Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, nearly 200 children under the age of 12 have been killed in gun accidents, homicides or suicides, according to the nonprofit news organization Mother Jones.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 21198 at Moms Demand Action Group to Remember Sandy Hook <p>A national firearm safety organization is calling on Congress to enact comprehensive background checks for gun purchases on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting.</p><p>Leading up to Dec. 14, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host a “week of action” to honor the 26 lives lost in Newtown, Conn. and bring what the organization is calling “<a href="">common-sense reforms</a>” to the nation’s gun laws.</p><p>Each day of the week, participants will take part in “daily calls to action.”</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 20961 at Art Exhibition Explores Themes of Violence, Healing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of toddlers stands with their hands in the air; another toddler points a gun straight at them.</span></p><p>This is the first thing visitors to the new <a href="">Contemporary Craft</a> exhibition <a href=""><em>ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out</em></a> will see.</p><p>The scene is part of a ceramic sculpture series by <a href="">Claudia Alvarez</a>, who is one of fourteen artists included in the exhibition.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Liz Reid 18502 at Art Exhibition Explores Themes of Violence, Healing Preventing Homicides Through Early Intervention <p>Each year, the city of Pittsburgh sees more than 100 homicides.</p><p>A <a href="">new study </a>by the University of Pittsburgh suggests that 30% of last year’s homicides could have been prevented by early intervention.</p><p>Richard Garland, M.S.W., visiting instructor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and Steven Albert, Ph.D., chairman of the department, co-authored the study and say most of the criminal activity was a result of peer violence, not gang-related violence.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:10:12 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18698 at Preventing Homicides Through Early Intervention Standing Your Ground in Pennsylvania <p></p><p>The killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin brought attention to stand your ground laws last year. A number of states have laws which dramatically expand the definition of self defense, often including personal property. So what do the self defense laws look like here in Pennsylvania? University of Pittsburgh Law Professor David Harris is currently part of an American Bar Association <a href="">National Task Force</a> on stand your ground laws, looking into their overall impact on society. Fri, 31 May 2013 23:35:19 +0000 Heather McClain 10593 at Standing Your Ground in Pennsylvania Allegheny Co. Public Health Commission Hopes To Prevent Violence <p>Leaders hope a new commission will reduce violence and promote positive mental health in Allegheny County.</p><p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said he formed the Public Health Commission on Preventing Gun Violence and Promoting Community Mental Health upon request of state Rep. Ed Gainey of the 24<sup>th</sup> Legislative District.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 18:28:18 +0000 WESA Staff 9264 at