Message to the College Community
Dear faculty, staff and students:
I have spent the last few days like many of you, compelled to consume news I can hardly bear to read or watch. Once again, America’s original sin – racism – has reared its ugly head. The events unfolding in Minneapolis after the death of another Black man – George Floyd – is a reminder that our plea for social and racial equality continues to fall on deaf ears. Knowing that racism permeates our culture and civic life is hard enough to accept, but seeing it carried out and sanctioned by a justice system that purports to serve and protect makes us all hold our breath, waiting for the next tragic murder of a Black person for driving, jogging, sleeping or living a normal life. Yes, none of us can breathe until we are all allowed to breathe freely from the horrors of racism. Those of us with Black children and grandchildren are forced to live with this pain, and fear, as part of our daily lives.
I want to offer my sympathies, prayers and the compassion of our entire college community to George Floyd's family, and all of those who are mourning his murder. I also want to echo and amplify their fury. As we say Mr. Floyd's name, he joins Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and far too many others on this appalling list of murder victims to racism.
It is important for every citizen to demand justice and for all of us to learn how we can hold our leaders to account. As we process our pain and repeat that Black lives matter, I want to invite all Philadelphians to a virtual teach-in and town hall sponsored by Community College of Philadelphia in the coming days. More details will be announced shortly. Until then, go in peace, be safe, be well and be strong.
Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D.
Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis in Philadelphia
In 2020, while the world faced a deadly pandemic, the City of Philadelphia struggled with an additional epidemic within its own communities—uncontrolled gun violence. Claiming the lives of 414 individuals from gun-related homicides, 2020 hit a 30-year record. As of June 30, 2021, Philadelphia is on track to have its worst year on record, with 236 gun-related homicides.
Moderated by Dr. Jessica Beard, director of research at The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at Community College of Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia held an Enough is Enough teach-in session on gun violence on July 15.
The dialogue explored evidence-based solutions to slow the rampant spread of gun violence. Our panelists, experts in the areas of prevention, trauma, urban planning and more, discussed how changing the way the story of gun violence gets told—and by whom—can reduce violence overall.
Dr. Donald Guy Generals
President, Community College of Philadelphia
Dr. Jessica Beard
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Fellow, Stoneleigh Foundation
Director of Research, Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting
Ruth Abaya, M.D.
Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Fellow, The Stoneleigh Foundation
Program Manager, Injury Prevention Program, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Councilmember Jamie Gauthier
District 3, City of Philadelphia
Managing Editor, CBS3
Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight
Founder, National Executive Director, Mothers In Charge, Inc.
Visiting Lecturer, Criminal Justice and Diversity Fellow, Community College of Philadelphia
Colleges in the Philly area and elsewhere are pledging to address national unrest and criminal justice inequalities
CCP teach-in looks at where to go from here