In West Philly, an effort to bring men together to stop violence in response to recent shootings

Cherri Gregg
July 18, 2019 - 4:00 am
On Friday, men will gather in West Philadelphia for a march aimed at engaging youth to stop the violence. The effort is in response to multiple shootings in recent weeks.

Courtesy of Kayzar Abdul Kabir

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — On Friday, men will gather in West Philadelphia for a march aimed at engaging youth to stop the violence. The effort is in response to several shootings in recent weeks.

"All together there were 13 shots, shot at these kids," said Kayzar Abdul Kabir, founder of Muslims 4 Humanity.

"They were the same two kids that, 24 hours prior, were out here cleaning up," Kabir said. 

He asked that KYW Newsradio not use their names on air, but Kabir is still reeling from the reality that his two mentees were severely injured while sitting at 60th and Delancey streets, a designated safety street, where kids play during the day and teens play basketball at night. 

Kabir's two volunteers were hanging out the night of July 9, when they were shot.

"One was shot in the chest and the side and one was shot in the back."

Since then, there have been several shootings in West Philadelphia, including at a basketball game last weekend that left seven injured, and at 61st and Callowhill streets that claimed two lives.

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So Muslims 4 Humanity is partnering with Black Men Unifying Black Men and others to implore 400 black men to engage the youth.

"To show solidarity, to show that we out here, that we care, we are asking people to come from Germantown, Frankford, South Philly, wherever you are from," Kabir said. 

The men will gather at 148 South 60th Street at 7:30 p.m. Friday and walk to Baltimore Avenue and go to places where there have been shootings and recent crime.

"... To bring some peace to the street," he added.