Brown joins anti-violence rally

PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., participated in an anti-violence rally in Philadelphia this morning.  

The rally was held organized by the Philadelphia Anti-Violence Coalition and was held outside Cousin Danny's Exotic Haven on the 300 block of West 52nd Street.

The bar closed last month following the shooting death outside the bar of Maurice Adside in February.

During the rally, Brown called for adequate funding for the volunteer groups that make up the Anti-Violence Coalition and other anti-violence groups throughout the commonwealth.

There have been a number of shootings in the vicinity of the bar since at least 2009.

"I felt compelled to attend this rally as the bar is just a few blocks away from my constituent service office," Brown said. "We need to convince all the residents of West Philly that life is valuable and very fragile. A moment of anger can end a life and destroy the life of the shooter as well.

"I was honored to stand up with Congressman Chaka Fattah, Rodney Muhammad, president of the Philadelphia NAACP and Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder and CEO of Mothers in Charge, as we worked to draw awareness to the crime which is so prevalent in our city."

Brown said police reports count more than 60 murders and 450 assaults with firearms in the city already in 2016.