Kinsey outlines Northwest Philadelphia public safety tour, set to host communitywide meeting

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 24 – Following the spate of shootings throughout the city, one of which left an 18-month-old baby suffering from a bullet-graze wound just blocks away from his Germantown district office, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today outlined Step Up, Stand Up -- a grassroots community campaign to end gun violence throughout Northwest Philadelphia.

To kick off the campaign, Kinsey and state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, who represents Northwest Philadelphia’s 203rd Legislative District, were joined by local community organizations and city law enforcement for a roundtable discussion on rampant gun violence across Northwest Philadelphia.

“While our loved one’s lives are cut short and our community reels for solace through these dark times; our legislature turns it back by ignoring our calls to vote on the nearly two dozen bills that would address gun violence and ultimately save lives,” Kinsey said. “We must take back our communities and I extend the invitation to anyone else in helping to develop comprehensive actions to end this public health crisis.”

Step Up, Stand Up, an initiative that Kinsey is leading, is geared toward providing comprehensive approaches to reducing local and citywide gun violence through education, community empowerment and fostering healthy relationships between residents, community organizations, law enforcement, and city, state and federal officials.

Kinsey said he is seeking input from residents and will host an upcoming public community meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the First Presbyterian Church, 19144.

Currently serving in his fourth term representing the 201st Legislative District, Kinsey has been a longtime advocate of reducing gun violence across Philadelphia through collaborations with local organizations prior to holding elected office.

Since being elected to the state legislature, Kinsey continues to combat gun violence through supporting commonsense gun legislation and through his membership and leadership on various state House committees and caucuses. He currently serves as chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, where he recently formed the caucus’ subcommittee on gun violence, and also serves on the PA Safe Caucus.