Gun Violence Committee
The Gun Violence Committee of The Accountability Initiative is dedicated to raising awareness of incidents of gun violence both in the city of Philadelphia and Nationwide. We aim to do this through organizing protests and events, amplifying community voices, and engaging in solution-based conversations with local, state, and national leaders.
Projects & Events
Starting January 2023, the Temple University Chapter of The Accountability Initiative and the Gun Violence Committee are looking to gather 100 Stories of individuals who have been affected by gun violence in Philadelphia. The objective of this campaign is to amplify the voices of these individuals, and share their experiences to current and prospective city leaders in an effort to highlight the urgency on the matter and demand change.
Anti-Gun Violence Protest
On April 22, 2022, The Accountability Initiative helped to plan and participate in an anti-gun violence protest in North Philadelphia alongside five other community organizations. The protest then ended in a rally where members of the community were invited to speak and share their concerns.
Online Community Forums
In February & March of 2022, The Accountability Initiative teamed up with the Beloved Care Project, a Philadelphia-Based organization helping families that have had experiences with violence. We organized two online forums for the community. The first was aimed at University students, encouraging them to understand their position as important members of the community, and empowering them to speak out against gun violence in the city. The second allowed for individuals who have experienced gun violence in Philadelphia to come and share their stories and experiences. The conversations that occurred in these two forums led to a culminating protest that took place in April of that year.
Temple University Protest
The Accountability Initiative organized its first protest on December 4, 2021 after Temple Student Sam Collington was shot and killed in an attempted carjacking a few weeks before his graduation. We called for increased campus safety measures and for Temple administration to realize that they can play a bigger role in mitigating the crisis city-wide.