New Podcast Ep: Grief and Life After Losing a Loved One to Gun Violence
For every person who is murdered, there is a family, a friend group, a community who feel that loss. The numbers – over 500 people murdered in 2021 alone – can make it hard to think about the individual stories of those victims. In this episode of Move it Forward, we’re taking some time to sit with the realities of these losses.
Years into this new spike in homicides, most politicians seem committed to repeating history, even as it’s clear that these methods have not prevented the same crisis of the 80s and 90s from repeating itself today. The push for real investments in community safety and violence prevention has been an uphill battle. Having lived through the realities of gun violence and homicide, directly impacted individuals understand the need for alternatives firsthand.
We spoke to people who have lost loved ones to homicide about those experiences and what happened afterwards, both immediately and over a longer period of time. There’s a lot of pain and grief here.
Guests include Aqeela Sherrills of Newark Community Street Team, Kempis Ghani Songster and Will of Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP), Kendra Van de Water, Yané and Kenzie of YEAH Philly, Chenjerai Kumanyika, and more.