PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) — 16 November 2022 — Nestled between New York and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia — the sixth largest metropolitan area in the United States — will elect a new Mayor in Calendar Year 2023. The next Mayor of Philadelphia will be tasked with the unenviable responsibility of moving a city traumatized by, among other things, poverty, an out-of-control gun violence emergency, skyrocketing housing prices, and a dysfunctional public education system to embrace hope, peace, and prosperity. A diverse group of key community stakeholders in the nation’s sixth largest metropolitan area have persuaded Jimmy DeLeon, former judge, public policy thought leader, and author, to take on the daunting task of moving Philadelphia and its traumatized citizens to embrace hope, peace, and prosperity.
The former judge will unveil his multi-tiered solutions-based plan for moving a traumatized city and its citizens to embrace hope, peace, and prosperity at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, 22 November 2022 at 12:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) at the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice at 1301 Filbert Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the press conference, DeLeon will officially announce his candidacy for Philadelphia’s 2023 Mayoral Election. Numerous key community stakeholders have expressed the sentiment that bringing the highly respected former judge’s “no-shenanigans-let’s-follow-the-law-there-will-be-order-in-the-courtroom” style to City Hall will help retore order in Philadelphia and move a traumatized city and its citizens to embrace hope, peace, and prosperity.
“In spite of the challenges that plague Philadelphia, it is a great city. Some of the world’s most brilliant and talented souls live and work here. The challenges that plague our City have traumatized each of us. Many of us have lost family members, loved ones, neighbors, acquaintances, and co-workers to gun violence. To my fellow Philadelphians who are mourning the loss of a loved one, family member, neighbor, co-worker, or acquaintance whose life was snuffed out by gun violence, I extend my condolences to each of you. Our city is in dire need of healing, hope, peace, and prosperity. As the next leader of this great city, my mission will be to move our city and families, neighbors, co-workers, loved ones, and acquaintances to embrace hope, peace, and prosperity. The first step to healing and to moving our city and each of our citizens to embrace hope, peace, and prosperity involves listening to one another. Leading by example, I will. convene city-wide solutions-based listening sessions with families and communities impacted by gun violence; department heads, front-line managers, and staff throughout City government to assess resources and training needs to ensure that every Philadelphian has timely access to resources and services; youth and young adults, particularly those in the 18-35 age demographics which has the highest gun by homicide mortality rate in the City; the Interfaith Community; educators, school administrators, and parents; health care professionals and providers; social services professionals and providers; and business owners. As Philadelphia’s next Mayor, I will establish a Local Incident Management System to help address our current gun violence emergency. The Local Incident Management System is a uniform system of processes and procedures in City Government that would be used to combat gun violence by enabling the necessary responders to work together and efficiently to manage root causes of gun violence. The initiative is fully explained in my guest editorial article published by the Philadelphia Sunday Sun on 28 January 2022, ‘A Path To Reducing Gun Violence’, which can be viewed at the following link: https://www.philasun.com/commentary/guest-editorial-a-path-to-reducing-gun-violence. My administration will also address the shortage of police officers in the Philadelphia Police Department and staffing shortages in municipal government by hiring approximately 1,500 police officers and up to approximately 4,000 new workers to address staffing shortages that currently exist in every office of City government. Many Philadelphians have informed me that our City needs more police officers and that they are not receiving services from the City in a timely manner. We will be looking at instituting and supporting vocational skills and entrepreneurial skills training initiatives to address poverty and massive unemployment which is fueling the crime economy which in turn is helping to fuel the current gun violence crisis. Our public school system currently has a ‘school-to-prison’ curriculum which must be replaced post haste with a ‘school-to-work’ curriculum. Creating business incubators in economically underserved neighborhoods and establishing technical assistance for small business owners, particularly in neighborhood commercial corridors in an effort to boost employment there is also a critical path item for my administration. This is how a traumatized city and its citizens can begin to move to embrace hope, peace, and prosperity,” DeLeon explained.
Former Judge Jimmy DeLeon’s blueprint for moving a traumatized city and its citizens to embrace hope, peace, and prosperity is attached.
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