Wear Orange Peace Walk -- June 2022
At a time when there is increased visibility around the impact that gun violence can have on individuals, families, communities, and an entire nation, Chester Community Coalition is looking to amplify the need for peace and the voices of those most affected. On June 4th, CCC held its inaugural Peace Walk to bring individuals and groups from all over the city together with the message that gun violence in the City of Chester should stop. Across America, people #WearOrange on June 3-5—National Gun Violence Awareness day and weekend—to honor victims and survivors of gun violence and to call attention to this crisis that takes more than 100 lives every single day.
The Walk, which began at the intersection of 7th and Kerlin Streets, moved down 7th Street to Memorial Park, gaining momentum and participants as it progressed. Residents along the route came out of their homes to see participants in orange chanting about the change we desire to see and shouted their encouragement. Organizations who contributed to and joined the effort include CeaseFire PA, Crozer Chester Medical Center, Boys and Girls Club of Chester, Chester Peace Initiative, The Trippley Foundation, Chester Fire Department, Widener University Nurse Practitioners, and GVINE just to name a few. At the end of the route, participants and community members were met with free water ice from Vars, a dozen vendor tables, and the savory smells of local area food vendors like Aunt B’s, Good Sips, Humdiggity’s, and B for Real Juice.

After a few words from agency leaders like CCC’s Executive Director, Alexia Clarke, and CeaseFire PA’s Southeastern PA Coordinator, Carol Lastowka, we heard from our Representative candidate Carol Kazeem, Senator John Kane and Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon about their commitment to being vocal against gun violence and targeted in their approach to address the effects of being a victim or perpetrator of gun violence.  Then, we closed out with the words of survivors from Chester-- Ceez Newsome and Kyra Morales-- because we always want to center the voices of those with lived experience. They spoke powerfully to the ways they want to see the work advance and how they will keep moving the end of gun violence forward in Chester.
We plan to hold this event annually to raise awareness, remember the affected, and build a safer, more peaceful future.  Learn more at See you next year!
When Survivors Speak, Change Happens
On June 7, 2022, Chester Community Coalition (CCC) joined Crime Survivors Speak--Alliance for Safety and Justice on their first Pennsylvania-based campaign in support of crime survivors across the Commonwealth.  The Alliance for Safety and Justice has worked tirelessly to advocate across the nation for legislation that supports crime survivors. This march at the PA state capitol had an amazing turnout for its first campaign, with just under 200 crime survivors in attendance! 

CCC's Executive Director, Alexia Clarke, Therapist and Teen Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Shakyra Morales, and Board Member, Pat Demiranda of the Trippley Foundation, were invited to have an intimate conversation with state legislator Shelby Labs of the PA House of Representatives.  We met to discuss the significance of supporting the Safer Pennsylvania Act, specifically House Bill 2031 (HB2031). House Bill 2031 addresses expanding the Victims of Violence Emergency Relocation Act to include housing and relocation protection for crime victims outside of domestic violence, their families, and witnesses of crimes are threatened by further violence.

We at Chester Community Coalition were excited to be a part of such a monumental event in the Commonwealth and hope that legislation like the Safer Pennsylvania Act can be used to support the community we serve here in Chester. More about this act, proposed solutions, and how you can support the Crime Survivors Speak--Alliance for Safety and Justice can be found here

Meet JaNyiah Rothwell
As Outreach Worker, JaNyiah is a bridge connecting communities throughout the Delaware County diaspora who’ve been victims of violent crimes resulting in trauma.  
She was born and raised on the east end of Chester, PA and currently resides on the west side of the city. She’s a graduate from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health and a minor in African Studies. 
Being born and raised in Chester gives JaNyiah significant connections and deep ties with the community. 

As she says, “No one understands Chester like a Chester resident. Who better to serve the community than those who are a part of it?” 

Meet Rebecca Tone
Please welcome Rebecca Tone as our Director of Development! 

Rebecca is a community and social change leader with years of non-profit leadership experience.  Rebecca is passionate about social justice and has worked at prominent organizations such as United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the national office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Family Service Foundation and Better Tomorrows to alleviate inequality. 

Along with her work at Chester Community Coalition, Rebecca is also a consultant at MissionUp. Rebecca was the inaugural CEO of Better Tomorrows where she was responsible for providing the strategic leadership that launched this national non-profit organization for the largest affordable housing owner/developer in the country.  She is active civically; her past and present community service includes Girls Inc of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, YMCA of Burlington County Development Committee, YW3CA, Global Citizen, A.D.E.P.T Services and Compass Pro Bono.   

Stop the Bleed
Besides being Mental Health Awareness Month, May was also Stop the Bleed month.
Several of the Chester Community Coalition staff completed a course learning three quick techniques on how to help save a life before someone bleeds out.  The course was offered at no cost by Chester Crozer Medical Center and the instructor was Loreen Evans, MSN, RN, CEN.  Ms. Evans not only shared the course information, but also checked the movements as each person practiced the three different bleeding control actions.  These are:  how to use one’s hands to apply pressure to a wound, how to pack a wound to control bleeding and how to correctly apply a tourniquet.

Ceez Newsome, Intervention Specialist and Sr. Marijane Hresko, Grant Manager, both participated and received Stop the Bleed kits for use in our violence prevention work.
Bleeding injuries can happen anywhere.  It is the goal of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the ACS Committee on Trauma to raise awareness and teach people to learn the three quick actions to control serious bleeding.  Participants received a certificate for successful completion of the course.
Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall
Recently, CCC was invited to join a panel organized by CeasefirePA, Rep. Jennifer O'Mara, and Sen. Tim Kearney to discuss gun violence prevention efforts in Delaware County and across PA. In a room filled to capacity of advocates for safer gun policies, panelists talked about their current efforts and goals for future progress in the fight against gun violence.

One clear takeaway was that there are commonsense, evidence-based solutions to our current gun violence epidemic. Another, that there are dedicated people on the ground putting in tremendous work in Delco and the state legislature to stem the violence. And a third, that the need and momentum for action to protect our communities is more heightened than it has been in the recent past due to the mass shootings that are becoming more frequent, and the reality that gun homicide is now the leading killer of children and youth in the US. 

No greater evidence for this last exists than the federal legislation recently passed in DC after decades of obstruction. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will help to protect people now and in the future from the that of gun violence and provides a great launching pad through funding for even more community-based efforts to end gun violence.

To view the Town Hall, click here.


Your support allows us to offer participant families safe, door to door transportation (via Lyft), and supper, shared with counselors and volunteers. Donations pay for extra therapists’ time in the schools and in community organizations. Donations support community outreach.

Violence is contagious; trauma is its vector. Helping more people understand the effects of trauma – flashbacks, nightmares, trouble sleeping and concentrating, self-medication with drugs and alcohol – will reduce violence.

For those who prefer to donate by check, please make check out to “Urban Affairs Coalition, Chester Community Coalition”, and mail to:

Urban Affairs Coalition 
Attn. Dean Morris
Suite 700
1207 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19107

 703 Central Ave. 
Chester, PA 19013
 (610) 368-0714
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