Taking a stand against gun violence in the courtroom
CeaseFirePA is building a network of activists to bring the voices of our communities into the courtroom. Concerned community members from across Philadelphia — and more recently, Pittsburgh and the surrounding area — have joined CeaseFirePA in court to observe sentencing hearings in illegal gun possession and trafficking cases. When permitted by the judge, concerned community members testify about how they and their communities have been affected by gun violence. When judges have direct testimony about the community impact of gun crimes, it gives them critical evidence to weigh when imposing a sentence.
Working with our partners in law enforcement, we’re ensuring that (1) community members have a voice in the courtroom; (2) judges know that we are counting on them to enforce the law; and (3) people who threaten our communities with illegal guns face serious consequences for their crimes.
Courtwatch is a way for you to be part of the solution to the plague of gun crime. We hope you will join us and take a stand against gun violence.
To learn more about the sentencing process, check out our Quick Guide to How PA Judges Impose Sentences. If you would like to become a Courtwatch volunteer, click here for a Volunteer Form and check out our Resources for Volunteers.
Current Courtwatch Reports
We’re Hiring: Southwest PA Campaign Organizer
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Governor Wolf Invests $15 Million in ARP Funds in Anti-Violence Programs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20th, 2022 For More Information Adam Garber, CeaseFire PA Executive Director, (267) 515-1220, firstname.lastname@example.org STATEMENT PHILADELPHIA,…Continue reading »
We’re Hiring: Southeast PA Organizer
Southeast PA Organizer Every five hours a Pennsylvanian is lost to gun violence. As the Commonwealth’s leading gun violence prevention…Continue reading »
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CeaseFirePA: Kyle Rittenhouse’s Acquittal Will Embolden Vigilantes & Undermine Public Safety
The trial made one thing perfectly clear: Rittenhouse’s military-style rifle and the threatening manner in which he wielded it only…Continue reading »
Speedy Movement of Permitless Carry Bill Puts Lives at Risk
Despite opposition from a wide range of law enforcement officials and gun violence prevention advocates, the Pennsylvania House has sped…Continue reading »