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July 14, 2022

Summer Event Series cancelled by Philly councilmember amid increase in gun violence

Cindy Bass cited safety concerns and said she'll wait until next season to bring the community outreach series back

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Councilmember Cindy Bass cancels Summer Event Series Source/Philadelphia City Council

"It is with great regret that I have to inform you my office has decided to cancel our annual Summer Event Series," Philadelphia City Councilmember Cindy Bass said Wednesday in a letter, putting the safety of the city's residents first amid overwhelming amounts of gun violence.

Philadelphians will no longer be able to break out in their favorite line dances or reminisce to their favorite music hits at the annual Summer Event Series put on by City Councilmember Cindy Bass.

Bass, who represents the city's Eighth district, announced in a tweet Wednesday that she was cancelling the remainder of the event due to safety issues caused by the overwhelming threat of gun violence. The series began in June and was supposed to run through Aug. 31.

Bass said safety is her No. 1priority and that her office is working on replacing the series with more appropriate community events that can provide safer spaces.

Since the beginning of the series, Bass and her office have hosted line dancing at Waterview Recreation Center every Monday, and Oldies in the Park on Tuesday evenings at Jerome Brown Playground.

This week, the event series was supposed to begin a recurring Jazz Funk & Soul event every Tuesday at Morris Estate Recreation Center. 

Summer events seriesCourtesy/Office of Councilmember Cindy Bass

Community Summer Events Series was canceled by Councilmember Cindy Bass because of the safety of residents.

Bass said she is committed to continuing to work with her City Council colleagues, the Philadelphia Police Department, anti-violence organizations and other elected officials to address the gun violence plaguing the city.

There have been 290 homicides in Philadelphia so far this year, and more than 1,230 people have been shot. On Wednesday night, quadruple shootings left eight people injured, including a 2-year-old. 

Bass also said she is working on a new initiative that analyzes how to address the issue of someone in a house being involved in perpetrating gun violence, called "What to do if the shooter lives with you?"

The councilmember is not the only one canceling events this summer. On July 8, the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative canceled a block party in Cobbs Creek after several incidents in the neighborhood.

Karina Hill, the director of finance for the Collaborative, said in a tweet that any sponsored events would be paused until there is evidence of a proper police and security presence.

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