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Youth advocates hold summit focusing on solutions to prevent gun violence in West Philly

WEST PHILADELPHIA - Student leaders and youth advocates held a March For Our Lives Youth Summit on Gun Violence in West Philadelphia on Saturday.Several dozen teens between 14 and 19-years-old attended the program which included a panel of community speakers and hands-on breakout rooms.March For Our Lives is a youth-led movement dedicated to promoting civic engagement, education and direct action by youth to eliminate the epidemic of gun violence. It was started following the Parkland school shooting massacre in 2018.MORE HEADLINES:Movita Johnson Harrell is the founder of the CHARLES Foundation which is the Philadelphia Chapter of March For Our Lives.

Charles is the name of her son who was killed by gun violence in 2011."CHARLES is an acronym for ‘Creating Healthy Alternatives, Results, and Less Emotional Suffering,’" said Johnson Harrell. "We need these young people empowered and engaged to be able to be the change that they want to see in their communities."Joel Woodlyn, 16, said he was nearly killed by gunfire two years ago and said he now has a support system after connecting with the CHARLES Foundation"I can smile now.

They had a good impact," said Woodlyn. "I almost died from gun violence.

I witnessed a lot of people getting shot. I witnessed a lot of things growing up in violence and I try to stay away from gun violence."Breakout rooms included a Civic Engagement room teaching youth the importance of exercising their right to vote, The Power of Pain Room which seeks trauma recovery through art, The Apologues which tells the stories of slain victims through music, art and fashion and the National Soul Box Project.We met Chad Johnson, 11, in the Soul Box Project breakout room where he told us his two uncles were

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Sri Lanka: Prime Minister welcomes G7 announcement on debt relief
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has welcomed the announcement by G7 countries that they will assist Sri Lanka in securing debt relief. In a tweet, Wickremesinghe said the continued engagement by the international community with Sri Lanka is key to overcoming the economic crisis. The Group of Seven economic powers support efforts to provide debt relief for Sri Lanka, G7 finance chiefs said on Thursday in a draft communique from a meeting in Germany after the country defaulted on its sovereign debt.The once-booming island country has suspended debt payments as it grapples with its worst economic crisis since it won independence in 1948, facing shortages of essential goods that have triggered social unrest.G7 countries said in their statement they were committed to finding long-term solutions for the Indian Ocean nation and urged it to “negotiate constructively” with the International Monetary Fund on a potential loan programme.“The G7 stands ready to support the Paris Club’s efforts, in line with its principles, to address the need for a debt treatment for Sri Lanka,” they said, referring to the group of mostly rich creditor nations.The draft statement, which is to be finalised before the end the G7 finance ministers’ meeting on Friday, also called on other big creditor nations not in the Paris Club to coordinate with the group and urged them to provide debt relief on comparable terms.G7 finance chiefs also singled out China, which has become a major creditor to low-income countries, to actively contribute to debt relief for such countries.Chad, Ethiopia and Zambia have so far sought debt relief under a new G20 common framework, but progress has so far been slow with some officials
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Report on Minneapolis response to George Floyd protests: 'There was a void'
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - The protests and riots in Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have been a divisive topic in Minnesota, but one thing people of all political stripes have largely agreed on is the city didn't get its response right, from the loss of the third precinct and the failure to protect small business on Lake Street, to the hundreds of peaceful protesters who were injured by police projectiles.    Tuesday, the Minneapolis City Council received an after-action report on the city's response conducted by an independent firm with deep law enforcement experience that confirmed for many the extent of the city's failure and also pointed to its causes.Here are three key takeaways:During the more than two-hour-long meeting, the reports two presenters, Chad McGinty and Bob Boehmer, both retired veteran officers who now work for the consulting firm Jensen Hughes, returned again and again to a common theme: the breakdown in internal communication and the chain of command that occurred within the city and the police department as officials struggled to respond to the unprecedented level of protests, and eventually riots, that overtook the city.In a dispassionate tone, McGinty and Boehmer described how officers in the field became disconnected from command staff and left without clear guidance, while city leaders failed to update their staff or the community as the situation worsened.In the Q&A section, Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison pressed for detail.
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Alberta First Nation calls attention to ‘blatant disparity’ in response to Coutts protests
Critical Infrastructure Defence Act is being applied differently to non-Indigenous protests than it is to Indigenous protests.In a statement, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation chief and council said if the Coutts protest was organized by Indigenous people, authorities would have responded quickly to remove it.“Over the past several days we have watched in dismay as the border blockade at Coutts, Alta., is allowed to continue without intervention from authorities.” Movement at Coutts border on 5th day of blockade, one lane open in each direction Demonstrators began parking their vehicles and blocked the highway between southern Alberta and the United States on Saturday in solidarity with similar events in Ottawa and countrywide — to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates and broader public health measures.The tie-up stranded travellers and cross-border truckers for days, compromising millions of dollars in trade and impeding access to basic goods and medical services for area residents.Police tried to peacefully break up the demonstration Tuesday, only to see others breach a nearby police barricade and join the blockade.Chad Williamson, a lawyer representing truckers blocking access to the border crossing, said Wednesday afternoon they spoke with Mounties and agreed to open some blocked lanes.However, on Thursday, a second protest on Highway 4 about 20 kilometres north of Coutts choked off traffic, RCMP said. New blockade pops up as Coutts border protest enters 6th day The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said that at about 12 p.m.