The spike in violent crimes across this country has impacted many of the communities in which we serve. Our network continues to stand firm in our commitment to “helping people help themselves,” and that extends into violence prevention. According to Mapps’ office, citing data from Portland’s Police Bureau, between June 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, more than 1 in every 1,000 Black residents in Portland died of homicide. In response to the most recent wave of tragedy, the Portland OIC launched their Public Safety Village initiative this summer to have a “direct” and “immediate” impact on the community. The village is a group of 11 grassroots, Black-led organizations guided by individuals who have been involved or impacted by violence in […]
It’s been 20 years since the passing of Rev. Leon H. Sullivan and the impact of his accomplishments is still being felt throughout Philadelphia and beyond. With that in mind, Opportunities Industrialization Center of America Inc. (OIC) will celebrate Sullivan’s impact with a “Moving Mountains” tribute April 23 at 1 p.m.