Nearly 10,000 men gathered Sunday in downtown Philadelphia to sign up for a volunteer effort to stem inner-city violence. The "Call to Action" rally was organized with the goal of recruiting and training men to patrol some of the city's toughest neighborhoods. Last month, Philadelphia's police commissioner Sylvester Johnson publicly endorsed the plan.
The effort comes amid growing concern that police enforcement alone is not enough to curb the violence. Philadelphia has one of the worst crime rates in the country. This year, there has been nearly one murder per day.
Host Michel Martin talks with four Philadelphia community members who offer their perspectives on what's fueling the inner-city violence, and who exactly is responsible for stopping it.
Music producer Kenny Gamble was one of the rally's lead organizers. He explains the intent of the rally and why it was focused on black men.
William Cartagena attended the rally, but with some reservation. He's a Latino activist and says he felt that his community was not invited.
Also joining the discussion is Dorothy Johnson-Speight. She lost her son to gun violence and as a result, founded an anti-violence group called Mothers in Charge.
And Monica Yant-Kinney, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, offers insights about how Philadelphia residents are responding to the new initiative.