Seeking the Peace: Anti-Gun Violence Cadres, Concepts, and Connections in Pittsburgh

R. Drew Smith & John C. Welch, Society (2022) Abstract: In 2015, Pittsburgh had the 21st highest murder rate in the USA at 18.6 murders per 100,000 population. By 2022, its murder rate had declined to 12.32 per 100,000, ranking it number 58 among American cities with greater than 100,000 residents. The article’s principal concern …

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American Religious Support for COVID Protocols, and Public Values

By R. Drew Smith, April 16, 2022 (Canopy Forum) Though the COVID health emergency within the U.S. seems to be lessening in intensity, the occurrence of 35,000 COVID hospitalizations per day and 12,000 deaths per week during early March 2022 shows that the crisis is clearly not over.  Widespread resistance to public protocols and mandates aimed …

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