SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Tiffany Murphy has lived in South Bend her entire life. She mentioned the violence that has struck the town over the previous couple of months has pushed her to attempt to do one thing about it. She began making t-shirts as a approach of attempting to offer folks a extra optimistic outlook on their neighborhood and taking the primary steps towards ending South Bend’s gun violence.

“The success of that is to convey consciousness to the violence all through our metropolis, not even simply the gun violence, however any sort of violence all through our metropolis, to assist convey change, to offer us entry to a greater life-style,” Murphy mentioned.

Murphy is partnering with the Standing Towards Violence On a regular basis (SAVE) Crew in South Bend. She mentioned she’s going to donate 5 {dollars} off each shirt sale to the SAVE crew. She is promoting the shirts at $17 apiece and has offered 20 shirts thus far and has $85 able to go to the SAVE crew thus far.

Murphy mentioned the message on every shirt, “It isn’t gangsta to kill one in all your personal,” was chosen with a goal.

“Identical to the shirt says, ‘it is not gangsta killing your personal,'” Murphy mentioned. “Earlier than we will begin to assault different issues, we want to ensure we’re beginning at residence first so far as all of the bodily killings, the emotional killing and psychological killing so far as our phrases. It is not even simply bodily.”

Murphy mentioned she needed to do her half in ending violence in South Bend in order that she will be able to know her children are secure once they depart the home. She additionally mentioned she was pushed to do one thing after the taking pictures loss of life of seven-year-old Chrisyah Stephens.

“Simply listening to in regards to the taking pictures lately, it simply hit residence for me,” Murphy mentioned. “We have now to cease. We have now harmless folks shedding their lives over mindless violence, they usually’re beginning off at a younger age. Some are six. Some are seven, eight, 9, ten. To me, it is not even giving them a chance to develop. It isn’t giving them a chance to stay life.”

Murphy mentioned the thought behind the shirts was to get folks to rethink their concepts about violence within the metropolis and notice they will make a distinction with a optimistic outlook on the neighborhood.

“That’s the objective, sure, to make folks rethink issues and re-evaluate, re-evaluate,” Murphy mentioned.

Metropolis leaders mentioned Murphy’s concept is a good way for the general public to do its half in ending violence within the metropolis as they work to take action by means of budgeting and legislative processes.

“It is a shared imaginative and prescient,” mentioned South Bend Second District Frequent Councilman Henry Davis, Jr. “I feel there are a number of methods of attending to the place all of us should be at, however, once more, till we begin re-dividing the pie, altering the priorities of the funds and ensuring that all of the locations within the metropolis of South Bend are included, however the ones that want it probably the most are on the high of the checklist, we’ll see a brighter day right here.”

If you would like to purchase one in all Murphy’s shirts, you may attain out to her on her Facebook page, calling her at 574-222-4297 or emailing her at [email protected]


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