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Philly violence crisis hits Oprah network

Mothers of slain Philadelphians talk about gun violence on the OWN network.

Joseph Kaczmarek, of Gun Crisis, is seen in the preview of the documentary, which airs at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Credit: OWN. Joseph Kaczmarek, of Gun Crisis, is seen in the preview of the documentary, which airs at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Credit: OWN.

Dorothy Johnson-Speight is ready to tell Philly's story.

On Thursday night at 10 p.m., on the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN, the docu-series “Our America with Lisa Ling” will highlight community members “Battling Philly’s Rampant Gun Violence.”

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Ling met and interviewed anti-gun violence activists, such as members of the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, Philadelphia Ceasefire and Mothers in Charge, and spotlighted the group’s strategies for curbing the city’s rampant violence.

Johnson-Speight, founder and executive director of Mothers in Charge, which focuses on the mothers who are affected by violence, brought the show's cameras into a grief-support session with about 25 women, and into the House of Correction on State Road to capture a program with incarcerated men.

They also singled out mothers for more in-depth interviews. Stephanie, the woman who is showed in the TV previews, let the cameras into her home and led them to the cemetery where her son is buried. She talks about the loss of her only child.

"They asked us what do you do," Johnson-Speight said, "in terms of the issue of violence and how we go about trying to find ways to reduce violence."

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