Crystal Porter: A Powerful Voice Against Germantown Gun Violence

YWI Profile Series, Part 1

By M. K. Fain

In her 29 years living in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, Crystal Porter has seen over 30 people she knew killed by gun violence. A chef at The Union League (Philadelphia’s premier private club) and mother of four, Crystal was born and raised in Germantown. She recently moved her family out of the neighborhood for the first time, down to Queen Village, in the hopes of escaping the cycle of poverty, drugs, and violence she grew up in.

“You can go through a yearbook and put an X over the faces that aren’t here anymore.”