Cities United conference kicks off in New Orleans
Today, exactly two years since the death of Trayvon Martin, 18 mayors and more than 200 municipal leaders from 37 cities are gathering in New Orleans for a two-day conference to address violence against African American men and boys.
The conference is a campaign by Cities United, a nationwide initiative aimed at reducing death rates by equipping local officials with tools, best practices, skills and resources to aid black men and boys directly affected by violence.
The keynote speaker, Karol V. Mason, assistant attorney general of the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, will be joined by the following leaders:
• Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans, La.
• Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Dr. William Bell, Casey Family Programs
• Cliff Johnson, Institute for Youth, Education and Families at the National League of Cities
• Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Allentown, Pa.
• Mayor William Bell, Birmingham, Ala.
• Mayor Jeffrey Lunde, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
• Mayor John Linder, Chester, Pa.
• Mayor Thomas Henry, Fort Wayne, Ind.
• Mayor Chowke Lumumba, Jackson, Miss.
• Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knoxville, Tenn.
• Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Ark.
• Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, Ky.
• Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison, Wis.
• Mayor A.C. Wharton, Memphis, Tenn.
• Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee, Wis.
• Mayor Leon Rockingham, North Chicago, Ill.
• Mayor Jean Quan, Oakland, Calif.
• Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma, Wash.
• Mayor Geraldine Muoio, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Cities United was launched in 2011 under the leadership of Nutter and Landrieu with support from the National League of Cities (NLC), Casey Family Programs and the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Additional support comes from the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.
For more information on the partnership between Cities United and NLC, click here.