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     August 23 - 25

     Minneapolis, MN


A large and growing number of cities across the nation have joined the fight to reduce violence among young black men and boys.




Cities United August Newsletter

Aug 8, 2017

August Highlights: View the Welcome video from Mayor Betsy Hodges...

Louisville Mayor Envisions a City of Peace and Safety

Aug 5, 2017

As the nation debates the issue of violent crime in...

Kenan Charitable Trust Investing in Young Black Men in Kentucky

Jul 20, 2017

Kenan Charitable Trust Invests Over $5 Million to Boost Life...

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What Cities United Can Do For Your City

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    Assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of your local action plan to create safe, healthy and hopeful communities;

  • 02

    Supply research and other information on the impact of community violence;

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    Connect local officials with representatives from other cities that have implemented successful violence-reducing strategies;

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    Encourage accountability through community involvement, commitment to evidence-based practices and rigorous evaluation;

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    Coordinate annual meetings where city teams can share their challenges and successes and learn about new models and methodologies.

What Cities Can Do

Every 24 hours in America, 13 young people under the age of 25 are victims of homicide. Mayors have the power and the responsibility to help end this senseless loss of life. Learn about 15 steps we can take now to stop the violence.

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What Works (and Doesn’t) in Violence Prevention

Cities United is committed to providing current research and other information on violence-related deaths that can be translated into practice. This page provides an entryway to important articles.

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Why Cities United

The national crisis of violence and violent deaths among young African American males demands concerted action from our nation’s city leaders.  Here are key facts on the extent of this crisis.

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