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

Every 24 hours in America, 13 young people under the age of 25 are victims of homicide.


We Must Light a Path to Hope, Opportunity for Young, Black Men

Sep 14, 2016

September 10, 2016  The Hill http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/civil-rights/295309-we-must-light-a-path-to-hope-opportunity-for-young-black-men By Anthony Smith The...

We Must Find a New Path Forward: From Ferguson to Milwaukee

Aug 25, 2016

Huffington Post August 24, 2016 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-smith2/we-must-find-a-new-path-f_b_11660722.html Jointly Authored By Shawn...

“Valuing Black Lives” by Anthony Smith

Jul 27, 2016

Huffington Post July 10, 2016 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-smith2/valuing-black-lives_b_10906356.html Once again, the nation...

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What Cities United Can Do For Your City

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    Supply research and other information on violence-related deaths;

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    Provide access to consultants who can assist, develop and implement solutions to violent crime;

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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, learn about new models and methodologies, interact with youth and leaders from other cities and allow mayors to engage in facilitated sessions with each other. 2015 Convening

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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