Cities United Hosts Summit on Creating Safe, Healthy and Hopeful Communities for All, Including Young Black Men and Boys
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
National Press Club – Washington, D.C.—In the wake of the new administration’s executive orders on public safety, mayors from across the country joined city and law enforcement leaders, along with youth, faith and community partners, for a summit on community violence, “Working Together to End Violence: Creating Safe, Healthy and Hopeful Communities,” an invitation-only action summit on March 21, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club.
The summit addressed comprehensive, effective strategies to decrease community violence, and highlight how Mayors, cities and advocates are putting these strategies to work to end the cycle of violence.
“The Cities United action summit creates an opportunity to collectively move forward on strategies for real security and safety in our cities,” said Minneapolis, MN Mayor Betsy Hodges. “The summit will bring together mayors and leaders from all corners of our communities, including youth most affected by violence, to build upon comprehensive, public health approaches to reducing community violence that can bring about real and lasting change for our young Black men and boys—and all of us.”
Summit speakers shared critical resources for city leaders including proven best practices on reducing community violence; agreements on actionable next steps for cities and communities; and, new tools designed specifically for Mayors and city leaders, including a resource on responding to police involved shootings and deaths in custody, new research on community violence and a road map to creating a community plan in their respective cities.
“It is time for our country to treat the loss of young Black men and boys for what it is—a public health crisis that impacts all of us,” said Anthony Smith, executive director of Cities United. “The more than 90 mayors that make up the Cities United network are committed to ending the community violence that affects our young Black men and boys. We are bringing together stakeholders in communities across the country to cut the homicide rate of our young Black men and boys in half by the year 2025.”
Mayors and Guest Speakers included:
- The City of Birmingham, AL – Mayor William A. Bell, Sr.
- The City of Hampton, VA – Mayor Donnie Tuck
- The City of Louisville, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer
- The City of Madison, WI – Mayor Paul Soglin
- The City of Milwaukee, WI – Mayor Tom Barrett
- The City of Minneapolis, MN – Mayor Betsy Hodges
- The City of Tuskegee, AL – former Mayor Johnny Ford
- The Town of Holly Hill, SC – Mayor William R. Johnson
- Campaign for Black Male Achievement – Shawn Dove
- Casey Family Programs – Dr. William C. Bell
- Cities United – Anthony Smith
- D3 Community Outreach – Malcom Reed
- Fort Wayne UNITED – Iric Headley
- GenYNot – Jamira Burley
- My Brother’s Keeper Alliance – Blair Taylor
- NOBLE and the City of Columbua, SC – Deputy Police Chief Melron Kelly
- PICO – Pastor Michael McBride
- Rising Sons – Alex Peay
- The Guardian – Lois Beckett, Jamiles Lartey and Jan Diehm
Cities United Summit Resources:
Four Proven Ways: Violence Reduction Strategies (released 2016)
Videos from each panel:
We are grateful for the generous support of our partner Casey Family Programs for their assistance with this event.