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How Young Black Men are Running a Violent Gauntlet of Peril

Apr 20, 2017

By Shawn Dove and Anthony Smith In Baltimore and around the country, we are losing too many young people—especially young Black boys and men—to violence. One of those young people is Markel Scott, a 19-year old high school senior who was on track to graduate this May. When he returned to school at Excel Academy […]

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Possible DOJ Reforms Take Our Communites in Wrong Direction

Apr 7, 2017

Cities United expresses real concern about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ directive to review all consent decrees between the DOJ and police forces across the country, going to court to delay Baltimore’s planned police reform developed under its consent decree.   Cities United—a national movement of more than 90 mayors committed to reducing the violence that […]

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Cities United April Newsletter

Apr 6, 2017

April Highlights: reflections from Anthony Smith on the Cities United Action Summit National Youth Violence Prevention Week – April 3rd thru 7th Cities United New Resources Click here to read the April newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Cities United monthly newsletter.

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Cities United Summit: Working Together to End Violence

Mar 21, 2017

Cities United Hosts Summit on Creating Safe, Healthy and Hopeful Communities for All, Including Young Black Men and Boys National Press Club – Washington, D.C.—In the wake of the new administration’s executive orders on public safety, mayors from across the country will join city and law enforcement leaders, along with youth, faith and community partners, for […]

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Cities United March 2017 Newsletter

Mar 9, 2017

March Highlights: reflections from Anthony Smith on the need for a blueprint for safety a profile of Seattle’s new initiative –Our Best– focusing on improving the lives of Seattle’s young Black men information on the Cities United Regional Convening in Durham, North Carolina Click here to read the March newsletter. Click here to subscribe to […]

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Cities United February 2017 Newsletter

Feb 3, 2017

February Highlights: reflections from Anthony Smith on the necessity of unifying around issues of gun violence information on the Cities United Regional Convening in Hampton, Virginia opportunity to support #cut50, a national bipartisan initiative to smartly and safely reduce America’s incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years Click here to read the February newsletter. […]

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Cities United January 2017 Newsletter

Nov 30, 2016

January Highlights: reflections from our Executive Director, Anthony Smith information on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Day of Racial Healing – January 17, 2017 introductions to the Cities United team Click here to read the January newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Cities United monthly newsletter.

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Working Together to Ensure Public Safety in 21st Century Minneapolis

Nov 30, 2016

by Anthony Smith Every day, mayors across the country, including here in Minneapolis, are guided by a vision of a city that runs well for everyone. A core part of that work is making sure every resident is safe in every neighborhood. That includes residents like the young people I had the honor of meeting […]

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Advancing Black Male Achievement Work Post President Obama

Nov 28, 2016

by Alex Peay I remember getting home after voting on Election Day and putting on the TV to watch the votes come in. By the time I got to the channel, voting stations were still open so it was too early to make calls on any states.  I found myself dozing off then waking up […]

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Cities United Debut Newsletter!

Nov 23, 2016

Welcome to the first issue of our monthly newsletter! We will use this monthly newsletter to provide timely and relevant information to mayors, community leaders, youth and partners dedicated to building safe, healthy and hopeful communities for African American men and boys.  Click here to read the November 2016 newsletter.  Click here to sign up for […]

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