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Better Ways to Reduce Violence Against Young Black Men and Boys

Sep 9, 2017

By Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis and Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia “Law and order.” It is one of our president’s favorite phrases, an all-too-predictable dog whistle used to rally support for the failed criminal-justice strategies of the past. In just seven months in office, President Donald Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, […]

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A Low-Profile Funder Gives New Attention to Race and Community Violence

Sep 9, 2017

By Caitlin Reilly Over recent years, a growing number of funders has given greater attention to racial equity issues. Among them is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, which recently invested $5 million in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, to support work with young black men touched by community violence. With many African-American communities plagued by high […]

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Cities United August Newsletter

Aug 8, 2017

August Highlights: View the Welcome video from Mayor Betsy Hodges to our upcoming 4th Annual Convening – United for Change: A Roadmap to Safe, Healthy and Hopeful Communities August 23-25 in Minneapolis! Read the powerful post by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Click here to read the August newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Cities United monthly newsletter.

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Louisville Mayor Envisions a City of Peace and Safety

Aug 5, 2017

As the nation debates the issue of violent crime in cities and what it will take to make communities truly safe, mayors, young leaders and city leaders will gather in Minneapolis, MN, from August 23-25 to share ideas and solutions on how to effectively reduce violence against young Black men and boys and create safe, […]

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Kenan Charitable Trust Investing in Young Black Men in Kentucky

Jul 20, 2017

Kenan Charitable Trust Invests Over $5 Million to Boost Life Outcomes for Young Black Men in Lexington and Louisville, KY   Frankfort, KY — Today, William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust announced over $5 million in new funding over the next three years to improve the life outcomes of young Black men and boys aged […]

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Cities United June Newsletter

Jun 15, 2017

June Highlights: Learn more about the upcoming Cities United’s 4th Annual Convening – United for Change: A Roadmap to Safe, Healthy and Hopeful Communities August 23-25 in Minneapolis! Click here to read the June newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Cities United monthly newsletter.          

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Cities United May Newsletter

May 12, 2017

May Highlights: reflections from Anthony Smith on how City Budgets Can Be the Catalyst to Safe, Healthy and Hopeful Communities the City Lead Planning Lab hosted by Cities United in Louisville in April Cities United New Resources Click here to read the May newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Cities United monthly newsletter.

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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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