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America Must Build On Commitment To Young People, Especially Black Boys

Nov 18, 2016

by Anthony D. Smith and Stanley Morgan The result of last week’s long-awaited presidential election has each of us reflecting on our collective futures. As national and local leaders, we are considering how to both protect and build on the progress we have made to expand opportunity for our communities over the past eight years, and […]

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2016 Young Leaders Retreat – Jay Reid

Oct 20, 2016

Cities United Young Leader Retreat: Jay Reid  Earlier this month, 16 minds from across the nation gathered in Seattle to discuss the direction of young people’s role in Cities United. Dr. William Bell, CEO of Casey Family Programs, shared with us a quote that seemed to be the theme of our retreat, “Go to the […]

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2016 Young Leaders Retreat – Aaron Kirkland

Oct 20, 2016

Aaron’s Story: Cities United Youth Leaders Retreat 2016 The Cities United Youth Leaders Retreat held in August and hosted by Casey Family Programs was not only centered around the beautiful infrastructure that makes Seattle so pleasing to the eye, but connecting beautiful minds to unite in the effort of freeing our young black men and […]

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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 past few months have tested our resolve and strengthened our commitment to reducing violence against Black men and boys. Keeping Black men and boys safe is at the forefront of our hearts and minds, with cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas seeing spikes in […]

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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 Dove and Anthony Smith With the events in Milwaukee, we watched as yet another U.S. city grieves the loss of a Black man to a police-involved shooting. In the aftermath of the death of Sylville Smith in Milwaukee, grief quickly turned to outrage, protest and […]

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“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 is watching in horror and heartbreak as more Black men die in our streets — we are dying at the hands of those who have sworn to protect and serve our communities and at the hands of those who could be our brothers. Over the […]

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Mayor Henry and the City of Fort Wayne, IN launch new initiative “Fort Wayne United”

Jul 27, 2016

Mayor Henry introduced Fort Wayne United, a program geared toward enhancing opportunities for African American males in the Summit City The vision of Fort Wayne United is for every black male to be respected and valued with an opportunity to reach their full potential. and through community engagement and collaboration, organizers are hoping to see […]

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Cities United Announces new Chief Executive Officer

Oct 13, 2015

Anthony Smith will lead Cities United as its first chief executive officer, announced Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Anthony’s work has prepared him well to lead Cities United,” said Nutter. “His personal mission has always been to find opportunities to create better outcomes for African American men and boys, their families and the communities they call home.”

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Mobilizing for Change in Philadelphia: The Second Annual Cities United Convening

May 12, 2015

The second annual Cities United convening allowed attendees the opportunity to unpack the social, systemic and environmental factors that contribute to the stark disparities impacting African American men and boys. Guest speakers and thought leaders from across the United States provided valuable insights, tools and strategies that included alternatives to juvenile detention and incarceration, improving relationships with communities of color and law enforcement, and recognizing and responding to trauma in the lives of black boys and young men.

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5 Compelling Reasons Why Cities United Works

Apr 3, 2015

5 top reasons why Cities United is worth the investment of your time and energy by Erica D. Atwood, Director of Black Male Engagement Office of the Mayor, City of Philadelphia   1. Cities United is tailored for government. CU provides solutions that are applicable to your budgets, municipal hiring practices, law enforcement culture and […]

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