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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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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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