Violence and violence-related deaths in America have captured the national headlines in recent months, underscoring the crisis facing communities across the U.S. Nowhere is this crisis more evident than in African-American communities, where homicide is the leading cause of death for males between the ages of 15 and 24. Yet, while there are a number of mainstream efforts underway to address America's violence epidemic, few specifically target the plight of African-American males who are the victims of violence.
In this webinar, participants will learn about Cities United, a national effort to reduce violent deaths among African-American males. The vision of Cities United is that mayors and other municipal leaders across the country will form partnerships with other local officials, community leaders, families, youth, funders, and other stakeholders within their respective cities to champion strategies that reduce violence and violence-related deaths among African-American men and boys. Cities United intends to raise national awareness, increase the urgency and focus on this critical issue, and provide cities with technical assistance as they develop coalitions and strategies to reduce violence among black men and boys.
- Everett Gillison, Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor, City of Philadelphia, Pa.
- Antoinette Malveaux, Managing Director, Casey Family Programs
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