NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 25, 2014 — Eighteen mayors and more than 200 city leaders from 37 municipalities will convene tomorrow in New Orleans, La. to launch Cities United, a nationwide initiative to reduce violence-related death of young African American men and boys. The two-day conference will feature keynote speakers including Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, policy discussions and breakout sessions with the goal to equip local elected officials with tools, best practices, skills and resources to restore hope and opportunities to young African American men and boys directly affected by violence.
The press event is open to the media with accommodation for television equipment. Participating mayors will be available for interviews following the event.
- Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans, La.
- Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Dr. William Bell, Casey Family Programs
Mayors also participating in the press conference include:
- Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Allentown, Pa.
- Mayor William Bell, Birmingham, Ala.
- Mayor Jeffrey Lunde, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
- Mayor John Linder, Chester, Pa.
- Mayor Thomas Henry, Fort Wayne, Ind.
- Mayor Chowke Lumumba, Jackson, Miss.
- Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knoxville, Tenn.
- Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Ark.
- Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, Ky.
- Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison, Wis.
- Mayor A.C. Wharton, Memphis, Tenn.
- Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee, Wis.
- Mayor Leon Rockingham, North Chicago, Ill.
- Mayor Jean Quan, Oakland, Calif.
- Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma, Wash.
- Mayor Geraldine Muoio, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 2:00 p.m. CST
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street, New Orleans, La.
About Cities United
Cities United is a national movement to equip mayors and local leaders with the tools, practices, skills and resources needed to effectively eliminate the violence-related deaths of African American men and boys. Cities United was launched in 2011 under the leadership ofPhiladelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu with support from the National League of Cities, Casey Family Programs and the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Additional support comes from the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.
SOURCE National League of Cities