Seventeen mayors and more than 200 city leaders from 37 municipalities gathered in New Orleans this week for the inaugural Cities United convening. According to the National League of Cities, their “movement aims to reduce the tragic number of violence-related deaths of young African American men and boys.” This session was intended to guide their effort “to restore hope and opportunities to young men and boys directly affected by violence.”
“In Philadelphia, young African American men and boys are 80 percent of the homicide victims and 75 percent of all the arrests we make for violent crime,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.
Cities United helps mayors and city leaders focus on prevention rather than prosecution, intervention rather than incarceration, and provides data and tools to topple systemic barriers to opportunity facing African American men and boys, according to a press release from the NLC.
This year’s theme was entitled “Why We Can’t Wait,” according to a local news report from New Orleans. We haven’t seen any coverage of the proceedings from the Philadelphia news media this week.
On Thursday, President Obama launched “My Brother’s Keeper: A New White House Initiative to Empower Boys and Young Men of Color.”
This group “too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success. These obstacles are found in our schools, our communities, our criminal justice system, our families, and even in the minds of our young people themselves,” according to whitehouse.gov, which adds: “The President is committed to build a broad coalition of backers to help break down barriers, clear pathways to opportunity, and reverse troubling trends which show too many of our boys and young men of color slipping through the cracks in our society.”
Last fall, we shared a video when New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter discussed their campaign to cut the nation’s murder rates, reduce gun violence and address other issues affecting the urban community, during a luncheon at the National Press Club at a luncheon.
In the latest outbreak of gun violence, one man was killed and two more were wounded Thursday after and evening in Philadelphia.
Medics rushed a 27-year-old man to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with a leg wound after he was shot on Foulkrod Street near Frankford Avenue shortly before 1:30 p.m. in the Frankford section of the city.
An 18-year-old man was reported in stable condition at Einstein Medical Center after he was shot twice, just after 5 p.m. on Woodstock Street near Chelten Avenue in West Oak Lane.
Just before 6 p.m., a 24-year-old man was fatally wounded in a shooting near a playground on Pulaski Avenue near West Logan Street in Germantown.
Gun violence has left three people dead and ten wounded in Philadelphia last weekend, as we previously reported:
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