NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered a joint address with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. titled, “A National Call for Action to End the Violence Crisis in US Cities.” The speech serves as a national call to action to end America’s culture of violence in urban areas across the country, charging the Federal government, non-profits, business leaders and the community to rally and engage in what has become an epidemic—the drumbeat of murders of and by young, African-American men.
Watch the address by Mayor Landrieu and Mayor Nutter
During their speech, Landrieu and Nutter were accompanied by their guests: Ryan Dalton, Midnight Basketball Coordinator for the City of New Orleans, Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., United States Attorney for the Easter District of Louisiana, Dr. William C. Bell, President and CEO of Casey Family Programs and Gregory Minchak of the National League of Cities.
In the speech, Mayors Landrieu and Nutter charged the federal government to redirect resources back to US cities to hire new cops for community policing; to create common sense solutions on gun control; and to refocus and mobilize federal assets from the ATF, FBI, DEA, and US Marshalls to work shoulder to shoulder with local governments.
Together, Landrieu and Nutter created “Cities United,” an initiative to bring focus and attention to these important issues. Over 50 cities are now on board.
Mayors Landrieu and Nutter recently met with President Barack Obama and other mayors from across the country to discuss strategies to reduce youth violence and proven methods that have worked to combat violence on a local level.
Mayor Landrieu shared the success of his comprehensive murder reduction strategy, NOLA FOR LIFE. The strategy takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the murder problem and advances initiatives in five main categories including: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention; Promote Jobs and Opportunity; Improve the NOPD; and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. As a result, New Orleans experienced a 25 percent decrease in murders in 2013 to date compared to the same period the previous year.
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City of New Orleans and City of Philadelphia officials are also participating in the Justice Department’s National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence.
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About Cities United: One of the greatest epidemics facing our country is the death of African American men and boys at the hand of other African American men and boys. Formed in 2011, Cities United is a diverse coalition of mayors working in partnership with aligned organizations dedicated to reducing violent deaths among Black men and boys. Cities United was established to bring mayors from across the country together with community leaders to create opportunities for Black men and boysto achieve their full potential and live long and productive lives. Today, along with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, over fifty mayors have joined the coalition.
About NOLA FOR LIFE: Developed in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem and advances initiatives in five main categories including: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention; Promote Jobs and Opportunity; Improve the NOPD; and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. Visit www.nolaforlife.org for more information.