NEW ORLEANS, LA--Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement on President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative--an effort to make sure that every young African American man who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential. The announcement comes as Mayor Landrieu and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter convene mayors and city leaders from across the country for the first Cities United conference in New Orleans. Cities United is a nationwide initiative to reduce violent-related death of young African American men and boys.
Following the President's address, Mayor Landrieu joined President Obama for a conference call on the My Brother's Keeper initiative.
Mayor Landrieu said, "My Brother’s Keeper is a unique opportunity for the federal government to address a national epidemic that threatens the freedom, prosperity and growth of every city in the United States. I commend President Obama for explicitly addressing the need for investment in African American men and boys by mobilizing the philanthropic, business and faith community, as well as creating an interagency effort to ensure that real jobs and opportunities are created and accessible.
"Since 2011, New Orleans has made it our top priority to create pathways away from violence and towards opportunities for young African American men. Through our comprehensive murder reduction strategy, NOLA FOR LIFE, we are working with groups from every sector to change the culture of violence that keeps our young men from reaching their potential. While we are seeing early results on the ground, we are encouraged by the potential of the President’s new initiative to change the outcomes for African American men and boys across the country."
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 of Philadelphia 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.