Mayor Hodges Works with National Mayors to Improve Life Outcomes for African American Men and Boys
Young Minneapolis resident Isaiah Hudson joins Mayor at conference
April 30, 2015 (PHILADELPHIA) —Today, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is working with mayors from across the country to reduce violence and violent deaths among young African American men at the 2nd annual Cities United convening in Philadelphia.   
In Minneapolis, African American men ages 18-24 are far more likely than any other group to be victims of violent crime.
“We as a city need to make sure that boys and men of color contribute to our city’s civic and economic vitality, and to do that they need safe neighborhoods,” said Mayor Hodges. “We must address inequities in our criminal justice system and provide educational and economic opportunities for our young men. Turning young men away from violence toward vitality is crucial for One Minneapolis and our future together. I am thankful to be here today with mayors from across the country as we work together to ensure safety for every person in our cities.”
Mayor Hodges invited Isaiah Hudson, a member of the Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee, to participate in the conference with her. Isaiah is an 18-year-old, life-long Minneapolis resident who grew up on the city's North Side.  Growing up, Isaiah experienced poverty and exposure to violent crime.  He is now a student and Power of You scholarship recipient at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and is passionate about leading change in his community.
“Being here and seeing other strong black leaders is really empowering and is helping me become a better leader,” said Hudson. “It gets me thinking, what can we do differently in our communities, what are the options and possibilities. I am so humbled that Mayor Hodges asked me to come, she’s a true mentor to me.”
The Mayor was invited to attend the Cities United convening to share best practices and engage in multi-disciplinary learning on topics ranging from under engagement, juvenile justice reform, youth organizing, and building healthy relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Cities United was launched in 2011, under the leadership of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu and is currently partnered with 76 cities including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Brooklyn Park.
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Published Apr 30, 2015

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