- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Mayors, city officials and nonprofit leaders from across the country are meeting in downtown Birmingham to discuss ways to address violence among black men and boys.

The Cities United meeting ends Thursday and features several breakout sessions involving city leaders and stakeholders from across the country discussing policies and programs that are meant to reduce violence and provide opportunities to communities in need.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell was joined by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and other philanthropic and community groups for the event.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” Key themes of the meeting include addressing trauma in communities impacted by violence, creating employment and job training opportunities and criminal justice reform.

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