SALISBURY, Md. - Reducing crime has been a focal recently in Salisbury. Thursday night, members of the community joined Mayor Jim Ireton and Erica Atwood, Specialist of External Affairs and Community Engagement for the City of Philadelphia, to discuss eliminating violence-related deaths of minority males in the city, by adopting practices from the Cities United initiative. The program, spearheaded by the mayors of Philadelphia and New Orleans, works to bring city leaders, residents, and young people together to develop ways to reduce violence.
"I think when we look at the future of our country, we look at what the systemic issues have been and we look at how our country is diversifying. We need to make sure all Americans are okay, and every city around the country is looking at numbers for minority males, and they're not okay," says Atwood.
"We have incredible churches, incredible teachers, and leaders in the school community, so the question is 'why is this happening? where did the ball get dropped?" asks Mayor Ireton.
Through Thursday's meeting, Mayor Ireton said he hopes to create a plan to continue to engage minority males and keep them from heading down criminal and violent paths.