Community activists working to address urban violence and poverty around the country will gather in Cleveland to discuss possible solutions to those and other problems facing U.S. cities.
Dozens of community groups, faith-based leaders, activists and gang-prevention specialists from cities including Detroit, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Chicago are expected to attend the conference. Religious leaders, grassroots organizations and anti-violence experts who deal with gun violence, gang activity and poverty are organizing the event.
Organizers say Cleveland is the perfect meeting place partly because it has history of progressive political movements such as the election of Carl Stokes, the first elected black mayor of a major U.S. city.
The four-day International Urban Peace, Justice and Empowerment Summit at Cleveland State University will begin May 30.