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Published on February 04, 2022
(Washington, D.C.) — This week, President Biden announced new steps to curb gun violence and called on Congress to provide more funding for community policing.
Mayor Sylvester Turner (Houston, TX), president of the African American Mayors Association, issued the following statement in response:
“Black mayors applaud the efforts of the Administration to curb violence in communities across our country. We have long advocated for and implemented practical solutions to foster community-centered policing that keeps all Americans safe. The Biden administration will help bolster our efforts by reducing the interstate flow of guns used in crimes, investing in proven violence interventions, expanding support services for young adults, and more – all while keeping the community at the focal point.
“ We also join President Biden in calling on Congress to invest significant funding in evidence-based crime prevention strategies that center the needs of communities. With the support of our legislators, we can reduce violent crime and provide our constituents with the tools to thrive.”
The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization exclusively representing over 500 African-American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.