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Cities United


Cities United Regional Convening

Brooklyn Park's Cities United initiative began in Summer 2018 by pulling together members from all around the community to develop and implement solutions aimed at reducing violence, creating pathways to employment, and increasing access to educational opportunities.

In May 2019, Cities United held a regional convening in Brooklyn Park. You can view the Comprehensive Public Safety Report that was unveiled at the meeting below. 

Read the Comprehensive Public Safety Plan here (PDF).

Reducing violence among African American men and boys

Cities United is a national network of mayors who are committed to developing and implementing plans working in partnership with community leaders, families, youth, philanthropy, government officials and other stakeholders to reduce the epidemic of murders among African American men and boys.

The organization is a collective of more than 80 mayors, including our own Mayor Jeffrey Lunde, who are on a mission to stop the unprecedented and devastating loss of lives in cities throughout America. They are committed to ensuring that hope is restored to their communities and providing pathways to justice, employment, education and increased opportunities for residents.

National goal

Reduce violence by 50 percent by the year 2025, in each of the participating cities.

Brooklyn Park goals

The city released a set of goals in the 2019 Comprehensive Public Safety Plan, which can be viewed here.

  1. Increase Access to Educational Opportunities
  2. Create Pathways to Employment Opportunities
  3. Improve Physical & Mental Health
  4. Strengthen Community and Family Connections
  5. Reduce Violence


Community Liaison Antonio Smith leds six interns throughout the year. These interns work towards accomplishing My Brother’s Keeper and Cities United goals to decrease violence and improve the success rate for young people.

About My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper is an organization that helps young men and boys of color stay on track by providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. This program wants to eliminate disparities in outcomes for boys and young men of color. They have goals and milestones that they are looking forward to meeting.

Volunteers wanted

As part of a local effort, the Mayor and city staff are looking for volunteers to participate in helping the cause. You are an ideal candidate if you want to:

  • Be part of a city-wide work group to improve outcomes
  • Help implement strategies that lead to reduce violence amongst African-American men and boys
  • Just want to stay informed of our progress

More information

This video will show you more about Cities United and the beginnings of the project.

Contact us

City Hall

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to City Hall


Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone and email

Antonio Smith
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