Fischer meets with leaders from across nation to discuss violence


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Mayor Greg Fischer was in New Orleans for a meeting with mayors from 32 other cities talking about ending the violence on Feb. 26.

It's called the Cities United movement and it brings leaders together to brainstorm ways to end violent trends in their communities.

"I can see a change since we had all the violence and the change is remarkable," Karen Lash Hall said.

Hall is an example of by helping someone find a job you could start to change the attitude of violence in neighborhoods. When she was homeless, the owner of this grocery store gave her a job and a place to stay.

She says it's little things like neighbors helping neighbors that is building a stronger foundation that will eventual end violence.

"The fathers in the community have really stepped up and they are beacons in the storm for these children," Hall said.

It's an example of the initiative called Cities United that was launched in Louisville following the May shooting in Parkland.  Councilmember Attica Scott said the plan is to go deeper into the community to stop the violence.

"We need to address, housing, education, employment, development. All these issues," Councilmember Attica Scott said.

Fischer said according to the data they are working on a particular issue.

"Specifically we are looking at the issue of young black males and homicides. The majority of the homicides in the country are young black male and young black male. And the data tells us this is an area we should be working on," Mayor Greg Fischer said. “A number of advancements have been made in the neighborhoods that have seen some violence in the past, namely here in the Parkland neighborhood. Businesses are popping up and there are a number of after school programs. But officials say more needs to be done."