African American Mayors Association Statement on the Deaths of Michael Brown and Ezell Ford

The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) offers its condolences to the family and community of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri who tragically died this week.  The AAMA echoes the words of President Obama in saying that his death is heartbreaking, and we applaud Attorney General Holder’s commitment to a fulsome review.  We also offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles, California, who was also fatally shot this week.  

Many cities of our member mayors have been impacted by these events and subsequent unrest in their communities.  We encourage those mayors, as well as leaders across the country, to lead our citizens in peaceful organizing, while also ensuring that these matters are thoroughly and justly investigated by law enforcement.  The AAMA will continue to keep these young men, their families, and their communities in our thoughts and prayers.

– AAMA President William A. Bell, Sr. & the AAMA Board of Trustees



            WASHINGTON— Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday regarding the shooting incident that took place Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri:

“The shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri, this weekend deserves a fulsome review. In addition to the local investigation already underway, FBI agents from the St. Louis field office, working together with attorneys from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, have opened a concurrent, federal inquiry. The federal investigation will supplement, rather than supplant, the inquiry by local authorities. At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right. I will continue to receive regular updates on this matter in the coming days. Aggressively pursuing investigations such as this is critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”




FACT SHEET: U.S.–African Cooperation on Global Health


Office of the Press Secretary


August 4, 2014

FACT SHEET: U.S. – African Cooperation on Global Health


The United States has for decades invested in the health of Africa’s people, helped train its health and science professionals, and partnered with Africa to meet shared challenges.  As the world’s largest donor to global health, we are committed to working with African governments to improve the health of their citizens, and to reaching our goals of achieving an AIDS-free generation, ending preventable child and maternal deaths, enhancing global health security by preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease threats, and supporting countries as they invest in the health of their own citizens. 

The United States welcomes the incredible gains in health that Africa has achieved over the past 20 years:  HIV occurrence has been cut in half; tuberculosis (TB) and malaria deaths have been reduced by 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively; 50 percent fewer women die giving birth; and 50 million children’s lives have been saved due to better access to primary health care, better drug supply chains and access to skilled health care workers.  In particular, we welcome the fact that African governments continue to increase their own domestic investments in public health, and to work with us and other partners to build the sustainable and effective public health systems that can serve the interests of their people and lay the foundation for strong and inclusive economic growth.

However, there is still more to be done.  In 2013, 1.9 million people were newly infected with HIV, 207 million were diagnosed with malaria, and one-in-ten children did not reach their fifth birthday.  Between two to three million children die annually from vaccine preventable diseases.  Women suffer disproportionally from inadequate health system capacity; 25 percent of women of reproductive age who are married or in a union have an unmet need for family planning and 287,000 women die during childbirth.  Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are also on the rise, and heart disease is the single largest killer in Africa. 

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa underscores the need to build Africa’s capacity to prevent the emergence of global health threats, to detect threats early, and to respond rapidly and effectively.  With our partners in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the World Health Organization and countries all over the world, the United States is responding rapidly and effectively.  We are sending additional experts from our Centers for Disease Control to augment the team that has been on the ground since March, and will work with partners to control the outbreak even as we increase assistance to those in need now.  As the crisis subsides, the United States will host our international global health and regional partners to consider how we can together “build back” and speed up the recovery of these countries’ public health sectors.

For full fact sheet see:

Cities 3.0: How Cities Are Driving the Revitalization of Our Nation

Op-ed by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson

With the gridlock in Washington DC, many Americans are wondering how our country will ever get back on track. While their frustration with the federal government is warranted, they need to look no further than their own cities to find the answer.

The U.S. economy is far from fixed, but recent forecasts indicate a recovery is under way. A new report released last week by the US Conference of Mayors shows that growth in cities will propel nation to levels of economic activity not seen since the early 2000s. Next year, all metros are projected to grow, with half of them growing by more than 3 percent.

Given that metro areas account for 86 percent of all jobs, 90 percent of GDP, and 94 percent of growth in this nation, these increases are having a real impact on our country.

Cities are now driving the revitalization of the nation’s economy.

See full article –  HuffPo:

White House Joining the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Call – Weds. July 30 at 2pm ET

Great news!  White House Representatives will be joining the African American Mayors Association for the kick-off call for our My Brother’s Keeper Task (MBK) Force, led by AAMA 1st Vice President and Task Force Chair, Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC).  This is an excellent opportunity to have your questions on MBK answered directly.
Date:  Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:  11am PT/ 1pm CT/ 2pm ET 
Dial-in:  605-477-2100 / Passcode 931207
If you have done so already, please RSVP by this Friday, July 25, 2014, and contact Stephanie Mash ( with any questions.
For more information on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, please see:

Call for Applications – 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Hello Region III Let’s Move Cities, Towns and Counties Partners,

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 2015 Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country.
Total Awards – Up to 10 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winning communities will be honored in 2015 and each will receive a $25,000 cash prize.
Key Dates – September 17, 2014 (3 p.m. ET), Phase I Applications (for all applicant communities) due.
More info at:
Joshua P. Prasad, MPH
ORISE Fellow
Advisor for Let’s Move: Cities Towns and Counties and
The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region III, Philadelphia, PA

Call With U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez – 7.23.14 at 4pm

Please Join U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez for a Special Conference Call with DOL Stakeholders

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Overview and Implementation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM EDT

Toll Free: 877-917-8928  Passcode: WIOA


Please join U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Portia Wu, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education for a conference call on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Congress just passed the bipartisan WIOA bill by a vote of 95-3 in the Senate and 415-6 in the House. President Obama will soon sign the bill into law, and the Departments of Labor and Education will commence implementation.

The purpose of this call is to provide a broad overview of the legislation, key dates for implementation, and useful information on resources and materials for partners and stakeholders.


PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, July 21 to allow for enough phone lines

Register at:

The dial-in number is: 877-917-8928
Passcode: WIOA