Future of Work Initiative


AAMA pleased to announce that we have received a generous grant from Google.org to conduct a needs assessment (the “Assessment”) in Columbia, South Carolina, Gary Indiana, and Long Beach, CA (the “Cities”). The cities identified have workforces vulnerable to job loss and populations between 100,000 and 500,000, as well as substantial black and Latino communities. We found it important to partner with diverse leaders to uplift this project as the focus is on black and Latino workers. Accordingly, two of the cities, Gary and Columbia have an African American mayor who is a member of AAMA. In addition, Long Beach is lead by a Latino mayor, who is a member of NALEO Educational Fund, a partner on the project.

The Assessment will identify growth industries and skill and training gaps in the Cities and offer guidance to the Cities that will facilitate relevant curriculum revisions and adaption of workforce-training opportunities. Specifically, the Assessment will include:

A comprehensive analysis of each city’s existing education and training resources and needs;
An analysis of trends related to the risk of unemployment due to automation, nonstandard and unpredictable work hours (“gig economy”), compensation, duration of employment and unemployment spells, and gender and age;
An assessment of job growth and loss as well as company, factory, and plant openings and closings; and
An analysis of opportunities for industry growth will be based on projections such as: industry growth in cities and towns with similar resources, geographic and demographic profiles; growth that may be complementary to growth taking place in proximate cities and towns; or growth that is consistent with state or federal funding initiatives.

AAMA will work with our partner on the project, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School (CHHIRJ) to share the Assessment at relevant gatherings of mayors including but not limited to a forum a Harvard in 2019, the 2019 AAMA Annual conference; regional meetings of African American Mayors; and through strategic partners.

The final report will be available in early 2019. Thank you to Google.org and our partners for partnering with us on this important project that will provide important insights on how to prepare our cities for the future of work.

African American Mayors Association Announces Five-Point Plan to Stand Against Hate

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2017
Contact: Mia Jacobs, mjacobs@rabengroup.com, 201-919-0333

African American Mayors Association Announces Five-Point Plan
to Stand Against Hate

Remove Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller from the White House and bring down Confederate Symbols

(Washington, DC) In response to the events in Charlottesville, Mayor Toni Harp, President of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA), announced the organization’s five-point response plan. The full text of the plan is below.

“As more information about the events in Charlottesville becomes available, it is clear that the response from President Trump has been inadequate and disappointing,” said Mayor Harp. “If we cannot count on this Administration to unequivocally disavow such vile hate groups, state and local governments must lead the way.

“I urge all mayors and governors to adopt AAMA’s five point response plan which calls for: the immediate removal of confederate and nazi symbols; the removal from federal office Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller whose ideological extremism emboldens white supremacists; the provision of additional resources for law enforcement to identify hate groups; all corporations to stop the dissemination of tools of hate on their platforms; and for all public officials to disavow hate and racial violence as a prerequisite for running for office.”

Charlottesville Five-Point Response Plan For Cities

1. Confederate and Nazi Symbols: We urge all cities and state legislatures to remove symbols of the Confederacy, Nazism, and other white supremacist groups from public spaces, which serve the joint purpose of intimidating citizens and emboldening such hate groups. We commend the cities of New Orleans, Baltimore, Lexington and others that have taken swift action;

2. Federal Action: We call on President Trump to (i) remove Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller for their ideological extremism that emboldens white supremacist and other hate groups; (ii) fully restore Countering Violent Extremism funds to combat white supremacists and neo-Nazis; and (iii) launch a coordinated federal effort in conjunction with local law enforcement officials to eliminate the growing threat from white supremacists;

3. Resources for Law Enforcement: We call on the federal government and local elected officials to direct additional law enforcement resources to (i) the identification and elimination of white supremacist, neo-Nazis and and other hate groups and related incidences of violence; and (ii) additional training of police officers for crowd and protest management;

4. Corporate Accountability: We call for a boycott of companies and vendors that advertise on radical websites and we urge all elected officials to work with influential companies to address ways to limit the influence of hate groups on their platforms. We commend companies such as Airbnb that have taken affirmative actions against white supremacist causes on their platforms; and

5. Get out the vote in 2018: We encourage all eligible persons to get registered to vote and demand any person running for elected office promote the causes of equality and justice and disavow hate and racial violence as a prerequisite for running for office.


Support President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration: Join the Amicus Brief

Recently, President Obama took historic executive actions on immigration. While many of you have already taken action to support these measures, we encourage all Mayors to unite forces by signing on to the cities and counties amicus brief being filed to the Supreme Court.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Birmingham Mayor William Bell both serve as co-leaders on the brief. Seize the opportunity to be a national leader on immigration and join them on this monumental step forward in the litigation.

The amicus brief will be filed on March 8, 2016, so you will need to sign on with your city attorney as soon as possible to confirm your participation.  For further information and instructions for how to sign on, please click this link and fill out the online form: http://www.citiesforaction.us/amicus_brief

Free Webinar – Environmental Justice: A New Model for Planning in Underserved Communities

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST 
Certification Maintenance (CM) – 1.5 CM Pending

Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1023190489786336001

When EPA created the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), new tools were developed for the purpose of engaging and working with communities, including segments of the public that are underserved. Community planners and other allied professionals may be less familiar with the tools developed over time by OEJ to strengthen public involvement; encourage community action for a renewed environment; or advance collaborative problem solving. 
For this webinar, expert speakers will explain how environmental justice is a forward-thinking, sustainable approach. Participants will learn how citizens and professionals are making a visible difference in communities across the country through environmental justice. Presenters will show why a discussion about environmental justice is important given the renewed focus on social equity and planning among professionals. The webinar will reveal environmental justice is a planning issue, and there is a suite of promising practices which target the nexus between environmental justice and community planning. 
Learn about:

·    Tools, practices, and funding programs that will improve the proficiency of planners when working with underserved communities.

·    Techniques for encouraging environmental justice that can be integrated into place-based efforts.

·    Key strategies and best practices for addressing issues which target the social pillar of sustainability.

Join the Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association; the Planning Webcast Series Consortium; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice for a conversation on environmental justice. Confirmed speakers for this webinar include Charles LeeMarva King, PhD; and Carlton Eley of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as Mildred McClain, Ed.D. of The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice. The conversation will be moderated by Carlton Eley, U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice. 
Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1023190489786336001. If you are not a member of a Division or Chapter of the American Planning Association, please type “EPA” in the required registration field titled “Division or Chapter in which you belong.
For more information about the webinar’s content, please contact Carlton Eley at eley.carlton@epa.gov. For registration questions or technical issues, please contact Benjamin Frost at bfrost@nhhfa.org. Past and upcoming webcasts scheduled are available at http://www.utah-apa.org/webcasts.
This webinar is part of a series leading up to the 6th Annual Equitable Development Workshop at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference – http://www.newpartners.org/program/equitable-development.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Kick-Off Call This Friday (Oct 31st)

Dear AAMA Mayors and friends of AAMA,

Please join us for a brief Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Kick-Off Call This Friday.  

Representatives from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services will be available to answer your questions.

 Open enrollment for the ACA healthcare market place begins on November 15th at healthcare.gov, and AAMA is committed to having our mayors at the front lines of enrolling the nation’s uninsured.  Please make time to hear the latest ACA updates.  Your staff and ACA point persons are welcome to dial-in as well.

 Date:  THIS FRIDAY, October 31, 2014

Time:  2:00pm – 2:30pm CT / 3:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Dial-in:  605-477-2100/ passcode 931207

RSVP:  By reply to AfricanAmericanMayors@gmail.com, no later than Thursday, Oct 30th at 12pm

HUD Announces $24 Million in Grants for Jobs Plus Pilot Program for Public Housing Agencies

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of $24 million in grants for its Jobs Plus Pilot Program for public housing agencies to cultivate locally-based methods to grow incomes and employment for their residents. According to the notice, “The NOFA will fund initiatives to advance employment and earnings outcomes for Public Housing residents through supports such as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement and financial literacy.”

These grants will focus on the president’s  job-driven training checklist principals—labor market data, career pathways, work experience, access to training, and key partnerships—to ensure that public housing residents are connected to programs with the most accurate and updated job-seeker practices. 

Applications are due by Dec. 17, 2014.  For more information and to apply, click here.

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:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/04/fact-sheet-us-african-cooperation-global-health