Criminal and Social Justice

Over 250 Mayors Demand Action on Gun Violence

Last week, in the wake of the horrific attacks in El Paso and Dayton, more than 250 mayors – Republican and Democratic, from cities large and small, rural, urban and suburban – joined their colleagues in a letter urging immediate Senate action to address gun violence. The United State Conference of Mayors (USCM) has long

El Paso, Dayton, 214 Bipartisan Mayors Urge Senate To Address Gun Violence Epidemic

Washington, D.C. – Today, 214 bipartisan mayors from across the country sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), urging them to immediately call the Senate back to Washington to take action on bipartisan gun safety legislation. The letter is signed by Republican and Democratic mayors, including Mayor

By |2019-08-08T07:18:38-04:00August 8, 2019|Criminal and Social Justice, Letters, News, Press Room|

U.S. Conference of Mayors Appoints Chicago Mayor As Chair Of Criminal & Social Justice Committee

Honolulu, HI – Today, during the 87th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot was appointed to serve as Chair of USCM’s Criminal and Social Justice Committee. Mayor Lightfoot was appointed by USCM President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Mayor Lightfoot brings a wide range of experience to this position,” said

Resolutions Preview: Mayors Consider Issues Related to Trade and Immigration

Across the country, mayors tackle the greatest challenges facing our nation every day. At the United States Conference of Mayors’ 87th Annual Meeting this week in Honolulu, they’ll meet to discuss those challenges, including trade and the continued crisis at the border. Mayors will debate key resolutions related to our country’s relationships with our neighbors,

Resolved: Mayors to Speak Out on the Big Issues of the Day

The United States Conference of Mayors will soon gather for its Annual Meeting next week. Every summer, mayors from cities large and small come together to talk about their approaches to some of the most important challenges facing communities across the country. It’s an opportunity to share ideas and propose solutions, but also to help

North American Mayors Come Together to Tackle Shared Challenges

Mayors from across the United States and Canada are joining their colleagues in Mexico this weekend for a first of its kind summit of North American Mayors. More than 100 mayors from all three nations have come together to address the shared challenges that come with running cities in an increasingly global environment. Adding to

Conference of Mayors Obtains Preliminary Injunction Leading to 21-day Extension for Byrne JAG Award Recipients

In response to an overnight emergency motion filed by the United States Conference of Mayors’ lawyers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, today the Attorney General consented to a 21-day extension, or until August 31, 2018, for all Byrne JAG award recipients to accept their awarded funds. The Attorney General previously said

By |2018-08-10T16:31:20-04:00August 10, 2018|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Updates|

Bipartisan Mayors to Trump: Protect Dreamers, Continue DACA Program

Mayors Garcetti, Elorza, Tait, Giles to Urge President to Continue DACA Program, Highlight Economic Contribution of DACA Recipients to Nation’s Economy Press Conference Call Today, Tuesday, August 29 at 12:00 pm ET Washington, D.C. — In response to reports that the Trump Administration may soon end a program that allows young undocumented immigrants who came to

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran Urging President Trump to Continue DACA Program

Washington, D.C. –   U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “In response to credible rumors circulating that the Trump Administration may move quickly to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the U.S. Conference of Mayors

By |2017-08-25T10:32:40-04:00August 25, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

Responding to Charlottesville, U.S. Conference of Mayors and ADL Join on Action Plan to Combat Hate, Extremism & Discrimination

More than 200 mayors pledge to vigorously fight bigotry, work to build tolerance in their cities  ‘Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry’ calls for fully-resourced law enforcement and civil rights investigations of domestic terrorism and hate crimes New York, NY/Washington, D.C., August 18, 2017 – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and The

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Attack on Chicago Today

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Attack on Chicago Today: “It’s clear from his statement today that Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t understand what it means to run a city that welcomes immigrants.  He doesn’t understand the Constitutional

By |2017-08-16T16:18:46-04:00August 16, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, Immigration Reform, News, Press Room|

Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran on Threat to CDBG in Senate Border Security Bill

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the threat to Community Development Block Grant funds in the Senate Border Security Bill -- Building America’s Trust Act: “The nation’s mayors strongly oppose a provision in the Building America’s Trust Act introduced in the Senate Thursday which would withhold Community

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Urges Passage of Bipartisan Senate Dreamer Bill

Washington, D.C. – Leaders of The U.S. Conference of Mayors today registered support for bipartisan legislation enabling Dreamers – people who have lived in America since they were children and built their lives here – to earn lawful permanent residence and, eventually, American citizenship. In a letter to the bill's authors, Senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and Dick

Bipartisan Mayors Call on Congress to Save Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Ahead of Congressional Markup

Mayors Urge House Committee to Keep Public Safety Program Funded at Least at White House-Proposed Levels COPS Program Vital to Public Safety of American Cities WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) called on Congressional appropriators to stave off cuts to the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) program and provide at least the

U.S. Conference of Mayors Issues Statement on London Terror Attack

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the London terror attack: “The United States Conference of Mayors stands today united with Mayor Sadiq Khan of London and the people of London. “We send condolences to family and loved ones of those dead and injured.

By |2018-02-27T12:59:19-05:00June 4, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice, News, Press Room|

Public Safety Programs Funding Levels in FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Congress completed work on May 4 and the President signed May 5 an omnibus spending bill for FY 2017 which provides pretty much level funding for public safety programs, including COPS hiring grants, Second Chance programs, fire grants, state homeland security grants, port and transit security grants, emergency management performance grants, and pre-disaster mitigation.  Seeing

By |2017-05-05T14:28:09-04:00May 5, 2017|Criminal and Social Justice|

Selected News Clips From USCM Meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

  On Tuesday, April 25th U.S. Conference of Mayors leadership met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss a range of public safety issues, including reducing violent crime, strengthening police-community relations, criminal justice reform, and Justice Department provisions in January 25 interior enforcement Executive Order. Meeting participants included:  USCM Vice President New Orleans (LA) Mayor Mitch Landrieu,

Statement by USCM CEO & Executive Director Tom Cochran on Nationwide Injunction of Executive Order Sanctuary Cities Provisions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran issued the following statement on today’s ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: The nation’s mayors applaud today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California which granted San Francisco and Santa Clara