FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2016
Contact: Alain Robert
212-926-8000 ext 115
NEW YORK URBAN LEAGUE STATEMENT ON WEEKEND SHOOTINGS IN MILWAUKEE AND QUEENS:
New York, NY— The New York Urban League continues to be troubled by the senseless violence perpetuated in our most vulnerable communities. This past weekend saw the deaths of Syville K Smith of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and two Queens residents: Mosque leader Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin. The New York Urban League once more must extend its condolences to the families and communities of these victims. As a native of Milwaukee, I personally share the angst and pain experienced by those affected, and as president of the New York Urban League-will remain vigilant in leading our organization towards facilitating change.
The gun violence in our communities must cease and these ongoing tragedies demand that we as civic and community leaders act now to address the underlying systemic problems destroying our communities of color. The continued access to dangerous firearms, toxic police/community relations and targeted violence against our most vulnerable communities is a plague upon our nation. Last week, the New York Urban League held a town hall centered on its ten-point plan to address police/community relations. We are encouraging more legislators to hold similar convening’s with their constituents to encourage community based solutions.