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Indianapolis, like many American cities, is suffering this year from an explosion in street violence.  Violence, murders and assaults with deadly weapons, has caused Indy homicide rate to be 50% higher this year so far. Now, Indianapolis has joined forty-nine other cities in a unique partnership program to help reduce and end Black-on-Black violence.  The program is called Cities United and it’s run by the National League of Cities (NLC).  NLC is the organization that represents cities large and small, urban and suburban on a variety of urban issues.  Cities United is an effort that began through the efforts of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.  They encouraged the NLC to help cities develop plans and strategies on how they can bring their cities together to help curb violence.  In an exclusive interview, Afternoons with Amos talked with Leon Andrews, of the NLC’s Institute for Youth, Families and Education about Cities United. Afternoons with Amos is the Indianapolis media that broke the story that Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard had signed up for the city to participate in Cities United.  Hear Amos’ interview with Andrews as he explains what Cities United is all about and how Indianapolis can help work together to make our neighborhoods and streets safer.  Click The Link To Read More About Cities United.  National League of Cities – Cities United Program  Click the Arrow to Hear Amos’ Interview with the NLC’s Leon Andrews on Cities United.  Runs 23 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.