Category: Leadership

Federal Court Rules “Sanctuary Cities” Statute is Unconstitutional

As of Tuesday, states and local governments who have sued the Trump administration over immigration policy — including the so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions” executive order, the adding of conditions to receive Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG), and the requirement of  documentation to prove they comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 — had won all their

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Cake Maker Wins Same-Sex Marriage Cake Case in Narrow Opinion

In America, many local governments have public accommodations provisions that include sexual orientation and may enforce them as they see fit. But following Monday’s Supreme Court decision, they may want to start taking religious objections even more seriously. In a 7-2 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission the Supreme Court reversed a ruling

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5 Reasons Why Cities Should Hire Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

This is a guest post by Shannon Kendrick, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Peace Corps. South Sioux City, Nebraska. Nashville, Tennessee. Chicago. Los Angeles. What do each of these cities have in common? As Employers of National Service, each recognizes the value that volunteers bring to the workplace — once they’ve returned

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The State of America’s Cities in 2018

Each year, mayors across the nation detail their vision for their city’s future in a seminal address — their state of the city speech. These speeches have taken on new significance as mayors emerge as focal points in the intergovernmental context. While many state and federal partners are mired in political gridlock or actively disinvesting

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Kaiser Permanente, ‘Mayors & CEOs’ Announce $200 Million for Homelessness Prevention

This week, at a live National League of Cities announcement event, Kaiser Permanente unveiled plans to invest $200 million in housing and homelessness prevention as part of Mayors & CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment. In front of an audience of city leaders and health experts, Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, made

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America’s Cities: Ready to Rebuild Our Nation

This is a guest post by NLC Second Vice President Joe Buscaino, councilmember, Los Angeles. This week, city leaders across America are taking part in Infrastructure Week to advocate for a national effort to renew our crumbling infrastructure. Such an effort is badly needed and long overdue. Cities are ready to restore and improve our

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City Council Presidents from across America Convene in Chicago

This is a guest blog from President Pro Tempore Margaret Laurino of the Chicago City Council.  To my right, Council President Bernard “Jack” Young of Baltimore wants to focus on questions of equity. To my left, Vice Mayor David Luna of Mesa, Arizona says the upcoming 2020 Census is one of the top issues on

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Supreme Court Considers Gerrymandering in Texas

In Abbott v. Perez, a number of persons and advocacy groups challenged the Texas Legislature’s 2011 state legislative and congressional redistricting plan claiming it discriminated against black and Hispanic voters in violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause and the Voting Rights Act. In 2011, a three-judge district court issued a remedial redistricting plan which

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Lessons in Leadership From Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, mid-April means bright sunshine and hot afternoons. This year, it also means recovery. We met Amelia on a tour through Utuado, a mid-sized city located in the central mountainous region of the island. Standing in her sister’s backyard, surrounded by fallen debris and an overturned chicken coup, she held a machete in

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How Three Cities Are Addressing Minority Health Disparities

Ever year in April, National Minority Health Month highlights the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations — and the ways in which legislation, policy and programs can help advance health equity. While health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, minorities still experience a disproportionate

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