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Plan To Aid African-American Men In Philadelphia Unveiled

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(Photo by John McDevitt)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A ten-year plan  to help solve some of the problems facing African-American men in Philadelphia was unveiled today at a recreation center in North Philadelphia.

The effort was organized by the nonprofit Father’s Day Rally Committee Inc. Groups of volunteers led by various leaders in the city were formed to identify problems and come up with action plans in the areas of education, health, economic development, and criminal justice and how they directly relate to African-American men in Philadelphia.

One medium-term recommendation regarding crime, for example, is to put community-based roundtables in place to coordinate employment, treatment, and education of ex-offenders.

One of the supporters of the action document is Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter (at lectern in photo).

“We have to invest in people here in this city, and that’s part of what this effort is really all about,” Nutter said.  “And having the resources of the government and private sector combined, I’m going to be doing some external fundraising on this particular issue.”

The document is called “Agenda,” and more than 100 men over the course of seven months contributed to the plan.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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