Category: Member News

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Practice Spotlight: Launch of United for All Coalition

On Friday, November 15, 2019, a group of 24 organisations announced the formation of a local coalition called United for All. Led by the City of Ottawa, United Way East Ontario, Ottawa Police Services, and joined by many other organisations, the group will coordinate local efforts to overcome hate and violence in the city. As its first milestone, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and the City of Ottawa’s leadership signed the Strong Cities Network (SCN) agreement as the largest coalition of organisations to join the network.

Living Together: How Can Cities Navigate Inclusion and Resilience in a Globalised World?

Deputy Head of Strong Cities Network, Daniel Hooton (centre), speaking at the second global summit of the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together. Credit: Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf/Marc-André Hergenröder  ‘Inclusion’ and ‘resilience’ occupy an uneasy position in the rhetoric of today’s mayors and city leaders. There is a tacit consensus that both are integral principles for…
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Practice Spotlight: How to stop the threat of Tripoli’s Stray Bullets

Above: the media campaign ‘Stray Bullets’ designed by Tripoli youth through SCN’s Young Cities programme is discussed on Lebanese national television Around the world, celebratory gunfire is a serious threat to life, with some bullets potentially reaching terminal velocity of 300 feet (91m) per second as they fall. Efforts by law enforcement to ban gunfire…
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Chattanooga Council Against Hate Findings

Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, TN, speaking at State of the City 2018 Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayers. Sri Lanka during Easter services. Poway, California at the conclusion of Passover. The recent global surge of hate and extremism, resulting in the killing of scores of religious worshippers during dates of congregation, has had an…
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Launch of Theological Workbook in Lebanon

Under the patronage of HE Mufti Salim Sussan of Saida, the municipal-led Local Prevention Network (LPN) of Saida, Lebanon, launched its theological workbook, in the presence of local partners, religious leaders, state officials and community members. The workbook is a corpus of suggested religious texts to be used by imams and school teachers in religious…
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Mombasa holds Annual CVE Convention

Last week, Mombasa held its Annual CVE Convention, which focused on the implementation of the county’s CVE Action Plan for 2019 and prominently featured the Strong Cities Network. Present at the event were more than 200 Mombasa CVE stakeholders across a wide spectrum of government, civil society and private sector, all invested in various pillars…
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Launch of first Youth Office in Tripoli Municipality, Lebanon

The municipality of Tripoli has been part of the Strong Cities Network for over two years and in that time has become one of our most active cities. Working closely with the Strong Cities regional team, the municipality of Tripoli has worked to establish a Local Prevention Network (LPN), deliver PVE activities to youth, coordinate…
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Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for improved efforts to tackle violent extremism

As part of continued efforts to improve London’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programme, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has appointed six specialist advisers to provide independent expertise and feedback. Among these is the Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s own CEO Sasha Havlicek. One of the founding members of the Strong Cities Network  since its launch…
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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on the SCN and new Council against Extremism and Hate

Steering Committee Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, TN, gave his resounding support for the Strong Cities Network at the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors last month. In a session devoted to the discussion of gun violence and hate crimes, mayors from Annapolis, Maryland, Parkland, Florida, Charleston, South Carolina, Pittsburgh and Chattanooga shared…
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Prevention Networks in Lebanon spearhead a theological approach to bolster local PVE efforts

The SCN’s work in three cities in Lebanon has focused on several issues aimed at preventing violent extremism by consolidating social cohesion and raising awareness of the dangers of violent extremism at the local level. Three grassroots-owned municipal Prevention Networks (PNs) were established to coordinate local PVE efforts between the mayor and the local communities.[1]…
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