Press Release


James Johnson, Undersecretary for Enforcement, U.S. Department of Treasury and Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Common Sense About Kids and Guns, will address The U.S. Conference of Mayors' Gun Violence Task Force, Friday, June 11 in New Orleans.

Washington, DC (June 9, 1999) -- The Gun Violence Task Force will meet on Friday during the 67th Annual Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors at the New Orleans' Fairmont Hotel. The discussions will focus on what cities across the country can do to ensure that guns don't end up in the hand of juveniles as well as briefings by mayors who have already sued gun manufacturers over gun safety issues.

Later that day, Senator John McCain (AZ), an announced presidential candidate, will address a plenary session with over 350 mayors in attendance. Senator McCain is expected to discuss his domestic policy agenda for the upcoming 2000 presidential election.

Following the McCain speech, Mayors Daley of Chicago and Menino of Boston, co-chairs of the USCM's Public School Task Force will report to the mayors on the state of public schools as well as announce a public private partnership to ensure that students are equipped for the highly technical job market.

Earlier in the day, over 40 mayors will participate in the wall-raising of a Habitat for Humanity House. This event is a joint effort of Freddie Mac, Housing and Urban Development, Habitat for Humanity and the Conference of Mayors.

Mayor Marc Morial of New Orleans and Host of the Annual Meeting, will lead over 65 mayors on an Arts Tour of New Orleans that will reflect the cultural soul of a city that inspires development and economic growth.

There will also be workshops and forums on: Breast Cancer Awareness and Outreach, the Urban Water Council, Welfare to Work and Electricity Restructuring.

CONTACT: Katie Cullen at 202.293.7330.