Mayor Michael Nutter will be heading down to Washington D.C. later this week to join New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in delivering a speech asking for action to end urban violence.

The speech will be delivered at a luncheon Thursday at the National Press Club hosted by Cities United, a coalition of mayors that includes Nutter and Landrieu, dedicated to reducing violent deaths among black males.

"African American men and boys are being murdered at alarming rates across the nation. In 2012, there were: 193 murders in New Orleans, 506 murders in Chicago, 419 murders in New York City, 126 in Oakland, 157 in Memphis, 331 in Philadelphia, 113 in St. Louis...," Nutter states in the news release for the luncheon. "This is a national problem with national implications that requires a national response. We need everyone to do their part."

This will the the second D.C. visit for the mayor this week and fourth in two weeks, according to his press secretary Mark McDonald. Last week, the mayor participated in attended a Congressional Black Caucus event on Thursday and on Friday, he participated in a forum discussion hosted by the Washington Post with national health leaders entitled, "Childhood Obesity: Are We Turning a Corner on the Crisis?"

In addition to the Thursday luncheon, Nutter will be in the nation's capital Friday for another event that has yet to be announced by his office.

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