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Closer Look: Democratic National Convention; And More

Jul 27, 2016
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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

The city of Atlanta is taking the next six months to come up with a ten year plan to end chronic homelessness.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the creation of a fresh committee of government representatives, as well as nonprofit and business leaders, to design a strategy to end homelessness in the city. Reed said policies to guarantee affordable housing in new developments will be key as the city continues to grow at a rate not seen for decades.

"We have to make a demand on this success," Reed said.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He’s one of more than 50 African-American mayors and former mayors who made the announcement Tuesday.

"She has the proven leadership capability to be president of the United States during very difficult times," Reed said. "I think that, given the breadth and depth of her service to the country, that she is the right person in this race."

East Point Mayor Jannquell Peters also endorsed Clinton, as did former Atlanta mayors Andrew Young and Shirley Franklin.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, right, addresses the media as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg listens during a news conference at Atlanta City Hall, Wednesday, June 14, 2006.
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Cabral Franklin, an Atlanta political consultant and the son of former Mayor Shirley Franklin, died Tuesday. He was 41 years old. 

"My dear son passed away today surrounded by his family and friends," Shirley Franklin said in a statement, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He was deeply loved. I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers." 

Atlanta International School Against Human Trafficking
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When Shirley Franklin was mayor of Atlanta, a movement began to bring awareness, prevention and tougher legislation regarding the sexual exploitation of children.

In 2006, Mayor Franklin made national news with the Dear John Campaign:

When Shirley Franklin held a press conference about that Dear John Campaign she also revealed something else.

Rose Scott talks with Franklin about her personal story in this 2012 interview:

Shirley Franklin has talked about getting young people involved in advocacy work regarding human trafficking issues.