The NCUPJ was founded as the result of the historic 1993 Urban Peace and Justice (Gang Peace) Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. The national urban peace and justice summit was conceived and convened by social activist Carl Upchurch as a progressive step towards resolving the growing epidemic of urban violence.
The summit brought together gang members, former gang members, clergy and community activists from over 26 cities. Out of this historic meeting emerged the principles of our movement: visions for our future, political empowerment, economic development, social justice, respect women.
The NCUPJ has went on to convene, sponsor and/or support ‘gang peace summits’ in a number of cities including Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago, San Antonio and Pittsburgh.
The national offices of the NCUPJ are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Khalid Raheem (www.urban-activist.com) currently serves as the President & CEO.
Statement of Purpose:
1. We must stop the killing and be united against the destructive slave-like mentality which turns us against one another.
2. When we understand our roles and accept our responsibility to protect, respect and uplift our neighborhoods, we will achieve genuine freedom and liberation.
3. We must hold ourselves, families, schools, businesses and all institutions accountable for their role in our communities.