CAJM

Charleston Area Justice Ministry

Background

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry—CAJM—is a growing network of Faith Based Congregations who are culturally, economically, geographically and religiously diverse – coming together to make the Charleston area a more just place to live. Member congregations (currently 27) work together to empower marginalized people in our communities. We accomplish this by doing research, educating the public, and publically addressing the root causes of, and solutions to, poverty and injustice in our communities. CAJM is unique in its approach in that it transforms the systems that cause suffering by holding local officials accountable for resolving these inequities and injustices.

Accomplishments

CAJM has accomplished the following in its first three years:

Pushed the Superintendent and School Board to prioritize funding for preschool, resulting in the addition of 280 more preschool slots in Charleston County School District

Got the Superintendent to implement a new reading curriculum in every preschool classroom

Pressed for a Risk Assessment Instrument in four law enforcement departments to reduce the number of juveniles being incarcerated. That tool was implemented in January of 2014 by North Charleston, Charleston, Mount Pleasant police departments as well as the Charleston County Sheriff’s office

Gained a commitment from the Superintendent to implement PBIS into ten schools and Restorative Justice in five schools in Charleston County Schools to reduce suspension rates. Those ten schools implemented PBIS in the fall of 2014 and Restorative Justice was implemented in five schools in the fall of 2015

Moved the Charleston County Council to fund a Wage Recovery Program aimed at assisting low wage workers in recovering stolen wages from their employers. That program began in August 2015

CAJM Board of Directors and Congregations

Board here

Contact Us

Treva Williams
Lead Organizer
treva@thedartcenter.org
Tel. 620-704-1062

Est Mungai
Associate Organizer
est@thedartcenter.org
Tel. 651-399-3726

Brandon Chapman
Associate Organizer
brandon@thedartcenter.org

www.charlestonareajusticeministry.org