March 28, 2017. WJCT.
More than 1,500 people were at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville on Thursday for an assembly of the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, which continues to apply pressure to leaders about community problems.
March 27, 2017. News4Jax.com
JACKSONVILLE, FL – More than 1,000 Jacksonville faith leaders from 38 congregations converged Monday for what they called a night of action.
Just a few of the topics discussed at ICARE’s Nehemiah Assembly were civil citations for juvenile offenders, resources for the homeless and how to revitalize Northwest Jacksonville.
March 23, 2017. Floridapolitics.com
In 2015, the city of Jacksonville closed a downtown homeless day resource center opened during the Alvin Brown administration.
As 2016 began, Mayor Lenny Curry was pressed to reopen the center. And after considerable prodding from ICARE organizers, he attended the group’s spring “Nehemiah Assembly.”
March 15, 2017. Folio Weekly.
JACKSONVILLE, FL — Behind a bright façade of economic development, population growth and urban renewal, Jacksonville has a secret: It doesn’t quite know what to do with—or about—the homeless. As smiling politicians and businessfolk cheerfully scoop ceremonial shovelfuls for the cameras and onlookers excited at the prospect of a new restaurant, job or shop, in the far background, people climb out from under blankets of newspaper, rise from beds of concrete and shoulder through the day, weighed down by their lives’ figurative and literal luggage.
February 27, 2017. The Florida Times-Union.
An interfaith advocacy group that wants to increase the use of juvenile civil citations here is setting a new benchmark for success — and putting pressure on the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to make it happen.
Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, or ICARE, wants to see 90 percent of eligible kids receive civil citations instead of being arrested for misdemeanor offenses. Police officers can issue the citations, which do not require an arrest or create a criminal record, to juveniles who commit minor crimes.