May 7, 2019. Charleston City Paper.
As 1,800 people greeted their friends and took their seats, there was no question what inspired them to attend a two-hour rally about local issues on a Monday night.
“The driving force of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry is not the causes we pursue, but the call we discern from God our creator,” said Rev. Brian Henderson of St. James Presbyterian Church, one of the 30 congregations that make up the Ministry, at the group’s annual Nehemiah Action.
Held at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in North Charleston, the rally sought to convince public officials to commit to demands inspired by the Ministry’s research on local transit and affordable housing.
May 7, 2019. WIS News.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – 30 congregations of various faiths across the Midlands were in downtown Columbia tonight to try and improve social issues in our state. The group is called MORE Justice which stands for The Midlands Organized Response for Equity and Justice.
Tonight, they held their 2nd annual Nehemiah Action Assembly.
The group wanted to focus again on being proactive, and asking elected officials for their support.
“The people in our communities are not expendable,” one speaker at the event said.
May 6, 2019. The Columbus Dispatch.
Ali Miller is an AmeriCorps VISTA worker who spends half of her paycheck on housing here in Columbus.
job doesn’t pay much, she said — about $12,000 a year. That gives her
no money for a car, or alcohol. She gets no money from her parents.
a local social justice group says there are thousands more like Miller
who can’t pay the escalating rents in a growing Columbus and central
“We want affordable housing too,” said Miller, not new
places with $1,000-a-month rents with granite countertops and fancy
May 6, 2019. The Post and Courier.
While a bus rapid transit system aimed at providing adequate transportation is projected for 2025 in Charleston region, elected officials said they won’t wait that long to work on efforts to make public transportation more efficient and affordable.
The Charleston Area Justice Ministry held its seventh annual Nehemiah Action Rally Monday at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, drawing nearly 2,000 guests as policy members were challenged to commit to practices that would address the region’s transportation and housing problems.
May 4, 2019. The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Chicago police warned gang member Daniel Alcantara in the summer of 2015 that he was at high risk of killing someone or being killed, and offered him help leaving the gang life, according to the Chicago Tribune.
But Alcantara declined, and was fatally shot during a gang war in June 2016, that newspaper reported the following month.
warning given to Alcantara was part of Chicago’s use of a “group
violence reduction strategy” of the type pioneered by the National
Network For Safe Communities, a carrot-and-stick approach that Topeka
police Chief Bill Cochran intends to pursue in this community.