Lexington should try anti-violence strategies working in other cities

April 21, 2017. Lexington Herald-Leader.

No one in Lexington should have to worry, like Cheryl Birch does, as she leaves before dawn for her job at a local hospital, “Am I going to step out into gunfire, step on somebody.”

Mayor Jim Gray has made reducing gun violence, especially to protect Lexington’s youth, a priority and is asking the council to approve funding for 30 new police officers.

But more police doing the same things won’t produce different results.

Thousands Expected at CAJM Nehemiah Action Rally

April 19, 2017. The Charleston Chronicle.

Staff Reports – The Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) will host its 2017 Nehemiah Action Rally April 24 at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church at 7:00pm. Registration for the event will begin at 6:15pm.

CAJM co-founder Rev. Nelson Rivers, III of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston encourages public officials and community members to attend. “God calls us to ‘do justice’ so all who trust and believe God are invited to come stand for justice on next Monday night at Mount Moriah Baptist Church!”,  Rivers said.

Make youth arrests, homelessness top priorities, faith group says

The Rev. John D’Mello of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens asked the thousands in the crowd to stand up from their seats if they had ever done something he said as a child.

Run through a parking lot trying to get home late at night? A handful stood up.

Steal a candy bar? A few dozen rose from their seats, some elderly attendees giggling at the memory.

Fought with a sibling? Nearly everyone in the Palm Beach Convention Center stood.

PBC commissioner attendance likely to be slim in 2017 PEACE assembly

April 3, 2017. Palm Beach Post

Although a big resident turnout is forecasted for the annual People Engaged in Active Community Efforts (P.E.A.C.E.) action assembly, only three of seven Palm Beach County Commissioners have confirmed their attendance.

About 3,000 are expected to convene at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach on Monday to show their concern for homelessness, youth arrests, and community IDs.

Law enforcement community pledges to implement new gun violence prevention program

March 31, 2017. ABC 10 News.

MIAMI-DADE, FL – Law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade recently pledged to give a new model designed to reduce gun violence a try. They will be working with People Acting for Community Together, a network of faith-based groups and academics.

During a gathering they called The Nehemiah Action Assembly, Rev. Ana Jackson, of Sellers Memorial United Methodist Church, said that in Miami-Dade a small group is responsible for the gun violence that is hurting the community.