Hillsborough group wants marijuana civil citations extended to juveniles

April 5, 2016. Tampa Bay Times.

Hundreds of people crowded an event room Monday night at St. Lawrence Catholic Church’s Higgins Hall to demand social change from their elected leaders.

The Nehemiah Action, a community event put together by a coalition of local religious groups known as the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality — HOPE — sought to have a new Tampa civil citation program for adults caught with small amounts of marijuana extended to juveniles.

ICARE pushes on “systemic” Jacksonville issues of crime, homelessness, poverty

March 17, 2016. FloridaPolitics.com

Pressing hard on issues ranging from homelessness to what to do about ex-offenders leaving prison, ICARE Jax, or the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, is unveiling its 2016 action plan this week at a major rally.

“A new initiative we’ll talk about is that we want to engage a process to help more ex-offenders leaving the prison system,” said ICARE co-president the Reverend James Wiggins of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Faith leaders urge state lawmaker to support juvenile justice bill

December 21, 2015. Florida Times-Union.

“Jingle Bells” wafted through The Jacksonville Landing as about three dozen people stood on its front steps and prayed.
“Fill the hearts of our public officials with the fire of your love, and with the desire to ensure justice for our children,” they recited in unison. “May we secure equality for all our brothers and sisters throughout the state.”