Faith community calls on Lexington mayor to work with anti-violence group

May 10, 2018. WKYT.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – They’re issues that hit close to home for many people: drugs, violent crime, and mental health care.

On Thursday, thousands of people gathered in Lexington to discuss these issues and possible solutions to them at Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action’s (BUILD) annual Nehemiah Action Assembly.

Brad Byrd In-Depth: Dr. Amariah McIntosh previews CAJE Nehemiah Action

April 30, 2018. Tristate Homepage.com

On Monday, May 7, Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (CAJE) will hold its Annual Nehemiah Action. The group meets to discuss what actions need to be taken to solve social issues in our community.

An issue it’s been working on for years is affordable housing and proposing a diversion program offering an alternative to jail-time for people in trouble with the law.

Jacksonville sheriff meets with religious leaders

April 23, 2018. News4Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville’s sheriff and other elected officials were pressed on local issues, including “Walking While Black,” at an annual event Monday night that calls elected officials to accountability.

Sheriff Mike Williams attended the meeting of church leaders hosted by the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE), an organization of 38 local religious congregations of all denominations representing about 30,000 people in Jacksonville. 

CLOUT urges Mayor Fischer to discuss police shootings

April 19, 2018. WHAS 11.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — Members of the clergy are calling on Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to have a dialogue about police shootings.

The group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, brought 600 cards to the mayor’s office which were signed by citizens asking him to meet with the organization.

Interfaith Group Gets Commitments On Affordable Housing, Civil Citations

April 17, 2018. WUSF News.

Elected leaders in Hillsborough County were in the hot seat Monday night, asked to commit on the spot to action on community issues.

More than 1,000 members of the interfaith group Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) asked officials for commitments on expanding the civil citation program, creating a local affordable housing trust fund and increased funding for elder care services. The event was part of the groups 2018 Nehemiah Action.

When asked, Hillsborough public defender Julianne Holt, Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrotta and State Attorney Andrew Warren said they will support extending the county’s civil citation program to include second and third misdemeanor offenses by minors.