CAJM calls on city officials to address transparency, policing reform at Nehemiah Action Assembly

April 25, 2017. Charleston City Paper.

Charleston Area Justice Ministry doubled down on calls for policing reform during the multi-denominational coalition’s annual Nehemiah Action Assembly. A confrontational exercise by design, this year’s meeting saw five Charleston City Councilmen vow their support for more transparency regarding police stops and bringing in a firm specializing in racial bias to examine the Charleston Police Department.

Charleston Area Justice Ministry again tackles police pretext stops at Nehemiah Action Assembly

April 24, 2017. The Post and Courier.

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry got most of the answers that it was looking for from elected officials on Monday.

One North Charleston City councilman, five Charleston City councilmen and five Charleston County School Board members took the stage at Justice Ministry’s fifth annual Nehemiah Action Assembly to answer questions in front of a crowd of nearly 2,000 at Mount Moriah Baptist Church. 

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.