October 22, 2016. The Post and Courier.
An interfaith advocacy group is calling for a deeper, outside examination of Charleston police policies on pedestrian stops beyond Chief Greg Mullen’s planned review aimed at weeding out innocent people from a massive database culled from these encounters.
Members of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry said Mullen’s approach won’t get at the underlying problems with these stops or the racial disparities highlighted in The Post and Courier’s recent series, “Watched.” Erasing names from the database eliminates documentation of questionable stops without exploring the potential lessons they contain, said the Rev. Charles Heyward, co-president of the justice ministry.
May 10, 2016. The Columbus Dispatch.
In the years since BREAD has been mobilizing congregations of a variety of faiths to pressure politicians for social justice and fairness in government, elected officials have taken notice, even if they’ve questioned the sometimes arm-twisting tactics.
April 21, 2016. The Post and Courier.
Both those asking the questions and answering them felt Monday night’s Nehemiah Action Assembly bore fruit — despite disagreement over the tension and repetition involved in the questioning.
After being grilled on police policies and procedures before an audience of more than 2,000 at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Charleston officials said they were glad they went — and would go again.
April 18, 2016. The Post and Courier.
Eleven public officials from North Charleston were invited to a gathering Monday night to discuss racial discrimination and police practices. One city councilman attended.
Thousands of people turn out every year for the Nehemiah Action Assembly, where public officials are confronted by the interfaith Charleston Area Justice Ministry about issues such as youth unemployment, juvenile incarceration and wage theft.
April 19, 2016. ABCNews4.com
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg found out first-hand Monday night why many of his fellow leaders turned down an invitation to speak at the Charleston Area Justice Ministry rally Monday night.
More than 2,300 people attended the rally that sought the end to discriminatory practices.