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.
April 19, 2018. The Post and Courier.
The two boys were play-fighting, until suddenly they weren’t. The slap rang out at Northwoods Middle School.
Students at Northwoods are bound by the same rules and consequences as anyone else in the Charleston County School District. But thanks to a pilot program that started at their school and four others last year, the students also have a unique opportunity to face one another and make amends for their mistakes.
The pilot program is known as “restorative practices,” an approach to resolving conflicts that emphasizes personal responsibility and healing relationships. The approach was developed by Australian police to work with juvenile offenders in the 1990s, and it has since spread to schools worldwide.
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.
April 19, 2018. New-Press.com
Leaders of a movement to bring a Children’s Services Council to Lee County took a hit Tuesday when a motion by Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann to create language for a referendum to bring the issue to voters died for a lack of a second commissioner vote.
The movement, by a group called Pennies For Community Progress, has picked up considerable momentum and support the last two years from business, community and religious groups. They saw the need to fund critical early child hood learning, after school and health care programs that are underfunded.
April 18, 2018. Palm Beach Post.
WEST PALM BEACH — More than 2,000 people attended a community meeting at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Monday evening, but organizers were miffed that figure wasn’t a little larger.
Officials from the social activism group People Engaged in Active Community Efforts called out six of the county’s seven commissioners for skipping the gathering, saying the commissioners’ absences underscored the county’s lack of progress in addressing homelessness and the creation of a community identification card that could be used by immigrants who don’t have a government-issued one.
“Are you disappointed that six of our seven county commissioners did not see fit to meet with well over 2,000 of their constituents?” Jason Fairbanks, pastor of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, asked audience members. “Our community needs to know who stood with us and who did not.”