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.

Religious leaders in Pinellas County want to end school to prison cycle

April 3, 2017. FOX 13 News.

CLEARWATER – A group of religious leaders in Pinellas County says arrests, even for minor crimes, can ruin kids’ futures.

They want to end the cycle before it’s too late, starting in the classroom.

Lorenzo Arscott says it took just one arrest to steal his son’s future.

PBC commissioner attendance likely to be slim in 2017 PEACE assembly

April 3, 2017. Palm Beach Post

Although a big resident turnout is forecasted for the annual People Engaged in Active Community Efforts (P.E.A.C.E.) action assembly, only three of seven Palm Beach County Commissioners have confirmed their attendance.

About 3,000 are expected to convene at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach on Monday to show their concern for homelessness, youth arrests, and community IDs.

ICARE Calls For Jacksonville Leaders To Fund Re-entry Center

March 28, 2017. WJCT.

More than 1,500 people were at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville on Thursday for an assembly of the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, which continues to apply pressure to leaders about community problems.

Faith groups come together to help solve community problems

March 27, 2017. News4Jax.com

JACKSONVILLE, FL – More than 1,000 Jacksonville faith leaders from 38 congregations converged Monday for what they called a night of action.

Just a few of the topics discussed at ICARE’s Nehemiah Assembly were civil citations for juvenile offenders, resources for the homeless and how to revitalize Northwest Jacksonville.