August 6, 2017. CLTampa.com
The desire to bring about change is perhaps greater this year than it has been in decades in this country. But finding ways to make a positive difference can be difficult. For some religious residents of Pinellas County, banding together has been a key to getting their voices heard to meet the needs of the community through the organization FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together). 3,000 diverse members of FAST came together most recently on April 24 in Tropicana Field to meet with local politicians, including St. Pete’s mayor, Rick Kriseman, and ask for action on three chosen issues in an annual event they call the Nehemiah Action Assembly.
August 1, 2017. ABC Action News.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Penny for Pinellas tax will officially be back on the ballot this November.
Pinellas County Commissioners approved the plan to place the 10-year renewal of the 1 percent sales tax on the November 7 ballot.
July 26, 2017. Lawrence Journal-World.
After learning Wednesday of a new issue that has the county jail occasionally housing more inmates than its 186-bed capacity, Douglas County commissioners agreed a report on future jail population numbers should be shared with architects so they can update jail expansion plans.
July 13, 2017. Insider Louisville.
District Court Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke says her speciality drug court in Jefferson County designed to steer criminal defendants toward addiction treatment instead of jail is producing good results, but it’s only at half-capacity and in need of discretionary funds to help participants in crisis pay for housing, medication and food to increase their odds of completing the program.
Earlier this week, Burke participated in the inaugural criminal justice roundtable of city leaders created by Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT), a faith-based social justice group.