Does Lexington have a gang problem? New study plans to find out.

November 13, 2018. Lexington Herald Leader.

The city of Lexington took its first step Tuesday toward hiring a group from New York to analyze crime data for the past five years to determine if Lexington has a problem with crimes committed by groups and gangs.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voting unanimously during a Tuesday work session to approve a $35,000 contract with John Jay College for Criminal Justice’s National Network for Safe Communities. A final vote is expected in December.

An interfaith coalition of leaders has pressed Mayor Jim Gray, police and other city leaders for four years to implement the National Network for Safe Communities model, which uses direct intervention methods in neighborhoods to address group crime activity.

City officials to give updates on addiction, public safety at CLOUT meeting

November 12, 2018. Insider Louisville.

Several city officials are slated to provide updates Monday on a wide range of topics — from school safety to how the police treat individuals with mental illness — that have been raised by one of Louisville’s most prominent interfaith social justice organizations.

On Monday night, members of CLOUT, or Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, will hear “progress reports” from several local politicians about targeted “issue campaigns” undertaken by the group, according to a news release.

Transportation will take top priority for Charleston Area Justice Ministry in 2019


November 7, 2018. Charleston City Paper.

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry will focus its time, resources, and people power on improving transportation in the Lowcountry in 2019.

The perceived lack of accessible public transit came out on top with 221 votes at Monday night’s Community Problems Assembly at Morris Brown AME in downtown Charleston.

Education got second place, with 132 votes. Crime and violence trailed behind with 84 votes.

Local non-profit hosts second annual community problems assembly

November 6, 2018. ABC Columbia.

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) – On Monday, the Midlands Organized Response for Equity and Justice, also known as MORE Justice, held its second annual community problems assembly.

The assembly brought more than 400 people of faith together to reaffirm their commitment to do justice and discuss problems within the community.

The top problems the group found in the community are eldercare, crime and gun violence and housing.

MORE Justice is dedicated to seeking justice for all residents of the Central Midlands area by holding systems accountable to fair practices and policies.

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Faith Community in Charlottesville Addresses Affordable Housing

October 31, 2018. WMRA.

Tuesday night [Oct. 30] was the 13th Annual Assembly of the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together, or IMPACT for short. And the focus of the faith community yesterday was: affordable housing. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini attended the assembly at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Charlottesville.

Twenty-six local congregations came together yesterday under the banner of IMPACT, to tackle the issue of affordable housing in Charlottesville. Rev. Albert Connette, from Olivet Presbyterian Church, is a member of IMPACT’s housing research team.