B.R.E.A.D. Organization requests meetings with mayor, police union

By NBC 4

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus faith-based organization comprised of several different congregations has sent letters requesting meetings with the mayor and head of the police union to discuss changes within the Columbus Police Department.

Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity (B.R.E.A.D.) released the letters sent to Mayor Andrew Ginther and Fraternal Order of Police President Keith Ferrell Monday.

Both letters seek separate one-hour meetings with both Ginther and Ferrell sometime during the month of June.

In the letter to Ferrell, B.R.E.A.D. asks for support from the FOP on two issues: municipal ID cards for all residents and improving efforts to reduce gun violence in the city.

“B.R.E.A.D.’s list of issues, when taken together, forms a powerful roadmap for ending racial and economic inequity in Columbus,” the letter to Quinlan states. “If our public officials are sincere about countering police violence against African Americans, they will work with community groups, including B.R.E.A.D., to hold police accountable.”

The letter to Ferrell states Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan has agreed to meet with the group, which it sees as “a tremendous step forward.”

Protests have been held in downtown Columbus daily since May 28 in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, MN. The protests had, at times, grown contentious, with police using pepper spray against some protesters and looters hitting downtown businesses during protests. However, over the last handful of days, the protests have been more peaceful.

Both letters and the original article can be read in full, here.

‘Caravan of Change’ takes a peaceful protest to Columbus streets

By LuAnn Stoia, ABC 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The demonstrations across central Ohio have been catching our attention for a week now. A local advocacy group of pastors is taking to the streets Thursday evening for a protest on wheels.

It’s a peaceful protest that organizers hope will “drive” change.

A caravan of dozens of cars made its way across the community. People hoping to catch the attention of Mayor Andrew Ginther, Police Chief Thomas Quinlan, and FOP President Keith Ferrell.

BREAD’s Nehemiah Action event moves to Zoom, emphasizes COVID’s impact on affordable housing

By Danae King, The Columbus Dispatch

BREAD hosts its annual Nehemiah Action event via Zoom, emphasizing how affordable housing has become a more urgent need due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A local interfaith group didn’t let COVID-19 stop it Tuesday from hosting its annual gathering to lobby for affordable housing and other social justice issues.

BREAD’s Nehemiah Action event moves to Zoom, emphasizes COVID’s impact on affordable housing

May 12, 2020. The Columbus Dispatch.

BREAD hosts its annual Nehemiah Action event via Zoom, emphasizing how affordable housing has become a more urgent need due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A local interfaith group didn’t let COVID-19 stop it Tuesday from hosting its annual gathering to lobby for affordable housing and other social justice issues.

For each of the past 22 years, BREAD — Building Responsibility, Equality and Dignity — has hosted its Nehemiah Action event locally. The event usually brings 3,000 people together to call on local officials to make life more equitable for residents in Columbus and Franklin County.

Commissioners lose patience with affordable-housing advocates’ tactics

May 14, 2019. The Columbus Dispatch.

Partway into the Rev. Charles Leister’s recitation on the parable of the wheat and the tares, the Franklin County commissioners had had enough.

Leister, senior pastor of the New Beginning Christian Center, spoke during the commissioners meeting Tuesday as co-president of the interfaith group BREAD, which stands for “Building Responsibility, Equality and Dignity.” For months, members have appeared regularly before the commissioners and the Columbus City Council to urge more funding for affordable housing.

On Tuesday, Leister used his three minutes of public comment time to voice his disappointment that the commissioners did not attend a recent BREAD event.