April 8, 2019. WTSP.COM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Thousands of people are planning to hold a rally because they’re upset about the lack of spending on affordable housing in St. Petersburg.
Around 3,000 people are expected to gather around 7 p.m. Monday at Tropicana Field.
group, Faith and Action for Strength Together (F.A.S.T.), is upset
Mayor Rick Kriseman doesn’t plan on spending $15 million for affordable
housing until 2023, according to a news release from Ephiphany Summers.
They hope to put pressure on Kriseman to begin spending on affordable
housing using Penny for Pinellas funds as soon as next year. The group
hopes city leaders find another way to pay for and make affordable
housing a priority.
April 7, 2019. The Palm Beach Post.
“Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of light and air, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.” — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; Letter from a Birmingham Jail
For the past five years,
PEACE (People Engaged in Active Community Efforts) has held a Nehemiah
Action Assembly, with more than 2,000 in attendance. The purpose of
these rallies is to expose the “boils” which must be cured in our
community – horrible injustices around which the members of our 19
congregations have cried out, and then seek from our public officials
serious commitments to address these injustices.
April 2, 2019. Charleston City Paper.
Ann Powell-Cromwell was turning to head home on James Island when an officer stopped her. Her tag lights were out, he said, and he couldn’t see her license plate.
“I felt that he shouldn’t have stopped me because I had my
signal on way ahead of time,” Powell-Cromwell said in a classroom at St.
James Presbyterian Church on James Island, where close to 70 attendees
were separated into small groups to talk about their interactions with
Charleston police officers. “It’s a bad area, and I assume he probably
thought I was one of them ones that was gonna buy some drugs.”
April 1, 2019. WJCT.
People from more than 38 Duval County religious congregations are expected to come together Monday night to push city officials on criminal justice reform at the Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office and in public schools.
The Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE) will be hosting what they call a Nehemiah Assembly Monday night, April 1, at the Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church,
10325 Interstate Center Dr., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to address
transparency at JSO and the State Attorney’s Office as well as
discipline at Duval County schools.
March 31, 2019. The Palm Beach Post.
SURE’s annual Nehemiah Action Assembly is a cross between church social and trip to the principal’s office. The buzz of affable neighborliness within the packed crowd gathered at the Municipal Auditorium last week floated atop an undercurrent of steely resolve.
Each year the members of Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (SURE) — a group of 19 area churches working collaboratively to build a more “God-like” community — congregate for this come-to-Jesus meeting, named for the Biblical figure instrumental in the rebuilding of Jerusalem in the fifth century B.C. following the Babylonian exile.