By the Lincoln Journal Star

Justice in Action will host its Nehemiah Action Assembly at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Boulevard.

Last year, more than 1,100 people filled the Lancaster County Event Center to address mental health care navigation and adult pre-trial diversion. At that Assembly, Justice in Action received a commitment from County Commissioner Rick Vest to publish a real-time jail dashboard and fund expanded diversion programs. The dashboard was published last fall, and the County Board has funded additional staff for the Community Corrections department.

At this year’s event, Justice in Action expects nearly 1,500 people to gather at St. Mark’s. The Assembly is expected to be the largest nonpartisan civic gathering in Lancaster County this year.

The agenda will focus on a partnership between Justice in Action and community partners to spur a mental health navigation work group, as well as a proposal to increase eligibility for Lancaster County’s adult pre-trial diversion programs. The group will also highlight needs related to affordable housing in Lancaster County.

The Action Assembly is organized by Justice in Action and is open to everyone. Expected guests include Lincoln City Council members Sandra Washington and Bennie Shobe and Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon.

Justice in Action is an interfaith, grassroots coalition of 24 faith communities in Lancaster County that harnesses the power of organized people to address big community problems. For more information, visit or call 920-808-0227.

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