By Ian Kayanja, ABC 4 News

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry plans to host an annual celebration recognizing the Nehemiah Action assembly previously held in April.

The assembly solicited comments from public officials surrounding work to address affordable housing, environmental justice, healthcare and policing, CAJM officials said.

Slated for Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m., the celebration will feature food, music and presentations to award the congregation and CAJM members at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston. The celebration is open to the public.

CAJM claims that since last spring, the organization has done the following:

  • Advocated for funding for Fetter Healthcare Network to add a mobile unit to its arsenal. A mobile unit will be present at the celebration for guests to tour and hear from Fetter leaders about how the unit is expanding healthcare access.
  • Solicited a commitment from the Charleston County School District to implement Restorative Practices in all Charleston County schools.
  • Advocated for the establishment of an affordable housing trust fund in Charleston County, which the council voted this year to adopt.
  • Engaged the Charleston Police Department around best practices for reducing racial disparities in law enforcement practices.
  • Hosted its annual Nehemiah Action, where 1,200 people demanded ethical governance from the Charleston County School Board. Three board members agreed to advocate for an audit of the school board’s operations, among other commitments.

The celebration is also CAJM’s key fundraising event, providing people with an opportunity to learn about our organization’s work. More information is available here.

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