Tallahassee Faith Communities Will Demand Elected Officials Take Action On Youth Violence And Affordable Housing Issues
Several Tallahassee faith communities are targeting the issues of youthful gun violence and lack of affordable housing. The congregations gathered the evening of Tuesday, March 8 as they planned to bring those matters before local elected officials next month.
More than 200 people gathered on the lawn of Faith Presbyterian Church. Reverend A.J. Mealor of Fellowship Presbyterian spoke about youth violence.
"The gun violence has to stop! The criminalization of Black kids has to stop!" he urged to enthusiastic applause.
Sister Sentoria Houston from Bethelonia A.M.E. Church talked about affordable housing.
"This community that's here tonight, is going to make sure - y'all going to make sure, right? - that there is sufficient affordable housing for everyone!"
The Capital Justice Ministry plans to pack the Old West Florida Enrichment Center on Lake Bradford Road with at least 2,000 people the evening of April 5th. There, they'll demand city and county elected officials make those issues a top priority for action.