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Capital Area Justice Ministry gears up for its yearly assembly on gun violence and low-income affordable housing

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The coalition is composed of about 20 faith groups

The Capital Area Justice Ministry is a coalition of roughly 20 local faith groups that have joined forces to address gun violence and low-income affordable housing. The coalition will hold its yearly assembly, called the Nehemiah Action, on March 27th. 

Members of the justice ministry say tens of thousands of local citizens are living in fear of gun violence and homelessness.

Darrick McGhee, a pastor, lobbyist and entrepreneur, is also a leader of the justice ministry. He spoke to the group about the civil rights movement, which he compared to their coming Nehemiah Action.

“On March 27th, we won’t have dogs released on us or water hoses, but there will be people who will not be satisfied, who will not be pleased, who will have their feelings hurt because of the work that we’re doing and how we’re doing it," he said. "I pastor people who can’t afford their rent each month. I could personally care less about a politician’s feelings getting hurt when I have members who can’t pay their rent.”  

The justice ministry expects a number of local officials to participate. So far they have commitments from Tallahassee Mayor Pro Tem Dianne Williams-Cox, City Commissioners Jeremy Matlow and Jack Porter, Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil and Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell.

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Margie Menzel covers local and state government for WFSU News. She has also worked at the News Service of Florida and Gannett News Service. She earned her B.A. in history at Vanderbilt University and her M.S. in journalism at Florida A&M University.
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