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Charleston Area Justice Ministry


Charleston Area Justice Ministry
PO Box 71416
North Charleston, SC 29415
Ms. Treva Williams, Lead Organizer
treva@thedartcenter.org
620-704-1062
Charleston Area Justice Ministry

 




Charleston area clergy meet to discuss how to do powerful justice ministry in the Charleston area.

Interfaith congregations are working together to build a powerful justice ministry in the Charleston area.

Doing Powerful Justice Ministry in the Charleston Area

Local clergy have organized the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) to form a congregation-based community organizing (CBCO) coalition to address justice in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties. CAJM is currently composed of clergy from a dozen faith communities, including: African Methodist Episcopal (AME), Baptist, Congregational, Episcopalian, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Orthodox Union of Judaism, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Union of Reform Judaism, Unitarian, and United Methodist. CAJM continues to expand its congregation base.

Ms. Treva Williams serves as CAJM’s Lead Organizer through Direct Action & Research Training Center, Inc. (DART). She helps facilitate CAJM’s discussion about justice in the Charleston area, which includes Charleston (population 665,000), Berkeley (population 178,000), and Dorchester (population 137,000) Counties. Using Charleston County as an example, over 16% of the population is below the poverty level, unemployment is above 9%, illiteracy is 14%, and 19% are uninsured.

Each autumn, Ms. Williams initiates dozens house meetings within congregations that form Charleston area justice ministry networks. This listening process identifies and prioritizes justice problems in the Charleston area that are ultimately addressed each April in a Nehemiah Action Assembly attended by CAJM members. For example, during the April 29, 2013 Nehemiah Action Assembly, Dr. McGinley, Superintendent of Charleston County Public Schools, agreed to place before the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees a budget that included 300 more slots for early childhood education. On June 24, 2013, Dr. McGinley submitted the proposal which the Board of Trustees approved.

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