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Local leaders form task forces to tackle Memphis' issues

Published: Jun. 25, 2018 at 2:02 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2018 at 5:20 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Sunday afternoon, the Mid-South religious community along with other local organization came together to focus their efforts on how to help Memphis be better.

It was all part of MICAH--or Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. Hundreds of people joined inside Lindenwood Church to find solutions to Memphis' problems.

"To turn Memphis, Tennessee, in the right direction, and to make sure that Dr. King's death was not done in vain--that's why we're here today," MICAH President Dr. Stacy Spencer said.

Using MLK 50 as inspiration, hundreds of Memphians packed Lindenwood Christian Church on Union Avenue for an Issue Convention hosted by MICAH.

The attendees heard from passionate speakers for 10 different topics affecting the Bluff City.

"All of our sisters, all of our brothers are entitled to fair housing to a living wage," Rev. Cetrea Jimerson, with St. Andrew AME Church, said.

After listening to the speakers, members debated and voted, and the list of 10 was narrowed down to a top three: economic equity, education reform, and immigration and intercultural equity.

These three topics will be the future focus of MICAH's resources.

"Giving voice and action to the issues and concerns of Memphians," Dr. Spencer said.

For each of the issues, a task force was formed to come up with solutions.

The speakers for the three topics chosen were optimistic that major change in Memphis may be on the horizon.

"I'm very hopeful. I'm very hopeful. We have a lot of people with ideas, a lot of people who are informed," Jodie Jones, education reform speaker, said.

"I'm really excited to see what change we can create in Memphis," Gina John, immigration and intercultural equity speaker, said.

The tasks force plan to actively participate in the community while they formulate their solutions and ideas.

In October, MICAH will meet again to present their ideas to politicians and community leaders.

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