Past Issues

Over 2,000 at the Past Three Nehemiah Action Assemblies

We have broken the threshold of 2,000 at the past three Nehemiah Action Assemblies! Up to 2,620 have been in attendance, united in their desire for a more just Palm Beach County. Their presence and the persistence of hundreds of leaders working to organize our turnout, research our issues, and conduct negotiation meetings with public officials have resulted in the following - 

Securing Funding for the County’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund

In November of 2009, PEACE got the County Commission to allocate approximately one million dollars to an affordable housing trust fund, and create a dedicated stream of funding for future years. To date, they have allocated approximately $4 million.

Establishing a Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB)

In 2013, PEACE got the city of West Palm Beach to establish and fund a Neighborhood Accountability Board program, which takes youthful offenders and puts them in a research-based program proven to turn their lives around.  

Getting Money Back in the Hands of Wage Theft Victims

In 2013, PEACE got the County Commission to pass a Wage Theft Resolution, allocating money to the Legal Aid Society to take on cases of wage theft and creating a special Wage Theft Docket within the court system so that these cases could be swiftly heard. To date, $500,000 has been recovered nearly 500 Palm Beach County wage theft victims.

Stopping Out-of-School Suspensions

Since the 2012-2013 school year, out-of-school suspensions decreased by over 50% district-wide. This was a result of a commitment Superintendent Gent made at the Nehemiah Action 2013, to significantly cut down on these detrimental and unnecessary out-of-school suspensions.

Stopping Deportations of Hard-Working Undocumented Residents

In the Summer of 2014, PEACE got Sheriff Bradshaw to follow the lead of hundreds of other Counties and Cities throughout the country and stop allowing ICE to deport people from our County Jail - a practice that was destroying families, and costing taxpayers

Glades Jobs to Glades Residents!

In January of 2015, PEACE got the Board of County Commissioners to unanimously pass the Glades Employee Incentive Program, which provides a 30% salary reimbursement incentive to employers who hire Glades residents for County projects. 

Accepting Consular ID's to Cut Down on Unnecessary Arrests

In 2015, we discovered that far too many undocumented members of our community were being arrested for the sole offense of driving without a license. While it is against the law for them to drive, most need to drive to provide for themselves and their families. The law enforcement officer must give them a ticket and the person stopped must go to court and pay a fine, but the officer has a choice about whether or not to arrest someone stopped for this offense. In 2014, approximately 500 undocumented residents were taken to jail for the sole offense of driving without a license.

On March 15th, after persistently asking for the last two years that Sheriff Bradshaw establish a written policy around the acceptance of consular IDs so that those who are stopped for driving without a license aren’t taken to Jail for this offense, we received this policy (see page 4). As a result of our persistence, approximately 150 undocumented immigrants will no longer be taken to Jail each year for the sole offense of driving without a license, saving their dignity and $775,000 in unnecessary incarcerations costs.

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