2,000 People at the Past Five Nehemiah Action Assemblies
We have broken the threshold of 2,000 at the past five 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 tough negotiations 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.
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.
Stopping Out-of-School Suspensions
Since the 2012-2013 school year, out-of-school suspensions decreased by over 60% 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.
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, nearly one millions dollars has been recovered for approximately 1,000 Palm Beach County wage theft victims.
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 keeping prisoners in Jail for 48 hours longer than they otherwise would, as a result of an "ICE hold." This practice - which led to the deportation of hundreds - 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 nearly 500 undocumented members of our community were being taken to Jail yearly for the sole offense of driving without a license. In 2016, we succeeded in getting Sheriff Bradshaw to establish a policy accepting consular IDs (if those stopped for driving without a license can present a consular ID, they will be issued a citation but not taken to Jail). In the last two years, this policy saved nearly 400 people from being taken to jail – saving their dignity and saving our system $2 million.