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Local Church Helps Community Get Informed

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Posted at 6:13 PM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 17:12:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The church has long been a meeting place, not just to discuss scripture, but a place where residents have been known to gather and become informed.

“We will be here with hundreds of thousands of signatures from the neighborhoods supporting vouchers, supporting Insure Tennessee and supporting the raising of the minimum wage,” Pastor Montgomery said.

Pastor Dwight Montgomery has been the President of the Memphis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He and leaders from as far away as Florida have been partnering with Rev. Enoch Fuzz of Corinthian Baptist Church in hopes of garnering support and more importantly signatures for key statewide issues.

“We've been trying to work on presenting a new definition for public education,” Michael Benjamin from the American Federation for Children said.

They have specifically been advocating for issues like school vouchers, Insure Tennessee and raising the minimum wage; all of which failed during the most recent legislative session.

“Then certainly they have the responsibility of listening to those persons who have signed those petitions,” Pastor Montgomery said. “And if they do not we can always get somebody to run against them.”

But first there needed to be support in the communities. Together they hoped to make an impact.