RISC Nehemiah Action Assembly


RISC Nehemiah Action Assembly

The culminating event of the entire year for RISC congregations! AND the largest interfaith public gathering in Central VA!

Over 1,000 justice-seekers from dozens of congregations transcend racial, socioeconomic, and religious differences to take action for justice. We hear the stories of those affected by community problems and secure specific commitments from our local decision-makers to address the root causes of injustice.

This year, we’re addressing elementary reading in Richmond and Henrico County, childhood trauma in Chesterfield County, and job training in our region. People power makes change possible!


At our Nehemiah Action in 2017, we brought hundreds of RISC members together and got commitments from Chesterfield school leaders to provide the trauma-informed care training we had researched. However, they later said they would create their own program, which would be optional. Throughout the following year, we never received clear curriculum or evaluation.

So we continued to press. At our Action on April 30, we brought together 840 people and asked the officials to provide the proven, district-wide, free training RISC had researched. Because they saw hundreds of people supporting this solution, they committed to train all 4,000 school staff before the first day of school in Fall 2018.

Our power is in large numbers of organized people, and together we accomplish significant changes in our community! 

The Action is not the end of the story - click here to learn more about the final step.


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