WEDNESDAY: THE GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CONSORTIUM TO JOIN TOGETHER TO ADDRESS A CAMDEN IN CRISIS AND A CAMDEN UNDER SIEGE
Camden, NJ – This Wednesday, July 17th the Grassroots Community Leadership, a consortium of grassroots leaders in the city of Camden will join together at the First Refuge Progressive Baptist Church to bring immediate attention to the apartheid like conditions that the residents of Camden continue to endure as corporations continue to reap benefits with no accountability or responsibilities to the citizens of the city. The lack of accountability has caused the city to lose even more money from its tax base which will result in the loss or reduction of already fragile vital services in a city that is barely hanging on by a thread. The Consortium (GLCL) will shine a magnifying light on efforts to suppress the voices of the residents while excluding them from the opportunities that have been extended to corporations who have not been held to any standard of inclusion or consideration of the residents.
“Our streets are still dark, vacant homes are left unattended and trees are overgrown providing easy access to evildoers”, said the Rev. Levi Combs, III, pastor of the First Refuge Progressive Baptist Church. The community continues to be in great pain while those who have been sworn to protect and serve tout lower crime statistics while the community still continues to grieve the unnatural deaths of five young people in the last seventh months. “Our jobs have been deteriorating, opportunities continue to be scarce, students have been displaced, educators who live in the community have been removed out of the district and the field house next to the unfinished football field has been condemned by the Health Department all of this is an affront to generations of Camden residents, is this what it means to have “Camden Rising” asked Ms. Monique Singleton-Ragsdale, acting president of the Camden High School PTO.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
First Refuge Progressive Baptist Church
1479 Kaighn Avenue
Camden, NJ 08103