Religious Coalition Wants Answers, Commitments From Lexington Leaders

Apr 23, 2012

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and at least five members of the Urban County Council will come face to face with nearly 2,000 constituents tonight during the annual BUILD Coalition, Nehemiah Action Assembly.


BUILD, which stands for Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action, has three social justice priorities that it will ask Lexington leaders to support. 

Father John List is one of BUILD's co-presidents:

“That hard working Kentuckians should not be taken advantage of by payday lenders who charge 400% APR, secondly, it should be possible for working people to afford housing and still have money for the basics, like groceries, and finally, we believe that our community is safer when ex-offenders have gainful employment, and as a result, don’t turn back to crime.  These are the community problems that we will be addressing Monday night.”

BUILD is a coalition of some 18 diverse religious congregations in Fayette County committed to addressing community issues like education, crime, health care, drug treatment, and transportation.  Its most high-profile cause recently has been lobbying the mayor and urban county council to establish an affordable housing trust fund.  The meeting will be at 7 p.m. tonight at NorthEast Christian Church.