Nehemiah Assembly Process

Each year, Justice Matters will organize a large body of supporters to an event known as the Nehemiah Assembly. Testimonies will be given at this event to share how the problem is impacting people’s lives. Also, researched solutions will be presented and respectful negotiations will take place publicly with relevant officials.

The event is based on the Biblical example found in Nehemiah 5 where Nehemiah called together a "great assembly" to publicly address a matter of justice in the city of Jerusalem. The Nehemiah Assembly is designed to demonstrate enough broad support for well-researched improvements that corrections can be made quickly.

In 2015, we estimate that 2,000 supporters will be brought together at the Lied Center on May 7th to present system-wide improvements related to child opportunity/safety, housing/homelessness, and mental health.