*Update On Original Post*
RISC canceled the Rally and Nehemiah Action happening later this spring. RISC Lead Organizer Emily Small wrote in an email to team leaders:
“While it is incredibly important for the safety and well-being of all that we no longer gather in groups for a period of time, we must reflect on (and kindle righteous anger around) the fact that injustices only flourish in times like these – Affordable housing will only be more of a crisis when this is all over. In the increased hopelessness and despair that far too many will be facing, violence will be a likely resort.”
St. Elizabeth’s RISC chapter meets on March 3, 6:30 p.m., at the church hall. If you are not familiar with RISC, RISC stands for Richmonders Involved To Strengthen Our Communities. RISC is an organization made up of congregations from throughout Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield. Founded in 2002, RISC uses large numbers of organized people to solve critical community problems. The members vote on one issue to focus on for the year. In 2019, it was housing evictions. This year, it is gun violence. The members spend the year researching the issue and meeting with key officials. The program culminates on April 27 with the Nehemiah Action Assembly. Government officials will face 1000 members who demand their commitment to funding and programs for RISC’s focus issue. City of Richmond mayor, Levar Stoney, committed to attend the 2020 Nehemiah Action Assembly.
RISC is part of SECC’s Human Concerns Ministry. Contact Deacon Chris if you would like more information about RISC and SECC’s Human Concerns Ministry. Deacon Chris at [email protected] or (804) 266-3596.