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Faith leaders want to spark change

People in the faith based community see many issues facing the Huntsville community, so they go out in the community tonight to pray and come up with tangible plans of action.

Posted: Aug 7, 2018 11:55 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2018 8:09 AM

Religious leaders in Huntsville want to see change in public safety.

Tuesday night several leaders were praying in the community and laying out the problems they see facing the city.

They named gun violence and mass incarceration as two major issues.

Vera Vergara Bullard is a parent in Huntsville and she has her own ideas of how to cut down on gun violence.

"I would like to see more gun sense laws to end some of the loopholes that allow guns to be in the hands of people who should not have guns," said Vergara Bullard.

This event, although centered around prayer, helped lay out the exact problems.

"It allows all of us to get together to share ideas on what to do," said Vergara Bullard.

Action is centered around engaging people in the community in politics.

"That means voter registration drives. Helping voters to understand who's in charge and how who's in charge affects that laws that we all live by," said Dexter Strong with Faith in Action Alabama.

Faith in Action Alabama said its vital to let people know their voice does actually make a difference.

"Especially at the municipal level, at the city council level, at the county commissioner level, at the mayoral level, and at the state level," said Strong.

According to the Huntsville Police Department, the city has seen 17 homicides so far this year, 22 in 2017, and 15 in 2016.

Vergara Bullard said even though all of those may not be attributed to gun violence those stats are still a reason to more aggressively tackle the issue of gun violence.

"We see it every day and I think, as a community, we're all affected by it," said Vergara Bullard.

On top of upcoming voting based events, Faith in Action Alabama called on Mayor Tommy Battle to alter the upcoming budget for 2019 to include implicit bias training for police, which could is essentially training to prevent racial profiling.

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