The event, hosted by Faith in Indiana, attracted dozens with strong feelings on immigration reform and violence reduction strategies.
“When you look at the immigration issue, when you look at the violence issue, when you look at even the preschool issue for now. All of those agenda items are created and intended to build our families up and keep our families together,” Stacey Davis from Flip This City said.
Those in attendance sharing their stories, praying with each other and relying on their faith to build their community up. Jaime Palma says joining Faith in Indiana has given him a positive outlook on his community
“I believe that all communities that come together with the police, the mayor, we can build a better city, a safe city,” Palma said.
Everyone in attendance had similar thoughts, feeling that the first step toward ending violence in the community starts with them. Even Sheriff Dave Gladieux, who came to the event to show his support.
“I was asked why I was here and I support what their cause is and not just the immigration part of it but the mental illness issues that we are having at the jail,” Gladieux said
Gladieux received a standing ovation for his support for Faith in Indiana.
“I take a stand and that’s just the way it is,” Gladieux said. “First and foremost, I am not about ripping families apart, I am more about how I think that some of these federal legislators need top start think about vetting the immigrants in place.”
The meeting left several open minded and hopeful for the future of Allen County.
“I feel strong and with a lot of hopes that this meeting and this agenda that we had, it brings more power to me,” Palma said. “I feel much better that we have a lot of support form other people.”
“It makes me feel empowered,” Davis said. “I wish the mayor had been here today.”
Mayor Tom Henry was invited to the meeting but did not make it. In the meeting they handed out cards urging everyone to call and ask him to schedule a meeting with Faith in Indiana to discuss what they believe is the right step in a safer and more positive community.
July 23, 2018 | WPTA Channel 21 | Link to Story