Andy Levine, deputy director of Faith in the Valley, said he was troubled by Hall’s claim that movement to re-imagine funding for the police is causing an uptick in violent crime. “That is just unprofessional,” Levine said. “The truth is the reason why violence occurs in our community is because we have funded so heavily the police departments in our city and our country at the expense of other, more pro-active things, in our community.”
In order to build powerful relationships with the next Governor and demonstrate the power and unique concerns of the Central Valley, local families shared their stories and talked about local concerns with gubernatorial candidates Antonio Villaraigosa and Delaine Eastin in a series of “encounters” in rural Orosi and southwest Fresno.
The efforts of leaders across Faith in the Valley in listening to their communities and congregations and researching issues helped inform the questions and topics discussed with the candidates.
They heard about immigration, bail reform, air pollution, water quality and youth opportunities, and they shared their commitments to partner with local efforts.
We extend a special thank you to the community leaders, clergy and partner organizations who helped shared this experience. The efforts will continue through non-partisan questionnaires, a forum after the primaries and continued conversations after the election.
Read more about the gubernatorial candidates forum at the Fresno Bee.