Faith leaders discuss legislative issues at advocacy workshop

Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 11:11 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2016 at 10:12 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Faith leaders from across South Carolina gathered Tuesday to advocate for a number of issues including reducing gun violence.

The South Carolina Christian Action Council held its faith-based Advocacy Workshop at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Columbia. The sessions focused on funding for public education, closing the health care coverage gap and reducing gun violence in the aftermath of the Emanuel AME church shooting in June.

"Our state now has faces and names of human beings. It's no longer just a statistic or a fact. It's no longer just discussed in epidemiology. It's real, good human beings," said Dr. John Evans, who moderated the gun violence break-out session.

A large part of The South Carolina Christian Action Council's mission is to work on legislative issues. Each year, the council selects three.

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