I talked to James Wynn of Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity (B.R.E.A.D) at The Bronzeville Push for Peace.
What is B.R.E.A.D.?
It is Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity. We are a faith-based organization. B.R.E.A.D. was formed because the faith community had untapped power. Here is what the faith community agrees on. They agree that God exists. We may call him different things, have different faith traditions, different congregations, and worship differently. As long as an organization can agree that God exists and He is a God of justice, you can be a part of B.R.E, A.D. We don’t talk about religion. We come together and talk about justice. How do we get justice for people who need it? How do we talk for those who can’t talk for themselves? Unfortunately, the need for justice continues in our communities. The people who have the power to make changes, don’t always want to make them. We put pressure on them to use proven solutions, things we have seen work in other places. Bring those solutions to Columbus. Let’s make our community better. We don’t have to continue to have people with housing they can’t afford, due to rent escalating. We can do something about it based on what other cities have done. The same with crime, truancy, etc. you can go down the list. We don’t look to invent the solution; we just use proven solutions.
How does someone who wants more information or to get in contact with B.R.E.A.D.?
We have an annual meeting every May. It is called the “Nehemiah Action.” It is held at the Celeste Center the second week in May. We meet throughout the year. If you want more information about B.R.E.A.D., the phone number is (614) 220-9363, www,breadcolumbus.com, and FB: @BreadOrganization.