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Who We Are

Our Goal

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THE GOAL OF THE CAPITAL AREA JUSTICE MINISTRY is to make social justice change in the Tallahassee area by training congregational leaders to build a powerful community voice that will set the agenda in the local public sphere. Leaders will build this powerful voice by engaging the congregation’s average worship attendance to come out several times a year to address city and county decision makers about local injustices.

 

Our Congegations

Todate, 17 congregations across the Tallahassee area have pledged to financially invest in CAJM and to organize  leadership teams who will drive the work of the ministry.

Our Leaders

Lead Organizer

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Leah Woodward Wiley

In 2019, Leah Woodward Wiley worked alongside several clergy and lay leaders to found the Capital Area Justice Ministry, a coalition of now 21 religious congregations that work together to gain systemic policy changes to bring about justice and opportunity across the Tallahassee area.

Leah has led justice efforts on the local and national level since 2005 through the DART Network, a nonprofit committed to achieving justice throughout the “Bible Belt” of the South, Midwest, and Plains. 

From 2005 - 2011, she worked arm-in-arm with laity and clergy at FAST in St. Pete, Florida, to build serious local people power. Together, more than 30 member congregations got the County to establish an affordable housing trust fund with $19 million, yielding over 1,500 homes affordable to Pinellas County’s most vulnerable families. 

In 2011, Leah became the Training Director on DART’s national staff. For nearly 10 years, this role allowed her to shape and refine the skills of organizing staff and volunteers in 30 DART affiliates through national and regional leadership workshops and conferences. 

She is a proud “Rattler,” having earned her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University in theater, and graduated from the University of Florida with a MA in documentary filmmaking. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband, David, and their 10-year-old son, David Thomas.
 

Lead Organizer

Leah Woodward Wiley

In 2019, Leah Woodward Wiley worked alongside several clergy and lay leaders to found the Capital Area Justice Ministry, a coalition of now 21 religious congregations that work together to gain systemic policy changes to bring about justice and opportunity across the Tallahassee area.

Leah has led justice efforts on the local and national level since 2005 through the DART Network, a nonprofit committed to achieving justice throughout the “Bible Belt” of the South, Midwest, and Plains. 

From 2005 - 2011, she worked arm-in-arm with laity and clergy at FAST in St. Pete, Florida, to build serious local people power. Together, more than 30 member congregations got the County to establish an affordable housing trust fund with $19 million, yielding over 1,500 homes affordable to Pinellas County’s most vulnerable families. 

In 2011, Leah became the Training Director on DART’s national staff. For nearly 10 years, this role allowed her to shape and refine the skills of organizing staff and volunteers in 30 DART affiliates through national and regional leadership workshops and conferences. 

She is a proud “Rattler,” having earned her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University in theater, and graduated from the University of Florida with a MA in documentary filmmaking. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband, David, and their 10-year-old son, David Thomas.
 

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