Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) - See Event Dates and Locations

posted Dec 13, 2012, 2:23 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Feb 19, 2018, 2:52 PM ]


Calvary Contacts:  Mrs. Veronica Sheppard, Ms. Jewell Dingle

Who is CAJM?

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry—CAJM—is a growing network of Faith Based Congregations who are culturally, economically, geographically and religiously diverse – coming together to make the Charleston area a more just place to live. Member congregations (currently 20) work together to empower marginalized people in our communities.  We accomplish this by doing research, educating the public, and publically addressing the root causes of, and solutions to, poverty and injustice in our communities. CAJM is unique in its approach in that it transforms the systems that cause suffering by holding local officials accountable for resolving these inequities and injustices.


Our Mission

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry is committed to justice and building a powerful organization capable of negotiating the interests of our community.  Having been founded by religious congregations, CAJM is based on values of justice and compassion as shared values of our faith traditions.


Our Model

CAJM uses a proven model developed by The Direct Action and Research Training Center, Inc. (DART) to achieve its goals. DART is committed to building powerful, diverse, congregation-based and democratically-run organizations capable of winning justice on issues facing the community. Since 1982, DART has helped establish over twenty locally affiliated organizations in five states and trained over 10,000 community leaders and 150 professional Community Organizers.


Our History and Our Future

CAJM began in 2011 when a group of clergy gathered together to form a Sponsoring Committee with the Director of DART to begin the process of establishing a justice organization in the Charleston area. In October of 2012, member congregations came together and voted to address the following issues: Schools/Education and Crime/Violence. CAJM's research committees worked tirelessly to identify the specific issues for CAJM to address.


Please Join Us!

However you feel called to do justice, whether it is God’s call or your innate sense of fairness and compassion, please join us!  Visit our Facebook page at


Wednesday, February 21, 2018  @  11:45 am

Research Visit with Interim Chief Taylor
Location:  Church of the Holy Communion
                 218 Ashley Avenue
                 Charleston SC


Thursday, February 22, 2018  @ 9:00 am

Research Visit with State Senator Marlon Kimpson
Location: CAJM Offices
                2105 Cosgrove Avenue 
                North Charleston SC


Friday, February 23, 2018  @ 2:30 pm

Research Visit with Kathryn Basha
Location: CAJM Offices
                2105 Cosgrove Avenue 
                North Charleston SC


Saturday, March 24, 2018  @ 9am

Believe, Empower, Transform: The Benefits of Restorative Practices
Location: Northwoods Middle School
                7763 Northside Drive
                North Charleston SC 29420


Monday, April 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

CAJM Rally  (Action Prep)
Location: Mount Moriah Baptist Church
                7396 Rivers Avenue
                North Charleston, SC

This event gears us up and prepares us for our big Nehemiah Action Assembly. Hundreds of community members learn more about the issues and research that has been conducted, understand our final "ask" and talk about things like potential tension at the Action.


Monday, April 30, 2018 @7:00 pm

CAJM Nehemiah Action!  (Everyone brings three people)
Location: Mount Moriah Baptist Church
                7396 Rivers Avenue
                North Charleston, SC

Every April, thousands of Charleston-area residents gather under the banner of CAJM to meet with our public officials and secure public commitments to initiate a process to both implement and evaluate the identified best practices.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6:30pm

CAJM Celebration, Location TBA

Our gathering to celebrate all that we have accomplished during the past justice cycle.  We meet for fellowship, good food, recognitions and awards, as well as the kick-off for our investment drive.