Community leaders rally for change in Pinellas

Posted at 11:26 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 00:24:22-04
Pinellas County community members asked city and county leaders to help solve important issues they have identified in their community.
FAST, a nonprofit organization, spent a year planning Monday night's event at Tropicana Field. More than 3,000 people attended the event and it included various city and county leaders. FAST identified the following problems plaguing the community, including youth arrests, failing schools and homelessness.
"We want elected officials to come in and to respond to our concerns that we have in youth arrests, criminal justice, and homelessness and education and indicate, yes, that they support the issues that we've identified," FAST board member Parisrice Robinson said.
Members of various congregations attended the event because they felt like "enough is enough." FAST hopes these issues are resolved as early as summer, but before the end of the year.
"We're shooting for a better quality of life for everybody. It doesn't matter whether or not you're rich or poor or where you come from (or) what your station is in life that if you live in Pinellas County that we believe you should have a better quality of life," Robinson said.