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      Flint clergy work to reduce crime and generate revenue

      <p>Operation cease fire has former felons teaching youth about their mistakes. But without funding it is only an idea. The rally is trying to increase revenue sharing from the state to fund similar operations.</p>

      The reinvest in me bus is stopping at Flint's Catholic Charities to rally support before heading to Lansing. They want school reform, revenue sharing but most importantly a cease fire between residents and police.

      "As a kid you could walk anywhere day or night and not have to worry about it," said former Flint resident Greg Stevens.

      Stevens is joining a statewide effort to reprioritize Michigan??s budget so he can safely move back into the city he loves.

      "I was scared to walk out of my house during the day," said Stevens.

      Through local efforts teaming up with statewide teams Steven??s is learning how Flint is getting back to its roots.

      "Communities can put together very effective partnerships to address this violence," said Professor David Kennedy of National Network for Safe Communities.

      Operation cease fire has former felons teaching youth about their mistakes. But without funding it is only an idea. The rally is trying to increase revenue sharing from the state to fund similar operations.

      "We need to get that money back into these cities where we need it most," said Pastor Ira Edwards from Michigan Organizing Collaborative.

      "I want it to go back to what it was when I was a kid. Being able to go outside walk around and not have to look over your back and see who??s coming," said Stevens.

      The next stop for the reinvest in me bus is Lansing where they plan on bringing cities like Detroit, Battle Creek and Flint Michigan's issues to the table for Governor Rick Snyder.

      Reinvest in me is also seeking funding for alternatives to out of school suspension, and increasing the earned income tax credit.