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Press conference takes a different turn

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By Natalie Fultz

COLUMBUS, GA - Members of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance's planned press conference didn't go exactly as planned.

"We want to come and to call to action our community to live at a higher level as it relates to unity, solidarity, togetherness," Rev. Johnny Flakes III says.

But in an media advisory the group spelled out a clear agenda including disrespectful treatment of elected officials and school board members, the divide and conquer tactics used including fronting African American candidates to run against each other, and intimidation tactics demonstrated toward elected officials.

But when asked multiple times to discuss what prompted the agenda, Rev. Flakes had a change of heart.

"Have you noticed disrespectful treatment between school board officials?"

"I'm not going to allow you to take me down that road," Rev. Flakes says.

"After listening to this press conference today none of that was addressed by one minister," Nathan Smith says.

When word circulated the group was prepared to "call out" divisive politico's, some observers believe they are taking direct aim at state senator Josh McKoon and attorney Frank Meyers for aggressively taking on the school board.

"I also felt the exact same way that this was an intimidation act against those in the community who are not scared to stand up and hold our elected officials accountable," Smith says.

"We are not calling out anyone. We are calling for our community to stand for these core values," Rev. Smith says.

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