Faith in Action Alabama
Our mission is to honor God by dismantling systemic racism to create pathways of opportunity for all Alabamians.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
For nearly two years, FIAAL’s Birmingham Peacemaker leaders have led weekly night walks in local neighborhoods as both a way to patrol the streets and show a united, nonviolent front that stands in the face of unrest. In 2019, leaders held a rapid response victims team training for over 30 Faith in Action Alabama volunteer leaders; have continued to engage city officials and other stakeholders to secure funding support for a proven anti-gun violence street outreach strategy.; and secured several criminal justice reform commitments from the Jefferson County district attorney. In November 2019 new numbers showing reduced gun violence rates in Birmingham, AL was released by the city's police department The reduction was partly attributed to Faith in Action Alabama's work in helping to make this possible, with a spotlight on their weekly night walks in the community.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Prayer vigils, public forums, and actions at the state capitol are just some of the many vehicles FIAAL has implemented in order to lower mass incarceration rates in the state. In February 2019, Faith in Action Alabama’s Mobile Hub brought more than 200 community members together to discuss the importance of creating a Mobile County public defender’s office, and highlight to key county officials the broad community support for the creation of a county public defender’s office. In March 2019, Faith in Action Alabama Huntsville leaders secured Mayor Tommy Battle’s public commitment that all of the city’s police officers will participate in implicit bias training.
Questioning their place as clergy and faith leaders and if they are providing the right leadership to pivot against the actions of the criminal justice system has played a strong part in guiding their decision to step up and speak out about alternatives that can and should be provided to offenders that would benefit from mentorship, education, and mental health treatment.
The push to elect lawmakers that are focused on protecting the rights of minorities and immigrants became critical in the 2017 Birmingham mayoral election and the 2018 Alabama Senate special election, respectively. With both events, FIAAL worked hard on securing voter registration and informing citizens soon on just exactly where the candidates stood on key issues. In October 2018, FIAAL hosted a public forum for District Attorney candidates; and FIAAL leaders have also convened in Montgomery to press state legislators on supporting specific reforms to address systemic racism.
Faith in Action Alabama
Gun Violence Prevention
Birmingham Peacemaker Anti-Gun Violence Campaign
Focused on securing city of Birmingham’s commitment to implement a proven anti-gun violence street outreach strategy.
Weekly night walks in two neighborhoods hard-hit by gun violence. The vision of the night walks is anchored by a commitment to listen, learn, love.
Rapid Response Victims Initiative – teams of Peacemaker volunteers provide support and information to need social services to families of victims of gun violence.
Local Criminal Justice Reform
Faith in Action Alabama’s Birmingham and Huntsville grassroots volunteers are engaging their area’s district attorneys in concerning local reforms to help address Alabama’s mass incarceration crisis. In Mobile, Faith in Action Alabama’s grassroots volunteers are moving an accountability campaign to help ensure the effective development of Mobile County’s recently established public defender’s office.
Democracy - Voter Rights/Voter Engagement
Faith in Action Alabama is moving a statewide voter rights restoration campaign to win back the voting rights of disenfranchised formerly incarcerated individuals. 15 percent of Alabama’s voting age African Americans have been stripped of the write to vote due to felony convictions and overall 8 percent of Alabama’s voting age residents are denied the right because of convictions.
As part of its voter rights restoration campaign, Faith in Action Alabama is collaborating with other organizations to address Alabama’s mass incarceration crisis. Mass incarceration is the pernicious form of voter suppression in Alabama.
Leading up to the 2020 November elections, Faith in Action Alabama will lead a statewide non-partisan voter engagement project.