FAITH IN ACTION
Multi-Faith, Mult-Race Organization Building Power in Historically Disenfranchised Communities across Alabama
LOCAL ORGANIZING HUBS
Faith in Action Alabama’s Birmingham Hub is heavily involved with restoring voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals & with monitoring implementation of an evidence-based anti-gun violence street outreach program through the Peacemakers Campaign.
Faith in Action Alabama Huntsville Hub is leading an important Diversion with Dignity Campaign to ensure that all defendants are able to participate in the Madison County District Attorney's diversion programs as an alternative to incarceration.
Faith in Action Alabama’s Mobile Hub is leading an anti-gun violence campaign and providing community accountability to ensure the effective development of Mobile County’s first public defender’s office.
Faith in Action Alabama Montgomery Hub is prayerfully leading a variety of actions in the areas of Community Safety & Democracy, including engaging individuals directly impacted by gun violence.
Faith in Action Alabama is launching a Voter Engagement Campaign leading up to the 2022 elections. We will work with congregations throughout the state across race & faith lines to improve voter engagement, voter education, voter registration, and voter mobilization.
Faith in Action Alabama's Voter Rights Restoration Campaign leads state legislative campaigns along with allies. We work to remove obstacles to voting face by formerly incarcerated Alabamians, and we educate formerly incarcerated individuals about their voting rights.
In 2021, after a four-year grassroots campaign, Faith in Action Alabama played a key role in securing the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County’s commitment to invest $5.3 million for a community-based street outreach program that will be connected to a hospital violence intervention program anchored by UAB Hospital.
In 2021, Faith in Action Alabama strengthened partnerships with the the state leaders & congregational networks of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc., representing over 1,700 congregations.
Through our Freedom Vote 2020 CampaignFaith in Action Alabama contacted over 60,000 and had over 23,000 conversations with low propensity voters encouraging them to use their voice for Alabama.
In 2020, Faith in Action Alabama leaders & partners met with Governor Kay Ivey to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Alabama’s African American community and how these challenges stem from systemic racism.
In 2020, Faith in Action Alabama led the effort to secured passage of a voter rights restoration bill removing obstacles to vote. Originating in the state Senate Judiciary Committee, and passing the State Senate with bipartisan support, the bill stalled before a vote in the State House of Representatives.
In 2019, Faith in Action Alabama secured Mobile County’s commitment to creating a public defender’s office. Only 7 of Alabama’s 41 circuit districts have a public defender’s office.
In 2019, leading up to the city’s 2019 mayoral election, Faith in Action Alabama’s Montgomery volunteer leaders led a non-partisan voter engagement project that reached out to over 3,000 voters low-propensity African American voters.
In 2018, Faith in Action Alabama secured the mayor of Huntsville’s commitment that the city’s police force would participate in implicit bias training.
In 2018, Faith in Action Alabama led a non-partisan voter engagement project that reached out to over 30,000 African American voters throughout the state. In addition, FIAAL held a Jefferson County district attorney candidates forum, attended by both the Democratic and Republican candidates, that focused on systemic racism within the county’s criminal justice system.
In 2018, in Birmingham, Faith in Action Alabama attended held a 700-person community to highlight the community’s concern about the city’s gun violence and secure commitment from the mayor to collaborate with Faith in Action Alabama’s Peacemaker Campaign. The Peacemaker Campaign consists of 3 elements: (1) ensuring city implements evidence-based anti-gun violence street outreach strategy, (2) weekly night walks in two Birmingham neighborhood hard-hit by gun violence; and (3) rapid response victims team to provide social support and counsel on how to access needed social services.