Alternatives to Calling the Police: Birmingham, AL
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LSA serves low-income people by providing civil legal aid and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty. They offer representation, legal counsel and advice, community education, mediation, and legal self-help.
For victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual violence, child and elder abuse to get the help they need (danger assessment, safety planning, Protection from Abuse Order, criminal investigation, warrant, civil legal assistance; i.e. divorce, custody, etc, forensic sexual assault examinations, resource assistance, and more). All services are free and confidential.
If you are struggling with an emotional stew and feel life is out of control, we can help! Our grief support groups provide a safe haven for understanding and healing as you share with other grievers in a supportive and confidential environment. Sign up today! There is no charge. A pre-group interview is required for participation in our Parent/Sibling/Grandparent and Adult Child Loss Groups.
SafeHouse is a 501©3 non-profit United Way organization providing critical domestic and sexual violence response, prevention and intervention programs for the communities of Shelby, Coosa, Clay, and Chilton Counties in Central Alabama. SafeHouse offers free and confidential services that are designed to the needs of each survivor. Together we can save lives, build hope, and end violence.
Their trained counselors and volunteers are trained to treat each caller with respect and dignity. The counseling process typically involves the following steps: (1) Developing an understanding of your unique situation, (2) Working with you to explore possible options, and (3) Assisting you in deciding the best option for your situation. Counselors are not judgmental. Counselors realize that each caller has a unique situation that requires a unique approach and plan of action. Referrals for services like support groups and counseling, and assistance with basic needs, such as food and shelter, are available. Counselors are trained to work with callers to identify any additional services that may be required. Our counselors will provide the necessary referral information, such as an agency name, address, phone number, and location, in order for you to contact the agency and make arrangements for the additional services.
A resource line to look up shelters, food pantries, power bill assistance, natural disaster help, and more. Whether financial, domestic, health or disaster-related. 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 can be accessed by phone or computer. A toll-free call to 211 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.
Text and phone counseling is available from 10am-10pm every single day. Text us about whatever is on your mind. As a condition of becoming a counselor at the Crisis Center, all of our counselors must agree to the Crisis Center's caller confidentiality policy. Referrals for services like support groups and counseling, plus assistance with basic needs, such as food and shelter, are available. Counselors are trained to work with callers to identify any additional services that may be required. Our peer volunteers will provide you with referral information, such as an agency name, address, phone number, and location, in order for you to contact the agency and make arrangements for the additional services.
Navigating our community’s substance abuse treatment system can be confusing and overwhelming. The Recovery Resource Center is a collaborative initiative dedicated to simplifying that process by providing a central point of information. The center’s staff and volunteers have the expertise to answer questions, initiate the treatment process, and make referrals as needed.
At Youth Towers, our main goal is to find affordable housing for its young adult clients within 18 months of entering the program. The 18-month timeframe is flexible, based on the progress of the client. They offer case management, career counseling, life-skill training, transportation, and more.
The Day Center, located in Downtown Birmingham, provides for the basic needs of any homeless woman or child who visits the center. This includes meals, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, hygiene products, and other items needed by those living on the streets. The Day Center is open 365 days a year.In addition to providing basic needs, Pathways offers computer lab, case management, life skills, and educational classes to Day Center guests.
(205) 252-9571 ext. 21
The mission of the Cooperative Downtown Ministries, Inc. (the corporation) is to provide homeless men, ages 18 and older, in the Birmingham Area a nurturing and caring environment offering supportive services that break the cycle of homelessness and empower individuals to achieve their highest potential.
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(205) 942-8911 ext. 0
The community food bank of central Alabama supplies millions of meals per year to 230 food pantries, shelters, and children's programs in 12 counties. We also create healthy food access for especially vulnerable populations. We deliver groceries to seniors' doorsteps, provide meals to children at risk of hunger when schools close, and partner with physicians to serve patients in need. Each month, we serve between 60,000 - 80,000 children, seniors, veterans, and families in need of emergency food.
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Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. (EJ) was murdered by Hoover police officers at the Galleria Mall on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22), 2018. After shots rang out at the mall, EJ was shot from behind three times by an officer while running away from the scene with a firearm. He was then falsely named the shooter by Hoover Police to news stations worldwide - damaging a dead man's reputation before his family was even informed of his death. He was only 21 years old.
The Galleria proceeded to open at 6 am the next day to make sure they didn't miss out on Black Friday profits. Over the following weeks, EJ's family was joined by protestors demanding transparency and justice. The Hoover Police Department, Mayor Frank Brocato, and the Hoover City Council spent their energy suppressing these voices. Police spent weeks arresting non-violent protestors as they demanded justice throughout the city.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) was given evidence of the shooting and only showed the family and their attorneys one partial clip. Attorney General Steve Marshall further extended the injustice towards EJ Bradford by denying the case from appearing before a grand jury. Nearly two years later, we are still fighting for transparency in this case, justice for EJ's family, and the dropping of charges against all non-violent protestors. David Alexander still remains as an officer at the Hoover Police Department.
There is a lot of history we do not learn in our regular high school history classes. We lack a historical identity. Cell A65 will be helping bridge the gap between black people, black self- acceptance and black history. Our goal is not only to make you a scholar in black history but have a deeper understanding of our power and the systems in place trying to take it.
Learn about the revolutionary life of Fred Hampton. May he radicalize your mind.
Learn about the infamous Angela Davis and her fight against the United States. She was once the FBIs most wanted, and considered a foreign and domestic terrorist- all for fighting for liberation.
Click to learn about the Black Panther for Self Defense founder, Huey Newton.
Learn about the notorious Black Panther Malcolm X, known for his radical ideologies and his words.
"By Any Means Necessary"
Learn about The King himself. You know the white washed version of King, but he was far more radical than history has told you.
Learn more about Black History and Black Liberation.
Learn more about the powerful Assata Shakur.
Mass incarceration is a major problem within the United States. So, here are the facts:
But, why are Black Americans put in prisons more? What is the root of the issue?
President Nixon's policy advisor, John Ehrlichman, stated “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
The ‘War on Drugs’ was created as a ploy to justify imprisoning Black Americans. How did they get away with it? Fear! Instead of treating addiction as a mental illness or recognizing that marijuana had no true harm in communities they were able to manipulate people into being afraid of these ‘drugs’. They used the media to spew lies that Black Americans were the cause of the heroin problem. They believed their communities would be torn apart by it. Fear is a common tactic used in white supremacy to justify the dehumanization and criminalization of Black Americans.
Although the ‘War on Drugs’ was another excuse to lock Black Americans away this wasn’t the first nor the last tactic used. We see today, in 2021, police officers targeting Black Americans, and arresting and killing them for nothing.
What is the solution? There is not just one solution. There are many different routes people believe can solve mass incarceration; from legalizing mariuana, defunding the police to just simple education.
What are your ideas on stopping and fixing mass incarceration?
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Access to safe abortions in black communties has a long and deep rooted history. The lack of access has been a major problem in the US. Luckily, there are resources here to help. Planned Parenthood has worked endlessly to give people the option to choose, even though locations are limited as are funds they still fight. They attempt to provide affordable, accessible and safe abortions for all. The freedom of choice is not one the black community has been privy to in the past but places like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, URGE and many more organizations are fighting for black peoples reproductive rights in the United States. While recognizing these organizations we also need to recognize the black organizers who fought so hard to give us those rights and continue to do so. We continue to make history with access to abortions in the black community and without black organizers we would not have the right to choose.
Here are three women who change and fought for access to abortion:
Known to many as “Flo”, Florynce Kennedy was the author of “Abortion Rap”, and called the biggest, loudest, and the rudest activist by People magazine in 1974. She was an American lawyer, feminist, civil rights advocate, lecturer and activist from Kansas City, Missouri.
She moved to New York City so she could attend the Columbia University School of General Studies and majored in pre-law. In her autobiography, she wrote about being refused admission to the law school, not because she was black, but because she was a woman. When she threatened to sue the university, she was admitted and later became one of the first black women to graduate from Columbia Law School.
Less than 20 years after graduating, she sued the Roman Catholic Church for interference with abortion. A year later, she organized a group of feminist lawyers to challenge the constitutionality of New York State’s abortion law, which was credited with helping influence the Legislature to liberalize abortion in 1970.
Byllye Avery served as a lifelong activist, and was the founder of several organizations for women’s health, including the National Black Women’s Health Project in 1983 (today, it’s the Black Women’s Health Imperative), the Gainesville Women’s Health Center in 1974, and she cofounded Birthplace, an alternative birthing center. She was also a leader in the underground abortion referral network in Florida.
In 2002, she founded The Avery Institute for Social Change – a non-profit organization based in Harlem, NY that is committed to quality health care for all. Currently she is a clinical professor at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and an advisor to the National Institutes of Health.
Dorothy Roberts is a University of Pennsylvania Professor, and has been a pioneer in the reproductive justice movement.
Although birth control, the morning-after pill, and abortions were available while Roberts was in college, she recognized the struggle women faced in other communities in order to access abortion.
For her, abortion has never been controversial, and she has always been surprised to see backlash from the decision in Roe v. Wade. She believed so much that women should have the right to reproductive healthcare that she became a lawyer.
Roberts has talked to the press about her belief that access to reproductive health means that all women are given the same access – and laws such as the Hyde Amendment, which denies federal funding for women who cannot afford an abortion – do not allow for all women to have equal access.