Activists Call for Resignation of Mayor Who Posted About Killing Gays - Advocate
Hometown Action, a social justice group where Girten is a board member, and LGBTQ group Equality Alabama have started a petition on ActionNetwork.org calling for Chambers to resign.
“Given the outrageous and violent nature of your remarks, I do not believe it is possible for Carbon Hill or Alabama to move toward reconciliation and healing with the LGBTQ community until you resign,” the text accompanying the petition reads in part. “Only then can the city effectively take steps to ensure the protection of its LGBTQ residents.”
Girten, LGBTQ Group Pushes for Chambers to Go - Daily Mountain Eagle
In addition to wanting Chambers to resign, Hometown Action wants "Carbon Hill to do something to show they care about the people in their population who are gay and lesbian."
Most of Alabama is without laws that protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from being fired from their jobs and and evicted from housing, due to sexual orientation or gender identity, Girten said, noting Birmingham and Montevallo have passed those protections — but much of the state has not.
The 'Secret Sauce' for Southern Organizing - Nation of Change
The other big thing is that we are focused on winning governing power. We recognize the short-term needs, but we aren’t getting so caught up in putting out every single fire that we lose sight of organizing enough power to change things long-term. That’s our approach to reproductive justice. There are advocates in the state who fundraise for or perform abortions, and we need them — but Hometown Action is doing the long-term movement building that will change the conversation and political landscape around abortion in Alabama for good.
An Alabama Mayor Blamed Facebook for His Own Homophobic Comments - MTV News
LGBTQ+ organizations have also called for Chambers to step down, HuffPost reports. Equality Alabama and Hometown Action created an online petition asking for the mayor to step down and the Human Rights Campaign’s Alabama group spoke out against the “horrifying, unconscionable and unacceptable” remarks in a Facebook post. “LGBTQ people face disproportionate levels of violence and harassment in their daily lives — a fact that is especially true in Alabama, where there are no statewide LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination or hate crimes laws,” the post read. “We can and should expect our elected officials to represent all of us, or at the bare minimum, to protect us. Despite his subsequent apology, this is wholly inappropriate behavior, and Mayor Chambers must be held to account.”
Alabama LGBTQ Groups Start Petition to Oust Carbon Hill Mayor - WBRC Fox6
New fallout from comments made online by Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers. On Wednesday, two Alabama LGBTQ advocacy groups started a petition calling for his resignation. In just a few hours, the petition organized by Equality Alabama and Hometown Action, garnered more than 100 signatures.
Motivation for the petitions stemmed from a now-deleted Facebook post by Chambers. The post read, “We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics.”
Boycott or Not? Many Organizers in Abortion Ban States Say “No” - Nonprofit Quarterly
"Alabama’s law is a direct consequence of progressives’ collective decision to disinvest in the South and cede an entire region to the Far Right…The South I know is the one where people of color, queer and nonbinary folk can come together with country folks, people on the Gulf and in the foothills of Appalachia, to share our strengths, not our prejudices. We come together to take back the spaces we love and change the things that are hurting us."
Hundreds protest Alabama abortion ban - NBC News
Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state's newly approved abortion ban, chanting "my body, my choice!" and "vote them out!"
The demonstration came days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most stringent abortion law in the nation— making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest.
'All our warfare': Hundreds take to the streets in Alabama in abortion ban protest - USA Today
Activists from the ACLU of Alabama, URGE, Ordinary People’s Society, Hometown Action and Yellowhammer Fund — which pulled in thousands of dollars in donations this week — spoke to the protesters.
Leaders said the event, which had flashes of solidarity, dissatisfaction and outright rage, served as a well-attended kickoff for the advocacy groups looking to build support ahead of their legal battle with the state.
The South I know is the one where people of color, queer and nonbinary folk can come together with country folks, people on the Gulf and in the foothills of Appalachia, to share our strengths, not our prejudices. We come together to take back the spaces we love and change the things that are hurting us.
This South is not just possible, it’s real – these are my friends. And this the South that Hometown Action is working to make visible.
Today, Hometown Action proudly announces its endorsement of Tabitha Isner for Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party.
“Ms. Isner is one of the few candidates who ran for elected office in 2018 who took the time to listen to the needs of her constituents–regardless of party–and sought to address those concerns directly. She has demonstrated that when we lead with values and organize around solutions, not sides, we can grow our base of engaged citizens across race, class, and even partisan affiliation.”
Hometown Action is focusing on progressive causes in rural Alabama. KC Vick, a community organizer for Hometown Action, said they aren’t deterred by Democratic losses on Tuesday.
“I’m optimistic about Hometown Action and other frontline groups building collective power to take back our state and build communities where we can all thrive. We do that work every day. Not only in an election year.”
As someone who’s been oppressed due to my skin color and veteran status, I do my best to serve my country in the name of social justice through organizations such as Hometown Action—a local grassroots group through which I’ve knocked on hundreds of doors to ask what the biggest problems are for my fellow Alabamians. What I’ve found is that top voter concerns in Alabama revolve around everyday struggles like keeping the lights on and affording medicine.
“There is so much at stake for Alabama in these midterm elections.” said Hometown Action Executive Director Justin Vest. “We are looking for bold, progressive candidates who will stand up for Alabama’s working families, and our members in District 2 enthusiastically endorse Tabitha Isner for Congress.”
“Empowering local communities around the issues which matter to them is critical to re-establishing a functional democracy in the region,” said Isner.
The Growing Grassroots Movement to Make the South Safer for LGBT People - BuzzFeed News
“There’s almost an element of defiance for me in claiming my home,” Dana Sweeney, 23, told me. I met him and two other young queer volunteers from Hometown Action at K.C. Vick’s house in Montgomery on a sticky Sunday night.
The organizers I spoke to at Vick’s apartment are door-knocking and phone-banking and taking selfies on the state Capitol steps with a mixture of fearlessness and realism. “We don’t have a choice.”
Poverty and Proficiency: MPS' Biggest Obstacle May Lie Outside the School System - The Montgomery Advertiser
Hometown Action member Beth Cox spoke of the difficulty of being a single mom in Montgomery while working two jobs and helping her daughter earn a seat in "one of the best elementary schools in the state," an outcome that ultimately relied on pure chance.
"I’ve sweated over late projects, lack of field trip money. I’ve washed uniforms in the sink, dried them with a hairdryer and hoped that would be good enough for the next morning."
No One Really Understands the South - The New York Times
Dana Sweeney, a young organizer in Montgomery with Hometown Action, which does nonpartisan canvassing in small towns and rural areas, said the group’s priorities of racial justice, gender equity, access to health care and environmental justice weren’t out of place in those communities.
New Social Action Group Forms in Montevallo - Shelby County Reporter
Justin Vest, Hometown Action’s founder and executive director, is one of those University of Montevallo products who left town after he left school but was drawn back by the magnetism of this little college town. Vest came back with a mission.