As a collaboration between some of Alabama’s most active and progressive groups working for social change, AOP is able to bring the benefits of experience and diversity to support community organizing across the state. The organizational goal of the Alabama Organizing Project is to facilitate the movement of people out of poverty in Alabama by dismantling two major structural obstcles: a regressive tax system and a state constitution that disenfranchises many of Alabama’s poorest citizens.
The five member organizations of the Alabama Organizing Project provide the personnel for the Executive Committee and Grassroots Leadership Development (GLD) Advisory Committee. Each member brings a distinct set of experiences, expertise, and constituents to the collaborative.
- Alabama Coalition Against Hunger (ACAH) is a component of the Alabama Council on Human Relations, Inc. The mission of the Hunger Coalition is to end hunger and malnutrition by providing access, as a matter of right, to a sufficient quantity of nutritious food that ensures health and well-being for all Alabamians. The expertise ACAH brings to the collaborative table is a network of individuals and organizations. The central focus is on hunger, food insecurity, community gardening networks, homelessness and elderly issues as well as working with food banks to make their networks accessible. additionally, ACAH offers a connection to the Community Action Programs (CAPs), Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and the network of Head Start Directors as well as their programs and resources.
- Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP) is a coalition of more than 150 religious, community and civic groups that promote state policies to improve the lives of low-income people. Arise represents a diversity of race and geography. ACPP is the lead organization on tax reform in Alabama.
- The Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) is a statewide organization of 150 community based child care centers and 200 home providers (serving 5,500 children), and over 300 individual members. The mission of FOCAL is to measurably improve the lives of children and families in Alabama through child care training, leadership, development, and advocacy.
- The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund is an association of cooperatives and credit unions involving 25,000 low income families across the rural south. In Alabama, the Federation/LAF has 15 member organizations and about 4,000 individual members. A primary focus of the Federation is on the problems of small black family farmers who are losing their landholdings and being driven out of business. Other primary concerns are cooperative and credit union development, community based economic development, and providing affordable housing development for the rural poor in the state of Alabama and the Southeast region.
- Greater Birmingham Ministries (GBM) is a muti-faith and multi-racial organization that serves people, builds community, and pursues justice. GBM is a leading organization for constitutional reform in Alabama. GBM’s activities include securing emergency assistance (food, clothing, rent, utlities, and medical prescriptions) for low income families, strengthening the capacity of communities and their partners to work toward beneficial change, and listening to and working alongside low income neighbors and neighborhoods as they seek to improve their own lives and the life of the larger community.
- Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the social, civic and economic integration Hispanic families and individuals in Alabama. ¡HICA!’s programs include information and referral services, case management, court advocacy, a 24-hour victims of crime hotline, family legal and immigration services, community organizing and education, and English as a Second Language classes. For more information, visit: www.hispanicinterest.org.
La Coalición del Interés Hispano de Alabama (¡HICA!) es una organización 501(c)(3) sin ánimo de lucro que trabaja por la integración social, cívica y económica de las familias latinas de Alabama. Los programas de ¡HICA! incluyen servicios de información y referencia, acompañamiento de las víctimas en las cortes, una línea de ayuda para víctimas de crimen, educación y la promoción de participación cívica, y clases de inglés. Para más información, visite: www.hispanicinterest.org.