Daniels Schwartz of Faith in Action Alabama talks about how the organization is building power across race and faith lines in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Mobile. They focus on addressing intentional public decisions to undermine the political economic economic power of people of color — particularly Black and Latinx communities — such as how federal, state, and local policies contribute to mass incarceration and voter suppression. 

Scott Douglas of Greater Birmingham Ministries discusses a shared vision and strategy for a participatory democracy that is transparent, democratically inclusive, and inclusive. He describes the relationship between direct services, community power building, and systems change.