Former Birmingham City Councilmember Sheila Tyson discusses the severe lack of state funding for locally-based nonprofits in Alabama.
Sarai Portillo of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice speaks about the immigration rights movement in the South that has involved grassroots organizing and advocacy, leadership development, and multiracial coalition building.
Portia Shepherd of Portia Takes on the BlackBelt and Beyond describes her work at Turning Point, a domestic violence and sexual assault center based in Tuscaloosa in West Alabama, where many low-income people do not have access to trauma services.
Salaam Green of Literary Healing Arts Services speaks about the healing power of writing, storytelling, and narrative for grassroots organizers fighting for environmental justice and restorative justice.
Michelle Browder of I Am More Than describes her work in changing the narrative of how young people in Montgomery’s underserved communities see themselves and the world. Browder uses art, history, and conversation to help youth reclaim their narratives and fight against systemic racism in the heart of the South.