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Faith and Works has announced its newest fellows in its mass engagement initiative targeting infrequent voters called The (Re) Vote Black Church Community Voter Project.

“Historically, the church served as a hub, and we believe it’s important to get back to those roots in order to build stronger communities,” said Cara McClure, founder of Faith and Works. “(Re) Vote Black Church Community Voter Project’s most important goals are to organize and help rebuild the relationship between the church and the community. We can rebuild our political muscle when community activists and faith leaders work together to increase voter engagement, education and participation.”

The project, which was originally launched in September 2022, conducts non-traditional outreach efforts to meet non-registered and low propensity voters where they are. The project is modeled after Jesus’s approach to evangelism. Jesus always met the needs of the people before charging them with growing the mission. 

Organizers believe a served community will be “an empowered to serve community” and look to this crusade as a solution to apathy and low voter engagement. 

The goal is to create a minimum of 300 social and civic action ministries across Alabama by 2026 and equip and empower the communities to set their own agendas based on their communities’ needs. Additionally, the goal is also to mass engage a minimum of 20 percent of the population across Alabama. 

The work that Cara McClure does with (Re)Vote Black Church Community Voter Project through her organization Faith & Works gives me so much hope, inspiration, and a second wind in this fight for justice,” said Pastor Ramone Billingsley of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. “If you are a church, concerned citizen that does not know how to get involved with civic issues or issues in your neighborhood or community, reach out to Cara or someone on her team! The workshops and training sessions she is doing have depth, relevance, vision, practicality, and an end goal in mind! I am more hopeful than I have ever been because of this project! The Black Church is not dead!”

The project’s goal is to create (Re) Vote Black Church Community Network to cultivate intentional long-term engagement and relationship building between the Black church and the community to increase voter turnout and provide civic and voter literacy. The goal is to encourage Black voters to vote in every election and to ensure the voters will be educated about voting choices and resources available at their local churches. Once the fellows complete the fellowship, they are then invited into the network to help build sustainability. 

The new cohort of fellows include church members who were nominated by their pastor to lead their new civic engagement ministries, which moves the (Re) Vote Black Church Community Voter Project closer to the goal of 300 social and civic action ministries across the state. The fellows include: 

  • Loretta Brown, Remnant Restoration Ministries;
  • Alfred Hunt, Noble Chapel CME; 
  • Asha Sims, West End Hills MBC;
  • Carla Brown, St. Paul AME Church;
  • DeJourna Evans, Bryan Chapel;
  • Jasmine McVay, St. Matthew AME Church Oxmoor;
  • Stephanie Johnson, Revelation Church Ministries 
  • Telisa Little, First Baptist East Bessemer 
  • Juanita Smith, Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Christ;
  • Dorothy Braggs,  Apostolic Temple of Praise; 
  • Rosamarie Richardson, Wheeling Chapel MBC; 
  • Marcella Spearman, Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church;
  • Diandra Cohill, Greater Saint John Baptist Church;
  • Asiah Borden, Ebenezer Victory Empowerment Church;
  • Regina Thompson, Upper Room Fellowship Church; 
  • Rolinda Burks, Lighthouse Church Ministries;
  • Rosa Williams, Temple of Hope Church; 
  • Ramone Billingsley, Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church; 
  • Gwendolyn Woods, First Baptist Church Mason City;
  • Shari Broadnax, C2 Nation Bham; 
  • Linda Griggs, Believers Temple Church-Docena; 
  • Eula Henderson, Another Chance Ministry; 
  • Rose Burgess, Mt.Moriah Missionary Baptist Church North Pratt; 
  • Sacoria Ware, Believers Temple Church -Brighton; and 
  • Christopher Ruffin, Triumph Church 

Fellows were honored in a kickoff event on Friday, May 5 in downtown Birmingham with guest speakers Dr. Richard Arrington, Birmingham’s first Black mayor and Mrs. Vanessa Pettway, a local author. 

 

 

 

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