Alianza Americas Applauds the City of Birmingham, Alabama for Standing up for Community and Compassion

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

Alianza Americas Applauds the City of Birmingham, Alabama for Standing up for Community and Compassion

Friday, February 10, 2017
Cristina Garcia, (773) 875-3314
E-mail: cgarcia@alianzaamericas.org

Chicago, IL- Alianza Americas and its 47 organizational members commend the leadership of the Mayor of Birmingham William A. Bell, the City Council and the people of Birmingham for taking action to challenge the rhetoric of hate and division against immigrant, refugees and Muslim communities. The Birmingham City Council on January 31, 2017 unanimously passed a resolution declaring Birmingham a sanctuary city, protecting citizens regardless of immigration status. The resolution states that Birmingham “strives to be a community free of hostilities and aggressions and uphold the commitment to be a community free of prejudice, bigotry and hate.” On the same day, Mayor Bell passed a resolution declaring Birmingham a welcoming city.

Oscar Chacón, Executive Director of Alianza Americas had the following statement. “This courageous action on the part of the city of Birmingham affirms that love and solidarity can bind communities together. We call on Governor Bentley to respect this laudable effort towards building better, more compassionate and inclusive communities. We stand in solidarity with our board member Sarai Portillo, executive director of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ) and with every single leader, community member and elected officials in the city of Birmingham for making a bold commitment toward creating welcoming and just cities.”

Alianza Americas organizational members:

1. América Para Todos

2. ASOSAL

3. Cambiando Vidas- Acess Living

4. Casa de la Cultura El Salvador

5. Casa Mary Johanna

6. Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) of Washington, DC

7. Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) of San Francisco

8. Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) of Los Ángeles

9. Centro Hispano Cuzcatlan

10. Centro Presente

11. Centro Presente

12. Centro Romero

13. Chelsea Human Services Collaborative, Inc.

14. Cicero Area Project

15. Club Francisco Villa

16. Club Jeruco

17. Club Morelia

18. CODEDI: Coalición por los Derechos y la Dignidad de los Inmigrantes

19. Comité Pro Desarrollo del Estado Barinas (COMBAR)

20. Comisión Latina sobre el SIDA

21. Comité TPS Pro Residencia Permanente de Dallas

22. Comunidad Guatemalteca en el Área de la Bahía

23. Comunidad Garífuna guatemalteca COMGARIGUA

24. CRECEN Houston

25. Dominican Development Center

26. Durango Unido

27. Federación de Clubes Michoacanos (FEDECMI)

28. Frente Binacional Michoacano (FREBIMICH)

29. Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha – FIEL

30. Florida Immigrant Coalition – FLIC

31. Federación Oaxaqueña del Medio Oeste – FOMO

32. Hondureños Contra el SIDA

33. Latino Policy Forum

34. Latinos Progresando

35. Living Hope

36. Lower Columbia Hispanic Council

37. Mundo Maya Foundation

38. OCDEMA

39. OLLAS – Office of Latino/Latin America Studies

40. Organización Negra Centroamericana (ONECA)

41. Red Mexicana de Lideres y Organizaciones de Migrantes

42. SANN: Salvadoran American National Network

43. Telpochcalli Community Education Project

44. United for a Fair Economy

45. WeCount!

46. Women Working Togetrher USA

47. Viento del Espiritu

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Alianza Americas represents a critical voice on issues that have an impact on the lives of immigrants and all families throughout the Americas. Its forty- seven organizational members represent more than 100,000 families across 12 states in the United States. It is the only national organization in the U.S. that is rooted in Latino/Caribbean immigrant communities and works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life. www.alianzaamericas.org