Trust EO Press Conference

Sixteen Coalition Groups, Faith and Civic Leaders to Hold Press Conference to Call on Mayor Woodfin to Take Action on Proposed "Trust and Public Safety" Order 
(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 7/30/2018) -- Tomorrow, the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) and Adelante Alabama Workers Center, along with other coalition partners, faith and civic leaders, will host a press conference outside of City Hall about the proposed "Trust and Public Safety" Order.

WHAT: Press Conference about Proposed Executive Order 
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31st at 11:00 am 
WHERE: Outside of City Hall, 710 20th St N, Birmingham, AL  35203

SPEAKERS: Adelante Alabama Worker Center
                      Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
                      Black Lives Matter Birmingham
                      Faith in Action Alabama
                      La Casita
                      Greater Birmingham Ministries
                      National Lawyers Guild
                      Southern Poverty Law Center
                      NAACP of Alabama
                      Southerners On New Ground
CONTACT: Ali Massoud, 262-501-1331,


The order would prevent Birmingham from expending its own local resources on enforcing federal immigration policies. In addition to saving the city money, this policy would also promote trust in local law enforcement and protect public safety for all residents, regardless of immigration status. It does not interfere with any state or federal laws. 

CAIR-Alabama and Adelante met with Mayor Woodfin back in April to discuss this proposal, but after months of delays from the city, they are coming together with their coalition partner organizations to ask Mayor Woodfin to take action. 

“We have been working with the Mayor on this proposal for months, but with the federal administration's harsh enforcement of a 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy we've begun to see fear and anxiety reflected in our communities," said Ali Massoud, CAIR-Alabama Government Affairs Coordinator. “The Mayor has expressed ample support for marginalized black and brown populations, and now we are asking him to keep his promises and pass this executive order.”

He added, “Birmingham has a robust immigrant population, but this executive order isn't just for them, it's for everyone. Passing the 'Trust and Public Safety' order promotes trust between communities of color and local law enforcement, making the city safer for all of us.”
Addressing the Mayor directly, Cesar Mata, Adelante Alabama Worker Center Volunteer said, "My community does not want to live in fear. We do not want to continue to suffer family separation. Our community wants to feel safe when we talk to the police. We need an official policy from the City of Birmingham that will protect all  families. The “Fostering Trust and Promoting Public Safety and Civli Rights for All City Residents” executive order can help you keep the promise you made to keep us safe. We know Birmingham can do what is right. Mr. Mayor, you can decide what side of history you are on. All of Birmingham’s citizens still believe in you."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
CONTACT: Government Affairs Coordinator, Ali Massoud at