Alabama Council on Human Relations: Alabama Organizing Project
Purpose of Grant
For general support.
For fifteen years, the Alabama Organizing Project (AOP) has been training the future leaders of Alabama to speak out and educate others for social justice. AOP assists organizations in the state to work collaboratively in empowering their constituents – many of whom are low income people – to find policy, program and developmental solutions to problems of poverty in a state where democratic empowerment has historically been frustrated by racial, economic and social fragmentation.
AOP is a unique collaboration of six organizations: Arise Citizens’ Policy Project , the Alabama Coalition Against Hunger, the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Greater Birmingham Ministries and the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama. The mission of the Alabama Organizing Project is to cooperatively and collaboratively educate and mobilize low-income families to advocate on their own behalf for policy and community change. AOP maintains strong relationships with member organizations, constituents, and policy makers across lines of race, ethnicity, class, and gender.
In pursuit of this mission, AOP is committed to achieving the following goals: fostering close professional collaboration between Alabama-based grassroots social justice advocates and organizers; fostering the development of close emotional and spiritual bonds within and between the various grassroots communities served by these advocates; and developing additional grassroots leaders capable of organizing and mobilizing communities around rewriting the state constitution, reforming the state tax structure, and pursuing a quality of life agenda favorable to the fullest health of their communities.