|HEADLINE: Gatekeepers Association of Alabama recommends voting “NO” on HB399, or the Birmingham Water Works Bill, and “NO” to the current proposed amendments to the Mayor-Council Act of 1955|
Birmingham, Alabama, April 5, 2016
The Gatekeepers Association of Alabama (GAA), a diverse group of pastors united to empower the church to influence the governmental realm, recommends our State Legislators vote “NO” to HB399, or the Birmingham Water Works bill, and “NO” to the current proposed amendments to the Mayor-Council Act of 1955. After multiple meetings with several members of the Birmingham City Council as well as members of the Jefferson County Democratic House delegation, including the latest public forum at the Jefferson County Courthouse on April 4, 2016, it has become increasingly the opinion of the GAA that these two elected entities HAVE NOT had sufficient civil dialogue together discussing these two critical pieces of legislation that will impact hundreds of thousands of current citizens and millions to come in future generations as well as the potential control of billions of tax payer dollars. Therefore, these two pieces of legislation SHOULD NOT hastily be voted upon WITHOUT a thoughtful, transparent, intellectual, thorough process involving ALL PARTIES FROM BOTH ELECTED ENTITIES WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF ALL CITIZENS AFFECTED.
Moreover, GAA urges all citizens, especially the voters who voted these current elected officials into office and will vote again next year for Birmingham city offices and in 2018 for state representatives, to call the members of the House Commerce and Small Business Committee concerning HB 399 immediately. Please begin your calls with the clerk for this committee, Mary Ruth Davis, who can send a message to the entire committee:
Mary Ruth Davis 334-242-7696 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Williams, Chair (Jefferson Co) 334-242-7779 email@example.com
Dimitri Polizos, Vice Chair (Montgomery Co) 334-242-7469 firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Ford, Ranking Minority Leader (Etowah County) 334-242-7690 email@example.com
Louise Alexander (Jefferson Co) 334-242-7593 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adline Clarke (Mobile Co) 334-242-7449 email@example.com
Anthony Daniels (Madison Co) 334-242-7494
Danny Garrett (Jefferson Co) 334-242-7535 firstname.lastname@example.org
Micky Hammon (Limestone Co, Morgan Co) 334-242-7709 email@example.com
Nathaniel Ledbetter (Dekalb Co.) 334-242-7492 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy Martin (Autauga & Chilton Co) 334-242-7139 email@example.com
Barry Moore (Coffee Co) 334-242-7773 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Patterson (Madison Co) 334-242-7531 email@example.com
Richie Whorton (Jackson & Madison Co) 334-242-7753 firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, please contact the Jefferson County House delegation concerning the Mayor-Council Act:
Louise Alexander 334-242-7600 205-425-5700 email@example.com
Jim Carns 334-242-7600 205-314-9808 firstname.lastname@example.org
Merika Coleman-Evans 334-242-7755 205-325-5308 email@example.com
Dickie Drake 334-242-7727 205-699-7392 firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Farley 334-242-7767 205-477-5617 email@example.com
David Faulkner 334-242-7600 205-870-9577 firstname.lastname@example.org
Juandalynn Givan 334-242-7684 205-326-2466 email@example.com
Arnold Mooney 334-242-7600 205-222-8721 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Moore 334-242-7608 205-229-9966 email@example.com
Oliver Robinson 334-242-7769 205-849-6765 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Rogers 334-242-7761 205-925-3522 email@example.com
Rod Scott 334-242-7752 205-837-5673 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle South 334-242-7600 205-393-4496 email@example.com
Patricia Todd 334-242-7718 205-324-9822 firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Treadaway 334-242-7685 205-566-6835 email@example.com
Tim Wadsworth 334-242-7600 205-712-1792 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Williams 334-242-7779 205-862-5041 email@example.com
This recommendation reflects a collective opinion of the entire group and is not considered the official position by any individual members of GAA or any organizations with which the members are affiliated.
Charles Finney wrote, “If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.” We as the GAA accept and embrace our responsibility to empower the church through education, encouragement, exposure and evaluation.
Moreover, GAA encourages continual prayer for our Mayor, Birmingham City Council members, and all State Legislators involved in this decision-making process as well as all other governmental leaders and those serving in our nation’s armed services protecting the freedoms we hold so dear.
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”- Thomas Jefferson. So “person of good conscience”, let your voice be heard concerning both pieces of legislation.