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ByGatekeepers Association

INFLUENTIAL GROUP OF CLERGY OPPOSE CHANGES TO MAYOR-COUNCIL ACT

(From the Birmingham Times)

A group of diverse pastors on Wed., April 6 voiced strong opposition to legislation that would give Mayor William Bell additional appointments to the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB).

The Gatekeepers Association of Alabama (GAA), which includes nearly 40 influential pastors from across Jefferson County, said state lawmakers and city officials need to discuss changes before action is taken. The statement came after legislators on Tues., April 5 passed out of committee a bill that would change how BWWB members are appointed.

Currently, the Birmingham City Council appoints all five members to the board, which is expected to grow to six members next year. Under the new legislation, the council will appoint four members and the mayor will appoint two.

Also, mayor would have to approve the council’s selections and the council would have to approve of the mayor’s appointments.

Those and other proposed changes to the Mayor-Council Act, which lays the ground rules for Birmingham’s municipal government, have created a firestorm among residents who have packed hearings to voice concerns about the modifications.

“Today, it is about the city of Birmingham. Tomorrow, it will be about other issues that affect additional residents of the state,” said Bishop Jim Lowe, pastor of Guiding Light Church and member of the GAA executive board. “We must begin to take a stand so that the voices of the people may be heard.”

The GAA met with members of the Birmingham City Council and Jefferson County Democratic House delegation to discuss the proposed measures, Lowe said.

“These two elected entities have not had sufficient civil dialogue together discussing these two critical pieces of legislation that will have an impact on hundreds of thousands of current citizens … as well as the potential control of billions of taxpayer dollars,” the GAA said in a press release.

“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.”

State lawmakers held a 90-minute public hearing on Monday, April 4, to discuss the legislation. Support and opposition were evenly divided during the meeting.

Lowe said he was disappointed that state Rep. Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham), who chaired the meeting, told the overflow crowd that it didn’t matter what the people said, the bill would be passed anyway.

“This is the very thing we have been meeting about—when government leaders no longer consider themselves servants of the people but, rather, lords over the people,” Lowe said.

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ByGatekeepers Association

Gatekeepers Take Position On Controversial House Bills

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           maryruth.davis@alhouse.gov

Jack Williams, Chair (Jefferson Co)                   334-242-7779           jack@jackwilliams.org

Dimitri Polizos, Vice Chair (Montgomery Co) 334-242-7469           dimitri.polizos@alhouse.gov

Craig Ford, Ranking Minority Leader (Etowah County) 334-242-7690    craig.ford@alhouse.gov

Louise Alexander (Jefferson Co)                       334-242-7593              louise.alexander@alhouse.gov

Adline Clarke  (Mobile Co)                                 334-242-7449              adline.clarke@alhouse.gov

Anthony Daniels (Madison Co)                         334-242-7494

Danny Garrett (Jefferson Co)                            334-242-7535              dannygarrett44@gmail.com

Micky Hammon (Limestone Co, Morgan Co) 334-242-7709              mickyhammon@gmail.com

Nathaniel Ledbetter (Dekalb Co.)                    334-242-7492              nathaniel.ledbetter@alhouse.gov

Jimmy Martin (Autauga & Chilton Co)            334-242-7139              jimmy.martin@alhouse.gov

Barry Moore (Coffee Co)                                   334-242-7773              barry@barrymooreindustries.com

Jim Patterson (Madison Co)                              334-242-7531              jimpattersonhd21@gmail.com

Richie Whorton (Jackson & Madison Co)       334-242-7753              ritchiewhorton@gmail.com

 

 

Additionally, please contact the Jefferson County House delegation concerning the Mayor-Council Act:

 

Louise Alexander           334-242-7600              205-425-5700                          louise.alexander@alhouse.gov

Jim Carns                         334-242-7600              205-314-9808                          jim.carns@alhouse.gov

Merika Coleman-Evans 334-242-7755              205-325-5308               merika.colemanevans@alhouse.gov

Dickie Drake                    334-242-7727              205-699-7392                          dickie.drake@alhouse.gov

Allen Farley                     334-242-7767              205-477-5617                          allen.farley@alhouse.gov

David Faulkner               334-242-7600              205-870-9577                          david.faulkner@alhouse.gov

Juandalynn Givan          334-242-7684              205-326-2466                          juandalynn.givan@alhouse.gov

Arnold Mooney              334-242-7600              205-222-8721                          arnold.mooney@alhouse.gov

Mary Moore                    334-242-7608              205-229-9966                          mary.moore@alhouse.gov

Oliver Robinson              334-242-7769              205-849-6765                          oliver.robinson@alhouse.gov

John Rogers                    334-242-7761              205-925-3522                          john.rogers@alhouse.gov

Rod Scott                        334-242-7752              205-837-5673                          rod.scott@alhouse.gov

Kyle South                      334-242-7600              205-393-4496                          kyle.south@alhouse.gov

Patricia Todd                  334-242-7718              205-324-9822                          patricia.todd@alhouse.gov

Allen Treadaway           334-242-7685              205-566-6835                          allen.treadaway@alhouse.gov

Tim Wadsworth            334-242-7600              205-712-1792                          tim.wadsworth@alhouse.gov

Jack Williams                 334-242-7779              205-862-5041                          jack.williams@alhouse.gov

 

 

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.

 

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ByGatekeepers Association

Gatekeepers Recommend “No” Vote to HB399 & Mayor Council Act Amendments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:

Bishop Jim Lowe

Gatekeepers Association of Alabama

205-365-2757

Info@gatekeepersassociation.org

 

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           maryruth.davis@alhouse.gov

Jack Williams, Chair (Jefferson Co)                   334-242-7779           jack@jackwilliams.org

Dimitri Polizos, Vice Chair (Montgomery Co) 334-242-7469           dimitri.polizos@alhouse.gov

Craig Ford, Ranking Minority Leader (Etowah County) 334-242-7690    craig.ford@alhouse.gov

Louise Alexander (Jefferson Co)                       334-242-7593              louise.alexander@alhouse.gov

Adline Clarke  (Mobile Co)                                 334-242-7449              adline.clarke@alhouse.gov

Anthony Daniels (Madison Co)                         334-242-7494

Danny Garrett (Jefferson Co)                            334-242-7535              dannygarrett44@gmail.com

Micky Hammon (Limestone Co, Morgan Co) 334-242-7709              mickyhammon@gmail.com

Nathaniel Ledbetter (Dekalb Co.)                    334-242-7492              nathaniel.ledbetter@alhouse.gov

Jimmy Martin (Autauga & Chilton Co)            334-242-7139              jimmy.martin@alhouse.gov

Barry Moore (Coffee Co)                                   334-242-7773              barry@barrymooreindustries.com

Jim Patterson (Madison Co)                              334-242-7531              jimpattersonhd21@gmail.com

Richie Whorton (Jackson & Madison Co)       334-242-7753              ritchiewhorton@gmail.com

 

 

Additionally, please contact the Jefferson County House delegation concerning the Mayor-Council Act:

 

Louise Alexander           334-242-7600              205-425-5700                          louise.alexander@alhouse.gov

Jim Carns                         334-242-7600              205-314-9808                          jim.carns@alhouse.gov

Merika Coleman-Evans 334-242-7755              205-325-5308               merika.colemanevans@alhouse.gov

Dickie Drake                    334-242-7727              205-699-7392                          dickie.drake@alhouse.gov

Allen Farley                     334-242-7767              205-477-5617                          allen.farley@alhouse.gov

David Faulkner               334-242-7600              205-870-9577                          david.faulkner@alhouse.gov

Juandalynn Givan          334-242-7684              205-326-2466                          juandalynn.givan@alhouse.gov

Arnold Mooney              334-242-7600              205-222-8721                          arnold.mooney@alhouse.gov

Mary Moore                    334-242-7608              205-229-9966                          mary.moore@alhouse.gov

Oliver Robinson              334-242-7769              205-849-6765                          oliver.robinson@alhouse.gov

John Rogers                    334-242-7761              205-925-3522                          john.rogers@alhouse.gov

Rod Scott                        334-242-7752              205-837-5673                          rod.scott@alhouse.gov

Kyle South                      334-242-7600              205-393-4496                          kyle.south@alhouse.gov

Patricia Todd                  334-242-7718              205-324-9822                          patricia.todd@alhouse.gov

Allen Treadaway           334-242-7685              205-566-6835                          allen.treadaway@alhouse.gov

Tim Wadsworth            334-242-7600              205-712-1792                          tim.wadsworth@alhouse.gov

Jack Williams                 334-242-7779              205-862-5041                          jack.williams@alhouse.gov

 

 

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.