ABOUT

Our Mission

 

Faith & Works is a non-partisan, social justice organization. We are committed to transformative outreach that enhances the quality of life for the underserved and underrepresented and alters the political landscape. Through direct action we strive to build sustainable power and restore hope into disenfranchised communities.

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Our Beliefs

Our work is rooted in six pillars

PEOPLE are where we start and where we end. The people that are most directly impacted by our system must always be centered and heard. We are the experts of our own communities.

PRAYER is what sustains us during this journey for justice. Every day we choose the power that is found within us over the power of hatred, racism, and fascism found in the world.

 

PROTEST we will not remain silent in the face of racial injustice. We will push back and speak truth to power as we work towards an equitable society.

POLICY is the way we can create and shape the systems that we live in. We can envision a new criminal justice, education, and economic system that call for true equity.

POLLS allow us to empower those who have been disconnected from the electoral process and exercise our voice in order to reshape our democracy.

 

POWER we believe in transformation and a radical realignment of power. The current systems we live in need to be radically transformed. We are creating a proactive, movement-based vision instead of a reactionary one.

 

Power is built by and with our people standing together in prayer, protest, and expression at the polls to demand just policy.

How We Work

Faith & Works
Civic Engagement

  • Voter rights education

  • Voter protection workshops

  • Voter registration & restoration clinics

  • GOTV and voter mobilization

  • Issue-based campaigns

Electoral justice project

We build and advocate for state policy to address the needs of disenfranchised communities and build black political power. We strive to create sustainable and structural change, and work to rebuild the lost connection between social justice and the Church.

in defense of black lives

In Defense of Black Lives Birmingham is a coalition of local, progressive, black-led organizations mobilizing to dismantle institutional anti-Blackness against all Black lives, specifically in our local criminal justice and political systems.

in defense bail fund

In Defense Bail Fund is committed to the harm reduction of freeing black women serving pre-trial sentences, abolishing pre-trial detention and supervision in the long-term, and providing bail for people who cannot afford to pay.

Faith and Works is grateful to be a member organization of Movement for Black Lives and fiscally sponsored by Black Belt Community Foundation.

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We Need Your Support Today!

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Our Founder

Cara McClure is the Founder of Faith & Works.

 

She has served as Alabama's state coordinator for Black Voters Matter where she facilitated programs and strategic coalitions to increase voter engagement. 

 

For many years, Cara has been working to expand poll access, gain early voting, resist voter ID laws, and restore voting rights to individuals. 

 

Under an intersectional lens, she promotes policies that address race, gender, economic status, and other aspects of equity. Her work motivates residents of Alabama to collaborate and organize for growth and change.

Cara was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. Early on, she was exposed to ideas related to marketing, recruitment, and professional development while working for her family’s cleaning service. She later became successful in network marketing after building a team of more than 2,000 entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada. Later, after spending time as a homeless mother following a marital separation, Cara turned personal hardship into opportunity when she created an apartment locating service to help individuals and families find their ideal homes. Her experience with homelessness and eviction caused her to become determined to instigate change for others.