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 in order to increase voter engagement.
Her work has led her to advocate for policies to expand poll access, expand early voting, resist voter ID laws, and restore voting rights to individuals for many years.
Under an intersectional lens, she promotes policies that intersect with race, gender, economic and other aspects of equity, and 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 2000 entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada. Later, after unfortunately 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 more
determined to change careers to work that would instigate change
Following the George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, Cara co-founded the Birmingham Chapter of Black Lives Matter, which was nestled within the Black Lives Matter Global Network, founded by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometti. As the chapter grew, Cara participated in a national Department of Justice-sponsored pilot to build trust between police and marginalized community members as well as spearheaded a local action on Mother’s Day to Bail Black Mothers from jail and reunite families. She also helped to organize political actions, including a recent action following the police shooting of Emantic Bradford, a young black man who was at the mall on Black Friday in November 2018.
While organizing for several years, Cara assisted and collaborated with many movements in Alabama such as Fight for $15, Alabama’s fight to end predatory lending, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Stand as One, Faith in Action, Shut Down Etowah/Alabama’s Immigrant Rights movement, NAACP Alabama, Alabama Arise, SONG Alabama, etc. During this time, she discovered that there was an important need to strengthen political and electoral power.
Cara worked on Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign and assisted locally with voter engagement and political education. In 2016 she obtained a job driving across the state providing transportation to poor and elderly to their doctors’ appointments sometimes over 50 plus miles away from their homes, giving her a chance to hear stories about the way poor black people were subject to significant bills that kept them in poverty. Cara decided to run as
the Democratic Party candidate for Public Service Commission Place 1, a role that would significantly change the lives of lower-income Alabamians by influencing the ways that utilities are priced and administered in the state.
Because of the historic number of black women running for office Cara made the Essence Chisholm List, was featured on Brooke Baldwins American Woman and Glamour Magazine. She scored Endorsements from Black to the Future, Working Families Party, MoveOn and many more. She believes that by running for office, she expanded local folks understanding of the public service commission, and its ability to address issues that trickle down to communities of color.
Despite not winning her first election, Cara is continuing to develop her skills with community organizing, marketing, campaigning, planning, as she works for and with statewide and national organizations committed to improving voting rights and electoral power in the south. She hopes to expand her base and learn from other people across the country working hard to do the same in their communities.