Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
This week in Alabama, two prominent places in U.S. history will be a step closer to becoming National Parks.
On Thursday, October 27th, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell will be conducting two public hearings to consider designating both Freedom Riders Park in Anniston and the Birmingham Civil Rights District as National Parks.
Our top story today and for the coming week is the announcement that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be visiting Anniston and Birmingham to hold public hearings on whether to recommend to President Obama several civil rights sites for National Monument designations.
In Birmingham, the proposed park would include landmark sites such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, where in September 1963, four little girls were murdered by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan. Also included in the proposal, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which houses archives and exhibits documenting the events of the city’s past, and various other historic sites within the civil rights district.
In Anniston, the proposed National Monument designation will focus on sites where the Greyhound bus carrying the Freedom Riders in 1961 were ambushed in downtown Anniston, and outside town where there was an attack on the Freedom Riders and the bus burning that shook a nation took place.
As a preview for the third and final Presidential debate in Las Vegas tonight, Bham Now asked five questions about the state of the race and its impact on Birmingham and Alabama to Fred Shepherd, Professor and Chair of the Samford University Political Science Department.
This is the final of three pre-debate five- question interviews. Our first interview was with Marty Connors, former Chair of the Alabama Republican Party. The second interview was with Richard Mauk, Chair of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.
As a preview for the third and final Presidential debate in Las Vegas tonight, Bham Now asked five questions about the state of the race and its impact on Birmingham and Alabama to Chair of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee Richard Mauk.
Heading up one of the most successful Democratic groups in the deeply red state of Alabama, Richard Mauk has helped keep Jefferson County “blue” for several election cycles since 2010. He is President and Chairman of the Board for the Consumer Financial Education Foundation of America and has been a longtime member of the city of Birmingham’s Design Review Committee.
This is the second of three pre-debate five- question interviews. Our first interview was with Marty Connors, former Chair of the Alabama Republican Party. Our third installment will be with Fred Shepherd, Chair of the Political Science Department at Samford University.
Stop by Black Warrior Brewing Company in downtown Tuscaloosa on October 20th between 4:00pm to 10:00pm for some great beer and learn how you can help improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation.
Twenty percent of all beer sold that night will be donated to the Alabama Coastal Foundation.
From our good friend Mike Kyser at the Alabama Forestry Commission, the severity of the current Drought Emergency and Fire Alert is clearly evident by the drastic increase in the number of wildfires that have occurred in the first two weeks of October 2016 compared to last year – 2015.
As a preview for the third and final Presidential debate in Las Vegas this Wednesday night, Bham Now asked five questions about the state of the race and its impact on Birmingham and Alabama to former Alabama Republican Party chairman Marty Connors.
For three decades, Connors helped build the current Republican majority in the state of Alabama. A CPAC Ronald Reagan Award winner and Romney bundler, Connors just recently returned to Alabama from Cincinnati, Ohio, after going door-to-door with an Alabama Strike force group on behalf of Donald Trump.
This is the first of three pre-debate five- question interviews. Upcoming interviews before the Wednesday debate will feature Jefferson County Democratic Party Chair Richard Mauk and Samford University Political Science Chair Fred Shepherd.
Some good news about a new innovative sustainability program in Alabama. From a Green Resource Center for Alabama news release:
This week, the Green Resource Center for Alabama (GRCA) announced the launch of EMERGE, a new sustainability leadership development program designed to help professionals and community advocates advance sustainability in the Birmingham area.
Got to admit. This is one of the most creative and important fundraising events in Birmingham.
The Women’s Fund Smart Party 5.0 is….
One part – A cocktail party – You can buy a ticket or make a donation and attend one of the coolest fundraising events of the year in Birmingham tomorrow night, Thursday, Oct. 13th at Iron City.
If you can’t attend, let’s say your kids have a soccer game, or you’ve got deadlines at work – Register for the online event. In both cases, you create your own personal fundraising page. And you can do either RIGHT NOW!