Several events planned:
March 2 - Selma, Alabama | Wallace State Community College | 3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway
Morning: Alabama Empathy Day Team will travel to Selma to discuss issues related to criminal justice reform including voter restoration and reentry barriers. We will be wearing Day of Empathy T-shirts and inviting people to Alabama's Day of Empathy events on March 5th.
Lunch: With Cut50 Team at Selma Nonviolence Center for Truth and Reconciliation
Afternoon: Attend panel of elected officials to discuss importance of voter restoration to Alabama’s political and economic future. And, Intergenerational Summit discussing importance of civic participation and school to prison pipeline.
Tentative trip to Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial
March 3 – Selma, Alabama | Edmund Pettus Bridge
Morning: Alabama Empathy Day Team will attend “Bloody Sunday” events and crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Standing in solidarity with other groups across the nation and carrying Empathy Day banner during the march.
March 4 - Montgomery, Alabama | Immanuel Presbyterian Church | 6pm-8pm
Alabama Poor People’s Campaign and Alabama Day of Empathy Team will be hosting a Poor People's hearing to lift up voices and stories of those most impacted by systemic racism, poverty, mass incarceration, militarism and the war economy, ecological devastation, and the distorted moral narrative, and demand that our legislators take action on these issues during this legislative session.
March 5 - National Day of Empathy and Opening Day of Alabama Legislature
Montgomery, Alabama - 10am Press conference on the steps of the Alabama State House to deliver demands from Poor People’s Hearing in person to our elected officials. Theme of Press Conference is “Empathy”. All speakers asked to relate comments to empathy.
Birmingham, Alabama – 9am Signing Ceremony for Proclamation by Mayor of Birmingham, Randall Woodfin, officially recognizing March 5 as the Day of Empathy in Birmingham.
Participating Organizations: Greater Birmingham Ministries, Empowerment Alliance, Alabama Poor People's Campaign, Kairos, Repairers of the Breach, Community Care Development Network (CCDN), Offender Alumni Association (OAA), Mothers Against All Violence In Selma (MAAVIS), Second Chance The Podcast