OUR Campaigns for Health & Justice

Economic Justice:

BBC’s founders believed that our economic system was under attack. BBC was created to address the economic policies and practices that influence industrial pollution, poverty, and environmental violence. BBC members are workers and laborers and our families are involved in family farming, small business activities, and healthy community development.

In 2017, BBC began the “Black Belt Green Jobs Development Program” with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute. This program and its funding will allow BBC the opportunity to host economic workshops, provide opportunities for small business development, and begin planning a just transition in Uniontown with Uniontown’s residents.

Environmental Justice:

We are currently fighting for equal rights to clean air, clean water, and equal protection of land and sacred space. We are fighting against factory farms, mega-landfills, and state policies & practices that result in water pollution, toxic waste, and desecration of sacred space. We are managing multiple actions and campaigns towards environmental justice in Uniontown including:

  • protecting sacred space from toxic waste;
  • providing clean water and working sanitation;

BBC’s Officers, members and allies have worked towards clean water and working sanitation in Uniontown for 5+ years. We are currently partnering with different organizations and institutions to document access to water, wastewater failures, and industrial pollution from multiple sources. We just recently began a human rights campaign for clean water and working sanitation with the support from the US Human Rights Network. We need help demanding the City of Uniontown and ADEM to build a mechanical treatment plant, to stop the daily sewage overflows, and address the massive volumes from industrial additions. To help us achieve clean water in Uniontown, please support our Black Belt Citizens Clean Water Fund.

BBC established itself to protect and defend the Uniontown community from toxic coal ash. From 2009 to 2010, over 4 million tons of toxic coal ash was dumped in Uniontown. BBC Officers and members have worked with many groups and organization to document and research the problems at the landfill. Some of the BBC members are also complainants of a current Civil Rights Complaint led by Earthjustice against the Al Department of Environmental Management for its permitting of the landfill. This state agency also allowed heavy trespass inside a historic cemetery. On January 28, 2017, BBC began a project and partnership with the Al Sierra Club to move Uniontown beyond coal and to protect the community & New Hope Cemetery from toxic coal ash.

Political Justice:

The founders of BBC believed that our democracy was under attack and that a true democracy was centered in people, transparency, and integrity. BBC was created to build platforms on issues for voters and candidates. BBC wanted a healthy democracy, so we formed a vehicle for community governance. We have addressed community problems by influencing community-led solutions and we have worked on issues at the local, state, and federal level.

In 2017, we will strengthen our organization, a group of the most impacted people, by the most impacted people, and for the most impacted people. In 2017, BBC will educate voters and elected officials. In 2017, BBC will work with other organizations to build capacity and strength for democracy. In 2017, BBC will hold trainings and educational programs for equal rights and political justice.

OUR Programs for Health & Justice

BBC Clean Water Fund for Clean Water and Working Sanitation NOW:

BBC’s Officers, members and allies have worked for clean water and working sanitation in Uniontown for 5+ years. We began a human rights campaign for clean water and working sanitation with the support from the US Human Rights Network.

BBC demands the City of Uniontown build a mechanical treatment plant, to stop the daily sewage overflows, and address the massive volumes from industrial additions.

To help us achieve clean water in Uniontown, we are currently partnering with different organizations and institutions to document access to water, wastewater failures, and industrial pollution of multiple sources. To support our efforts for clean water, please support this Clean Water Fund. BBC Officers are the deciding body where the funds will be prioritized. BBC Officers are responsible for the program and its expenses. BBC has projects in need of support. BBC members and non-members are welcome to participate at any level.

BBC Community Defense Program:

BBC Officers and members have worked side-by-side with lawyers and legal experts involving cases in freedom of speech, discrimination, families’ rights, protecting land, clean water, defending sacred space, and more. BBC is a community resource intended to connect residents to education and legal tools. BBC is working to protect and defend historic cemeteries, small farmers and impacted landowners, and impacted residents. BBC Officers hope to guide the community towards justice with access and connections to legal advice, education in rights and policies, and opportunities for equal protections.

To help us defend the rights of our members and community, please support this Community Defense Fund. BBC Officers are the deciding body where the funds will be prioritized. BBC Officers are responsible for the program and its expenses. BBC has projects in need of support. BBC members and non-members are welcome to participate at any level.

BBC Green Jobs Development Program:

BBC Officers and members actively participate in small business activity and naturally promote healthy community development. BBC believes that any economy based on justice and equity would be a complete transition from current Uniontown. In 2017, BBC began a project called the “Black Belt Green Jobs Development Program” with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute. This program will help BBC in the following: develop local jobs that create local produce; to begin workshops and trainings for small businesses and technology; to educate workers and owners; and to engage in local economic development. This Program and its Fund will allow BBC the opportunity to host workshops for knowledge exchange, provide micro-grants to small business owners, and begin planning a just transition in Uniontown and Al’s Black Belt. BBC Officers are the deciding body where the funds will be prioritized. BBC Officers are responsible for the program and its expenses. BBC has projects in need of support. BBC members and non-members are welcome to participate at any level.

BBC Women’s Program:

The BBC’s founders consisted mainly of women as does the family structure of most Black Belt families. BBC has been led by majority women and some of our programs have been created just for women by women. BBC’s work has focused on family and health and for these reasons and more BBC created a Women’s Fund. The fund provides education and events in the fields of health, leadership development, family economics, and arts and culture. This special fund goes towards programming ran by women for women. This fund could allow more women the ability to travel together to programs for economics, arts, family health, and culture. BBC Officers are the deciding body where the funds will be prioritized. BBC Officers are responsible for the program and its expenses. BBC has projects in need of support. BBC members and non-members are welcome to participate at any level.

BBC Youth Program:

BBC Officers and members want their children to have a safe and healthy Uniontown. We work with families and always include our youth. In 2016, we began taking our youth to programs, workshops, and conferences to have opportunities and experiences to build leadership. This Black Belt Citizens Youth Program and Fund has been set up to benefit the Uniontown youth for special programs to promote education of history and culture, engage in healthy activities, travel to workshops and conferences, assist in leadership development, and prepare our youth for adult-life. To conduct more youth outreach and outdoor education, BBC has partnered with the Alabama Sierra Club’s Birmingham Inspiring Outdoor Connections (ICO) program. The program will connect youth to technology, education, and entrepreneurship trainings. The fund could go towards helping BBC hire child-care during our adult education programs and/or hiring a part-time youth mentor. BBC Officers are the deciding body where the funds will be prioritized. BBC Officers are responsible for the program and its expenses. BBC has projects in need of support. BBC members and non-members are welcome to participate at any level.

BBC Community Health Network:

BBC’s founding members were very concerned with the community’s health problems and the lack of health resources. BBC’s members are very concerned for their health and the wellbeing of their family. Many BBC members have various experiences in the fields of health, community care, and healing. BBC has partnered with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice to develop a community health network to increase investigation and documentation of the environmental health conditions in Uniontown and Al’s Black Belt. BBC has many partnerships with organizations and institutions intended to connect resources with the most impacted residents for education, connection, and empowerment towards health.

BBC Assemblies and Political Forums:

BBC’s founding members were very interested in local government. BBC’s leaders have various experiences in the field of politics. BBC has partnered with Project South and other organizations to create and facilitate programs for political education. BBC has built many community programs to address local problems. BBC believes in building plans of action with inclusive solutions from those most impacted.

UPDATES on OUR GOALS for Protecting Sacred Space from Toxic Waste:

  • On February 10th, 2017, the Alabama  Department of Environmental Management  (ADEM) renewed and approved the landfills permit for another 5 years.
  • BBC still demands the halt to the trespass and desecration at New Hope Cemetery by state, landfill, and any contract workers.

  • BBC is supporting the 20+ families of the landfill in their legal and communal efforts to protect New Hope Cemetery.

  • BBC demands the immediate halt of the toxic gas releases at the landfill so families may visit New Hope in health.

  • BBC demands no more coal ash in Uniontown. Coal ash is dangerous and toxic.

  • BBC demands EPA’s Civil Rights Investigation into ADEM’s permitting of Arrowhead results in situations to protect the community for past, present, and future coal ash.

  • BBC demands an immediate investigation into the state’s permitting and enforcement of Arrowhead Landfill including ADEM, EPA Region IV, and the Al Historical Commission.

UPDATES on OUR GOALS for Clean Water & Working Sanitation:

  • Right now, sewage is overflowing in Uniontown. We need immediate support to document this crisis and protect the landowners. Please donate to the Black Belt Citizens Clean Water Fund so BBC can self-determine how best to use it.

  • BBC continues to demand the halt to the on-going plans of more sprayfield and wetland treatment methods. BBC is demanding that the City of Uniontown build a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant for a healthy Uniontown.

  • The Uniontown Mayor, City Council, and City Engineers, Sentell Engineering, are not appropriately responding to citizens’ concerns. BBC demands for an investigate and accounting of the $4.8 Million USDA project.

  • BBC demands the City of Uniontown require Harvest Select to stop exceeding limits of wastewater discharge volume into the City’s collection system. BBC demands that responsible industries pay for their fare share of a new, mechanical treatment plant.

  • Right now, the City of Uniontown, Sentell Engineering and ADEM are planning Uniontown’s wastewater future without proper input from the public. BBC demands no increase to consumer rates and no shut offs to residential water or public sewer.

  • Contact ADEM’s Director (llefleur@adem.alabama.gov) and Chief of Water (gld@adem.alabama.gov ) and demand the immediate halt of plans for more wetlands and sprayfields. Demand a new state-of-the-art system that builds a healthy future.

  • Contact the Uniontown City Council at (334) 628-2011 and demand they construct a new state-of-the-art system that builds a healthy future.