Among the latest initiatives to celebrate the fifty years of progress in civil rights, the City Council under the leadership of Council member Jonathan Austin proposed an anti-discrimination ordinance. Both the proclamation and the proposed ordinance have been submitted to the Mayor’s office and the City Law Department. The newly proposed ordinance would call for a city-wide human rights commission to address discrimination in employment, housing, and accommodation.
January 11, 2013 - Virginia Spidle has filed a complaint against the City of Birmingham for reverse race discrimination. Mrs. Spidle, a 24-year employee of the City, was accused of racial discrimination and dismissed in 2010. Recently, she was awarded back pay and returned to work in a different position.
In her complaint, Spidle details how racial animus fueled an atmosphere of hostility toward all Caucasian employees of the City's finance department. Below is the full complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
On Sunday September 23rd, the Birmingham chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its annual Continuing Community Service Awards Ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Graymont. Branch President Hezekiah Jackson was the master of ceremonies for a night honoring members of the community who have made outstanding contributions through selfless service.
The City of Birmingham is contracted with Judicial Correction Services (JCS) to provide probationary services. Part of those services include conducting educational classes that cost the defendants anywhere from $65 to $650 with additional charges for workbooks. A municipal judge can order a defendant to attend one or more of the following:
From the Birmingham News: A Birmingham lawyer is asking federal civil rights officials to investigate what she calls abuses of citizens caught in a trap of continually mounting fees with a private probation company in both Birmingham and Hoover municipal courts.
It's a claim the private probation company denies.
This is the story of how a single mother was abused by for-profit justice and how a “probation loan” turned into an arrest warrant. In the following report, Chade reflects on the hardship imposed on her by Judicial Correction Services (JCS) and the Hoover Municipal Court. Read below the story of how the judicially sponsored profit venture padded their pockets with hundreds of dollars from a single mother of two. The following report unfolded in Valinda Chappell’s interview of Chade.
The practice of granting probation to an offender is a highly regarded practice because it allows the court greater flexibility while affording offenders more time to pay fines, court courts and other fees assessed related to the infraction. What has recently come under scrutiny is the role of privatization in probationary services within the municipal courts in the State of Alabama.