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Birmingham Rally May 8 Addresses Macing Students, Payday Loan Stores


Birmingham Faith in Action, a new interfaith movement, is organizing local Faith Communities in Metropolitan Birmingham, clerical and laity, to immediately take on two issues that have created serious social justice concerns locally. These issues are the macing of students in Birmingham City Schools and the devious and predatory lending practices of payday loan shops.

A kick-off “Faith In Action” Rally will be held on Tuesday, May 8th, at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Birmingham. The church is located at 2100 Fourth Avenue North, across from the Birmingham YMCA.

At 5:30 p.m. a Clergy Dinner will feature a major address by Dr. Wayne Flynt on the topic, “Faith, Race and Politics.” Dr. Flynt is a well-known Auburn professor, prominent Baptist leader, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and author of many books on Southern history and Religion in the South.  

The main part of the Rally will be held inside the church starting at 6:45 p.m. Many elected officials are expected to attend. Featured speaker will be Dr. Wallace Hartsfield, Sr., former Vice-President of the National Baptist Convention. Dr. Flynt will also give remarks.

Individuals will give testimonies about their experiences with macing and also having to pay up to more than 400 percent interest on small loans from payday loan shops.

In commenting on the importance of this movement, Mr. Rallins, the Executive Director of BFIA, said, “Scriptures challenge us, time after time, to live out our faith in the marketplace. By working together, with prayer, love and determination, we can transform every community into a model for the world: a place where everyone is welcome and every person is treated justly.”