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Councilor Sheila Tyson Kicks Off Women’s Empowerment Series

Crime, drug usage, and educational underperformance are all widely associated within public housing and Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson wants to do more than just advocate. She is also putting forth new initiatives to work with the community to help them come up with solutions to deal with problems that for so long have plagued their environments. First on her agenda…is a new series entitled, ‘I am My Sister’s Keeper’ which is a forum that is organized to educate all residents on their role towards change.

“Our whole purpose is to educate and inform our citizens on how they can contribute to change in our communities. We also want to keep them up to speed on current proposed legislation and how it will affect them,” Councilor Tyson said. “This series will also allow us to gain feedback from women in the community on what they see as barriers in their everyday experience in the housing community.”

Councilor Tyson put forth this deliberate agenda for change after recently attending the National Action Network Convention in New York City. As Councilor Tyson looks to carry the momentum of change that has been initiated by NAN, she hopes to reach out to those who are often disregarded. According to a study conducted by Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, the collaborative efforts between government and non-government entities provide much needed long-term support to help housing communities obtain permanent solutions.

In addition to developing strategies women also walked away with countless resources that would help them navigate through different areas in their life. To top the forum off each participant was given numerous giveaways including groceries and other prize drawings that were handed out between each discussion topic.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.