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The Birmingham City Council Joins the Massive Efforts for Those Slain in the South Carolina Shootings

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                 Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL- President Johnathan Austin and the Birmingham City Council are joining the fight against the recent violent act of terrorism that occurred in South Carolina last week. Today, the Birmingham City Council formally passed a resolution supporting the existing efforts that Governor Nikki Hayley, South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn, and the South Carolina NAACP have initiated as the nation begins to heal from a senseless act of terror spurred by unaddressed racism in America.

In 1963, the world watched the horrific bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. This senseless act left four helpless little girls to die while attending Sunday school and our community was met with the fierce reality of death at the hands of individuals who displayed blatant hatred and disregard for human life. Councilor Johnathan Austin, the youngest president to serve on the Birmingham City Council is deeply saddened yet moved to respond appropriately to another shameful act of violence that will indeed change the face of America and the way we govern.

“As president of the Birmingham City Council, it is my obligation to join with other elected leaders, and civil and human rights organizations as we continue to fight for social justice and the war on domestic terrorism,” said President Austin. “While the Confederate flag may not matter to some, the people in our community believe in racial equality. It is imperative that we make a call to action in response to this tragedy as we look to address the underlying stench of a 300-year old problem still lingering in the fabric of our nation.”