Call and Email Scripts

CALL SCRIPT

Hello, my name is ___________. I’m a constituent from District __. 

I’m calling you to bring your attention to two of Birmingham Police Department’s newest hires, who will be paid for by Mayor Woodfin’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

Recent Police Academy graduates Jacob Garrison and Chase Patterson have displayed images of the Thin Blue Line or Blue Lives Matter flag in the public cover photo of their Facebook profiles. The Thin Blue Line is the belief that police are the only line between order and chaos, completely ignoring the role of community and residents in public safety. The Thin Blue Line flag is often flown at anti-Black Lives Matter protests besides the Confederate flag, like the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville where Heather Heyer was murdered. Many local governments and police chiefs across the country have also banned this flag, acknowledging its place as a hate symbol.

In addition, Chase Patterson has publicly posted an image of the Confederate flag on Facebook.

First, I demand that both Jacob Garrison and Chase Patterson be terminated from BPD effective immediately. Is the Birmingham Police Department hiring public servants to protect its working-class residents, or is it hiring overseers to keep its largely Black population in place? I think you believe like I do that hate, white supremacy, and racism have no place in our City.

Second, I demand that you and all members of City Council reject the Mayor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget until the City Council passes greater transparency and oversight measures for BPD’s hiring process, including reviewing racism within the Department and laying off officers for racist actions both on- and off-duty.

Lastly, I ask that you consider the results of the People’s Budget Birmingham’s recent community survey. The survey found the following: 

  • Only 13% of respondents want the City to maximally fund the police department and law enforcement.
  • 75% want the City to maximally fund alternative criminal justice models.
  • At least 50% prefer a non-police first responder to traditional police intervention in every situation surveyed, including homelessness, mental health, domestic violence, active shooter, and suspicious activity situations.

I think you believe like I do that a budget should be adopted that aligns with the priorities of the people you’ve been elected to represent. I implore you in these difficult times to listen to the people you represent and divest from BPD, invest in alternative criminal justice models, and reimagine police intervention in our City.

Thank you,

[YOUR NAME HERE]

[YOUR CONTACT INFO]

E-MAIL SCRIPT

Hello, my name is ___________. I’m a constituent from District __. 

I’m e-mailing you to bring your attention to two of Birmingham Police Department’s newest hires, who will be paid for by Mayor Woodfin’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

Recent Police Academy graduates Jacob Garrison and Chase Patterson have displayed images of the Thin Blue Line or Blue Lives Matter flag in the public cover photo of their Facebook profiles. The Thin Blue Line is the belief that police are the only line between order and chaos, completely ignoring the role of community and residents in public safety. The Thin Blue Line flag is often flown at anti-Black Lives Matter protests besides the Confederate flag, like the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville where Heather Heyer was murdered. Many local governments and police chiefs across the country have also banned this flag, acknowledging its place as a hate symbol.

In addition, Chase Patterson has publicly posted an image of the Confederate flag on Facebook, and used an “Okay hand” emoji in a Facebook post while talking about current events. The Okay hand gesture is listed on the Anti-Defamation League’s hate symbols database, used by white supremacists to represent the letters WP for “white power.”

First, I demand that both Jacob Garrison and Chase Patterson be terminated from BPD effective immediately. Is the Birmingham Police Department hiring public servants to protect its working-class residents, or is it hiring overseers to keep its largely Black population in place? I think you believe like I do that hate, white supremacy, and racism have no place in our City.

Second, I demand that you and all members of City Council reject the Mayor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget until the City Council passes greater transparency and oversight measures for BPD’s hiring process, including reviewing racism within the Department and laying off officers for racist actions both on- and off-duty.

Lastly, I ask that you consider the results of the People’s Budget Birmingham’s recent community survey. The survey found the following: 

  • Only 13% of respondents want the City to maximally fund the police department and law enforcement.
  • 75% want the City to maximally fund alternative criminal justice models.
  • At least 50% prefer a non-police first responder to traditional police intervention in every situation surveyed, including homelessness, mental health, domestic violence, active shooter, and suspicious activity situations.

I think you believe like I do that a budget should be adopted that aligns with the priorities of the people you’ve been elected to represent. I implore you in these difficult times to listen to the people you represent and divest from BPD, invest in alternative criminal justice models, and reimagine police intervention in our City.

Thank you,

[YOUR NAME HERE]

[YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS]

Contact Information for Councilors and Mayor:

District 1: Clinton Woods

Email: clinton.woods@birminghamal.gov, Office number: 205-254-2349

District 2: Hunter Williams (Chair of Public Safety)

Email: hunter.williams@birminghamal.gov, Office number: 205-254-2038

District 3: Valerie Abbott (Chair of Budget and Finance)

Email: valerie.abbott@birminghamal.gov, Office number: 205-254-2355

District 4: William Parker (Council President)

Email: william.parker@birminghamal.gov, Office number: 205-254-2464

District 5: Darrell O’Quinn

Email: darrell.oquinn@birminghamal.gov, Officer number: 205-254-2679

District 6: Crystal Smitherman

Email: crystal.smitherman@birminghamal.gov, Office number: 205-254-2358

District 7: Wardine Alexander (President Pro-Tem)

Email: wardine.alexander@birminghamal.gov, Office number: 205-254-2498

District 8: Steven Hoyt

Email: steven.hoyt@birminghamal.gov, Office number: 205-254-2304

District 9: John Hillard

Email: john.hilliard@birminghamal.gov, Office number: 205-254-2302

Mayor: Randall Woodfin

randall.woodfin@birminghamal.gov, Office number: 205-254-2283