For the inaugural issue of Weld, we asked dozens of people from throughout the community — young and not-so-young; male and female; black, white, Hispanic and Asian; Christian, Muslim, Jewish and agnostic; students, professionals, artists and more — to each give us one idea for making Birmingham better. This is one of those ideas. You can read more here.
Tim Denny • Vice President and Creative Director DavisDenny
What does Birmingham need? MORE PROTESTS.
I’m not talking about violence or anarchy here. I’m talking about highly visible, organized displays of solidarity among people that cuts through all socio-economics, race and other held-over prejudices. Birmingham has a storied history of protests that changed history by dialing in and shedding a blinding light on problems of civil and human rights. In many ways, Birmingham is a city defined by protests.
Of course, you can find a protest almost every week in Birmingham. There are “walks” against breast cancer and other diseases. There are city council meetings and neighborhood meetings. If like-minded people can be motivated just to show up (with other groups as support) at peaceful protests against injustice, bad ideas or inequities, notions of change ring out to those affected on both sides.
Maybe someone will start a company or not-for-profit called “Professional Protest Organizers” that can provide safe and meaningful ways for people to get back on the streets to make change, and draw attention to Birmingham as a city where people care enough to participate “with their feet” in a very effective means of demonstrating care for others.
Read more Big Ideas to Make Birmingham Better here.