The Birmingham Progressive Christian Alliance is a Christian Fellowship that considers itself a part of the Reconstruction Church. We claim the tradition of the Christian Church that was active in the First Reconstruction after the Civil War. We are grateful for the Reconstruction Amendments to the US Constitution, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. We celebrate and work for the elimination of all forms of slavery, oppression and injustice against any human being and all creation. We are committed to due process and equal protection under the law for all people of all races, cultures and sexual identies. We are deeply grateful for the Black Colleges in Alabama and America that were founded during the First Reconstruction after the Civil War. We celebrate the fruit they have produced for a stronger and more just Alabama and America. Alabama is a stronger democracy and a more just state because of the leadership produced by these excellent educational institutions.
The Birmingham Progressive Christian Alliance rejects the White Protestant Empire that resisted the gains of the First Reconstruction, and we grieve the oppression of Blacks, women and marginalized people it has produced. We reject the terrorism, threats and intimidation that the White Protestant Empire has used to maintain the domination of white supremacy and white male control of Alabama.
We grieve the effects of the 1901 Alabama Constitution that was written and established by the White Southern Redeemers, a political arm of the White Protestant Empire. The 1901 Alabama Constitution is an instrument of sin, oppression and injustice. White supremacy is an evil lie established as law by the 1901 Alabama Constitution and enforced by terrorism, threat and intimidation by its political arm, the Ku Klux Klan and the 21st century political arm of the White Protestant Empire, the Tea Party.
The Birmingham Progressive Christian Alliance, as a Reconstruction Church, celebrates the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama and America as the Second Reconstruction. This movement led by Rosa Parks, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We honor all who suffered and died to gain Civil Rights and Human Rights for everyone in Alabama.
We deplore the backlash against the gains of the Civil Rights Movement. We mourn the cuts in public education funding, public transportation funding, the push back against voting rights, injustice toward immigrants and the LBGTQ community, the abuses of the criminal justice system and mass incarceration, and the continued denial of expanded health care, labor rights and a living wage. We recognize that the White Protestant Church in Alabama is still the voting block of political power in Alabama. They support and keep the political leaders in place that are behind this backlash against the gains of the Civil Rights Movement. They control Alabama and continue to use police terror, threat and intimidation that supports and continues an unjust and undemocratic Alabama.
We the Birmingham Progressive Christian Alliance join the Moral Monday Movement in Alabama, North Carolina and all America in calling for a Third Reconstruction, a reconstruction that will completely fulfill the democratic values and promises of the US Constitution and our deep faith values, giving liberty and justice for all flesh, to build restorative justice for all.