JCMP Homewood Coalition Meeting – Thursday, 8/22 at 6 p.m.

The JCMP: Jefferson County Memorial Project’s Homewood Coalition invites you to join us for a community meeting on Thursday, 8/22 at 6 p.m. at the Lee Community Center in Rosedale (1828 25th Ct S, Homewood, AL 35209).

JCMP is a county-wide grassroots coalition with over 35 community partners and a multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-sector, and multi-generational group of volunteers poised to memorialize victims of racial terror violence and expand our county’s understanding of past and present issues of racial injustice.

We held an initial meeting of the Homewood Coalition in May and had over 30 residents provide input as to what our group wanted to do to educate our community and be advocates for change. Homewood has an opportunity to learn about our history as part of the larger community of Jefferson County, and plant the seeds of reconciliation in doing so. Join us!

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“Homegoing” Discussion on Monday, 7/22


This summer the Jefferson County Memorial Project is leading city-wide book discussions around five books.

H.I.V.E. has chosen to read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Please join us on Monday, July 22, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant (430 Greensprings Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35209) for a special discussion on this amazing book.

Other great selections for the Jefferson County Memorial Project Book Club this summer include:

Snack Donations for the Magic City Acceptance Center


H.I.V.E. is partnering with our friends at Edgewood Presbyterian Church and their “More Light (Pride) Sunday” on June 9th to collect snack donations for the marvelous Magic City Acceptance Center. Snack suggestions include:

  • Individually wrapped chips/cookies/granola bars/crackers/fruit snacks/etc.
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Pop tarts
  • Individual servings of mac n’ cheese/chef boyardee/etc.
  • Fridge packs of soda
  • Water
  • Sports drinks

You can also click here to order from their Amazon Wish List. Super easy!

We’ll collect donations between now and June 14th. Please drop off your donations at Edgewood Presbyterian Church (850 Oxmoor Rd) or porch drop-off at 304 Woodland Dr. or 1540 Saulter View Rd. Please email us at hivealabama@gmail.com with any questions.

May H.I.V.E. Books – 5/18 at 9:30 a.m.

Join us for our next H.I.V.E. Books/Gathering this Saturday, 5/18 at 9:30 a.m. at Seeds Coffee (174 Oxmoor Rd, 35209) for good coffee and conversation. We are reading/read/didn’t read at all “Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing That Changed the Course of Civil Rights” by Doug Jones. All are welcome (even if you don’t read the book).


Homewood Community Engagement Meeting

JCMP Homewood Meeting

H.I.V.E. is teaming up with the JCMP: Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP) to organize a Homewood Coalition. Join us for our initial meeting on Thursday, May 9th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Edgewood Presbyterian Church (850 Oxmoor Rd) to learn more about JCMP’s mission and to brainstorm ways Homewood residents can advocate for change.

JCMP is a grassroots coalition currently composed of over 35 community partners and a multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-sector, and multi-generational group of committed volunteers. Together, we will complete the four goals of JCMP:

1. Research the 30 documented victims of racial terror and their descendants
2. Place historical markers at lynching sites and retrieve our monument from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice
3. Educate the public on the importance of this history
4. Advocate for reform where racial injustice still exists today

Upcoming H.I.V.E. Events



H.I.V.E. Brown Bag:
Lunch/Tour of WE Cafe at Urban Ministry
Wednesday, March 20th
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1229 Cotton Ave, SW, Birmingham, AL 35211
WE Cafe is a wonderful pay-what-you-can program of Urban Ministry that provides delicious locally grown and sourced meals to the community. We will be having lunch together and then getting a tour of the facilities and garden with Community Relations Director Rebecca Wadley.

Please feel free to meet us at 11 a.m. at 304 Woodland Dr. to carpool together or meet us at Urban Ministry at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is a donation to Urban Ministry by cash or credit card. Please email us if you need more info or have any questions.



H.I.V.E. Brown Bag:
Let’s Grow BHM! Stronger Communities through Viable Transportation
Thursday, April 11th
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

304 Woodland Dr, Homewood, AL 35209

Our transit system allows:

  • Retirees access to volunteer opportunities?
  • Direct routes to local colleges?
  • Access to Sunday Church services?

The answer is no to all of the above! Birmingham and the surrounding communities are sadly behind in viable and reliable public transportation options for its citizens. Join activist and Transit Citizens Advisory Board (TCAB) member Marva V. Douglas and Alabama Arise’s Stan John as they explain the system’s challenges and the current work being done by our state legislature and groups to build our community! Click here to learn more about this issue.


Alabama the Beautiful: Taking Care of our State

Monday, April 29th
6:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Homewood Library (1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209)

H.I.V.E., Forward Alabama and MAD? Make a Difference Alabama present Alabama the Beautiful: Taking Care of our State on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library (1721 Oxmoor Rd). Hear from the amazing organizations working hard to protect, preserve and advocate locally for our waters and air, and learn how we can be good stewards of our great state’s resources. Speakers include:

H.I.V.E. Books
Saturday, April 13, 2019

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Seeds Coffee, 174 Oxmoor Rd
Join us for our next H.I.V.E. Books/Gathering for good coffee and conversation. We are reading Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet by Ashlee Piper. All are welcome (even if you don’t read the book).


Happy 2019 & Thank You!

Happy 2019!

A big thank you to ALL who donated to our holiday drives! We are constantly amazed and inspired by the heart and fabulousness of this group.

Y’all donated 152 pairs of panties to our friends at the Crisis Center and their Rape Response program.

And you showed up for our homeless neighbors being served monthly by our friends at Be a Blessing Birmingham. Your donations included:
300 hand warmers
35 socks
4 sweaters
25 winter jackets
4 winter pants
14 winter hats
2 blankets
Loads and loads of toiletries

THANK YOU! We look forward to more to come in 2019. Stay tuned!