In the Ham’s weekly internet talk radio show

In the Ham’s weekly internet talk radio show is excited to have as our guest, Pastor Lawton Higgs, Sr. a noted activist for the poor, homeless and improved race relations who is also an activist for public transportation in support of a better life for all.

We’ll discuss the need for public transportation, the different types of public transportation, the challenges it faces, and how we all benefit from it, especially in the Birmingham area.

Birmingham’s Transit Trail of Tears

The “Birmingham Transit Trail of Tears” document from 2014 is a compilation of ideas, interviews and research from the following:

  • Former Representative, Alabama House of Representatives, George Perdue
  • Former Editorial Writer for the Birmingham News, Eddie Lard
  • Bus Rider and long time letter-writer and blogger, Butch Ferrell
  • Public Relations Professional and longtime bus advocate, John Wright, Jr.
  • Transportation Chair for the League of Women Voters, Nancy Ekberg
  • Regional Planning Commission Deputy Director of Planning, Darrell Howard
  • MAX Executive Director, Ann Dawson-August

Birmingham Transit Trail of Tears

Moral Monday Alabama Press Conference 12/9/2014

For Immediate Release:  December 5, 2014

For more information contact: Benard Simelton; 256-426-6406 or  Terri Michal, 256-679-7135

The Moral Monday Movement is a statewide, multicultural coalition of organizations and individuals fighting for a Moral Legislative Agenda for all Alabamians.

Through rallies and public forums we seek to inform and educate communities on issues that affect them such as Voter’s Rights, Worker’s Rights, Immigrant Justice, LGBT Rights, Health Care and many others.  We believe that ‘We the people’ are words that still mean something and that these words can still create positive change in our state. Because of this we go beyond these events to help organize the community’s efforts in contacting the Governor and legislators on the issues that are important to the people.

We are pleased to announce that the efforts of this coalition over the past 10 months have resulted in the creation of Moral Policy Statements that outlines a Moral Agenda covering 11 different categories.  We are requesting that these statements receive the attention of our Governor and our Legislators.

To ensure this will happen, we will hold a press conference on the steps of the State Capital on Dec. 10th at 10:00AM to personally deliver the statements to Gov. Bentley.  The media and the citizens of Alabama are invited to join us for the reading of the Moral Policy Statements and the presentation to the Governor.

The following organizations of the Alabama’s Moral Monday Coalition have endorsed this event and the Moral Policy Statements:

Alabama NAACP

Alabama Human Rights Campaign
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice

Birmingham Progressive Christian Alliance

Birmingham Bus Riders

Central Alabama Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Community and Business Services of Alabama

Greater Birmingham Ministries

Success 4 The Future

Support our Students

Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty




Moral Monday Press conf Agenda

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Birmingham Bus Riders will be traveling to Montgomery this Saturday, Sept. 27

The Birmingham Bus Riders will be traveling to Montgomery this Saturday, Sept. 27, to support our Alabama Arise proposal to “Improve and Expand Public Transit” to become a legislative priority for them. We will be leaving at 8:00 am from 16th Street and 1st Ave N. Call Lawton Higgs, Sr. 205-613-1858 to reserve a place on our van.

Go to our Facebook page to join the event.

An Overview of the Organization Model for The Birmingham Bus Riders

We are mobilizing a direct action individual membership organization, as a part of a national movement, that will work to win issues for improving and expanding public transportation in the Birmingham Metropolitan Area and in Alabama.

The organization will be funded by $12/year dues paid by individual members; money raised by fund raisers that are carried out by the members; and by contributions from others who support our mission and work. No contributions will be tax deductible.

The organization will be a democratically operated organization. Qualifications for voting will be based on busrider status, attendance at membership meetings and by being up to date on dues.

Power will be shared through an elected 5 – 9 member coordinating committee that will select from its ranks rotating presiding officers. The coordinating committee will select issues, develop budgets, and develop strategies.

These decisions will be subject to member approval. Membership meetings will be held monthly.

The coordinating committee will have authority to appoint other working committees to build the organization and win issues.

Bus Riders Demand in Birmingham!



Birmingham Bus Riders Demand First Class Bus Service

Goal 1: Well Managed Excellent Bus Service

  • We Demand Well Maintained Buses!
  • We Demand Real Bus Schedules, Relentlessly on Time!

Goal 2: Additional Funding Streams

  • We Demand 30 Minute Headways On Well Coordinated Routes!
  • We Demand a Super Stop at 5 Points West!
  • We Demand Saturday &Sunday Service!


Improvement and Expansion of Public Transportation in Alabama” as an Arise Legislative Priority for 2015

July 24, 2014

Birmingham Bus Riders
c/o Greater Birmingham Ministries
2304 12th Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35234-3111

Birmingham Bus Riders Proposal for “Improvement and Expansion of Public Transportation in Alabama” as an Arise Legislative Priority for 2015

Presented to Alabama Arise for adoption as a Legislative Priority: Continue reading

Join Us!

With Rolanda Hollis at Central Station showing her commitment to First Class Transit.

With Rolanda Hollis at Central Station showing her commitment to First Class Transit.

We need you to get on the bus, to join the Birmingham Bus Riders whose purpose is :

  1. To fight for and win an improved and expanded public transit system for Greater Birmingham.
  2. To become improved individuals who are a part of a strong organization.
  3. To be a part of a creative supportive fellowship with ALL bus riders.

Join in with us today.

Greater Birmingham Ministries
Ms. Tari Williams,  205-326-6821 ex. 105
Mr. Butch Ferrell,  205-787-9227
Rev. Lawton Higgs, Sr.,  205-613-1858