Only 18% of Alabama voters came out to vote in the 2017 Republican and Democratic primaries for the special election to fill the seat formerly held by current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. State election officials only estimated a slight bump in the general election. However, unofficial results at the end of Tuesday’s contest show a whopping 40% turnout rate helped contibute to Doug Jones’s victory.

Surely the rbigoted postions and scandalous troubles of GOP candidate Roy Moore (which included allegations of his sexually assaulting and dating teenage girls) and President Donald Trump’s stumping for the Republican nominee elevated the race and drew in more voters. However, so did the work of countless local organizing and civic engagement groups.

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Co-Executive Direcor of the Highlander Research and Education Center, may have said it best on Facebook: “It’s time to support the grassroots movement infrastructure in Alabama.”

Below is the list of organizations that she refers to as a starting point to learn from and support financially.


Black Belt Citizens
T.O.P.S. The Ordinary People’s Society Southeastern Region
Free alabama movement
Magic City Agriculture Project
Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Shut Down Etowah
Adelante Alabama Worker Center
Alabama’s Young Black & Green
Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth & Reconciliation
Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative
Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network – ASAN
TAKE Resource Center
AIDS Alabama
Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth
Magic City Acceptance Center
Hometown Action
Yellowhammer Fund
Black Lives Matter Birmingham Chapter
Black Lives Matter Montgomery
Grassroots Coalition – Birmingham
21st Century Youth Leadership Movement:
Greater Birmingham Ministries
Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise