AISJ & MGM Unite Join Forces
Alabama Institute for Social Justice
Written by
Lenice C. Emanuel, MLA
Executive Director
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AISJ Mission
To engage Alabamians by mobilizing communities, setting and acting upon a racial equity and social justice policy agenda, and creating peace through racial reconciliation and healing.
“We can feel sad, hurt, demoralized.
But we can't give up.” 
-Patrisse Cullors
Alabama Institute for Social Justice (AISJ) values partnering with local and statewide organizations that share our agenda to pioneer justice and foster change. Our most recent partnership is with MGM Unite (Montgomery Unite). MGM Unite is part of a movement that seeks to rally voters throughout Montgomery County.

MGM Unite was created and developed by Eddie Compton, a local Montgomery citizen and AISJ constituent, that has risen in the ranks to implement a strategy that is bringing people together to build power in our communities and state. Along with AISJ, Mr. Compton and the Montgomery County Grassroots Unity, 48 Precincts (MCGU 48), seek to rally voters to the polls, with the goals of:
  1. Unifying with others who share the same values
  2. Healing racial divides
  3. Promoting strength through diversity
  4. Helping each other by being good Samaritans
Pictured left to right: Eddie Compton, Joanne Compton, Lenice Emanuel, and Annie Burnett, AISJ constituents. Photo Credit: Marcus Tharpe
If we are to stand against the systemic, cyclical, and social injustice that has plagued many Alabamians for too long, we can accomplish far more together than we ever could individually. Together, AISJ, along with MGM Unite and a number of other local and statewide, grassroots organizations, have worked collaboratively to register
592 new voters and
133 re-enfranchised voters, through voter restoration efforts. Additionally,
424 unity leaders,
31 precinct leaders, 16 neighborhood leaders, and 12 unite organizations
have been organized.

As we all know, the upcoming mid-term elections are critically important. Efforts must continually be made to ensure that every eligible person is registered to vote, and we must ensure that on election day, folks make it to the polls to exercise this right. AISJ has a firm commitment to empowering communities to use their power and voice to create the world that they seek. A world that is fair, equitable, and eliminates barriers to one’s success in life. 

AISJ believes, like MGM Unite, that “Caring is what unites us. Caring for our community, for our neighbors and the great nation in which we live.” As a partnership, we recognize that racial reconciliation and healing must occur to effectively mobilize communities and create positive change. When grassroots organizations link arms, advocacy and outreach efforts increase, strengthening both our voices and voter turnout. 
We are just under four-weeks away from the mid-term election. If you are not registered to vote, there is still time. Here are the quick facts:

Online Registration
  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • Alabama offers online voter registration.
  • The deadline to register is Monday, October 22.
  • You will need an Alabama ID to use Alabama's online voter registration system.
  • If you don't have an Alabama-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.

Voter Registration by Mail

In-Person Voter Registration
  • Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. 
  • The deadline to register to vote in-person is Monday, October 22.

To learn about upcoming get out the vote training sessions; how to get a free Lyft ride to the polls on election day; or find out locations in which you can register to vote; visit the MGM Unite Facebook page at h ttps://www.facebook.com/mgmunite/ . Also, join the AISJ Facebook and Twitter social media platforms to stay in the loop on what’s happening on the ground, as we continue our efforts to galvanize citizens for the common good.  

We are united! Together, we can!
To learn more about AISJ, visit us online at www.ALISJ.org