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For Planning Purposes: December 9, 2020

Contact: Rev. Marvin Lue, Jr. | (786) 375-1011 | marvinlue@yahoo.com

Daniel Schwartz | (205) 451-3352 | daniel@fiaal.org

MOBILE, AL – On Thursday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. CT, community and faith leaders with Faith in Action federation Faith in Action Alabama will hold a public action in front of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office to discuss the problematic nature of the Sheriff’s Office decision to create and use the slogan “Thug Thursday” in their weekly messaging using mugshots of wanted criminals. Recently, the sheriff’s office came under fire for posting a photo of a holiday tree holding mugshots of criminals, which they referred to as ‘thugshots.’ The office has now said they are now calling the campaign ‘Warrant Wednesday’ amidst public outcry. The action will be held at the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, 510 S Royal St., Mobile.

In an online post, FIAAL said, “To celebrate so crassly the arrest of those who may have allegedly transgressed against society but still are members of society paints a picture “once a criminal always a criminal” and traffics in racist tropes. This statement does not allow for our community to grow as one. An unfortunate segment of our society is being denigrated to promote the success of those called to serve.

“During this season that celebrates the birth of liberation the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has chosen to make a mockery of mass incarceration and belittle the humanity of incarcerated individuals.” 

WHO: Faith in Action Alabama

WHAT: Public action denouncing “Thug Thursdays” by Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

WHERE: Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, 510 S Royal St., Mobile, AL 36603

WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Rev. Marvin Lue, Jr., chairman of Faith in Action Alabama’s Mobile hub at (786) 375-1011 and marvinlue@yahoo.com, or Daniel Schwartz, executive director of Faith in Action Alabama at (205) 451-3352 and daniel@fiaal.org

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Faith in Action Alabama is a multifaith, multiracial faith-based community organizing organization that works to honor God by dismantling systemic racism to create pathways of opportunity for all Alabamians. For more information visit faithinactionalabama.org. Faith in Action Alabama is a 501c(3). Faith in Action Alabama is non-partisan and not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or party. We do not endorse or support candidates for office.

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