Ashley Cleek

Ashley Cleek is a freelance multimedia journalist.

Alabama Judge Nomination Sparks Tension

Several prominent lawyers, judges, and U.S. Representative Terri Sewell held a press conference on Saturday in downtown Birmingham, in support of Judge Abdul Kallon’s nomination to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Protesters Rally Against Bill Blocking Local Minimum Wage

State lawmakers passed a bill out of the House Tuesday evening that would block cities in Alabama from establishing a local minimum wage. As the debate grew contentious in Montgomery, about 50 protesters gathered in Mountain Brook to protest the bill, proposed by a legislator from that city, and to show support for the Birmingham City Council’s decision to raise that city’s minimum wage.

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Visits UAB for Black History Month

UAB Hosted a discussion with one of the founders of the social justice movement Black Lives Matter Monday evening. While the event was scheduled around Black History Month, the conversation was focused in the present.

The Low Price and High Cost of Heroin

Heroin overdose deaths are on the rise nationally. In Jefferson County, deaths increased by more than 140 percent in 2014. The numbers were shocking: Heroin caused or contributed to 144 deaths in 2014. Area law enforcement responded by increasing efforts to get traffickers and drugs off the streets, especially in Birmingham.

Correspondence That Shaped the Jefferson County Courthouse Murals

Since last Fall, the Jefferson County Commission has been debating what to do about the murals in the foyer of the county courthouse.

Alabama Lawmakers Propose Vote on State Lottery

State Senator Jim McClendon, a Republican from Springville, has proposed a bill that would allow Alabamians to vote on whether or not they want a state lottery.

Committee Could Decide the Fate of the Jefferson County Courthouse Murals

Back in September, the Birmingham chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP) petitioned the Jefferson County Commission to remove two murals that currently hang in the entrance way to the county courthouse.

Birmingham Residents Rally to Show Support for Syrian Refugees

A about four dozen people gathered Saturday morning in Birmingham’s Railroad Park downtown to take a picture showing that some Alabamians would like to accept Syrian refugees.

Plaintiff in Landmark Civil Rights Montgomery Bus Case Shares Her Story

Most people know the story of Rosa Parks’ resounding ‘no’ when she was asked to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus. Sixty years ago this month, Parks’s refusal prompted the Montgomery Bus boycott. But before her actions made history, there were other women and men were arrested for protesting segregation on public transportation.

Buses may be Integrated, but Problems Plague Transit System

With yesterday’s 60th anniversary of the start of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute hosted a panel to mark Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat to a white man. But the talk didn’t stay focused on history. It quickly turned to the present, particularly the problems plaguing Birmingham’s buses.