Elect JCB3 Campaign Trail
Learn more about where Joseph Baker stands On the Issues
Forums, Roundtables, Rolling Town Halls, and more
Perspective: Virtual Candidate Forum - District 3 & District 4
(DeVine Vision Entertainment LLC, August 9, 2021)
To View More, Visit DeVine Vision Entertainment LLC on Facebook.
Redemptive Cycles’ Rolling Town Hall
(Redemptive Cycles, August 8, 2021)
To View More, Visit Elect Joseph Casper Baker III on Facebook.
Elect Fest ’21
(Greater Birmingham Ministries, August 7, 2021)
To View More, Visit Aids Alabama on Facebook.
The Birmingham Peacemakers and Clergy Concerned For Community Present: Birmingham Election 2021 Candidates Forum, for Mayor, City Council, and School Board
(Birmingham Peacemakers, July 22, 2021)
To View More, Visit Birmingham Peacemakers on Facebook.
District 1, 2, 3 Candidate Meet & Greet Dinner and Conversations
(Young Progressive Black Council, July 21, 2021)
(Candidate’s Award for Best Soundtrack)
To View More, Visit Not Necessarily Political on Facebook.
Recent News Coverage of City Council Candidate Joseph Baker
2021 Elect JCB3 Campaign Video
(Ballotpedia, August 17, 2021)
Joseph Casper Baker III completed Ballotpedia's Candidate Connection survey in 2021.
“I will push to modernize our infrastructure in the City by advocating for protected bikes lanes, expanding bus rapid transit and micromobility, and establishing a dedicated funding source for road and sidewalk maintenance.
I will work to expand educational opportunities for all citizens and their children by fighting to increase funding to Birmingham City Schools, and organizing training for adults to start businesses and learn trade skills.
I will create a bill to mandate Open Data and transparency in City operations and lobby my fellow Councilors to pass it in the first 100 days of the term.”
(WBHM, BirminghamWatch, August 16, 2021)
Civic experience: Founder, I Believe in Birmingham, 2010-present; member, One Great Community Council, UAB, 2016-21; member, Birmingham Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, 2011-12; board member, Redemptive Cycles, 2014-16
Main Issues: Following goals and building partnerships to achieve them: Dedicated funding for road and sidewalk maintenance; increased funding for Birmingham City Schools; protected bike lanes and expanded bus rapid transit routes; recruiting technology industries to invest/relocate here; adopting an open data law for the city to ensure transparency and accountability; funding adult education, entrepreneurial training and trade skills classes; increasing funding for the neighborhood associations; making broadband internet affordable and available to all households in the city
(BirminghamWatch, Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism, August 6, 2021)
“Main Issues: Following goals and building partnerships to achieve them: Dedicated funding for road and sidewalk maintenance; increased funding for Birmingham City Schools; protected bike lanes and expanded bus rapid transit routes; recruiting technology industries to invest/relocate here; adopting an open data law for the city to ensure transparency and accountability; funding adult education, entrepreneurial training and trade skills classes; increasing funding for the neighborhood associations; making broadband internet affordable and available to all households in the city.”
(Produced by The Exchange, a project of GBM. August 3, 2021)
“Economic and corporate incentives: Baker supports investing in better education, skills training, and business training for individuals as well as seeking partnerships to fund critical tech developments. In addition, the city needs to continue reducing competition and poaching with area municipalities.
Crime and public safety: Baker believes the only effective way to reduce crime long term is to improve lives through education and employment opportunities. He says most crime comes from stresses and pressures related to poverty.”
(WBHM, July 12, 2021)
“Seventy-two people have filed their paperwork and are officially running for office in the upcoming Birmingham city elections.”
(WBHM, February 9, 2021)
“Councilor Valerie Abbott has held the council’s District 3 seat since 2001, making her the current council’s longest-serving member. She hasn’t yet indicated whether she’ll seek another term, but she’ll face at least two challengers if she does. Former Gardendale City Councilor Blake Guinn has announced a run for the seat, as has Joseph Casper Baker III, founder of the Facebook activist group I Believe in Birmingham and a former candidate to represent Alabama House District 54.”
(Bham Now, June 16, 2020)
“Inspired by the work of artists in Washington, D.C., the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Birmingham Cara McClure and local artists are planning a massive “Black Lives Matter” street mural to go beside Railroad Park on 1st Avenue South between 16th and 17th Streets.”
(Alabama Today, May 25, 2018)
“With the June primary election less than two weeks away, the campaign for the House District 54, to replace outgoing state Rep. Patricia Todd, is getting aggressive — with negative, hateful fliers being distributed to households throughout the District.
Up until this point, the highly contested race in the downtown Birmingham district — between Independent Joseph Casper Baker III, and Democratic candidates civil rights lawyer and Alabama Young Democrats Chairman Jerome Dees, Birmingham environmentalist Jacqueline Gray Miller and Neil Rafferty, Director of Birmingham AIDS Outreach — has remained relatively civil.”
Agents of Change: Joseph Casper Baker III of I Believe In Birmingham is quietly building community conversations
(Al.com, Feb 27, 2013)
"The only way to build a better Birmingham is to reach other people and build discussions," Baker said. "It's a slow process but once you gain firm footing it snowballs after awhile."
(Al.com, May 26, 2012)
"Part of the idea behind doing it is kind of several fold," Baker said. "It's a unique piece of Birmingham history, which is part of what naturally drew me to it. But it's also pushing the idea in the community that says, 'Look around you. There are things you can do to improve the city. ... It's up to people to take initiative and do something about it."
More information: 21st Avenue eagles rededicated to WWI vets
Bham Wiki: I Believe in Birmingham
“I Believe in Birmingham (IBIB) is an activist group operating through Facebook. It was founded in June 2010 amidst efforts to oppose the demolition of Birmingham Fire Station No. 10 to make way for a Walgreen's Drugs store. Since then the group, headed by Joseph Baker III, has involved itself in several public improvement campaigns and is also active in discussing issues pertaining to urban development. The group organized public debates for candidates in the 2017 Birmingham municipal election.”