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Audri Scott Williams announced her candidacy for U.S. House of Representative, Alabama, Congressional District 2, at the Wiregrass Democrats Meet and Greet in Ozark, AL.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:56 PM

Audri and Melinda Kramer of the Women's Earth Alliance

Building relationships with global leaders is an import part of the United Religions Initiative's (URI) Global Leaders Gathering in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Here Audri, URI Global Trustee discusses the work of the Women's Earth Alliance (WEA) with founder and co-director, Melinda Kramer.

WEA has implemented 125 women’s environmental and entrepreneurship projects in 18 countries – training, funding, and catalyzing 5,000 women to advance safe water, clean energy, regenerative farming, women’s land rights, and more. WEA’s model creates cascading benefits – to date, WEA graduates have equipped 750,000 more people with life-giving environmental solutions. They are winning political positions, expanding economic opportunities for women and girls, and receiving national and global recognition.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:32 PM

Audri Scott Williams & the URI Global Leadership Gathering

As a Global Trustee for the United Religions Initiative (URI), Audri is attending the URI Global Leadership Gathering in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. From there, Audri reports that the journey has provided an incredible opportunity to reconnect with over 70 global leaders from 6 continents and island nations all engaged in grassroots interfaith work to cultivate peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. In the picture above Ambassador Mussie Hailu from Ethiopia, gifts Audri with a painting of an Ethiopian woman engaged in the traditional coffee ceremony as he encourages Audri in her  run for Congress.


Friday, September 8, 2017 12:19 AM

Beyond Difference

Part of having a calling is that you don’t get to decide when it comes or where it takes you. My own calling is taking me to Bosnia for the next two weeks as a Global Trustee for the United Religions Initiative (URI). I will be meeting with members of the Global Council of URI -- a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.

As I reflect on the eve of my trip, I find myself awed by the power of faith to conjure possibilities out of impossibilities. Faith is the foundation that has marked my journey and my work, and it shapes the moral core of my platform and my campaign. I grew up in the rural south, with two devout parents who instilled in me—through their example and their involvement in the Civil Rights Movement—that your love of God is expressed not through your words, but through your treatment of others.

I know that we live in a time and a culture that seems awash in unnecessary cruelty, but the faith that guides my international work in the United Religions Initiative; the faith that's called me to bring together Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Indigenous and Muslims throughout the world, is also the faith that tells me not to stand idle in this moment where division seems to be the only solution that politicians feel the urge to give. This is the time to make our principles and our beliefs inseparable from our politics, and to view our faiths as a call to action and as a call to create a world that's better and more loving than the one we see today.

My faith teaches me that we must embrace each other across all differences, and that we must see past the impulse to deny the kindred spark of humanity in each of us. We must bear witness to the love of family, and the need for stability, for better healthcare, and for better wages that collapses the assumed chasms between white and black, between young and old, and even between immigrants and citizens—strengthening our communities as a result.

I'm running for Congress because I've never let my faith be separate from my politics. I'm running because I believe that to cross these gaps, we must build bridges that let truth and justice; love and compassion walk through our daily lives and form the unity that makes our voices heard. For me, the Golden Rule as expressed by Jesus and in many faith traditions, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, is the simplest and truest expression that leads us to a more compassionate relationship with each other and leads us to a celebration of the gifts of our diversity and a sense of security in its embracing of every citizen and resident of our Nation.  


Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:45 PM

This Is A Time When We Must Come Together!

This is a time when we must come together, regardless of our differences -- whether Democrat or Republican, black or white, gay or straight, rich or poor, citizen or immigrant, even regardless of our faith based traditions -- to support our neighbors who are being severely affected by catastrophes such as what we have experienced on the west coast with fires, Hurricane Harvey in Houston, and the impending impact of Hurricane Irma on the east coast of our country and its devastation in the Caribbean.

If you are in areas that are on the path of Hurricane Irma make sure you are tuned into your local news and weather stations, paying attention to your local officials and warnings, especially regarding evacuations and don't wait to the last minute to respond to the severity of storm warnings.

Have a plan and make sure love ones know of your plan. Share emergency contact information. Do not take unnecessary risks. Be patient with one another. Check on seniors and those with special needs to make sure they are safe or can get to needed services before it too late.

If you are in Alabama your Alabama Emergency Management Agency number is 205-280-2200 and in Florida it is 850-413-9969.

I am praying for the safety and well being of us all. And, I am confident that we as a people will rise to this occasion and be a demonstration of humanity at its best.


Friday, September 1, 2017 4:43 AM

Audri Receives the Amelia Boynton Robinson Legacy Award

Audri Scott Williams received the Amelia Boynton Robinson Legacy Award, presented by the Village of Hope, Chairman, Mr. Leon E. Frazier and a Proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Tuskegee, AL, Tony Haygood, declaring August 19, 2017, Audri Scott Williams Day in Tuskegee.


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