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Public policy should make life better for everyone, not just a select few. Throughout the year, Arise tracks a range of state and federal policy proposals and assesses what they would mean for Alabamians who are struggling to make ends meet. Our blog provides quick updates on these proposals and offers tips on what you can do to help build an Alabama where all people have an opportunity to reach their full potential.

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The workforce benefits of Medicaid expansion in Alabama

For nearly a decade, Alabama has been outside looking in on a good deal. While hundreds of thousands of Alabamians continue to struggle without health insurance, state leaders have failed to expand Medicaid. A few loud voices have politicized an issue that never should have been political. And our state has paid the price in [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion, Health
Date
February 6, 2023
Author
Mike Nicholson
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Highlights from Cover Alabama’s health fair in Fort Payne

Cover Alabama and Alabama Arise hosted a health fair and a panel on Medicaid expansion in Fort Payne in November 2022. Hear from Arise's Cover Alabama campaign director Debbie Smith and other community members about why we held the health fair and why Medicaid expansion would save and improve lives in DeKalb County and across [...]
Issue
Health
Date
January 9, 2023
Author
Matt Okarmus
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Vote ‘Yes’ on Alabama’s recompiled state constitution!

We're less than a week away from the general election! One of the most important issues on the ballot in Alabama is the Constitution of Alabama of 2022. This recompilation of the current constitution would clean up and consolidate the document and delete racist language and illegal provisions. In a new video, Arise policy analyst [...]
Issue
Other
Date
November 3, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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Learn about Hunger Free Alabama

Alabama Arise is proud to have joined with groups across the state as partners in the Hunger Free Alabama coalition. Our goal is bold and essential: to prevent and eliminate hunger and malnutrition in Alabama through advocacy for better public policies. In our new video, coalition members Drew Glover and Celsa Allende Stallworth discuss Hunger [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net
Date
October 31, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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Congress should make the Child Tax Credit expansion permanent

Good public policy is vital in the fight against poverty, and U.S. Census data released last month demonstrates its importance. The 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) expansion is uplifting proof of how better policies can reduce poverty and ease suffering. And Congress needs to renew this expansion when it returns to Washington, D.C., after the [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
October 20, 2022
Author
Mike Nicholson
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Alabama Arise resources for the 2022 general election

The 2022 general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8 – less than three weeks from today. Alabamians will vote on a range of local, state and federal offices, including the governor, state legislators, a U.S. Senate seat and U.S. House members. Voters also will decide on a proposed recompilation of the state constitution and [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
October 20, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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A sincere thank you

As I reflect on our 2022 Annual Meeting and dive into planning for our 2023 agenda, I simply want to say thank you for your generous contributions, advocacy and support. This July marked the beginning of my fifth year as executive director, and next year will mark 35 years since Alabama Arise was founded. The [...]
Date
October 13, 2022
Author
Robyn Hyden
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Together, our members make a difference!

There’s something about the approaching winter holidays that brings out the generous nature in all of us. We all want to do our part and work together to build community and a better Alabama. At Arise, we’re grateful for your giving. Almost 13% of our financial support comes from members like you. When you give, [...]
Date
October 13, 2022
Author
Jacob Smith
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Why Alabama Arise urges a ‘Yes’ vote on the recompiled state constitution

The stain was there from the start. In his opening remarks, the president of Alabama’s 1901 constitutional convention declared a major goal of the event was “within the limits imposed by the federal Constitution, to establish white supremacy in this state.” The resulting document effectively removed the voting rights of African Americans and poor white [...]
Issue
Other
Date
September 22, 2022
Author
Mike Nicholson
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Here’s what Alabama Arise heard from you in summer 2022!

We deeply value the input we get from Alabama Arise members, our allies and most importantly, those directly affected by the work we do together. We depend on what we hear to help guide our issue work and our strategies. Despite the ongoing challenges of connecting in person, we kept working at finding ways to [...]
Issues
Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity
Date
September 20, 2022
Author
Presdelane Harris