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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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Alabama legislators passed a reentry reform bill during last week's special session, but they declined to approve sentencing reform. Lawmakers also allocated $400 million of federal COVID-19 relief funds to new prison construction. Arise's Dev Wakeley breaks down what 2021's first special session meant for the future of Alabama's corrections system and talks about how [...]
Date
October 6, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
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Alabama Arise keeps listening. Here’s what we heard in 2021!

Listening is a core value of Alabama Arise. We deeply value the input we get from our 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. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continued to challenge us [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Coronavirus
Date
September 22, 2021
Author
Presdelane Harris
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Thousands in Alabama at risk of homelessness after Supreme Court overturns eviction moratorium

[caption id="attachment_711" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Affordable housing advocates rally outside the Alabama State House in Montgomery in 2015.[/caption] Tens of thousands of Alabamians are at risk of losing their homes after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium on Aug. 27. This moratorium — the latest in [...]
Issues
Budgets, Housing, Coronavirus
Date
September 7, 2021
Author
Dev Wakeley
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Alabama Arise’s administrative advocacy: Big wins in the policy margins

Unlike legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy is an aspect of Alabama Arise’s work we don’t talk about often. Yet that’s where some of our biggest policy wins happen. State agencies and leaders can accomplish some important policy changes via rule changes. Sometimes legislators pass policies with good intentions, but administrative barriers and red tape stop them [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
September 7, 2021
Author
Robyn Hyden
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The State of Working Alabama 2021: What policy barriers should Alabama remove on this Labor Day?

It’s Labor Day weekend. The days are ever so slightly cooler. Football season has started. And Alabama’s economy is officially “open for business.” So why are so many jobs still going unfilled in our state? Why are employers looking for workers and not finding them? A look at some very interesting data can provide a [...]
Issues
Health, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 3, 2021
Author
Carol Gundlach
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Special session(s) ahead in Alabama? How Arise is preparing

Alabama Arise’s work for equity, justice and opportunity persisted after the Legislature’s regular session ended. We’ll renew our commitment to those principles when Arise members choose 2022 issue priorities after the Sept. 25 annual meeting. And we’ll keep up the drumbeat when lawmakers return later this year for one or more expected special sessions. Alabama’s [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 2, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
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Redistricting in Alabama: How you can speak out

Alabama legislators likely will return to Montgomery for a special session on redistricting later this year. Before then, the Joint Reapportionment Committee will hold a series of public hearings across the state beginning Sept. 1. These events are an opportunity for Alabamians to share their thoughts and concerns about the redistricting process. Alabama Arise urges [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
August 31, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) in Alabama: What you need to know

The COVID-19 pandemic, its recession and increased food costs have created a second, quieter epidemic: hunger. This hunger epidemic has hit schoolchildren the hardest as school closures cost them not only classroom time, but also the school breakfasts and lunches upon which they relied. During the pandemic’s early stage, 13% of Alabama families with children [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
August 17, 2021
Author
Carol Gundlach
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Community eligibility offers an enduring path to food security for Alabama schoolchildren

At least one in four children experience hunger in Alabama ‒ a terrible reality even before the onslaught of COVID-19. Many gaps already existed in policies surrounding fair access to food and nutrition in our state. And the pandemic abruptly reminded policymakers of the importance of maintaining fortified safety net systems. State agencies swiftly stepped [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
August 5, 2021
Author
Celida Soto Garcia
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Good news for Alabama families: The expanded Child Tax Credit is here!

Monthly payments from the newly enhanced federal Child Tax Credit begin today, marking a historic breakthrough in fighting child poverty. The payments are part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which will help reduce child poverty in the United States by more than 40%. How does the expanded credit work? ARPA boosted the maximum [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity
Date
July 15, 2021
Author
Robyn Hyden