The more people hear about our movement for change, the more supporters we gain. Arise staff members appear in hundreds of news stories every year to explain how better policy choices can make life better for everyday Alabamians. Check out these examples of how we’re sharing our vision for a better Alabama for all in print, over the airwaves and online.
"We celebrate the improvements in Alabama's rate, but there are some disturbing trends," Arise's Jim Carnes tells the Associated Press, including persistent racial disparities and a high number of births without prenatal care. "That is something we could impact in a huge way with Medicaid expansion." Read more from the Associated Press.
Alabama is the only state east of the Mississippi River to provide no state funding for public transportation. "That choice is limiting opportunities for folks. It's limiting our economic development as a state," Arise's Chris Sanders tells CBS 42 in Birmingham. Learn more from CBS 42.
Arise's Robyn Hyden talked to the Foreword South podcast about Arise's work to build a movement for change in Alabama. The discussion touches on the power of organizing, the importance of patience and the need to include everyone's voice. Listen to the interview on Foreword South starting around the 11:00 mark.
"Children's health coverage has long been a point of pride for Alabama, and we can't afford to backslide," Arise's Jim Carnes tells the Alabama Political Reporter. "ALL Kids and Medicaid have played huge roles in that success. And our state should build on those gains by expanding Medicaid to cover adults with low incomes as [...]
"The states that have expanded Medicaid showed less of a decline in children's coverage," Arise's Jim Carnes tells WHNT 19 in Huntsville. "When parents have coverage in the family, the children are more likely to have coverage." Learn more from WHNT 19.
"A lot of qualified students decide not to pursue the degree or to finish a degree program because they’re simply priced out of the opportunity to do so," Arise's Chris Sanders tells WBHM 90.3 in Birmingham. "So we are dissuading folks from pursuing their dreams. We’re reducing campus diversity, and we’re reducing opportunity for people [...]
Soaring college tuition means "we're reducing campus diversity, and we're reducing opportunity," Arise's Chris Sanders tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. "A lot of jobs these days require two-year and four-year degrees. And if folks are priced out of that, they lose the opportunity to advance in their careers and pursue their dreams." Learn more from [...]
"Anybody who’s ever paid for child care knows it’s cheaper to pay for college sometimes," Arise's Carol Gundlach tells AL.com. This story cites Arise research on Alabama's shortage of affordable child care. It also examines how stronger state investment would help struggling parents. Read more on AL.com.
Medicaid expansion is the long-term solution Alabama needs to protect rural hospitals and clinics, Arise's Jim Carnes tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. "When a rural hospital closes, the economy essentially hollows out," Carnes said. "Just ring after ring of support services, then services like the cafes and other establishments that serve the workforce." Learn more [...]
"Doing the bare minimum to avoid federal oversight would be a disservice to our state," Arise's Dev Wakeley writes on AL.com. "The study group’s recommendations should offer a vision of a fully functional criminal justice system in Alabama." Read more on AL.com.