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.
"Alabama is the only state that allows judges to impose a death sentence based on a non-unanimous jury sentencing verdict," Arise's Dev Wakeley writes on AL.com. "This practice is a travesty of justice, and it needs to stop." Read more on AL.com.
"[Unemployment] compensation is so low already in Alabama, people are going to be looking for a job the second they lose one and start drawing unemployment comp," Arise's Carol Gundlach tells AL.com. "We don't need to use those benefits as a stick to try to change behavior." Read more from AL.com.
"SB 191's passage is a good first step toward bringing more transparency to Alabama's civil asset forfeiture practices," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells Bama Politics. "But simply gathering more information about the problem isn't enough. We must change our state's forfeiture practices to ensure they protect due process for all Alabamians." Read more in Bama Politics.
"We must address the generational impacts of a corrections system warped by chronic poverty, inadequate education and poor health," Arise's Jim Carnes writes in The Gadsden Times. "The solution will require both new revenue and broad policy reform. And one essential step is to extend health coverage to uninsured Alabama adults with low incomes." Read more [...]
"Alabama lawmakers from both parties and advocacy groups spoke today in support of a bill to give payday loan customers more time to pay off loans, a change they said would help protect financially fragile borrowers from spirals of debt," AL.com reported. At the event, Alabama Arise and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice [...]
"How can Alabama increase labor force participation and boost its economy? Expand Medicaid to cover those trapped in the state’s coverage gap," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells The Anniston Star. "With the right set of early interventions, at least some workers who suffer from untreated and debilitating conditions could remain on the job." Read more in The [...]
"There is no bigger proponent of this proposal [to untax groceries] than Alabama Arise, the Montgomery-based nonprofit that advocates for the state’s low-income residents," The Anniston Star writes. "At its core, it offers a simple solution: eliminate the statewide sales tax on groceries and replace the lost revenue to Alabama’s budgets by ending the state income-tax [...]
"We're really excited about the new lawmakers in town and some of our longtime statesmen who understand the pressures that our state health care system is under and the opportunities that our state has to invest," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells CBS 42 in Birmingham. Learn more from CBS 42.
"About 300 Arise members attended today’s legislative day at the Alabama State House," AL.com reported. "They filled the State House’s largest committee room for a news conference about ways to pay for the state’s share of expanding Medicaid." Read more from AL.com.
"The governor and the Legislature should consider the pro-work impact of Medicaid expansion," Arise's Robyn Hyden writes in The Daily Home of Talladega. "Our state can’t afford to miss an opportunity to help 200,000 Alabamians re-enter the workforce." Read more in The Daily Home.