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New hardship driver’s license rule will allow thousands of Alabamians to meet basic needs

A new rule could make it easier for many Alabamians to meet their basic needs. This change will allow tens of thousands of people who lost their driver’s licenses for reasons unrelated to public safety to apply for a hardship license from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). The new regulation took effect Sunday. Some [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
January 16, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
Fact Sheet

Automatic voter registration: Streamlining a basic right

Voting rights are a flashpoint in Alabama’s history. The long denial of those rights to African Americans led to Bloody Sunday in Selma, the march to Montgomery and eventually passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the half-century since, our state has taken a few steps that increase voting access for communities of [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
January 11, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
Fact Sheet

Public transit is an investment in Alabama’s future

It’s time to jump-start public transportation in Alabama. Our lack of state support for this vital service is hurting people, communities and the broader economy. Many Alabama seniors, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes rely on public transit to go to work, get to the doctor and run essential errands. Yet unlike almost [...]
Issue
Public Transportation
Date
January 11, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
Blog

Apply today for a policy fellowship with Arise!

We’re excited to announce a tremendous opportunity to nurture policy talent for crucial issues facing Alabama and the nation. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has selected Alabama Arise to participate in the highly competitive State Policy Fellowship program. The Center seeks candidates with recent graduate degrees in public policy, social work, public health, [...]
Date
January 8, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

New year, new name, same mission!

A new year means a new start. At Alabama Arise, we’re excited to start 2019 with a new website, a new logo and a new (but familiar) name! If you came here looking for Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP), you may be a bit confused. For years, we asked people to make tax-deductible donations to [...]
Date
January 4, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Bipartisan Farm Bill brings good news for struggling Alabamians

The U.S. House on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, passed a compromise Farm Bill that avoided threatened cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). All members of Alabama’s House delegation joined Alabama’s two U.S. senators in voting for the bill. Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden issued the following statement in response: “The Farm Bill [...]
Issue
Safety Net
Date
December 12, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

How you can influence the legislative process

You can use your power as a constituent to influence legislators all year long. You can call them, write them or make personal contact with them. Arise’s Legislative Days are great, but it’s even better to contact lawmakers in their home districts. Find contact information by calling (334) 242-7600 (House) or (334) 242-7800 (Senate). Make [...]
Date
December 5, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Medicaid work requirement hurts struggling families

Alabama Medicaid is trying to take health coverage away from our state’s poorest parents struggling to make ends meet. Gov. Kay Ivey has to get federal permission to make this harmful change. Here’s why that shouldn’t happen: The work requirement creates a no-win, catch-22 situation. It targets 75,000 of the poorest Alabamians. It’s a trap: They [...]
Issue
Health
Date
November 25, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

It was a vote to urge Alabama to break down barriers to voting. Arise members approved automatic universal voter registration as a new issue priority for 2019 during the organization’s annual meeting Sept. 8 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Nearly 200 members from across Alabama also reaffirmed their commitment to six other issue priorities, including the permanent issues of tax reform and adequate budgets.

Date
November 21, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

New revenue for a stronger Alabama

What makes a state strong? We likely all could agree on a few answers: healthy people, a dependable workforce, a stable government, safe streets and vibrant communities. But without new revenue to address a huge General Fund budget shortfall, Alabama will face devastating cuts to education, health care, public safety and other vital services that make [...]
Issue
Budgets
Date
November 21, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise