Alabama Arise unveils 2024 roadmap for change in Alabama
Expanding Medicaid and ending the state sales tax on groceries will remain top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2024 legislative agenda. The group also will pursue a multifaceted approach to improving maternal and infant health in Alabama. More than 500 members voted to determine Arise’s legislative priorities in recent days after the organization’s annual meeting Saturday. [...]
Here’s what Alabama Arise heard from you in summer 2023!
Alabama Arise listens because we deeply value the input we get from members, partners 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. We held three statewide online events this summer: two Town Hall Tuesdays and one [...]
June 2023 newsletter
The June 2023 newsletter features a recap of the 2023 Alabama legislative session as well as coverage from our Legislative Day.
2023 was a momentous session on Alabama Arise policy priorities
June 6 ended one of the most significant legislative sessions ever for Alabama Arise and our supporters. Through timely and persistent advocacy, Arise members helped build a better, more equitable Alabama. While our work continues, we want to highlight the many important strides this year in our movement for a better Alabama for all – [...]
Arise legislative update: June 7, 2023
The Alabama Legislature's 2023 regular session has come to a close. Arise's Akiesha Anderson takes us through some big wins – including reducing the state's grocery tax! – and other highlights from the session. We want to thank you for speaking out to support good bills and oppose harmful bills. Please visit alarise.org and follow [...]
It’s time to provide older Alabamians with a second chance: Pass Rep. England’s HB 229
Alabama’s prison population has steadily been getting older and more expensive to house. In 2005, about 36% of people in Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) custody were between ages 15 and 30. By 2021, that number had been halved and is now around 18%. Our state’s crime rate fell dramatically – by nearly 17% – [...]
It’s time for Alabama to end outdated death penalty practices: Pass Rep. England’s HB 14
HB 14 by Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, would require unanimous jury sentencing in death penalty cases and make the ban on judicial override retroactive. Here’s why Alabama Arise supports this legislation: Alabama is one of only two states* that doesn’t require a unanimous jury verdict to sentence someone to death. In Alabama, only 10 jurors [...]
Arise legislative update: May 22, 2023
Arise's Akiesha Anderson shares some good news from last week's action at the Alabama Legislature. Those breakthroughs include the introduction of a House bill to reduce the state grocery tax, with nearly every representative joining as a co-sponsor. We also saw progress on several criminal justice reform bills, including the passage of SB 154, which [...]
Arise legislative update: May 15, 2023
Arise's Akiesha Anderson breaks down recent developments at the Alabama Legislature, including the committee approval of a troubling bill that could redirect a large amount of public school funding to private schools. She also discusses legislation we're excited about, including the continuing progress of a bill that would greatly reduce the number of driver's license [...]
Arise legislative update: May 1, 2023
Arise's Mike Nicholson provides an update on a few criminal justice bills in the Alabama Legislature's 2023 regular session, including one to end many debt-based driver's license suspensions. He also explains ways Arise is providing up-to-date information on bills we're watching and how you can get involved with our movement for change.