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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 [...]
Issues
Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing
Date
September 29, 2023
Author
Presdelane Harris
Newsletter

June 2023 newsletter

The June 2023 newsletter features a recap of the 2023 Alabama legislative session as well as coverage from our Legislative Day.

Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
June 28, 2023
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

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 – [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Housing, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights
Date
June 26, 2023
Author
Mike Nicholson
Fact Sheet

Alabama shouldn’t make housing insecurity a crime: Vote ‘No’ on HB 24

HB 24, sponsored by Rep. Reed Ingram, R-Pike Road, would make it a Class C misdemeanor to loiter on a public roadway or the right-of-way of a public roadway. This effectively would criminalize Alabamians who are experiencing homelessness and asking for help. Here are three reasons why Arise opposes this bill: Alabama should invest in [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Housing
Date
May 1, 2023
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Fresh opportunities to push for a better Alabama

The Alabama Legislature will welcome 37 new lawmakers to its halls when its 2023 regular session begins March 7. Alabama Arise sees this as an opportunity to educate new legislators and identify new allies on issues of importance to our members. We urge folks to join us in calling for change, including at Arise Legislative [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 6, 2023
Author
Akiesha Anderson
Blog

Budget priorities for the people

Two weeks before the Alabama Legislature’s 2023 regular session, lawmakers, lobbyists and advocates packed into the State House in late February for the annual joint legislative budget hearings. One might call it the Super Bowl for budget nerds. After years of scarcity, both Alabama budgets are starting out with a revenue surplus. There’s $351 million [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Coronavirus
Date
March 6, 2023
Author
Robyn Hyden
News Releases

Public transit, healthy food access among key pathways to increase economic opportunity in Birmingham area, new report finds

Greater Birmingham has experienced a resurgence in economic growth and civic engagement in recent years. But the benefits of this prosperity are not widely shared among everyone living in the region – and a new comprehensive report that Alabama Arise and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) released Thursday shows that people across Jefferson County [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net
Date
November 17, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Here’s what Alabama Arise heard from you in summer 2022!

We deeply value the input we get from Alabama Arise 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. Despite the ongoing challenges of connecting in person, we kept working at finding ways to [...]
Issues
Housing, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
September 20, 2022
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

ARPA 101: How the American Rescue Plan Act can build a more equitable Alabama

The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched families, hospitals, schools, businesses and food banks across Alabama to their limits. Like tens of millions of other Americans, local and state officials have had to adapt to new challenges and respond to existing health and economic challenges exacerbated by the pandemic over the last two years. Congress reacted to [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net
Date
June 28, 2022
Author
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Jan. 25, 2022

The Alabama Legislature has stepped away briefly from its regular session for a special session on federal COVID-19 relief funds. Arise executive director Robyn Hyden provides an overview of how lawmakers plan to allocate the next portion of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money this week. And she explains why affordable housing and public transportation [...]
Issues
Housing, Public Transportation, Budgets
Date
January 25, 2022
Author