Arise legislative recap: March 29, 2019
Lawmakers may have been on spring break this week, but we still have plenty to discuss in our second video update of the 2019 legislative session. Watch Arise organizing director Pres Harris discuss upcoming community forums on Medicaid expansion, as well as reminders on action you can take in anticipation of the Legislature reconvening [...]
Arise legislative recap: March 22, 2019
We had a problem Tuesday – and we were glad to have it. So many people came to Arise Legislative Day that we couldn’t fit everyone in the State House’s largest committee room! Nearly 300 Arise supporters came to Montgomery to tell their lawmakers that it’s time to expand Medicaid. We appreciate everyone who showed [...]
Good news on court fees from the Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would remove a barrier to justice for low-income Alabamians. SB 30, sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, heads to the Senate, which could vote as soon as Thursday. (March 21 update: That's exactly what happened. The Senate voted 28-0 for the bill, which now [...]
2019 Alabama Arise Issue Priorities brochure
Arise members have chosen the following issues as policy priorities for 2019. The first two are permanent priorities. The remaining five reflect this year’s member voting. The Arise board also may approve action on other emerging issues during the year. Adequate state budgets Tax reform Public transportation Payday/title lending reform Automatic universal voter registration Criminal [...]
Alabama’s legislative process: Get involved
Most people recognize the vital role that voting plays in a democracy – even if they don't vote. But fewer understand the importance of the citizen's role in influencing legislators to enact good public policy. This fact sheet explains how the Alabama Legislature works and offers a step-by-step guide to effective citizen participation in Alabama's legislative process.
Memorandum of Understanding for Alabama Arise member groups
As a member organization, we understand that we also automatically become members of Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP), and we commit to work through ACPP to understand poverty in Alabama and to help organize citizens in support of fairer public policies.
Electronic Funds Transfer agreement
When you choose electronic fund transfers, your tax-deductible gift will be paid automatically each month by your bank, and you will never have to write us another check (unless you want to!). A record of your contribution will appear on your monthly bank statement, making it easy to track your annual contributions for tax purposes. [...]
Private planning: The forces behind your power bill
People don’t have a choice about whether to buy electricity. Quite simply, it’s one of the things we’ve got to have to survive in the modern world. Your only real choice is how much you use – and even that amount can’t reasonably go below a certain threshold.
Hidden power: The story behind your electric bill
For most of us, the monthly electric bill is a fact of life. Though its share of the household budget rises and falls with consumption, electricity ranks with water, food and shelter as an essential expense. Meeting this demand in homes and businesses across Alabama requires production and distribution on an enormous scale. Because of [...]
Alabama bound: Our unjust 1901 constitution
Advocates for a new Alabama constitution have been divided for decades over how best to achieve that goal. Some have wanted to hold a convention at which elected delegates would craft a new constitution all at once, subject to voter approval. Others have favored a gradual, article-by-article rewrite. A recent development may render the debate moot, at [...]