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Alabama Arise resources for the 2022 general election

The 2022 general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8 – less than three weeks from today. Alabamians will vote on a range of local, state and federal offices, including the governor, state legislators, a U.S. Senate seat and U.S. House members. Voters also will decide on a proposed recompilation of the state constitution and [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
October 20, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Alabama Arise unveils 2023 roadmap for change in Alabama

Expanding Medicaid and ending the state sales tax on groceries will remain top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2023 legislative agenda. More than 400 members voted on Arise’s issue priorities in recent days after the organization’s annual meeting Saturday. The seven issues chosen were: Adequate budgets for human services like education, health care and child care, [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
September 29, 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
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 20, 2022
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

Help prevent voter suppression in Alabama! Sign up today

Voting rights are the foundation of our democracy. That’s why I wanted to share an opportunity for you to help protect those rights in Alabama by training and volunteering as a poll monitor. This opportunity comes through the nonpartisan Election Protection network, which works to ensure fair elections and make sure every eligible voter’s voice [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
September 8, 2022
Author
Mike Nicholson
Blog

Alabama Arise resources for the 2022 runoff election

The 2022 runoff election is Tuesday, June 21. Alabamians will vote on Democratic and Republican nominees for a range of local, state and federal offices, including the Democratic nominee for governor and the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat. Voters in some districts also will decide on nominees for the state Legislature. Have you [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
June 17, 2022
Author
Blog

Join us for Town Hall Tuesdays!

Listening is key to shaping and advancing public policies that matter most to those marginalized by bad policies. Alabama Arise depends on what we hear to help guide our work toward our vision of a better Alabama for all. Our online Town Hall Tuesdays will return once again this year. These events are a chance [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Voting Rights
Date
May 2, 2022
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

Highs and lows: Alabama Arise’s look back at the 2022 regular session

The Alabama Legislature’s 2022 regular session adjourned sine die late on Thursday, April 7. Lawmakers capped off the session’s last week with intense debates and late nights, with the final gavel dropping just before midnight. Alabama Arise is grateful for the many positive outcomes that came out of the State House this year. We also [...]
Issues
Voting Rights, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
April 12, 2022
Author
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Jan. 31, 2022

Meet Rebecca Howard, Arise's new policy and advocacy director! Rebecca introduces herself to our members before discussing the latest news on ARPA funding in Alabama and our thoughts on the recent federal court decision on the state's congressional maps.
Issues
Budgets, Voting Rights
Date
January 31, 2022
Author
Fact Sheet

Expand voting rights to move Alabama beyond its anti-democratic past

Voting rights are a flashpoint in Alabama’s history. The long denial of those rights to Black residents led to Bloody Sunday in Selma, the march to Montgomery and eventually passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the decades since, our state has taken a few steps that increase voting access for communities of [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
January 6, 2022
Author
Dev Wakeley
News Releases

Alabama Arise unveils members’ 2022 roadmap for change

Sentencing reform and voting rights expansion are two key goals on Alabama Arise’s 2022 legislative agenda. Members voted for Arise’s issue priorities this week after nearly 300 people attended the organization’s online annual meeting Saturday. The seven issues chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and ending the state’s upside-down deduction for federal income taxes, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
October 1, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama Arise keeps listening. Here’s what we heard in 2021!

Listening is a core value of Alabama Arise. We deeply value the input we get from our 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. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continued to challenge us [...]
Issues
Voting Rights, Coronavirus, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Economic Opportunity
Date
September 22, 2021
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

Special session(s) ahead in Alabama? How Arise is preparing

Alabama Arise’s work for equity, justice and opportunity persisted after the Legislature’s regular session ended. We’ll renew our commitment to those principles when Arise members choose 2022 issue priorities after the Sept. 25 annual meeting. And we’ll keep up the drumbeat when lawmakers return later this year for one or more expected special sessions. Alabama’s [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Public Transportation
Date
September 2, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Redistricting in Alabama: How you can speak out

Alabama legislators likely will return to Montgomery for a special session on redistricting later this year. Before then, the Joint Reapportionment Committee will hold a series of public hearings across the state beginning Sept. 1. These events are an opportunity for Alabamians to share their thoughts and concerns about the redistricting process. Alabama Arise urges [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
August 31, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Voting rights reforms face uphill climb, anti-democratic political sentiments

All Alabamians should be able to exercise the right to vote without facing suppression, administrative hurdles, or manipulation by elected officials. But the infrastructure of democracy in Alabama falls short of that standard. Efforts to protect and expand voting rights for Alabamians in the past session took place amid a national atmosphere of outlandish conspiracy [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
July 1, 2021
Author
Dev Wakeley
Blog

The dark road not taken in the 2021 regular session

Predicting actions and outcomes of a legislative session is never an easy bet. When the Alabama Legislature opened its 2021 regular session in February, our crystal ball was even cloudier than usual. Strong currents of anxiety were sweeping the country amid fear and frustration over COVID-19 and precautionary measures, conflicting beliefs about racial justice and [...]
Issues
Voting Rights, Coronavirus, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
June 8, 2021
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Arise legislative recap: May 27, 2021

Arise's Robyn Hyden recaps the Alabama Legislature's 2021 regular session. She discusses several policy wins that Arise members should celebrate, including the defeat of legislation that would limit the right to protest and passage of a bill to promote equitable access to broadband.
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
May 27, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Money matters: Budgets top priority for session; lawmakers also discussing Medicaid expansion, criminal justice reform, voting rights this year

As the Alabama Legislature approaches the 2021 regular session's final days, both state budgets are halfway to passage. The Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget has passed in the Senate and is in the House’s education budget committee. The General Fund (GF) budget, which funds all non-education services, has cleared the House and awaits Senate committee [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Voting Rights, Budgets
Date
April 14, 2021
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Arise legislative recap: March 19, 2021

As the Alabama Legislature reaches the midpoint of this year’s regular session, Arise’s Celida Soto Garcia brings us up to date with the session so far. Lawmakers sadly have neglected many key needs while advancing numerous bills that would infringe on the civil rights of Alabamians. We need you to speak out for a better [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
March 19, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Arise legislative recap: March 5, 2021

Arise's Dev Wakeley provides an update on recent setbacks and successes on voting rights bills at the Alabama Legislature. He also discusses the U.S. House's passage of the For the People Act, which would enact automatic voter registration and other changes to strengthen voters' access to the ballot. Voting rights is one of Arise's 2021 [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
March 5, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Alabama Arise condemns insurrection, demands protection and expansion of voting rights

Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden released the following statement Friday on this week’s events in Washington, D.C.: “The assault on the U.S. Capitol this week was a violent and racist attack on the very idea of democracy. It was an effort by white nationalists and other extremists to reject the results of a free [...]
Issues
Other, Voting Rights
Date
January 8, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

How Alabama Arise is working to build a brighter future after the pandemic

After a year of darkness, the light at the end of the tunnel is finally in sight. Promising vaccine news offers hope that public health officials can rein in COVID-19 in the coming months. And as our state and nation seek policy solutions to rebuild from the pandemic’s health and economic devastation, Alabama Arise will [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
December 8, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Join us at Alabama Arise’s 2021 action briefings!

Alabama’s 2021 legislative session begins Feb. 2. It will not proceed as usual given the extraordinary times in which we live. But we still need to be prepared to move our issues forward. This series of briefings will both inform and equip us to act strategically to continue the work for a better Alabama for [...]
Issues
Coronavirus, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Voting Rights
Date
December 7, 2020
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

It’s Election Day! Check out Alabama Arise’s 2020 voting resources

We made it! Today is Election Day across the United States. More than 300,000 Alabamians have voted already, shattering the state’s previous record for votes cast before Election Day. And we're likely to continue to break records today. The presidential and U.S. Senate races are drawing the biggest share of the attention in Alabama this [...]
Issues
Other, Voting Rights
Date
November 3, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Alabama Arise resources for the 2020 general election

Election Day is officially Nov. 3, but the 2020 general election is well underway. More than 206,000 Alabamians have voted already, shattering the state’s previous record for votes cast before Election Day. The presidential and U.S. Senate races are drawing the biggest share of the attention in Alabama this year. But voters also will decide [...]
Issues
Other, Voting Rights, Coronavirus
Date
October 26, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Alabama Arise unveils members’ 2021 roadmap for change

Sentencing reform and universal broadband access are two new goals on Alabama Arise’s 2021 legislative agenda. Members voted for Arise’s issue priorities this week after nearly 300 people attended the organization’s online annual meeting Saturday. The seven issues chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and ending the state’s upside-down deduction for federal income taxes, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Tax Reform, Other, Voting Rights
Date
October 8, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Town Hall Tuesdays 2020: What we heard from Arise supporters

Listening is often an underdeveloped skill, yet it is critical for mutual understanding and working together for meaningful change. That’s why Arise is committed to listening to our members, to our allies and most importantly, to those directly affected by the work we do together. We depend on what we hear from you to guide [...]
Issues
Voting Rights, Budgets, Medicaid Expansion, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity
Date
September 30, 2020
Author
Presdelane Harris
News Releases

New Senate COVID-19 relief plan falls short of meeting Alabamians’ needs

U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday unveiled a new proposed COVID-19 relief plan. Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden issued the following statement Tuesday in response: “Millions of Alabamians are being pushed to the brink during the COVID-19 crisis. They’re struggling with difficult tradeoffs between protecting their own health, paying for basic necessities and caring for [...]
Issues
Coronavirus, Budgets, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Voting Rights
Date
July 28, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

You’re invited to Arise’s Town Hall Tuesdays!

Arise’s statewide online summer listening sessions are a chance to hear what’s happening on key state policy issues and share your vision for our 2021 policy agenda. Register now to help identify emerging issues and inform our work to build a better Alabama. We'd love to see you at any or all of these sessions! [...]
Issues
Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Budgets, Medicaid Expansion, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Safety Net
Date
June 15, 2020
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

Alabama must tear down the legacies of slavery and segregation

The monument stood in Birmingham for decades as a twisted tribute to Alabama’s original sins: slavery and white supremacy. It “honored” a violent rebellion that sought to protect the enslavement of human beings. During segregation and Jim Crow and civil rights protests and into the 21st century, it served as a daily 52-foot-tall reminder of [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Public Transportation
Date
June 3, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Arise 2020: Our vision for a better Alabama

Alabama Arise members have worked for more than three decades to build a brighter, more inclusive future for our state. And as the Legislature’s 2020 regular session starts Tuesday, we’re proud to renew that commitment. Below, Arise executive director Robyn Hyden highlights some key goals for the session, including Medicaid expansion and untaxing groceries. How [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation
Date
February 4, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Arise 2020: Break down barriers to voting rights in Alabama

Voting is an essential tool for people to speak out about the future they want. By breaking down barriers to voting, we promote greater civic engagement. And we make it easier for folks to make their voices heard about issues that matter in their communities. Alabama’s sad history of racist voting restrictions means our state [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
January 15, 2020
Author
Dev Wakeley
Fact Sheet

The new poll tax: Court debt and voting rights in Alabama

Everyone should be able to have a voice in governmental decisions that affect their daily lives. Voting is the most straightforward way Alabamians have to shape those decisions. But our state has a long, sad legacy of voter suppression tactics. As a result, Alabama today has more disenfranchised citizens than California, a state with eight [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Voting Rights
Date
January 15, 2020
Author
Dev Wakeley
News Releases

Alabama Arise members vow to renew ‘untax groceries’ push in 2020

Ending the state sales tax on groceries is one of the top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2020 legislative agenda. Nearly 200 Arise members picked the organization’s issue priorities at its annual meeting Saturday in Montgomery. The seven issues chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and ending the state’s upside-down deduction for federal income taxes, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 9, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Learn more about Arise’s 2020 issue proposals

Grassroots democracy will be on display when Alabama Arise members choose our 2020 issue priorities at our annual meeting Sept. 7 in Montgomery. The following proposals will be up for a vote for our 2020 legislative agenda. Housing Trust Fund revenue Voting rights Criminal justice debt reform Death penalty reform Payday and title lending reform [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights
Date
August 16, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

The 2019 session that was, and the one yet to come

Alabama legislators ended their 2019 regular session last week. But they’re not done yet. Amid the threat of federal intervention, the Legislature likely will hold a special session this fall to address horrendous conditions in our state’s overcrowded prisons. This summer, Arise will continue making the case that meaningful prison reform must include Medicaid expansion. [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
June 7, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Arise legislative recap: May 3, 2019

Protecting the right to vote is essential to ensure everyone's voice is heard. Arise's Dev Wakeley discusses several bills introduced this session that would strengthen voting rights for all Alabamians.  
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
May 3, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Voting rights bills would bring Alabama closer to full participation

Every eligible citizen should be able to vote, with no unnecessary barriers blocking the exercise of that fundamental right. But Alabama has an unusually troubled history of shameful voter suppression. And the Legislature has been reluctant to implement changes to help bring our state’s voting practices up to modern standards. This year, Alabama has an [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
May 2, 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
News Releases

Medicaid expansion, end to grocery tax highlight Alabama Arise’s 2019 priorities

Medicaid expansion and legislation to end the state sales tax on groceries are among the top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2019 legislative agenda. More than 200 Arise members picked the organization’s issue priorities at its annual meeting Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Montgomery. The seven issues chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and closing [...]
Issues
Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
September 12, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Medicaid cuts loom, payday reform falls just short as Alabama Legislature ends 2016 regular session

The Alabama Legislature’s 2016 regular session, which ended Wednesday, was more notable in many ways for what didn’t happen than for what did. Lawmakers did not agree on a revenue solution to prevent devastating Medicaid cuts that would reduce health care access for hundreds of thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities in Alabama. Despite enormous [...]
Issues
Voting Rights, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Tax Reform
Date
May 6, 2016
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Quick overviews of Arise’s 2016 issue priorities

Your time is important, and your voice for a better Alabama is essential. That's why we've prepared these quick overviews to keep you up-to-date on what's happening at the Alabama Legislature on Arise's 2016 issue priorities. We'll update this post as needed. "Ban the box" legislation: 'Ban the box' law would help rebuild lives in Alabama -- The [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Tax Reform
Date
May 5, 2016
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Plan to help restore voting rights to thousands in Alabama wins Senate committee approval

Thousands of Alabamians could see their voting rights restored under a bill that won a state Senate committee’s approval Wednesday. SB 231, sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, would clarify the types of crimes classified as “crimes of moral turpitude,” a longstanding murky category of crimes permanently disqualifying offenders from voting in Alabama. Ward’s bill, [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
March 16, 2016
Author
Stephen Stetson
Fact Sheet

A menu of options to improve voting rights in Alabama

Alabama is famous around the world for our historic fights over equal access to the polls. Our entire democratic system depends on how elections are structured and who can participate. When barriers exclude people from voting, they often lose faith in a system that doesn’t seem to value their voice in our society’s decision-making process. [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
March 7, 2016
Author
Stephen Stetson
Fact Sheet

All voices heard: How to modernize voting in Alabama

Alabama forever will be linked to the struggle for voting rights. An important question today is whether our state can shed its legacy of voter suppression, or whether we will continue to be seen as hostile to the idea of equal voting access and broad participation in democracy. A 2015 report on healthy democracies ranked Alabama [...]
Issue
Voting Rights
Date
November 6, 2015
Author
Stephen Stetson