Criminal justice study group offers Alabama a chance to set the right course toward reform
Alabama needs a criminal justice system that values the lives and well-being of everyone involved. Our state should treat people fairly, apply punishment humanely and focus on restoring offenders to productive roles in society. Alabama Arise is closely monitoring the Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy that Gov. Kay Ivey appointed in July. Former Alabama [...]
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Alabama Arise: More Alabamians lack health insurance
"No one should have to go without the medical care they need simply because they can’t afford it," Arise's Jim Carnes tells Alabama Daily News. "But that's the reality for a growing number of Alabamians, because our state has refused to expand Medicaid." Read more from Alabama Daily News.
Alabama’s uninsured rate is growing because we haven’t expanded Medicaid
U.S. Census findings released Tuesday show that about 32,000 more Alabamians were uninsured in 2018 than in 2017. They also found that the state’s uninsured rate remained higher than the national average. Alabama Arise policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement in response: “No one should have to go without the medical care they [...]
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, [...]
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Alabama Arise members meet, vote on critical state issues
"We believe that faith communities, people on the front lines of serving people in poverty, and people directly impacted who are in poverty come up with the best solutions," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. Learn more from WSFA 12 News.
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100,000 employed Alabamians can’t afford health care
"The economic boost we would get from Medicaid expansion is really unparalleled," Arise's Jim Carnes tells the Alabama Political Reporter. "If Medicaid expansion were a factory or a NASA contract, we'd be having parades down every main street." Read more from the Alabama Political Reporter.
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Increase child care funding to invest in Alabama’s future
"Increased investment in child care will reduce poverty, support working parents and help Alabama’s children grow and thrive," Arise's Carol Gundlach writes on AL.com. "[U.S. Sens. Doug] Jones and [Richard] Shelby should commit to this needed investment in our state’s economy, families and future prosperity." Read more on AL.com.
Meet the working men and women caught in Alabama’s health coverage gap
As we celebrate Alabama’s workforce on Labor Day, here’s a fact that deserves special attention: More than 100,000 Alabamians are working without health insurance. They work in child care, construction, food services and other vital jobs. They’re the folks who keep things going. Yet they’re trapped in the health coverage gap. They can’t afford employer-based [...]
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 [...]
Annual Report 2019
Our movement for change keeps gaining strength By Chris Sanders, communications director Alabama Arise saw plenty of change last year: a new executive director, new communications tools, even a new name. But what hasn’t changed is our passion for building a more inclusive Alabama with justice and opportunity for everyone. With your support, we’ve smashed [...]