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We see you, Alabama, and we’re here with you

As I think about each of you, in the midst of a hectic and uncertain time, I’m amazed by the strength and resilience of the people like you who make up Arise’s membership and our community. The single parent who has been holding it together during COVID-19 child care closures and home schooling, all while [...]
Date
March 7, 2022
Author
Robyn Hyden
Blog

You are the strong force behind Arise’s advocacy

Your support holds lawmakers accountable during this legislative session. Will you donate to Alabama Arise today? Right now in Montgomery, elected officials from across Alabama are proposing laws that would infringe on our constitutional right to protest, limit our children’s access to a quality, well-rounded education and increase barriers to receiving unemployment insurance benefits, even [...]
Date
March 7, 2022
Author
McKenzie Burton
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Feb. 28, 2022

Arise's Jilisa Milton discusses HB 312, which would prohibit teaching certain "divisive concepts" related to race, religion and sex in public K-12 schools, public colleges and universities, and state employee training programs. This bill could undermine a healthy educational environment in Alabama by chilling full, truthful discussions of key historical and current events. Jilisa also [...]
Issues
Budgets, Other
Date
February 28, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
Resources

Alabama Arise Action Legislative Day: Feb 15, 2022

Advocates from across the state gathered online last Tuesday, Feb. 15, for Alabama Arise Action's 2022 Legislative Day. Arise staff members took member questions and provided updates on state grocery tax repeal, Medicaid expansion and many other important issue priorities. Check out the recording to learn more about our movement to improve life for every [...]
Date
February 22, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Feb. 11, 2022

Organizing director Pres Harris invites you to Arise's 2022 Legislative Day! Please join us online this Tuesday as we advocate for our issue priorities, including untaxing groceries. Visit alarise.org/2022legislativeday to register and learn more about how you can help build a brighter future for every Alabamian.
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
February 11, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

New poll: More than 7 in 10 Alabamians support Medicaid expansion

More than seven in 10 Alabamians (71.5%), including 65.8% of Republican voters, support expanding Medicaid when told about arguments in support of the idea, according to a new poll commissioned by Alabama Arise. The poll also showed robust bipartisan support for using a portion of the state’s funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
February 10, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Feb. 7, 2022

Alabama Arise believes all of us do better when our elected officials support the common good. Arise's Carol Gundlach details how SB 140 would do the exact opposite, hurting Alabama's local public schools by diverting hundreds of millions of dollars to private schools and home schooling.
Issue
Budgets
Date
February 7, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
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
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Eliminating state grocery tax would make life better for Alabama families

Alabama’s sales tax on groceries is a cruel tax on survival, particularly in times of economic insecurity. It increases hunger rates and drives struggling Alabamians deeper into poverty. Two bills in the 2022 regular session – SB 43 by Sen. Andrew Jones, R-Centre, and HB 173 by Rep. Mike Holmes, R-Wetumpka – would end the [...]
Issue
Tax Reform
Date
January 25, 2022
Author
Carol Gundlach
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
Budgets, Housing, Public Transportation
Date
January 25, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise