Opinion: Criminal justice study group offers Alabama a chance to set the right course toward reform

By Dev Wakeley of Alabama Arise | September 18, 2019 Calling for criminal justice reforms in Alabama, Dev Wakeley of Alabama Arise highlights how over-criminalization and inequitable access to health care disrupt and destroy lives, and contribute to Alabama’s troubled criminal justice system. The key to such reforms? Shifting focus and resources from incarceration to helping people stay healthy, productive, … Read More

Payday Loan Debt Trap Tracker Counts Dollars Lost to Predatory Lenders

By Equal Voice Action | September 13, 2019 In 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) passed landmark consumer protections for payday and car-title loans. Vital to these research-backed regulations is the ability-to-pay rule. This rule would require short-term lenders to verify that borrowers can realistically repay their loans, without sacrificing their ability to make ends meet, and without needing to … Read More

Ubuntu + EVA Partnership Launch: Member Photos

By Ubuntu Village + Equal Voice Action | September 10, 2019 On a hot September day (100 degrees in the shade!), New Orleans families and community members joined us for the Ubuntu + EVA Partnership launch celebration, featuring a community seafood boil for our growing Village. Many thanks to all who joined us to kick off our membership drive and … Read More

Equal Voice Q&A: Rose Berry, EVA Community Organizing Manager

Rose Berry is an Afro-Latinx femme organizer who committed to social justice at an early age and has focused her work on racial and economic equity, and women’s and migrants’ rights.  As EVA’s Community Organizing Manager, she leads Equal Voice Action’s community outreach and partnership work, including the coordination of EVA’s partnership programs with Equal Voice allies in South Texas … Read More

New federal public charge rule will hurt families and children – Alabama Arise

By Matt Okarmus of Alabama Arise | Originally published on August 13, 2019 Equal Voice ally Alabama Arise speaks out against the Trump administration’s redefinition of “public charge,” a policy change that will threaten access to vital health and human services programs for millions of U.S. families – including as many as 25% of all U.S. children. Read Alabama Arise’s … Read More

Opinion: Increase child care funding to invest in Alabama’s future

By Carol Gundlach of Alabama Arise | August 28, 2019 Carol Gundlach of Equal Voice ally Alabama Arise calls for increased child care subsidies as an investment in families, our workforce, and our future.  Subsidized quality child care is an investment in Alabama’s families and its workforce. Parents who struggle to make ends meet are more likely to find and … Read More

Between 2007 and 2017, 34 States Reduced Crime and Incarceration in Tandem – Brennan Center for Justice

By Brennan Center for Justice | Originally published August 9, 2019 A blog post published by the Brennan Center for Justice highlights the findings of crime data and incarceration rates from their latest crime report. Data pointed out that increasing imprisonment does not correlate with a reduction in crime, and in fact, demonstrated that the opposite was true in a majority of … Read More