Arise Update

Arise in the News

August 2022


The New Republic: How red states use regressive grocery taxes to feed the rich

The New Republic spoke to policy analyst Carol Gundlach and organizing director Presdelane Harris about Arise’s advocacy to untax groceries in Alabama. We remain determined to end the state grocery tax once and for all.

WSFA: Alabama Democrats continue to call for removal of grocery tax

Ending the state grocery tax would save Alabamians the equivalent of two weeks’ worth of groceries every year. Arise’s Robyn Hyden talks to WSFA in Montgomery about why the time is right for lawmakers to untax groceries.

Further reading:

Fox 10, Mobile 

WTOK 11, Meridian, Miss.

WTVY 4, Dothan

The New York Times: In Mississippi, a post-Roe question: What will Republicans do to help new mothers?

Arise’s Robyn Hyden spoke to The New York Times about Alabama’s extension of postpartum Medicaid coverage to one year after childbirth. We hope all states will do the same — and that Alabama will expand Medicaid to save and improve lives.


Birmingham Business Journal: We can’t wait another decade: It’s time for Alabama to expand Medicaid

“A new Medicaid expansion deal is now on the table, and it is even better financially than before,” Arise’s Robyn Hyden writes in the Birmingham Business Journal. “Alabama could more than afford to provide coverage for those 300,000 friends and neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet and pay for health care.” Student loan forgiveness: ‘Huge’ relief for Alabama students struggling to repay debt, finish school 

Alabama’s decades of underfunding higher education “made it harder for people to enroll and graduate,” Arise’s Chris Sanders tells “It also worsened racial and economic inequality.”

Further reading:

Montgomery Advertiser

Opelika Observer: Inflation Reduction Act will make Alabama a healthier state

The Inflation Reduction Act “will make health coverage more affordable for hundreds of thousands of Alabamians and millions of Americans,” Arise’s Robyn Hyden writes in the Opelika Observer. “It will improve air quality by investing in clean energy and reducing emissions that fuel climate change. And it will pay for these investments by closing tax loopholes that subsidize profitable corporations and wealthy households.”

Further reading:

Alabama Today 

Cutoff News

Selma Sun

The Just Trust: The Just Trust announces first grant recipients for State by State Campaign

We’re excited that Arise is one of The Just Trust’s new partners in working to build a more equitable and humane criminal justice system in Alabama and beyond. Check out the news release to learn more.


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