Happy New Year!

It has already been quite a year, and we believe that last week’s violent insurrection at the US Capitol shows how important our mission remains.  There are several events/information that we want to bring to your attention:

MPA January Meeting 
We will be joined by Debbie Smith, Organizer at Alabama Arise.  She will be talking about the Alabama Legislature and Arise’s 2021 priorities, and how we can be effective advocates during a pandemic.  Please join us Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 PM (Zoom link to follow). 

Shelby County NAACP Virtual MLK Event
The Shelby County NAACP is hosting a virtual event on Monday, January 18.

The monthly meeting of the Shelby County NAACP is tomorrow, January 14 at 6PM.

Alabama Arise Action Briefings
Over the next few weeks, Alabama Arise is holding a series of Action Briefings via Zoom.  Topics include voting rights, criminal justice reform and budgets.  Follow this link to register and get additional information.  

National Day of Service
The Biden-Harris Inauguration Committee is encouraging us to be a part of the National Day of Service on January 18th. In honor of this, MPA is partnering with Shelby Emergency Assistance to collect items that they are in need of (list below). Items can be dropped off directly (160 Shoshone) or Team Lehman’s office (620 Valley). 

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Hamburger helpers and other box meals
  • Canned Fruits
  • Juice (apple, grape, etc) that comes in the plastic bottles –60oz
  • Dry Milk

Alabama Special Election, Part Two
The dates have been set for AL House District 73 (replacing Matt Friday) and AL Senate District 14 (replacing Cam Ward).  The primary will be held March 30, the runoff (if needed) will be April 27, and the election will be July 13.  Watch for additional information on candidates as we receive it.  

City Council Contact Info
As you know, we all have new city council representatives.  You can find their contact info here. We will keep you apprised of events happening where you might need to contact them! 

Thanks for all you do for your community! 

Progressive Pep Rally—Post-Election Edition | Tonight at 6:30

If you are like us, you are probably feeling anxious and a little disappointed.  We’re having a special meeting tonight, so come talk to some like-minded folks and let’s commiserate together tonight at 6:30PM. 

We will also be discussing the Special Election for House District 49, which will be taking place Tuesday November 17.  We’ll be doing some GOTV activities in the next couple of weeks.  

Check your email for the login link or contact us at: montevalloprogressives@gmail.com

Vote Tuesday|Meet Thursday

Happy August!

Montevallo’s municipal election is Tuesday August 25 from 7AM-7PM at the Boys and Girls Club building.  As a reminder, these local elections are won and lost by 100 (or fewer for city council) votes sometimes, so please, please remember to vote on Tuesday!  Also, make a commitment to remind your friends and family to go as well.  If you have an absentee ballot, it must be delivered to city hall by 12 noon on Tuesday (if you haven’t already mailed it). 

Our monthly meeting will be held via Zoom this Thursday, August 27, and we will be discussing voter registration drives and GOTV activities for the 2020 election.  If you have received an email with login information, please contact Andrea Eckelman.

Also, a memorial service commemorating the 131st anniversary of the 1889 lynching will be held Saturday, August 29, at the corner of Main and Shelby streets, the site of the recently installed EJI marker. The brief service will begin at 8:30 AM. In order to maintain social distancing, all wishing to attend should email Kathy King (kingk@montevallo.edu).  Please do not park in the lot immediately adjacent to the marker either, so that it can be used for those in attendance. 

July Meeting Follow Up

 

Thank you so much to all of you that were able to log on and listen to our city council candidates speak last week.  And, a big thanks to each of our candidates for taking the time to speak with us!  As a reminder, the deadline to register to vote in our municipal elections is August 10 – take a few minutes to confirm your registration and check with your family and friends that they are registered.  The election will be held August 25, and turnout will be key!
 
Joyce Jones’ mayoral campaign will need some help addressing postcards and hanging door signs in the coming weeks.  If you are interested in helping, please email us so that we can get your name on the list! 
 
Here is additional information for the candidates who spoke to us last week:

District 1 – Tonya Mayton

 
District 3 – Kenny Dukes
 
District 4 –  Jason Peterson
 
District 5 – Arthur Herbert
Email – Arthur@HerbertForCouncil.com

We were not able to get either candidate from District 2 to speak with us, but please contact us if you have information on these candidates that we can pass along.  

Mark your calendars for our next meeting August 27th, and we’ll send more information soon.
Keep up the good fight!