January Meeting

Our January meeting is Thursday, January 28 at 6:30PM via Zoom. 

We will be joined by an organizer from Alabama Arise to talk about the upcoming state legislative session and Arise’s policy priorities. 

Alabama Arise is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of congregations, organizations and individuals united in their belief that people in poverty are suffering because of state policy decisions. Through Arise, groups and individuals join together to promote policies to improve the lives of Alabamians with low incomes. Arise provides a structure in which Alabamians can engage in public debates to promote the common good. Alabama Arise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, meaning donations are tax-deductible.

Please join us! 

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