Our monthly meeting will be held next Thursday, April 22 at 6:30PM via Zoom. Check your email for login information.
In celebration of Earth Day, we will be joined by Olivia Barone, who is Montevallo’s Sustainability Coordinator. She will be talking with us about the myriad things she has going on to help our city be more sustainable and eco-friendly!
In between now and then, Olivia has passed along some events that are going on:
To celebrate Earth Month, I have partnered with IMPACT Montevallo, our Drug Free Communities Coalition, and Montevallo Main Street. We have scheduled three events. I think MPA would really enjoy the team scavenger hunt we planned and the nature walk. I attached the flyer. It’s a weeklong scavenger hunt running from April 17th to April 24th. We are also hosting a Trash to Treasure Art Project (Wednesday April 21st at 6pm at Recycling Center) and a Guided Nature Walk at Shoal Creek Park (Saturday April 24th at 8am). You can register in teams here and also sign up for the other events here: https://forms.gle/9kJezkJjMg1U7gV46. Each participant will receive a goody bag and cash prizes are awarded!
Alabama House District 73 Runoff Update
The Republican runoff for Alabama House District 73 is Tuesday April 27, 7-7. The runoff is between Leigh Hulsey and Kenneth Paschal. Andrea heard Kenneth Paschal speak at the April NAACP meeting, and would encourage anyone who is eligible to vote in this primary to consider a vote for him.
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.
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).
Hamburger helpers and other box meals
Juice (apple, grape, etc) that comes in the plastic bottles –60oz
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!