Upcoming Events

Hello MPA!

I hope everyone is staying as cool as possible.  We have a few items that we’d like to bring to your attention so that you can mark your calendars!
Next Meeting July 25: We are doing to deviate from our normal format and instead of speakers, we will have a screening of the new HBO documentary on Bryan Stevenson called True Justice (the documentary is 1 hour and 41 minutes long).  For dinner, we are asking members to sign up using our new online system (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A45ADAF2AAAF49-july1).  We have 4 slots set aside for pizza so each person only needs to bring one or two pizzas.
Sunday July 28 – Visit to EJI Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice:  Anyone who wishes to carpool/caravan should meet in the parking lot behind UMOM (Valley St near the intersection of Middle St, behind the Citgo) at 8:45AM for a 9AM departure. We are asking everyone to purchase their own tickets ahead of time (https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/visit#tickets). As the visit will include both the museum and memorial, folks should purchase a combo ticket for museum entry at 10:30 (the memorial ticket is not timed).
At the June meeting the idea for MPA to host a prison reform panel was discussed.  We are currently in the early stages of trying to plan this event for October.  If you have ideas or suggestions, email us!
Also, remember that you can check the MPA calendar for upcoming events at any time on our website: https://montevalloprogressivealliance.com/, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

May Events: Legacy Museum Trip and Three Ways You Can Help Make Your Community a Better Place

Dear MPA Members,

This month, in lieu of our monthly meeting, we are taking a trip down to Montgomery to visit the EJI Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice on Sunday May 19.  Anyone who wishes to carpool/caravan should meet in the parking lot behind UMOM (Valley St near the intersection of Middle St, behind the Citgo) at 10:45 for an 11AM departure. We are asking everyone to purchase their own tickets (https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/visit#tickets). As the visit will include both the museum and memorial, folks should purchase a combo ticket for museum entry at 12:30 (the memorial ticket is not timed). At the recommendation of EJI, the group will visit the museum first, followed by the memorial, which we can either drive or walk to. It is estimated that the group will spend about 4-5 hours total between the two locations.

There is free parking in downtown Montgomery on weekends, and if anyone arrives early, there is a Starbucks and bookstore where folks can spend time before museum entry.

City Board and Commission Vacancies: MPA has been asked to encourage our membership to consider filling some of the vacancies on the City of Montevallo’s boards.  Amy prepared a document with information for us (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OJGkSBX9g128W12-RUJBP1FLy8rL5Jxf), and the City confirmed that the Historical Commission and Park Board are both in need of members.  If you are interested, email montevalloprogressives@gmail.com and we will help you take the necessary steps!

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday May 7 from 4-5:30: the Boys and Girls Club of Montevallo will have an open house to showcase all the great things they are doing.  The kids practice and conduct a 15 minute tour, so if you can stop by to support them, please do!  (You don’t need to have a kid who goes there to stop in).

Thursday May 30 from 6-8: The City of Montevallo is partnering with the Dave Mathews Center to host a forum on the state of recycling in our city.  Because of contamination, curbside bins are going to the landfill.  Items recycled at our city recycle center (Overland and Spring Creek Rd) are still being recycled because the city sorts it and bales it apart from the municipal facility.  If this is a problem that you want to be a part of the solution, consider attending!

MPA Steering Committee
Andrea Eckelman
Cheryl Patton
Jen Rickel
Amy Feger
Scott Turner

April Meeting – Alabama Arise – EJI Visit

Our April meeting is this Thursday, April 25 at 6PM at St Andrews.  We will be celebrating Earth Day with Susan Caplow, professor of Environmental Studies.  Please join us for dinner and the chance to visit with your fellow progressives!

We are also going to become a member organization of Alabama Arise to help lend our voice to their efforts in Montgomery and beyond.  The membership fee is $100, and we will be taking up a donation on Thursday for anyone who wishes to contribute.  If you won’t be at the meeting but want to contribute, email montevalloprogressives@gmail.com.  

In lieu of our May meeting, we are getting a group together to visit EJI’s Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.  We are planning our visit for Sunday May 19, and will carpool from Montevallo (time is still TBD, but it will likely be 11 or so).  We will meet in the parking lot behind UMOM (Valley St behind the Citgo at the corner of Valley and Middle St).  Please email montevalloprogressives@gmail.com if you plan to attend so that we can get a rough headcount, and please tell your friends and family that might want to join!

We hope to see you all Thursday!
MPA Steering Committee
Andrea Eckelman
Cheryl Patton
Jen Rickel
Amy Feger
Scott Turner

Next Meeting: April 25

Just a friendly reminder that we’ll be meeting next week on Thursday, April 25th. This month we’ll be celebrating Earth Week and Arbor Day with a postcard action and we’ll enjoy guest speakers from UM’s E-Club.

As always, we’ll begin our meeting with a free dinner and fellowship. Please join us!

[image: https://www.cc-pl.org/earth-day%5D

 

March Meeting Wrap Up

We had a very informative meeting in March with Madison Hollon, co-president of URGE and student organizer for Feminist Majority Foundation.

If you are interested in finding out more information to get involved, you can email Madison at mhollon1@forum.montevallo.edu.

Our postcard action for those interested in contacting our representatives about Medicaid expansion.

Click here to download the inforamtion sheet: MPA 2019 March Postcard Action

Other items of interest:

A University of Montevallo Safe Zone Emergency Fund has just been started to assist LGBTQIA students at UM in times of financial hardship. Here’s how it works:

  1. Anyone interested in donating fills out the UM Foundation’s CASHNet donation form. On this form Restrict funds to “Safe Zone Emergency Fund.”

Here’s the form: https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnetg/selfserve/EditItem.aspx?PC=ADV-DONATION

(also accessible from UM’s “Give” page if you land there and click “Learn More/Other Ways to Give” and “Give Today” and choose “Recurring Donation” or “Donate Now”).

Shelby County Democrats are promoting a mobile voter id event in May.  The Secretary of State’s office is scheduling the Photo Voter ID mobile unit at the Montevallo Public Library on May 15, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm located at 277 Park Drive, Montevallo, AL 35115. This event will be posted as a public event at alabamavoterid.com. In addition, citizens can register to vote/update information on the Secretary of State’s website at alabamavotes.gov.

Please plan to join us April 25 at 6PM for our next meeting.  Montevallo’s E Club will be speaking about Earth Week, sustainability and ways we can get involved in our community.  If you are able to bring food items, please email Cheryl Patton at cls.patton@gmail.com.