We’re back! Next meeting (1/23) and Montevallo MLK March

MPA 2020 FlyeHappy New Year MPA!

We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful holiday season.  Our January meeting is next Thursday, January 23 at 6PM at St. Andrews (click here to download a flyer, please share!).  We will be joined by two guests, Debbie Smith with Alabama Arise and Dana Sweeney with Alabama Appleseed.  Please join us for dinner, a postcard action, and to hear from both Debbie and Dana!  We need volunteers to help with dinner – please follow this link to sign up:
 

Other Announcements:

Just Mercy, a newly released film about Bryan Stevenson, is now playing in theaters.  If you get a chance, grab a friend and go check it out! 
 
This Monday, we will be celebrating MLK Day. Plan to come out for the MLK March in Montevallo, Monday, January 20, 2020. At 9 AM we’ll line up behind McDonalds on Main St for a march to the Montevallo HS for a program honoring Shelby Co “firsts.”  University of Montevallo Chief of Police Tim Alexander will be Marshall as well as guest speaker at the program. The theme is “Dr. King’s 20/20 Vision: The Beloved Community: The Fierce Urgency of Now.” For more information, call 205-902-5137 or 205-915-0787.

Meeting this Thursday (8/22)

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Hello Friends!

Just a reminder that our monthly meeting will be this Thursday, August 22 at 6PM at St Andrews.  Jack Jacobs will be speaking to us about upcoming events with Shelby County Democrats as well as 2020 elections.
Also, if you are able, please bring non-perishable items for the Little Free Pantry at St Andrews.  There is a great need in our community for these items, so please bring anything you can to place in the pantry.
The University of Montevallo is also collecting for their Food Pantry, so if you’d like to donate to that, bring items to the meeting and Andrea will collect them.
See you Thursday!

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!

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