Issues & Bills Watch List

YWCA Central Alabama pursues our mission every day to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Through our public policy efforts, we seek to provide long-lasting systemic change in the areas of health and safety, economic empowerment and homeownership, affordable and equal access to a quality education, and civil and human rights. 

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING

ALABAMA

  • HB 445 ANTI-RIOT BILL

    Increases fines, penalties, and jail time for individuals deemed to be inciting or encouraging a “riot” during protests. YWCA Central Alabama believes a bill like this discourages activism and will derail people from partaking in peaceful demonstrations, which is their First Amendment Right. 

  • MEDICAID EXPANSION

    YWCA Central Alabama supported Cover Alabama’s Coalition Day of Action on March 25 to encourage Gov. Kay Ivey to expand Medicaid funding. Expanding Medicaid will ensure that hundreds of thousands of Alabamians will continue to receive access to health care, and it will even save jobs. Equally important, an additional 152,000 women will be able to have proper health care if additional monies are allocated to the state’s Medicaid network.

FEDERAL

  • VAWA H.R.1620

    Better known as Stop Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Crime Recovery Act (VOCA H.R, 1652) both passed on March 17th. These two acts are essential in providing necessary funding and support to continue the important work of assisting women who are survivors of domestic or intimate partner violence.

  • AMERICAN DREAM & PROMISES ACT of 2021

    Referred to by the White House as a “critical first step in reforming our immigration system.” This act will make over four million Dreamer individuals eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), or possible permanent residence. (Read the Act.)

 

LOOKING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE RESOURCES?

Reading resources on racism and justice

Alabama Social Justice Organizations

101 Tools for Tolerance (PDF)

Chart for Talking About Race: Thinking Transformatively

If You Are Asked to Give a Public Prayer in a Diverse Society (PDF)

Quotes on Racism and Justice

Social Justice Statistics

Speak Up! (PDF)