Progressive Alabama is a digital project to provide resources and support to progressive activists on the ground throughout the state of Alabama. Started in response to the state legislature’s action preventing Birmingham from raising its minimum wage, Progressive Alabama is particularly concerned about issues of economic justice, government transparency and responsiveness to its constituents.
Like all progressives, we care about many issues including (but not limited to):
- Raising the state minimum wage to $15 per hour
- Ensuring access to family-sustaining employment for all residents
- An end to structural racism and racial inequity
- Protecting the human rights of all people including immigrants, women, and the LGBT+ community
- Promoting a people and planet-first economy
- Creating greater autonomy for local governments
- Electing officeholders who represent the interests of everyday people and are accountable to them
- Increased diversity of officeholders to include more women, people of color, millennials, and the working class
Alabama is perceived as a deeply conservative state, and for good reason. The state’s political class regularly enshrines extreme right-wing ideology into law at the expense of its most vulnerable residents. But Alabama is ripe for a progressive awakening. The state consistently ranks near the top on measures of poverty, health disparities, racial inequality, and other indicators of poor life quality. Conservative elites have maintained control of state institutions by preying on residents’ fear of losing what little economic stability they may possess.
Even in this environment, progressives exist throughout the state working to advance these critical issues. Progressive Alabama is dedicated to raising the visibility of Alabama’s progressive movement, to encourage civic action, and ultimately to transform the social, political, and economic systems of the state to ensure they work for all Alabamians, not just the privileged few.