Faithful Seven Arrested at Alabama Capitol Found NOT GUILTY

(Montgomery, AL Oct. 6, 2014) — The seven Alabamians arrested for singing and praying in the State Capitol as an act of faith in support of health care and Medicaid expansion were found not guilty following their trial in Montgomery … Continue reading

Mayors Hold Vigil in Protest of Voting Rights Infringements in Greene and Macon Counties

voterIdGraphic2-250x249Mayors from Greene, Macon and Lowndes counties, with members of Saving OurSelves, will hold be a voting rights vigil on the steps of the State Capitol on Friday, May 16th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The group is protesting the violation of the voting rights of Macon and Greene County citizens whose gaming industries have been improperly closed. Amendments to Alabama’s 1901 Constitution made it possible for residents to vote on allowing for gaming businesses in their counties. Greene and Macon residents voted in favor of the businesses, which provided major boosts to their failing economies. But state authorities raided the gaming facilities, putting thousands out of work. Additionally, the residents and their local authorities have not been allowed to have their day in court.

Friday’s vigil has been strategically planned to take advantage of the fact that candidates for State and Legislative offices will be convening in Montgomery for the annual meeting of the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC). The ADC Annual Reception, to which all of the Democratic candidates for office have been invited, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening.

The vigil has the support of ADC Chairman Dr. Joe Reed. Its members are strong supporters of voting rights and have been invited to attend the rally as well to lend their voices to the struggle for voting rights in the impacted counties.

Parker Griffith, Democratic candidate for Governor, and Dr. Reed will be the keynote speakers at the event, as well as mayors from Macon, Greene, and Lowndes counties.

The rally is part of SOS’ ongoing campaign to raise awareness of extreme policies and immoral use of Alabama laws to suppress and circumvent the will of the people who have legally exercised their voting rights.

 

SOS Launches Easter Season Campaign Urging Gov. Bentley to Expand Medicaid

Save OurSelves: A Movement for Justice and Democracy Launches Its Faith Based Effort To Urge Governor Bentley To Expand Medicaid for 300,000 Uninsured Alabamians

medicaid_coveragegap(Montgomery, AL April 9, 2014) – Saving OurSelves, a coalition of more than 40 statewide organizations that have joined forces to counter extreme policies against citizens’ rights, is asking clergy of all denominations to dedicate Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, and Sundays through the end of May to inform and remind parishioners of their moral responsibility to look after “the least of these.” (Matthew 25:35-40 KJV)

The State of Alabama has the opportunity to secure medical coverage for 300,000 residents to an extent never before within our reach by expanding Medicaid. This can open the door to better health and longer lives for fellow citizens. We believe that quality healthcare is not only a fundamental civil and human right, it is morally right to insure the uninsured and underinsured.

We ask that clergy affirm to their congregation their commitment to fulfill the word of God, Prov.19: 17: He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (KJV) Do your part by asking your parishioners to sign the SOS Petition that urges Governor Bentley to expand Medicaid to the 300,000 uninsured or underinsured Alabamians.

As the divine voice of our community, we ask you to remember that your devotion to God requires you to be actively involved in promoting the well being of all people. Mark 12:31: “The second [greatest commandment] is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”And every fellow citizen, whether rich or poor, is our neighbor.

You can find the petition online at www.SOSMovement.net under “Expand Medicaid in Alabama.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Barbara Howard
SOS Health Committee Chair
Phone: 334-421-8128

 

S.O.S. “Truth and Justice Tuesdays” Rally Calls on Gov. Robert Bentley to Expand Medicaid in Alabama

SOS-T-T-LOGOMontgomery, AL (Jan. 13, 2014) — Members of Saving OurSelves (S.O.S.) are holding an 11 a.m. rally and a noon press conference at Alabama’s state capitol on the Legislature’s opening today, Jan. 14, urging Gov. Dr. Robert Bentley to “put people before politics” and expand Medicaid, as well as address other issues of justice and democracy.

By joining extremist elements in states across the nation stubbornly refusing federal dollars available for Medicaid expansion, Gov. Bentley has unnecessarily put the health and lives of our poor and under-insured citizens at risk. If he agreed to the expansion, Gov. Bentley could open doors to quality healthcare for as many as 300,000 Alabamians, plus bring billions of dollars in business revenue and create more than 30,700 jobs to our state over the next six years.

Many hard-working Alabamians have no health coverage because they currently earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but earn too little to afford quality health insurance in the marketplace.  However, expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would solve this inequity. It would open the program to adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (about $15,000 a year for individuals and $31,000 a year for a family of four).

But Gov. Bentley, a medical doctor sworn to do no harm and to use his healing  knowledge to help fellow human beings, is turning his back on an opportunity to do so for reasons that are rooted in the politics  of “No,” which erroneously believes helping our own citizens is too costly.

Others have added their voices to this clarion call for Gov. Bentley to expand Medicaid, particularly Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. “We salute Dr. Bronner. He is one of our most progressive pro business leaders, and we are pleased to see that this movement is now being heard from the governmental suites, down to the streets.  We wish only our Governor had the same concern for the people and the billions of dollars in business that Medicaid expansion would generate in our state.”

SOS calls on citizens who stand with truth and justice to add their voices to those pressing Gov. Bentley to expand Medicaid in Alabama for the health of our citizens and the good of our economy.