In today's economy, poor gotta have heart

It might be a different battle in Madison or Missoula than in Montgomery, but, then again, maybe not. Fighting on behalf of the poor is never a glamorous job. Especially given today's harsh political climate.

Alabama Arise is located in the tired old Bell Building downtown. In the elevator, I keep expecting to see a disheveled gumshoe named Philip Marlowe riding along; it's that kind of retro scene.

Syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson chronicled her recent visit to the Arise office with a column that appeared in several state newspapers.

Read the column here.

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