ACPP news releases

Human rights review team visits Alabama

Alabamians played an important role in measuring how the United States is meeting its human rights obligations as a review team visited the state on April 22. The Birmingham event was one of 11 such meetings being held across the country this spring. The public consultations are part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) conducted every four years to assess how effectively United Nations member countries are fulfilling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, and subsequent human rights treaties. This is the first UPR of the United States.

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Alabama Arise statement on House defeat of grocery tax bill

"We are deeply disappointed that only 54 state representatives voted to bring the 'untax groceries' bill, House Bill 1, up for floor debate, while 42 voted against it. The Yes votes were 53 Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Spencer Collier of Irvington. All 42 No votes came from Republicans."

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Lack of health insurance shortens Alabama lives, study shows

Nearly 6,000 uninsured Alabamians have died prematurely since 1994, the year Washington last attempted health care reform, according to a report released today by Families USA, a nonprofit health care consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

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Recovery Act had huge Alabama impact in first year

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has saved thousands of jobs and put money in the pockets of nearly all Alabama workers in the year since it became law, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said today on the one-year anniversary of ARRA's enactment.

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Black Alabamians face sharp unemployment rise

The labor market crisis is breaking national records each month, with no end in sight. In Alabama, the heaviest burden is falling on African American workers, who will face an unemployment rate of more than twice that White Alabamians in 2010, according to new projections from the Economic Polocy Institute (EPI), an independent research institute based in Washington, D.C.

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