Immigration Policy: A project aimed at developing a unified voice for new immigrant populations in the state, ensuring the legal rights of immigrants, and promoting social integration and civic participation. Alabama Appleseed is one of the plaintiffs challenging in federal court the constitutionality of Alabama’s new immigration law, HB56.
Welcoming Alabama: A campaign designed to shift the immigration dialogue away from policy and focus on the common, core values shared by various cultures. It is not political, it is social and directed towards a positive civic integration of communities. We promote respectful dialogue, by providing a safe space to explore perceptions and philosophies between individuals of varying ethnicities and traditions. Welcoming Alabama
Judicial Election Reform – A project to support current State Bar Association and chief justice efforts leading to at least the non-partisan election of state appellate judges, and ultimately the merit selection of state judges, to eliminate special interest money from judicial selection.
Indigent Defense Reform – A project focusing on analyzing the effectiveness of the current indigent defense system and working with the Chief Justice’s Indigent Defense Task Force to develop a new system of indigent defense services for the state.
Healthcare Coverage - A project to develop strategies to provide health insurance coverage for the over 600,000 uninsured Alabamians and, with the enactment of the Federal Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), to be a consumer advocate in the development of a health insurance exchange and the expansion of Medicaid
Hurricane Katrina Response – A project to advocate for various local, state and federal policy changes to assure faster, fairer home rebuilding and legal assistance to elderly and other at-risk storm survivors, and $100 million in federal funding for low-income housing.
Restorative Justice - An advocacy effort encouraging the development and implementation of restorative justice techniques in Alabama’s juvenile courts and educational system.
Hispanic Financial Access - We advocate for more accessible and affordable banking and foreign remittance services for Hispanics. We developed a Spanish-language banking and financial literacy program that we offer throughout the Latino community.
Residential Landlord/Tenant Law - We helped pass Alabama’s first residential landlord-tenant law working with a coalition of advocates, and have developed with our coalition partners a Tenant Handbook for state-wide distribution.
Poultry Worker Safety Initiative - A project to investigate the work place conditions and work place abuses in Alabama’s extensive poultry processing plant industry, which largely employs minority and Latino workers, and to advocate for needed work place reforms and worker rights.