11/24/2023 | by Ralph Chapoco for the Alabama Reflector
Spend five minutes with Callie Greer and two aspects of her essence come out.
The first is a boundless optimism, an abiding faith in both God as well as humanity, her going with her mission to save the world from itself.
The second is a layered resiliency that appears immune to disappointment, as if she has trained her mind to keep going despite the painful struggle to make Alabama a more just place to live.
The first part, she said, nourishes the second. It was a belief in a higher power that helped her through the darkest of days.
8/12/2023 | By Alaina Bookman for AL.com
On the last day of Amnesty Week, the Jefferson County Courthouse was bustling with people hoping to get their failure to appear warrants and debts dismissed, register to vote and receive voter photo ID cards.
Leah Nelson, research director for Alabama Appleseed, a nonprofit social justice advocacy organization, said Amnesty Week is more than just about addressing warrants, it is an investment in community safety.
Organizers said more than 100 people showed up each day to address their warrants and debts, making this year even more successful than its first Amnesty Week in 2021. Like its predecessor, no arrests were made.
8/9/2023 | by Ralph Chapoco for the Alabama Reflector
Traffic tickets and citations have become a heavy financial burden for low income individuals and families living in Alabama.
A report published by Alabama Appleseed last week documented the lives of people dealing with the fallout from receiving traffic citations, the associated fines, along with the additional penalties they were levied as they dealt with court proceedings stemming from the original violation.
“What struck me the most in the reporting that I did for about a year was just how broken those folks are who are sitting in those courtrooms every day,” said Eddie Burkhalter, a researcher with Alabama Appleseed who authored the report. “These are people that are already living on the edge. A lot of these folks are just barely enough to scrape by, to turn the electricity on, to keep food in their kids’ mouths.”