Thank you to Emily, Roz, and Jamie for coming to our 1st meeting! Thank you for your incredible input and your wonderful energy!
Thank you again to Beignet Cafe for letting us host our first meetup at your wonderful cafe! The food was delicious!
"Alabama Solutions 1st Meet Up
CORTNEY BROWN·SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 201736 Reads
We had touched on many important issues we face in Alabama and our goal is to step up and lead when our government has failed to.
One of the first topics was living wages. Our first solution to making living wages possible is to educate business owners, local and corporate, on what it is in each pertaining county. I have printed out the living wage calculator for the Madison county area seen here> http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/01089 and have already started to pass these out to Madison County business owners. Let it be their conscience decision. You can choose your own county or metropolis area and do the same.
Comprehensive Sex Education Because Alabama is abstinence only on sex education, Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates has created Sex Ed pamphlets to educate and inform where to get tested and receive birth control seen here > http://alabamareproductiverightsadvocates.com/arra-sex-ed-brochure/ we are calling public and college campus libraries to see if we can drop these pamphlets off to inform students and responsible parents for their teens. It seems the Madison County library has accepted them on the 2nd floor after talking to their admin. She hasn't yet called me back to return the pamphlets, which is good news. But I will still double check with her.
Education We have discussed "meeting people where they are". Such as translating laws into layman's terms so voters can better understand them. We discussed teaching the ones closest to you about trade schools in much needed jobs in order for them to get a middle to upper middle class wage and not suffer so much under higher education debt, for example Mike Rowe WORKS is a foundation that helps fund trade schools for students in order for better job creation seen here http://profoundlydisconnected.com/foundation/ Also contact your representatives and tell them we want more affordable or free higher education. Like what our sister state TN has done here> https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/money/2017/05/11/pf/college/tennessee-free-community-college/index.html
Healthcare Live Well Alabama and Alabama Extension Coalition is doing a great job educating others on preventive care such as eating right and exercising and caring about the environment. An issue we face is healthcare costs and cuts. So what can we do besides creating a Go Fund Me? Some health businesses create a sliding scale on their prices to cater to each person's financial needs. Calling health clinics in your area and seeing if this is a possibility or something they can create is a start. Bartering is also an option if you have a needed skill. And yes, certain practitioners are down for bartering with people. Sometimes all you have to do is ask. And of course, calling or writing your local representatives to make healthcare more affordable is always a go. The more we push and lead, the more they are forced to listen and follow.
Donations Starting local to reputable charities is something we are also looking to do. Charities like Donor's Choose can let you choose which classroom to support in our local area seen here https://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?state=AL .
This is our first meeting so we will be able to discuss more on how to revert to Solutions for our state. Click to join if you're definitely interested in helping us solve issues https://m.facebook.com/groups/319502195109838?message_id=391233214603402¬if_t=feedback_reaction_generic¬if_id=1491290784313219&ref=m_notif And let me know if you have any questions. We will have our meetings every first Saturday of every month.
Thank you for being apart of our Grassroots Movement!"
Problem Solve > Invest > Restore
Cortney L. Brown