The Alabama Justice Initiative is a policy and advocacy organization working to end mass incarceration while advocating for social and racial justice through partnerships with other grassroots and human rights groups working on these issues.
In deciding which policies to advocate for, there’s a tension between aspirational issues like reparations and more immediate solutions. But the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Reparations, however, aren’t just another policy with costs and benefits to assess—they’re about something deeper.
Black labor has been foundational to the growth of America and our economy. Enslaved people built the country’s early infrastructure and produced lucrative commodities such as cotton and tobacco. After emancipation, African American labor was crucial in industry, agriculture, and service. This Black History Month, we celebrate Black workers, their achievements, and their dedication to work. We also must consider the steep challenges and structural inequities Black workers continue to face. Understanding that history contextualizes today’s fight to improve and expand African Americans’ access to higher paying jobs and economic success.
I am the founder of Raw Uncut Woman. Our organization is based in Detroit, MI in the heart of the city. My role is to facilitate focus groups and collaborate with other local non-profits to provide resources for women, such as peer support from women with similar backgrounds and lived experience.
New guidance and a waiver application package would allow states to convert a portion of their Medicaid programs to block grants. This would undermine Medicaid, worsen health, put state budgets at risk, and deepen the next recession.
We anticipate 2020 will be another busy year for Medicaid waivers. States submitted several dangerous proposals to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the end of last year, and we’re awaiting the outcomes. Other bad waivers are scheduled to take effect in the coming months.
More than 3.5 million residents of the U.S. territories face a dire health care crisis. Unless Congress acts before the end of the year, our territories will fall off a dramatic Medicaid funding cliff, which could lead to benefits loss or Medicaid termination for them.