Leadership Options for U.S. Senate/AL Governor

For Alabama to elect the best leaders, each political party must nominate its strongest candidates. Primary elections matter!

Join us for a virtual Senate/Governor Candidate Forum on Tuesday, May 17th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The forum is being sponsored by HIVE Alabama in collaboration with the progressive women’s group MAD? Make a Difference Alabama and the Hoover Democrats. Each candidate will be given up to 4 minutes to introduce themselves and say 1) why they are running and 2) why they are the most qualified candidate.

You must register in advance at this link.

Invited U.S. Senate candidates include Dr. Will Boyd, Brandaun Dean, and Lanny Jackson. Invited candidates for Alabama Governor include Yolanda Flowers, Malika Fortier, Patricia Jamieson, Arthur Kennedy, Chad Martin, and Doug Smith. Each candidate will be given up to 4 minutes to introduce themselves and say 1) why they are running and 2) why they are the most qualified candidate.

Alabama Legislative Review, Tuesday, April 12th

As the Alabama Legislative Session winds down soon, it’s time to look at what happened on Goat Hill, with a focus on the good, the bad, and the “maybe” policies that have come out of the session in this election year.

To find out what change advocates have to say, join MAD?Make A Difference on Tuesday, April 12th from noon to 1 p.m. Central, via Zoom, held in collaboration with H.I.V.E. Alabama (HIVE Alabama | Huddle. Inquire. Validate. Enact.)

You must register in advance for this meeting. Click here to register!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

DON’T MISS IT! You will hear from three amazing speakers:

Presdelane (Pres) Harris, Alabama Arise Organizing Director: Pres has worked for Arise since 1994 and has a B.S. in justice and public safety from Auburn University at Montgomery and an M.S. in management from Troy University. She has lived in Montgomery her entire life and enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her church, superhero movies, ocean cruises and mountain cabins in the wintertime. Alabama Arise is a statewide, member-led organization advancing public policies to improve the lives of Alabamians who are marginalized by poverty. Membership includes faith-based, community, nonprofit and civic groups, grassroots leaders and individuals from across Alabama.

Dana Sweeney, Statewide Organizer for Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice: Dana travels all across the state sharing Appleseed’s research, building relationships, and connecting people with opportunities to take action as the group fights for a better future. Dana has lived in Alabama for his entire adult life and dreams of making this the Sweet Home that we all deserve. Alabama Appleseed is member of the national Appleseed Network, which includes 18 Appleseed Centers across the U.S. and in Mexico City. Appleseed was founded in 1994 with the mission to develop and help sustain a network of advocacy centers that address local issues and develop and promote practical, systemic solutions.

A representative from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: Moms works with Everytown for Gun Safety to promote evidence-based solutions to end gun violence.

Justice Starts at the Ballot Box

Justice starts with electing quality judges, district attorneys, and sheriffs in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Join us for a lively Zoom forum on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about the candidates in contested races in the Democratic primary election on May 24th.

The forum will offer virtual introductions to candidates in 7 judicial races, 1 district attorney’s race, & 1 sheriff’s race.

Moderator: Judge Martha Cook

Special guests include: Linda Verin

Hosts include: H.I.V.E. Alabama, Hoover Democrats, M.A.D?Make A Difference, North Jeffco Dems & Vestavia Democrats

Click here to register in advance for this must-see event!

Make Your Voice Heard in 2022!

It’s an Election Year, so things will be lively during the 2022 Legislative Session, Jan. 11-April 26, in Montgomery, AL., according to political observers. What’s more, the Alabama legislature is arguably the most powerful political force in the state because the state GOP holds a supermajority in both houses of the legislature, which give legislators the ability to over-ride a gubernatorial veto. 

To learn about the most progressive – and worrisome — bills that activists and lobbyists are watching, join MAD?Make A Difference, Tuesday, Jan. 11 for a special panel discussion, from noon to 1 p.m. Central, via Zoom, held in collaboration with H.I.V.E. Alabama.

You must register in advance for this meeting. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvc-CqqD4sEtVJzVCY89pdyAlvNG1kWHy3

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom details for joining the meeting. This email is generated automatically, but Zoom can experience delays. Don’t wait until the last-minute to register. 

Here is your chance to hear from at these 3 amazing panelists and ask questions:

Presdelane (Pres) Harris, Alabama Arise Organizing Director: Pres has worked for Arise since 1994 and has a B.S. in justice and public safety from Auburn University at Montgomery and an M.S. in management from Troy University. She has lived in Montgomery her entire life and enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her church, superhero movies, ocean cruises and mountain cabins in the wintertime. Alabama Arise is a statewide, member-led organization advancing public policies to improve the lives of Alabamians who are marginalized by poverty. Membership includes faith-based, community, nonprofit and civic groups, grassroots leaders and individuals from across Alabama. Alabama Arise has released its policy roadmap for 2022 and set its Lobby Day as Feb. 15. For more information, follow Alabama Arise on Facebook.

Rhonda Pendleton, Alabama State Legislative Lead, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: A Pennsylvania native, but long-time Alabama resident, Rhonda first became involved with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense with the start-up of the Huntsville group in 2018. After volunteering with various Moms efforts locally and state-wide, she took on the role of volunteer state legislative lead in early 2021, coordinating the group’s first virtual advocacy day in March. Moms works with Everytown for Gun Safety to promote evidence-based solutions to end gun violence. For more information about Moms in Alabama, follow them on Facebook.

Dana Sweeney, Statewide Organizer for Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice: Dana travels all across the state sharing Appleseed’s research, building relationships, and connecting people with opportunities to take action as the group fights for a better future. Dana has lived in Alabama for his entire adult life and dreams of making this the Sweet Home that we all deserve. Alabama Appleseed is member of the national Appleseed Network, which includes 18 Appleseed Centers across the U.S. and in Mexico City. Appleseed was founded in 1994 with the mission to develop and help sustain a network of advocacy centers that address local issues and develop and promote practical, systemic solutions. To learn more about AL Appleseed, follow it on Facebook.

Join us for a Unity Celebration

Join us for Homewood’s first Unity Celebration on Saturday, July 17th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. sponsored by H.I.V.E. Alabama, The Listening Project, White Homewood for Black Lives, and more! This celebration marks 1 year of equity walks in Homewood and we look forward to celebrating with you. Join us for popsicles, family friendly activities, and a community equity walk at 11 a.m.  We will have literature about our groups as well as other organizations working towards racial equity in our area.  

If you have walked with us before, have seen us on the street or on Facebook, or just want to come out to celebrate with your neighbors, we hope to see you there!

Pride Signs to Benefit MCAC

Happy Pride month!! To celebrate, we’re showing love for our neighbors and raising money for the Magic City Acceptance Center and all the wonderful work they do for our kids.

Grab a “You Are Beautiful” yard sign and let’s celebrate our community! Please click here to to order a sign (or more!)

Signs are $20 with all proceeds going to MCAC. Please Venmo payment to @Kristin-Rezek-1.

Ordering will close this Friday, June 4th at 12 p.m. with signs available for pick up in Homewood mid-week next week. If you have any questions, let us know. Thank you!!

Wins & Losses: Review of 2021 AL Legislative Session

“You win some, lose some, and wreck some,” said race car driver Dale Earnhardt. And that may be the verdict on the 2021 Legislative Session in Montgomery, AL, according to politicians, political observers, and activists.

H.I.V.E. is thrilled to join MAD?Make A Difference on Tuesday, May 18th for a virtual lunch-time panel discussion, from 12 – 1 p.m. via Zoom.

You will hear from five amazing speakers with their take on this year’s session:

You must register in advance for this meeting. Click here to register! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom details for joining the meeting.

Emerge Alabama Virtual Graduation Party

H.I.V.E. is thrilled to join MAD? Make a Difference Alabama and other amazing progressive groups to host Emerge Alabama’s Virtual Graduation on Wednesday, May 26th at 6 p.m. Help us celebrate another cohort of brilliant Emerge Alabama women graduating!

Traditionally, each woman is handed a sunflower at graduation. Sunflowers grow fast, are heat resistant, and each one produces thousands of seeds. It’s an apt symbol for Emerge Alabama’s mission to recruit and train resilient, qualified women to run for office. RSVP for the event and/or purchase a sunflower for the incredible women in the Spring 2021 cohort here!

The Hill We Climb

“The Hill We Climb”
Amanda Gorman

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry. A sea we must wade.
We braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.
And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it.
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.
And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true.
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.
Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.
If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.
It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it.
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption.
We feared at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour.
But within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
So, while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.
Our blunders become their burdens.
But one thing is certain.
If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.
So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.
We will rise from the golden hills of the West.
We will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution.
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states.
We will rise from the sun-baked South.
We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid.
The new dawn balloons as we free it.
For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.