Grassroots Voices for
Economic Justice

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Montgomery training brings together leaders from Missouri and Alabama

Montgomery training brings together leaders from Missouri and Alabama

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On July 28-30, 21 grassroots ambassadors and field staff came together in Birmingham, AL for our 5th training this summer. The diverse group brought together grassroots leaders from our retirement security field partners GrassRoots Organizing (GRO) from Missouri and the Federation of Childcare Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) to spend 3 days doing deep relationship building, peer learning, message integration work and planning for the year ahead. The group took advantage of the location to visit some historically significant sites, including the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and various places in Selma including the Jackson Home, where MLK Jr spent most of his time while in Selma, among others. In addition, July 30th was the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, and the group took the opportunity to do a press action in front of the Cooper Green Mercy Hospital to bring attention to how great these public healthcare systems are and why they should be expanded them. Folks left feeling renewed and excited for the work ahead, especially how we will bring retirement security and other economic justice issues to the forefront of the 2016 elections.