Now is the Time!

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Friends,

61 days from now we will be back in the voting booth, excited about the possibilities and the future of our state and our nation.

I know we are posting signs in our yards, putting stickers on our car, wearing shiny candidate t-shirts, and posting on social media. But now’s the time to do more!

We are 61 days away from an historic election and there’s a slate of fantastic candidates who need your help. If we want to see a real change in this state, now is the time to step outside our comfort zones and push ourselves to get involved. These candidates need your voice, they need your time and they need you. Please make it a priority to sign up for at least two volunteer shifts for a candidate (or two or three!) before November. Read on for more info on how to jump in.

A year and a half ago we sat in a room together and talked about how upset we were with ourselves for not doing more. NOW IS THE TIME TO DO MORE. Your candidates need you and we have real opportunity to make positive change in this state. We don’t want to wake up on November 7th thinking we didn’t do enough. Join us!

H.I.V.E. Night of (Gentle!) Canvassing

We are going big on Tuesday, September 18th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. by canvassing for several candidates. We’ll meet at Red Hills Brewing (2823 Central Ave) for a brief training and then hit the streets of Homewood in pairs to visit our neighbors who can vote for both Lindsey Deckard (AL Senate, District 16) and Felicia Stewart (AL House, District 46). We will also have a card highlighting the statewide candidates.

No experience necessary. Please bring your smartphone. All are welcome and we will cheers afterwards. Join us and make a difference! Please sign up here.

H.I.V.E. Phone Banking Night

Join us on Monday, October 1, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. as we phone bank for candidate Felicia Stewart (AL House District 46). We’ll have pizza, adult beverages and more. All are welcome. No experience necessary.

Please bring your laptop or tablet and phone. It’s fun. Promise! Please click here to sign up.

Wonder Women: Transforming Alabama Politics on Thursday, 8/16, 6:30 p.m.

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H.I.V.E. Alabama, Emerge Alabama and MAD? Make A Difference in Alabama present Wonder Women: Transforming Alabama Politics on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Homewood Library’s Main Auditorium at 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209. The evening will feature Louise Jones (wife of Senator Doug Jones), Tabitha Isner (U.S. House of Representatives, candidate for the second congressional district) and Dr. Stacie Propst (Executive Director of Emerge Alabama). The evening will also feature a question and answer session with statewide candidates Heather Milam (Secretary of State), Donna Wesson Smalley (Alabama Supreme Court, Place 4) and Cara McClure (Public Service Commission, Place 1) as well as several women candidates from local races. The event is free and open to all.

We are SUPER excited about this evening and hope you can join us.

Blue Wave Candidate Forum on Monday, 7/30 at 6 p.m.

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Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa Mayor and candidate for Governor, will headline a “Big 10” Blue Wave Candidate Forum on Monday, July 30th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Gardendale Civic Center (857 Main St., Gardendale, AL 35071).

In addition to Mayor Maddox, speakers will include: Danner Kline (candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District); Will Boyd (candidate for Alabama Lieutenant Governor); Joe Siegelman (candidate for Alabama Attorney General); Heather Milam (candidate for Alabama Secretary of State); Veronica R. Johnson (candidate for Alabama House District 51, including Gardendale, Morris, Mt. Olive, Kimberly, Trafford, parts of Pinson and Center Point); Judge Bob Vance (candidate for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court); Cara McClure (candidate for Public Service Commission, Place 1) Kari Powell (candidate for Public Service Commission, Place 2); and Danny Carr (candidate for Jefferson County District Attorney). The event will feature talks by Maddox and other candidates with a chance for questions from the audience and personal conversations after the forum.  Please click here for more information.

Vote! Primary Run-off Election on July 17th

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We are less than a week away from both the Alabama Democratic and Republican primary runoff elections on Tuesday, July 17th. Jefferson County will have seven races on the ballot for the Democratic run-off including four county-wide races for Sheriff, District Judge Place 3, District Judge Place 9, and Circuit Clerk.

Additionally, there are three district specific run-offs for Alabama House District 54, County Commission Place 1 and County Commission Place 2. Please click here for more information on your specific voting information.

Our friends at the Jefferson County Democratic Party have a fabulous resource about the upcoming election including the voter deadlines and the candidates.

Also, Birmingham Watch has a great guide including sample ballots and candidate profiles.

Please spread the word to neighbors and friends to vote on Tuesday, 7/17 and be the change!

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H.I.V.E. Books with Author & Poet Ashley M. Jones – Saturday, 6/23 at 10:30 a.m.

IMG_2425Join us for H.I.V.E.’s monthly book club on Saturday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at Seeds Coffee (174 Oxmoor Rd). This month, we read Magic City Gospel by Ashley M. Jones. We are thrilled that Ashley, award winning author, poet and teacher, will be joining us to read from and lead a discussion on her book. All are welcome (even if you haven’t read the book!). Ashley will have copies of her book available for sale ($15 via check/cash/Venmo/Paypal).

H.I.V.E. Meeting – Guns in America on Thursday, 6/21 at 6:30 p.m.

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Please join us for our next meeting on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Homewood Library, Small Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209.   We will focus on Guns in America and welcome Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Professor Frederick Vars, and members from March for our Lives Birmingham to discuss gun violence, common gun sense laws and what we can do to bring about effective change surrounding this issue.

Educate Yourself! Primary Election on June 5th

VOTE2The Primary election is on Tuesday, June 5th and it’s so important to be educated on the ballot and to VOTE! Spread the word, share the ballot and encourage your neighbors and friends to rock that vote. It’s an easy way to be part of the change you want to see in your state.
Please click here to verify your district(s) and polling place!

Below are a few area ballots but not all! Please email us if you live in a different district and need help finding your specific ballot:

DEMOCRATIC BALLOTS

REPUBLICAN BALLOT

Meeting Those Candidates

H.I.V.E. Alabama held a rocking Meet the Candidates evening on Monday, April 23rd. The room was full of energy and excitement as candidates took to the mic to talk about why they were running and their plans for our great state. Many thanks to our volunteers, our participants and especially our candidates for sharing their visions. We are so proud and hopeful! Please remember to rock that vote Tuesday, June 5th in the Primary and Tuesday, November 6th in the General Election.

Meet the Candidates, Monday, April 23rd

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We are so excited to get to know the candidates in the upcoming 2018 State, Congressional and Gubernatorial races. Please join us on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library (1721 Oxmoor Rd) for brief presentations by the candidates and time to mingle. Current confirmed candidates include:

  • AL Governor: Sue Bell Cobb, Christopher A. Countryman, James C. Fields and Walt Maddox
  • AL Lt. Governor: Dr. Will Boyd
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District: Danner Kline
  • Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court: Bob Vance
  • AL State Auditor: Miranda Joseph
  • AL Attorney General: Chris Christie and Joseph Siegelman
  • AL Secretary of State: Heather Milam
  • AL Public Service Commission, Place 1: Cara McClure
  • AL Public Service Commission, Place 2: Kari Powell
  • AL State House, District 46: Felicia Stewart
  • AL State House, District 47: Jim Toomey
  • AL State House, District 48: Alli Summerford
  • AL Senate, District 16: Lindsey Deckard

What You Need to Know About the Judicial Races

H.I.V.E. hosted a Judicial Candidate Forum on Thursday, 3/15, at the Dance Foundation and we learned ALL the things! Nancy Yarbrough, fellow H.I.V.E. member and an attorney who is the executive director of a legal aid nonprofit, explained what we will see on the June 5th primary ballot and why your vote matters.  She explained that most of the races in Jefferson County are decided in the primaries since it typically swings Democrat and several of the races don’t have Republican challengers. Click here to see Nancy’s introduction.

Judge Bob Vance, who is running for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, chatted with us about the importance of the judicial system and why he is running for the Alabama Supreme Court. Click here to watch Judge Vance’s speech.

Then, Nancy provided us with a wealth of information to help us understand what the courts do and who is running. Click here for the video on what we will see on the June 5th ballot.

The candidates themselves spoke to us on why they were best for the job. Check the links below for more information on the candidates who participated in our forum.

Thanks for a great night and best of luck to all of our candidates!

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Jefferson County Contested Judicial Races: June 5th Primary Election

For Circuit Court Judge; 10th Judicial Circuit; Place 8 (Civil Court replacing Judge Mike Graffeo, who is retiring. No Republican challenger.)

For Circuit Court Judge; 10th Judicial Circuit; Place 15 (Domestic Relations Court; Judge Patricia Stephens is the incumbent. No Republican challenger.)

For Circuit Court Judge; 10th Judicial Circuit; Place 16 (Criminal Court; Judge Teresa Pulliam, a Republican, is the incumbent.)

For Circuit Court Judge; 10th Judicial Circuit; Place 18 (Family Court Presiding Judge; Judge Raymond Chambliss is the incumbent. No Republican challenger.)

  • Judge Raymond Chambliss (Incumbent)
  • Janine Hunt-Hillard (Web/Facebook)

For Circuit Court Judge; 10th Judicial Circuit; Place 27 (Criminal Judge Virginia Vinson, is retiring. Republican Leslie Moore is a challenger.)

For District Court Judge; Jefferson County; Place 3 (Family Court replacing Judge Carnella Norman, who is retiring. Republican Davis Lawley is a challenger.)

For District Court Judge, Jefferson County; Place 9 (Criminal Court, replacing Judge David Lichtenstein, who is retiring. No Republican challenger.)

For Jefferson County Probate Judge Place 1 (Judge Alan King is incumbent. No Republican challenger.)

For Jefferson County Probate Judge Place 2 (Judge Sherri Coleman Friday is incumbent. No Republican challenger.)

  • Judge Sherri Coleman Friday (Incumbent) (Facebook)
  • Willie “Redtape” Florence Sr.
  • Jameria Moore (Web/Facebook)