HIVE Holiday Drive – Panties & Winter Weather Gear

We are continuing our tradition of an annual holiday drive in collecting donations for two special groups we have worked with this year:

Crisis Center Panty Drive
Our friends at the Crisis Center are looking for panty donations for their Rape Response program. Please donate a pair (or a pack) of panties in the size, style and color/pattern that you would wear so they will have a variety and be able to give clients options.

Be A Blessing Winter Weather Drive
Our friends at Be a Blessing Birmingham work tirelessly to help our homeless neighbors and are looking for winter weather gear (gloves, hats, blankets, scarves, hot hands, etc) to distribute.

Donations can be dropped off in the box on the front porch at 304 Woodland Drive, Homewood, AL 35209. Please email us if you have any questions or if you are interested in making a monetary donation towards the drive.

H.I.V.E. Brown Bag – Friday, 10/5 – The Crisis Center

brown bagPlease join us for our second brown bag on Friday, October 5th from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (speaker at 12  p.m.) at 304 Woodland Drive, Homewood, AL 35209. Meg McGlamery, the Executive Director at the Crisis Center, will be speaking of the services offered in crisis intervention and prevention, sexual assault and mental health. Learn how you, your family and neighbors may benefit from these services.

This is a relaxed event, come and go as you need.  BYOL (Bring your own lunch).  Drinks and chocolate bites will be provided! We look forward to seeing you!

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.