The Arkansas Citizens First Congress is a multi-issue and non-partisan coalition of more than 50 organizations who work together for progressive changes in state policy. Coalition members come from all corners of the state and work on many different issues. At the Arkansas Legislature, the coalition members lobby together on a common agenda. They also watchdog the legislature, and lobby against threats to progressive policy. The Arkansas Citizens First Congress has lobbied lawmakers at the Arkansas Legislature since 1999.

The Panel supports the Arkansas Citizens First Congress, a coalition that has expanded the impact of residents by:

  1. Convening 50 organizations from across the state including local community groups, established policy groups, advocacy organizations, and institutional partners to advance common goals

  2. Mobilizing constituents in districts from every region of the state to advocate with their legislators for better policies

  3. Securing major legislative victories that have improved schools, promoted fair elections, ensured the viability of local farms, and much more.

Ten Priorities for a Better Arkansas

  • Improve opportunities to learn for all students with research-proven education reforms.

  • Support a sound budget by opposing upper-income tax cuts, promoting corporations paying their fair share, supporting tax relief for the poor, and continuing to expand access to quality health care.

  • Support energy efficiency and renewable energy reforms that reduce carbon pollution, save consumers money and create jobs.

  • Decarcerate Arkansas, curbing the extreme growth of Arkansas’ prison population which disproportionately affects people of color, the poor, people with mental illnesses, and other minority groups.

  • Implement the new Arkansas State Water Plan and protect water quantity, quality and aquatic environments.

  • Support fair residential landlord-tenant laws.

  • Create juvenile diversion programs to help at-risk youth.

  • Upgrade Arkansas’ voter registration system to create greater accessibility.

  • Fight to deter wage theft.

  • Create a system that promotes educational equity and professional licensure for ALL Arkansans.

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