In a show of bipartisanship, and one of the brightest spots of the session, the legislature passed the Dream Act, a CFC priority for 14 years. It requires that most students who graduate from Arkansas high schools be eligible for in-state tuition if they have lawful status or are a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. The bill could benefit as many as 5,000 students.
The legislature also enacted a law allowing nursing licenses for people who have completed their vocational or professional course work and who have work permits under DACA. A similar attempt to allow DACA students to earn teaching licenses died in the House Education committee.
Snapshot: Q&A with Christina Mullinax
We interviewed Christina Mullinax, Arkansas organizer for Planned Parenthood and a Citizens First Congress steering committee member, to talk about the legislative session, debunk some common misconceptions and discuss why the public should rally around Planned Parenthood.
Mullinax is co-founder of the Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice. She first came to the Little Rock center in 2001 for birth control when she was uninsured.
For the last seven years, she has worked as Arkansas' organizer, mobilizing supporters, patients, donors and volunteers across the state to change public opinion and policy to make Arkansas a better place for reproductive rights and reproductive health.
Be Counted: Why the 2020 Census Matters
Arkansas stands to lose about $750 million in federal funding over the next decade if even 1 percent of our residents are not counted in the upcoming census.
Candidate forums across South Arkansas are giving community members a deeper understanding of the political process and how elected leaders affect everyday life.
SYSTEMIC RACISM UNDERMINES OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
In February, more than 150 Arkansans gathered in a small church basement in Little Rock for a conversation about racial equity and social justice.
CARBON FEE STUDY SHOWS CLEAR BENEFITS FOR ARKANSAS
A new study shows Arkansas could add tens of thousands of jobs while reducing air pollution and improving quality of life across the state.
Help Us Celebrate Arkansas Dragon Slayers June 25
Leaders across Arkansas have fought together in the past year against efforts to turn our school systems over to private corporations and stop legislation that would legalize discrimination.
ARKANSAS SPECIAL EDUCATION TASK FORCE NEEDS PARENTS’ INPUT
NEW LARGE SWINE OPERATIONS PROHIBITED IN BUFFALO RIVER WATERSHED
The Arkansas Public Policy Panel and the Ozark Society’s efforts to protect the Buffalo National River are now law.
PRISON REFORM REPORT SHOWS BETTER, CHEAPER WAY TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH
Arkansas has an opportunity to address our incarceration crisis by helping people with mental health problems, while saving the state money and making our communities safer.
ARKANSAS HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED MEDICAID VERIFICATION POLICY
Randy Dollar was in the hospital waiting for open heart surgery when he found out his Private Option health insurance had been cancelled...
AS NEW LAW IS IMPLEMENTED, ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM SPREADS ACROSS ARKANSAS
A Fayetteville nonprofit is the first to benefit after years of effort to establish an energy efficiency program in Arkansas. The Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, Act became law in 2013, after heavy advocacy by environmental leaders in the Arkansas Citizens First Congress and other groups.
CROSSETT GROUP FIGHTS FOR TOUGHER PROTECTIONS FROM GP PAPER MILL
GOOD 2 GREAT CAMPAIGN IMPROVES RURAL PRE-K PROGRAMS AS MODEL FOR STATEWIDE REFORM
ARKANSAS ORGANIZES TO PUSH BACK SCHOOL PRIVATIZATION PLANS