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Mobile poverty jumps almost 2 percent; poverty rises elsewhere in Alabama, Press-Register, 9/23/2011

“‘With higher poverty and lower median household income, Alabamians have diminished economic opportunities,’ said Kristina Scott, executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project”

Hunger Hits a New Target, WBHM 90.3 Alabama Public Radio, 9/8/2011

“Kristina Scott is executive director of the nonprofit organization Alabama Poverty Project. She says lack of access to healthy food and unhealthy habits can lead to a dangerous cycle.”

Bob Blalock: Wayne Flynt keeps the faith, and provides it, The Birmingham News, 7/28/11

“He did it himself to an adoring crowd of about 100 at the dinner hosted by the Alabama Poverty Project, which Flynt helped found.”

Alabama Voices: Flynt has been state’s conscience, The Montgomery Advertiser, 7/22/11

“Using his skills as a historian, and a disciplined analytical mind, Wayne has chronicled not only the effects of poverty, but also its sources”

TEDx attendees, organizers hope to forge Birmingham’s future, The Terminal, 5/20/11

“The seven original 18-minute presentations made during the evening (including talks by  James Spann, Alabama Poverty Project executive director Kristina Scott and Jefferson County EMA‘s Mark Kelly) will soon be available for viewing at the event’s official website.”

Poverty Conference, Good Day Alabama, 5/19/11

“Partners for this project include Arise Citizens Policy Project, Alabama Poverty Project, Low Income Housing Coalition of Alabama , Alabama Commision to Reduce Poverty, Alabama  Asset Building Coalition and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice.”

Auburn Relief Efforts, Auburn University Office of Communications and Marketing, 5/17/11

“The Alabama Poverty Project/Alabama Possible Initiative, an advocacy group founded by former Auburn professor Wayne Flynt and former president Wilford Bailey, has compiled a list of relief options across the state allowing students and alumni many ways to give, volunteer and advocate for friends and neighbors across the state.”

Viewpoint Alabama, 105.5 WERC, 5/15/11

“Our guest on Viewpoint Alabama is Kristina Scott, who is with the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“High Povery Counties Hit by Tornadoes” – Alabama Rural Ministry, 5/4/11

“Natural disasters hit high poverty communities the hardest,” says Kristina Scott, Executive Director of the Alabama Poverty Project (APP). “They are more vulnerable to personal injury and property damage when a storm hits, have fewer financial resources and are more likely to experience severe mental health impacts, including post-traumatic stress disorder.”

“Alabama Poverty Project discusses storm victims in poverty” – Good Day Alabama, 5/4/11

“Kristina Scott from the Alabama Poverty Project came to the studio to discuss storm victims in poverty. 30 of the 36 counties declared part of the disaster have poverty levels above the national poverty rate.”

“Find out how to help in aftermath” – Victor Lukerson, Crimson White,  4/29/11

“Robyn Hyden, Communications and Development Director for the Alabama Possible campaign operated by the Alabama Poverty Project, saw a need Thursday morning and reacted. By Thursday afternoon, Alabama Possible had distributed a comprehensive list of how people can help in the aftermath of the tornado.”

“UFWH News and Upcoming Events” – Global Health News, 4/5/11

“Alabama ranks number one in the nation for households experiencing hunger, according to the USDA. That’s why the Alabama Poverty Project seeks to foster collaboration among universities and colleges across the state to address develop comprehensive solutions to food security and hunger.”

Faith Communities – Impact on Hunger” – The Hunger Forum, 2/28/11

“Last June, Alabama Possible hosted a hunger workshop called “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” in Mobile, AL. It was attended by over 50 members of the greater Mobile faith community and boasted a number of speakers including those from Angel Food Ministries and Providence Farm Community Gardens.”

“Alabama Poverty Project on a quest to turn ideas into reality” – Kara Kennedy, B-metro, 2/16/11

“Kristina Scott, the Executive Director of the Alabama Poverty Project, spends most of her waking hours thinking about poverty”

“Film shows history of school lunches” – Patty Vaughan, Tuscaloosa News, 2/12/11

“The Alabama Poverty Project will sponsor a showing of the documentary “Lunch Line,” a film about the history of the national school lunch program, at the Bama Theatre from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.”

“Editorial: The Birmingham News” (PDF) – The Advisor, February 2011

“As Kristina Scott of the Alabama Poverty Project points out: ‘A jar of peanut butter may be the same price in Alabama and Florida, but it’s 10 percent more in Alabama because of the sales tax on food.'”

“Birmingham Area Nonprofit Organizations Receive Grants” – Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, 2/4/11

“The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation is pleased to announce its grant awards to Birmingham area nonprofit organizations whose programs and services assist communities, children, families and seniors. Birmingham area grantees are the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education, the Alabama Gospel Music Cultural Arts Center, the Alabama Poverty Project…and Workshops, Inc.”

“Barbour County’s children most affected by poverty” – Tiffiny Woo, The Eufala Tribune, 1/18/11

Barbour County’s poverty rate increased significantly between 2008 and ’09, from 24.5 to 32.8 percent. That’s nearly double the rates reported by surrounding counties such as Henry (18.7 percent), Houston (17.7 percent) and Russell (19.9 percent). ‘We knew that the recession hit Alabama hard and deep,’ said APP executive director Kristina Scott in a news release. ‘This new data helps us paint a picture of where poverty has increased the most and where the needs are the greatest.'”

“On the Move” -The Birmingham News, 12/21/10

“The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation’s board of directors approved $210,000 in grants to organizations across Alabama, including 15 Birmingham area nonprofits that received $91,500 in grants. Among the Birmingham area grantees were the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education ($3,000), the Alabama Gospel Music & Cultural Arts Center ($3,000), the Alabama Poverty Project ($4,500) and Alabama Women’s Resource Network ($5,000).”

“Report: Poverty rose in Mobile, Baldwin counties in 2009” -Mobile Press Register, 12/10/10

“Poverty rates in Mobile and Baldwin counties rose in 2009, according to a report from the Alabama Poverty Project. About 18.7 percent of Mobile’s population lived in poverty in 2009, up slightly from the 18.6 percent who did in 2008.  Baldwin County’s rate jumped higher, from 9.9 percent in 2008 to 13.3 percent.”

“Poverty level up in Morgan, Limestone counties; down in Madison County” – Budd McLaughlin, The Huntsville Times, 12/10/10

“We knew that the recession hit Alabama hard and deep,” said Kristina Scott, executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project. “This new data helps us paint a picture of where poverty has increased the most, and where the needs are the greatest.”

“Author Flynt says poverty debate is poor on facts” – Mike Odom, Baldwin County Now, 12/7/10

“There are more references to the poor in the Bible than any other subject except idolatry,” said Flynt, who is also a Southern Baptist preacher, during a lecture that wove together stories, facts, and an appeal to join the Alabama Possible campaign. That program was launched in 2009 by the Alabama Poverty Project, a nonprofit group Flynt helped found in 1993. “I got really tired of people talking about the problem (of poverty) without information but tons of opinions,” he said, as one of the reasons the Alabama Possible campaign was started.”

“Our View: Hunger report more ammo in grocery sales tax fight” – Editorial Board, The Gadsden Times, 11/28/10

“The Alabama Poverty Project says food prices may be a factor, in no small measure because of taxes on groceries.”

“Our View: Alabama has too many adults and children who are going to bed hungry” – Editorial Board, The Birmingham News, 11/26/10

“As Kristina Scott of the Alabama Poverty Project points out: ‘A jar of peanut butter may be the same price in Alabama and Florida, but it’s 10 percent more in Alabama because of the sales tax on food.'”

Report: Ala. has highest rate of hunger in country” Associated Press, 11/20/10

“Kristina Scott of the Alabama Poverty Project said she blamed the state’s nearly 17 percent poverty rate and food sales tax for the hunger problems.”

“Hunger in Alabama is the highest in the U.S.” – Mary Orndoff, Birmingham News, 11/20/10.

“While Alabama’s high poverty rate of 16.6 percent is certainly to blame, the price of food also may be a factor, said Kristina Scott of the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“Hunger and Food Security Initiative seeks to enlighten campus”Sally Sperling, UAB Kaleidoscope, 10/18/10.

“Some of the community partners involved in the cause are Greater Birmingham Ministries, P.E.E.R. Inc., Magic City Harvest, Jones Valley Urban Farms, Greater Community Food Partners, Bread for the World, Alabama Poverty Project, Better Basics, West End Community Gardens, HUMC Five Points South, and Fairfield Robinson and Donald Elementary Schools.”

“Alabama’s Poverty Rate is Up” – Linda White, NBC 13 news, 9/16/10

“Church continues celebration” – Dekalb Times-Journal, 9/16/10

“Potts has served as Judson College president since 1990. He received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Alabama in 1989, a masters of science in education from Samford University in 1978 and a bachelor of arts from Samford in 1972. He currently serves in capacity on several boards of directors, including the Alabama Independent Colleges Association, Marion Academy as treasurer, Alabama Poverty Project as chairman, Sowing Seeds of Hope as secretary, Vaughn Regional Medical Center and the Black Belt Action Commission health committee.”

“AUM to host statewide higher education summit” – Matt Okarmus, Montgomery Advertiser, 9/9/10

“The annual conference of the Alabama Poverty Project’s Higher Education Alliance will focus on making college more accessible, student retention and service-learning.”

“On the Line: The Price of Poverty” – Bradley George, WBHM 90.3 FM, 8/27/10

“What are the essentials of life? Food, water, and shelter. And to get those you have to have some kind of paying work or be enrolled in a government assistance program. But for the working poor (many of whom don’t qualify for government assistance) even the basics can be too expensive. They often cost more for working poor than for middle class people. We’ll explore this today at noon on WBHM’s On the Line: The Price of Poverty with Dr. Mark LaGory, an urban sociologist and human ecologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Kristina Scott, executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“Lunch leaders: Alabama Poverty Project hopes documentary will bring about change” – Cory Bordonaro, Birmingham Weekly, 8/26/10

“This coming Saturday, The Alabama Poverty Project will team up with several other local non-profits interested in poverty’s ties to food insecurity and obesity, to host a screening of the documentary film Lunch Line at Bottletree.”

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” – Religion Calendar, Decatur Daily, 8/26/10

“Hunger Workshop, The Lincoln Village Church, 2103 Virginia Blvd. N.W., Huntsville, Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Speakers from Alabama Poverty Project and other organizations.”

“School lunch film to premiere” – Amy Jones, Shelby County Reporter, 8/18/10

“According to a press release from the poverty-fighting organization Alabama Possible, the film is intended to spark discussions about child nutrition and how school lunches are essential in making sure children have enough to eat daily.”

“State’s Black Belt remains troubled”– Editorial Board, Montgomery Advertiser, 8/24/10

“According to the Alabama Poverty Project, the poverty rate for each of the counties is Bullock, 33.6 percent; Choctaw, 22.9; Dallas, 29.9; Greene, 30.3; Hale, 26; Lowndes, 25.4; Macon, 30.5; Marengo, 22.6; Perry, 31.7; Pickens, 25.6; Sumter, 32.9; and Wilcox, 30.2.”

“Finding balance with yoga” – Michelle Williams, Birmingham News, 8/22/10

“Representatives from the Alabama Poverty Project (APP) and Yoga in Action Birmingham, a program under Off the Mat, Into the World, came together to raise awareness of poverty in Alabama.”

“Kristina Scott, Executive Director of Alabama Poverty Project, to Speak at One Huntsville” – Interfaith Mission Service, 4/20/10

“On Tuesday, April 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Tin Tin Restaurant, One Huntsville will host the following presentation during their monthly gathering: Alabama Possible: Discovering Intersections of Poverty, Faith, and Social Justice. Be a part of better unifying the work of our community as we link with many other just communities in the ‘New Alabama.'”

“Your Views: Aiding Poor” – Norma May Isakow, The Birmingham News, 2/4/10

Will it take an earthquake or a Hurricane Katrina to shake us up into the realization we need to be caring for those right here in need? The Alabama Poverty Project, Alabama Arise, Greater Birmingham Ministries and the YWCA are excellent ways of caring by contributing.

“Payday Lending: A Burden on Working Families”Kristina Scott, The Anniston Star, 11/22/09

“Consumer experts say that capping interest at 36 percent — the same rate that banks and other lenders can charge — would be a start. Well, let’s get started. Kristina Scott is the executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project, a nonprofit organization that educates and equips Alabamians to eradicate poverty.”

50 in 52 Journey Interview Kristina Scott, YouTube, 9/30/09

“High Cost Credit Summit: Alabama Groups Target Predatory Lenders” – Markeshia Ricks, Montgomery Advertiser, 9/25/2009

“The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice Inc., Arise Citizens’ Policy Project, the Alabama Poverty Project and AARP Alabama joined forces Thursday to sponsor a summit on the high cost of credit for low-income residents in the state and what can be done to protect consumers.”

“Homelessness Rising in Etowah, Calhoun Counties” – Megan Nichols, Anniston Star, 9/18/2009

“Kristina Scott, executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project, said poverty in Alabama is largely generational, meaning people from poor families are likely to remain poor. She said the state needs progress in health care, education and other areas to change that pattern.”

“Writer Rick Bragg Addresses Constitutional Reform Group” – Patricia C. McCarter, Huntsville Times, 8/28/09

“Also recognized at the ACCR’s third annual luncheon were…Partner of the Year: the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“State’s Moral Progress Will Be a Topic at Fellowship” – J. Sawyer, Mobile Press Register, 7/10/09

“Black will discuss possible ways to engender civic engagement and commitment to moral progress… He is on the boards of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Voices for Alabama’s Children and the Alabama Poverty Project.

“Community Foundation Awards Grants” – Staff reports, The Birmingham News, 6/4/2009

“The Alabama Poverty Project: $2,100 toward hiring a Faith and Community Partnership Coordinator for the Faith Outreach Program to promote poverty issues within the faith community, including outreach and education tools for the faith community.”

“Alabama Commission to Reduce Poverty to Study Which State-Supported Programs Work ” – David White, Birmingham News, 5/29/2009

“Commission members also will include appointees of the Alabama Poverty Project, Alabama Arise, Alabama Community Action Agencies, the Low Income Housing Coalition, and VOICES for Alabama’s Children.”

“At Least It’s A Start: Another Go At Reducing Poverty” –Editorial Board, Anniston Star, 5/22/09

“The Legislature created the Alabama Commission to Reduce Poverty and charged it to ‘study and evaluate … state-supported programs that serve those living in poverty.’…Those decisions are sound and warranted, but most of this information already exists. It has been collected by groups such as the Alabama Poverty Project, which have spent years pointing out the very conditions that this commission is suppose to ‘study and evaluate.’ ”

“Alabama Possible: A Journey to the Black Belt,” Religion Events, Birmingham News, 3/28/09

“Levite Jewish Community Center: ‘Alabama Possible: A Journey to the Black Belt,’ a daylong trip to the Black Belt of Alabama, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and the Alabama Poverty Project, Sunday, 10:30 a.m., 3960 Montclair Road.”

“Thomas Corts, former Samford University president, dies” –Thomas Spencer, 2/5/09, The Birmingham News

“Dr. Corts led Samford through one of the brightest periods in its 167-year history…He was also a director of the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“Upcoming Seminar in Birmingham Aims to Help Faith Communities Battle Poverty” – Brett Buckner, The Anniston Star, 1/24/09

“Sponsored by the Alabama Poverty Project and the Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Jan. 31 meeting in Birmingham’s Civil Rights District will feature 13 education programs presented by some of the state’s most respected scholars, advocates and religious leaders.”

“Young Professional Leaders Hope to Capitalize on Change” – The Huntsville Times, 1/4/09

“Elizabeth Dotts… Civic or volunteer activities: At the state level, a member of the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform Foundation and Alabama Poverty Project.”

“Poverty Awareness Week Trains Future Educators and Counselors” – Auburn University, 11/5/08

“The week will begin with an open forum entitled “Understanding Poverty in Alabama,” scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 2216 of the Student Center. State Sen. Ted Little will attend the session, which will also include Dr. Cindy Reed, director of Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute, Kristina Scott from the Alabama Poverty Project, Linda Tilly of Voices for Alabama’s Children and Shakita Jones and Melissa Oliver from Alabama Arise.”

“A Mighty Tall Stack of Turtles” – Susan Pace Hamill, The Huntsville Times, 11/30/08

“The Alabama Poverty Project is conducting a series of events to provide information and resources about poverty to local faith communities across the state. At the Huntsville forum I commented on the history and current state of poverty in Alabama and shared my thoughts on the important contributions that must be made by the faith community…”

“Faith Community Can Do More to Help” – Earla Lockhart, The Huntsville Times, 11/21/08

“I attended an Alabama Poverty Project Symposium on Monday. Along with approximately 75 other members of the faith community, I listened intently as Susan Pace Hamill, an Alabama law professor and strong advocate for Constitutional reform, and members of the clergy community expressed concerns on the failure of the faith community to be effective proponents of change. I was both convicted and convinced that I am ‘guilty as charged.’”

“Symposium Eyes Poverty, Church Actions” – Kay Campbell, Huntsville Times, 11/21/08

“The half-day symposium of the Alabama Poverty Project at First Baptist Church was sponsored by Huntsville’s Interfaith Mission Service’s Faith Coalition for Poverty and Public Policy, a group which seeks ways to eradicate systemic injustices that increase poverty.”

“Auburn University’s Poverty Awareness Week to Include Public Forums” – Auburn University Press Release, 11/5/08

“The opening forum, ‘Understanding Poverty in Alabama,’ is on Monday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 2216 of the Student Center. Participants include Cindy Reed, director of Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute, Kristina Scott from the Alabama Poverty Project, Linda Tilly of Voices for Alabama’s Children and Shakita Jones and Melissa Oliver from Alabama Arise.”

“Alabama Poverty Project Aims to Solve Poverty” – Religion Briefs, The Huntsville Times, 10/31/08

“The Alabama Poverty Project, a partnership with local faith communities, faith leaders, and faith cooperatives, brings a free symposium to Huntsville Nov. 17.”

“College of Social Work Names Dean” – University of Kentucky News Release, 10/23/08

“James P. ‘Ike’ Adams Jr. has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Social Work pending approval by the UK Board of Trustees… Adams has also served on the board of the Alabama Poverty Project and as a research associate for the Kettering Foundation.”

“President’s Distinguished Scholars Lecture on Southern Culture” – Palm Beach Atlantic University press release, 11/22/08

“Palm Beach Atlantic University hosts its annual President’s Distinguished Scholar Lecture in October with Dr. J. Wayne Flynt, expert on Southern culture and award- winning author…An active member in his community, Dr. Flynt serves on the board of directors for Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform. He is the founder and director of the Alabama Poverty Project and a founder of Sowing Seeds of Hope, a 30-year initiative to address poverty in one of America’s poorest counties, Perry County, Ala. Dr. Flynt previously served as the president of the Southern Historical Society Association…”

“Bailey Thomson Award Evokes a Tale of Two Alabamas” – Kristina Scott, Mobile Press Register, 9/19/08

“Numerous Alabamians who were present at the award ceremony on Aug. 28 rejoiced at Dr. Flynt’s many accomplishments and contributions, including being one of the founders of the Alabama Poverty Project, an organization that collaborates with many others (including ACCR) to reduce and eventually eliminate poverty in Alabama.”

“Scott Named Poverty Director” – Greg Garrison, Birmingham News, 8/23/08

“The Alabama Poverty Project , a faith-based organization founded by the Rev. Earl Potts and historian Wayne Flynt, has named Kristina Scott as its new executive director.”

“Birmingham-Southern Hess Center Fellows Include First International Internship” – Birmingham Southern Press Release, 5/28/08

“Eleven students will spend eight weeks this summer working with local and state organizations on various advocacy issues including constitutional reform, empowering women, the environment and federal hunger legislation. Laura Buckner, a junior interdisciplinary sociology/psychology major from Hendersonville, Tenn., will work with Alabama Poverty Project, Birmingham.”

“University of Alabama Alumni Association Recognizes Top Award Recipients” – University of Alabama Press Release, 5/14/08.

“The 2008 Distinguished Alumna Award winner is Mary Allen Jolley of Moundville… In her community work, Jolley serves on the board of directors of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Voices for Alabama’s Children, Alabama 4-H Club Foundation and the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“Charity is Good, but Justice is Better” – Nick Foster, Mobile Press-Register, 4/6/08.

“Faith plays a powerful role in day-to-day Alabama life. If poverty is to be ended here, those who live by faith will have to step up, learn the truth and then act. With that in mind, the Alabama Poverty Project will offer a forum for clergy and other faith leaders in Mobile on Thursday at Spring Hill College.”

“Constitution Reform Gathers Steam” – Michael Maetz, Birmingham News Editorial, 3/9/08

“The Alabama Poverty Project and Greater Birmingham Ministries are intimately familiar with the unfair, highly regressive system of taxation in Alabama that is embedded in the constitution, a system that hits lowest-income citizens the hardest and hinders economic development in the state.”

“Poverty Project Talk” – Judy Haise, The Birmingham News Social Column, 1/23/08

“Tax reform is an important key to addressing poverty, the former Baptist minister told the women meeting at Independent Presbyterian Church. ‘Charity is good, but justice is better,’ he said.”

“Religion Events” – Birmingham News, 11/10/07

“Poverty Project Forums – Guest Speaker Wayne Flynt”

“Politicians’ Anti-Poverty Efforts Lost in Translation: Impoverished Backgrounds Don’t Help” – Lukata Mjumbe, Mobile Press-Register, 10/14/07

“Any effort at eliminating poverty that does not include poor people themselves is doomed to fail. Politicians and middle-class think tanks, by themselves, will never fashion real solutions for poverty in our state.”

“Panel to Fight Alabama Poverty” – Bob Johnson, Associated Press, 10/10/07

“Nick Foster, director of the Alabama Poverty Project, said he hopes the committee will dispel some common misconceptions about poverty, such as that ‘people are poor because they are lazy.’”

“Breaking the Cycle” – Editorial Board, Birmingham News, 10/4/07

“But there will be no expensive study paid for by taxpayers, or anybody else, Todd says. That’s why groups such as Alabama Arise and the Alabama Poverty Project are involved – they already have more data than the task force needs.”

“Colleges, Universities Come Together at University of Alabama for Statewide Conference on Service Learning, Poverty” – UA Press Release, 9/26/07

“The Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama, the Alabama Poverty Project, Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative, and the UAB Center for Urban Affairs are presenting ‘To Whom Much Is Given,’ a statewide conference on service learning in higher education…”

“Conference Explores Higher Ed’s Mission” – Stephen Black, The Birmingham News, 9/23/07

The Alabama Poverty Project, the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, Impact Alabama and the UAB Center for Urban Affairs will host a statewide conference, ‘To Whom Much is Given,’ on service learning in higher education Sept. 27 and 28 in Tuscaloosa.

“Community Foundation Distributes 2.4 million” – Anne Ruisi, Birmingham News, 9/19/07

“The Alabama Poverty Project [received] $7,000 to support the Faith Initiative in informing and encouraging Alabama faith leaders in seeking solutions to poverty in the state.”

“Hopeful Immigrant Children Left Behind” – Isabel Rubio, Mobile Press-Register, 8/12/07

“As the executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama and as a board member with the Alabama Poverty Project, I am deeply troubled by the nearsightedness of our elected officials in not making this connection. Currently, Alabama has a poverty rate of over 15 percent, with a rate of child poverty at almost 25 percent.”

“1901 Constitution: Winners & Losers” – Mark Berte, Huntsville Times, 5/27/07

“The work of the Alabama Poverty Project demonstrates that the 1901 Constitution conspires against the estimated 700,000 people who live in poverty in our state. Alabamians start taxing a family of four when they make just $12,600 even though the federal poverty line is $20,615. We also have to rely heavily on sales taxes which, as explained in Lewis Lehe’s ‘It’s a Thick Book’ video, are extraordinarily regressive.”

“Corley Tapped to Head New Honors Program” – UAB Press Release, 5/9/07

“Active in leadership roles throughout his career, Corley serves on the Alabama Poverty Project Board, serving as board chair from 1997-2004, the Cahaba River Society Board, serving as its current president, the Leadership Birmingham board and executive committee and the Region 2020 Board.”

“Poverty Task Force, Established to Assess the Current and Future Impact of Poverty on Residents in Alabama” – Alabama State Legislature, HJR320, 4/12/07

“BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That there is hereby created the Poverty Task Force. The task force shall consist of the following members…(8) A representative of the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“Alabama Affordable Housing Task Force, Established” – Alabama State Legislature, 4/12/07

The task force shall be composed of the following appointed members… (8) The Alabama Poverty Project shall appoint one member.

“Your Opinions: Being Born Into Poverty Shouldn’t Shorten Anyone’s Life” – Brandy Duncan, opinion page, Birmingham News, 2/22/07

“Recently, the News featured an essay written by a member of the Alabama Poverty Project that highlighted the ‘link between our wellness and our economic conditions across our lifespan.’ Poverty and healthcare issues are strongly related and need to be addressed as such.”

“Dire Numbers Describe Poverty of State’s Residents, Project’s Director Says” – Melanie Smith, Decatur Daily, 1/19/07

“Nick Foster of the Alabama Poverty Project said the statistics may be ‘mind-numbing,’ but they are important in getting people thinking about how to eradicate poverty in the state.”

“History and Hope: Grieving – and Rejoicing – Over the State of Alabama with Wayne Flynt” – Phillip Jordan, The Birmingham Weekly, 1/18/07

“A co-founder of the Alabama Poverty Project and Sowing Seeds of Hope, he most recently assumed the title of editor-in-chief of the online Encyclopedia of Alabama.”

“Little Known of Status of Ex-Welfare Clients” – Mike Cason, Birmingham News, 7/29/06

“Richard Crow, professor emeritus of social work at the University of Alabama and interim director of the Alabama Poverty Project, said it’s harder for people in poor, rural counties to find the entry-level jobs that most welfare recipients can perform.”

“Alabama Constitutional Reformer to Deliver Bloom Lecture at University of Alabama’s Blount Undergraduate Initiative” – UA Press Release, 3/30/06

“Hamill also serves on the board of directors of the Wesley Foundation at UA, the Alabama Poverty Project, and Turning Point, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in West Alabama.”

“State Needs Rural Center” – Mobile Register, Jim Aucoin, 2/8/06

“For example, the Alabama Poverty Project at Auburn University, Montgomery reported that poverty levels dropped in Alabama’s cities during the 1990s, but remained steady at over 30 percent in many rural areas.”

“6 to be Inducted into Hall of Fame: Kiwanis Club Honors Business Leaders” – Birmingham News, 9/20/05

“Corts is director of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama that he helped form. Boards he has served on include the Alabama Poverty Project, Birmingham International Festival and Children’s Literacy Guild.”

“Black to Speak at Unitarian Fellowship” – Religion Digest, Mobile Register, 8/19/05

“Black will discuss how our ‘values voters’ shape our political identity on the state level. These voters say that “moral values” is the issue that matters most to them in deciding how to vote… He serves on the boards of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Voices for Alabama’s Children and the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“Weighed Down: Alabama is Held Back by Unresolved Issues of Poverty, Race and Taxation” – Wayne Flynt, Mobile Register, 6/5/05

“That is the primary task of the Alabama Poverty Project, which seeks to bring together people of faith to end poverty. The state simply will not be able to compete if apathy and neglect continue to characterize the response of most affluent citizens toward the poorest.”

“Shelby, Hoover Non-Profits Get $200,000 in Grants” – Jon Anderson, Birmingham News, 5/27/05

“Other agencies receiving grants from The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham:… The Alabama Poverty Project, $6,000 toward publication of the second edition of ‘The Picture of Poverty in Alabama,’ a databook reflecting poverty and other measures of economic conditions.”

“Alabama is No. 1: When It Comes to Having an Unfair Tax System, Alabama Still Leads the Nation” – Kimble Forrister, Mobile Register, 4/24/05

“Some statewide coalitions, including Alabama Arise, VOICES for Alabama’s Children and the Alabama Poverty Project, are trying to improve the public’s basic tax literacy. An informed public can discern the values that underlie policy decisions about tax fairness and adequacy.”

“Group Rallies Against Poverty” – Rosa Ramirez, Birmingham Post-Herald, 4/20/05

“Of the estimated 4.4 million Alabamians, 16.1 percent live in poverty, according to recent study by the Alabama Poverty Project, a nonprofit group in Birmingham that aims to reduce poverty in the state.”

“Consumer-Driven Faith” – Stephen Foster Black, Mobile Register, 4/3/05

“We at the Alabama Poverty Project seek to reform certain institutions, change specific policies and work to pass needed legislation. But we also strive toward a larger goal – that of changing minds and opening hearts.”

“State of Poverty – There’s new hope for an old problem in Alabama” – Susan Pace Hamill, Mobile Register, 2/6/05

“The Alabama Poverty Project, a nonprofit organization led by Dr. Wayne Flynt, is committed to providing a holistic effort to identify and fight the causes behind the tragedy of poverty in Alabama.”

“Living Wage? Researchers Document Plight of ‘Wage Gap’ Families” – Robin Oliver, Birmingham Post Herald, 6/4/04

“The low family assistance payment guarantees that anyone who can work will do so rather than living off welfare. Jo Dohoney, professor of sociology at Samford University and former director of the Alabama Poverty Project, said she doesn’t consider that such good news.”

“Tax Plan: Alabama Partnership Grows With New Members” –The Associated Press, Birmingham Post-Herald, 7/23/03

“The Alabama Partnership for Progress announced Tuesday that it had added 10 members: the Children’s Trust Foundation, Region 2020, the Alabama Heart Association, the Alabama Soft Drink Association, the Alabama Residential Childcare Association, the YWCA of Central Alabama, One Montgomery, the Alabama Historic Ironworks Association, the Alabama Poverty Project, and Citizens for Responsible Government.”

Education Briefs, The Birmingham News, 7/29/01

Samford University’s Alabama Poverty Project will sponsor a statewide conference, ‘Confronting Poverty: Making Change II,’ Sept. 15 at Judson College in Marion.

Obituaries, The Birmingham News, 10/9/00

“Bailey, Dr. Wilford S., age 79, died Saturday October 7, 2000… In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine…the Alabama Poverty Project…or the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation.”

“Leaders, An Essay: Look for Leadership Close to Home, Not Down the Road in Montgomery” – Wayne Flynt, The Birmingham News, 10/17/99

“Alabama Arise, the Gift of Life Foundation, Success by Six, A+, Voices for Alabama’s Children, the Alabama Poverty Project and Children First are just a few of literally hundreds of local initiatives to make Alabama a better and more just place to live.”

“Survive and Prosper – but 1998 Was Not a Great Year for our Future” – Editorial, The Birmingham News, 1/1/99

“Meanwhile, the state did practically nothing about the kinds of problems outlined in an extensive study by the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“A Tale of the Season” – Wayne Flynt, The Birmingham News, 12/20/98

“As we indulge ourselves this Christmas, this new publication of the Alabama Poverty Project should haunt all of us. If the banquets and plentitude leave us feeling physically bloated and spiritually empty, perhaps our unease is God’s gift to us this season.”

“Meeting Here: A Renewed Look at Inequality” – Peggy Sanford, The Birmingham News, 10/15/98

“Alabama sponsors of the Birmingham assembly include Alabama Poverty Project, Alabama Power Foundation, BellSouth Foundation, Biracial Study Group of Dothan, Civic Entrepreneurs of Greensboro, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and Innerchange Project of Montgomery.”

“Poverty Group Tabs Corley” – Birmingham News, 7/21/97

“Robert Corley of Birmingham has been elected chair of the executive committee of the Alabama Poverty Project board of directors.

“Samford Hosts State Poverty Meeting” – Jeff B. Hansen, Birmingham News, 8/18/96

“Poor in Alabama is the first of a planned annual meeting sponsored by the Alabama Poverty Project.”

“News Briefs” – The Birmingham News, 8/14/96

“Replacing poverty myths with realistic ideas to help poor people will be the focus of the 10 a.m.-4:40 p.m. event, ‘Poor in Alabama,’ sponsored by the 3-year-old Alabama Poverty Project.”