Clark-Frieson Releases Position Statement on Retirement System Of Alabama

Clark-Frieson Releases Position Statement on Retirement System Of Alabama

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As the Democratic nominee for Alabama House District 37, I want to make it known to all citizens of Alabama, that I wholeheartedly support RSA, and I want to share with you my experience with it.

Although I am not a member of RSA, I have intimate knowledge about it, because my mother was a 36-year veteran teacher. About 44 years ago, concluding her 36 years as a public school teacher, she retired. I recall at that time, it was the boast of every teacher I knew that the Teacher's Retirement System in Alabama was one of the strongest in the nation. Don't know if you

realize our state once enjoyed that distinction. Because of the Retirement System of Alabama, my mother lived out her mature years very comfortably until her death in 1989.

It is important for you to know that as a State Legislator, I'm prepared to do everything in my power to keep the Retirement System strong and financially sound because I understand this is a major concern of every working person as they approach their senior years. We must protect our precious pension fund for those who are depending on it to take them through their mature years.

Dr. David Bronner became CEO of the Pension Fund in the early 1970's (a little before the time my mother retired) and has overseen the State's Pension Fund since that time. To his credit, he has managed it well enough to meet its obligations to every Alabama retiree. The challenge that is before all Alabama's workers AND VOTERS is to fight (at the ballot box) to protect it from those who would advocate for privatization or conversion of the fund and those proponents of closing it to new employees.

Now is the time to do all we can to ensure that our pension fund remains viable and solvent so that everybody who is entitled to benefits gets them. That means voting for legislators who will stand firm and pledge not to take our hard-earned money and just hand it over to private firms to manage, or convert to private 401Ks, or find other underhanded ways to pillage it.

Please know that this is a pledge that I can and will make to you unequivocally. I would never vote to outsource the management of our Pension Fund, leaving it open to be ravaged by corrupt, greedy, self-serving opportunistic parasites (such as those in our legislature who have advanced and supported this idea).

Clark-Frieson Addresses Alabama AFL-CIO In Montgomery

Clark-Frieson Addresses Alabama AFL-CIO In Montgomery

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With the objective of securing an endorsement and perhaps funding and support for her campaign, Charlotte Clark-Frieson, Democratic Candidate for Alabama House District 37 attended the state meeting of the AFLCIO, held Thursday, in Montgomery.  Along with some 50 to 60 other candidates for both State and Federal offices, Clark-Frieson addressed what looked to be more than 150 Delegates during their Candidate's Forum.

Her comments -- limited to three (3) minutes -- focused on her younger years as the wife of the late Clarence Frieson, Jr., who, for nearly 20 years, was employed at Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Company in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the many protections that she came to appreciate about his unionized job.  She recalled that her late husband's salary far exceeded her starting pay as a college-educated beginning teacher.  And she could not recall ever having to pay a dime in co-pays for the birth of either of her two adult children. Upon Frieson's death, her survivor's benefits which covered both her and her two minor children at that time, were based on his substantial salary, which afforded her the ability to comfortably remain at home and take care of their school-age children until they were ready to exit high school. "I came to appreciate the security of unions, and the value the unions demanded for working people" she told the group.

Clark-Frieson told the group; "I could certainly use a check. But in the event you don't see fit to contribute to our campaign, "boots-on-the-ground" will be sufficient.  And we will appreciate and receive with an open heart, any support you can offer us."

She concluded: "Knowing what I know about unions and the labor movement, there is no way I would go to Montgomery as a State Legislator, and sit tight-lipped and not speak out in support of labor, if the opportunity presented itself.  Again, thank you for the opportunity to come and address the delegates today."  

About Clark-Frieson:  Charlotte Clark-Frieson is a life-long resident of Roanoke, Alabama, local entrepreneur,  former public school teacher, and former elected official in Randolph County.  She’s also the daughter of two legendary and beloved community leaders:  the late Wilkie Clark, a dynamic and outspoken Civil Rights Leader known state wide for his life long dedication to civic and political activism; and career educator, the late Mrs. Hattie Lee Peters Clark whose flawless career in Randolph County spanned 36 years.  The Auburn graduate declared her candidacy for State House 37 on February 6 in Montgomery, Alabama.  She is one of more than 70 African-American women running for State Office in Alabama.

Democratic Candidate For State House 37 Launches Campaign With Official Opening Of Campaign Center

(Open House, Saturday, August 4, 2018
12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM)

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Roanoke, Alabama:  Today, Charlotte Clark-Frieson, the Democratic candidate for Alabama House Of Representatives, District 37, announced that she will officially launch her campaign with the opening of the “District 37 Campaign and Voter Empowerment Center,” located at 315 Main Street in Roanoke.

Of the opening, Clark-Frieson stated: “My prayer is that the opening of this office will symbolize a much needed coming together of the diverse communities of District 37, to rally around the needs and the well-being of every citizen throughout the district.  I have traveled extensively from the top to the bottom of the District, and though I don’t claim to have seen everything, I have seen a lot and certainly enough that -- translates (in some respects) into culture shock for me.  I’ve seen communities that I didn’t even realize existed in this area.    

District 37 spans from everything South of I-20 in Heflin, down to the lower parts of Chambers County.  I’ve witnessed the very comfortable life-styles of the lake-dwellers around Lake Wedowee; but I’ve also seen the economic disparity of inner city dwellers in our cities, towns and rural communities.   I’ve encountered both young and old in trying to get a feel for what folks in this area are really concerned about.   I’ve observed farming conditions, and seen both agriculture and industry at work in Randolph County.    

I want my office to be a place where everyone regardless of economic conditions, or social status, religious belief, or ethnicity can feel comfortable coming and sharing with me, their vision for making our area a great place to live and raise their children.   I want it to represent those values that we all cherish... and I want to know what their difficulties and concerns are.   Another of my goals is to provide a preview to what we can accomplish in our community once I’m elected to represent HD 37.   I think it will be a great enhancement to our community to have an office open every day, centrally located within District 37, where we are available to serve the constituents of this district in any way we possibly can.   We want to be accessible to the people STARTING NOW.  We’re not waiting for an election to take place.  My vision is that in the future, it will serve as a  headquarters and a point of contact not only for me as a State Representative, but my fellow colleagues who are serving our community as well.

So Saturday, we are going to be open from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm.  We’ll have staff on-site to take our visitors on a short tour.  We plan to have centers prepared that will provide information about our progressive agenda, and how we hope to achieve it.  And we’ll serve good old-fashioned American Hot-dogs until we run out.  

The public is invited, and the media is welcome as well.  This serves as your invitation.”

About Clark-Frieson:  Charlotte Clark-Frieson is a life-long resident of Roanoke, Alabama, local entrepreneur,  former public school teacher, and former elected official in Randolph County.  She’s also the daughter of two legendary and beloved community leaders:  the late Wilkie Clark, a dynamic and outspoken Civil Rights Leader known state wide for his life long dedication to civic and political activism; and career educator, the late Mrs. Hattie Lee Peters Clark whose flawless career in Randolph County spanned 36 years.  The Auburn graduate declared her candidacy for State House 37 on February 6 in Montgomery, Alabama.  She is one of more than 70 African-American women running for State Office in Alabama.

US Senator Doug Jones First Original Bill Passes In U.S. Congress

I take pride in congratulating Senator Doug Jones on the passage of the first original piece of legislation he introduced in the Senate as part of the Farm Bill Package. Passage of the Bill, entitled the Rural Health Liason Act (RHLA), was announced last Thursday on June 28, 2018.

Most Alabamians understand that Farming is a risky venture. Bad market conditions or natural disasters could devastate the livelihood of Alabama’s farmers in any moment. This Farm Bill offers important protections and safety nets to ensure our farmers are covered.

According to Senator Jones, the bill provides Federal Support to rural communities across Alabama on such matters as commodity price supports and rural development to agricultural conservation and food assistance. It is going to provide protection to Alabama's farmers as well as critical support for key Alabama issues such as health care, sewage infrastructure, and broadband.

The Alabama Rural Health Association, cites 52 of Alabama’s 54 rural counties as facing primary health care shortages. As we have already seen over recent months, the state’s rural hospitals are also at risk and many are in immediate danger of closing. All of Alabama’s 54 rural counties are classified as dental shortage areas and mental health care shortage areas for the delivery of service to the low-income population, and only 16 of the 54 counties provide obstetrical service.

This new legislation will help to better coordinate the federal resources that are available to these health care providers.

Folks, these numbers are just STARTLING!

Please visit this link https://www.jones.senate.gov/content/senator-jones-applauds-passage-farm-bill-protects-alabama-priorities to see a summary of the issues this bill will support.

Thank you Senator Jones, for looking out for Alabama. May God be with you in your continued efforts to represent our state in the United States Senate.

Huntsville Immigration Protest disrupted by Gunman

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Huntsville Immigration Protest disrupted by  Gunman

On yesterday, I read with interest, an article that reported on a former  Huntsville School Teacher -- 34-year-old Shane Ryan Sealey -- who was apprehended and taken into custody after pulling out a gun during an Immigration Protest Ralley at Big Spring Park in Huntsville.

 

The "Families Belong Together Rally" in Huntsville was part of a Nationwide Day Of Action, protesting the Trump Administration's policy of forcibly separating children from their parents and demand that separated families immediately be reunified.

According to the news report, Sealey was counter-protesting during the Huntsville protest and at some point, he was observed pulling out a gun.  He was seen by one of the Rally Organizers, Ava Caldwell.  "He pulled out a gun. I saw him holding it out in front of him. We just started screaming for everybody to drop to the ground," said Caldwell. "We all dropped to the ground crying."  

Police reported that Sealey had come to the rally to counter-protest, and got into a verbal altercation with someone at the protest.

Also, police reported that no shots were fired and no one was hurt; and the protest resumed and continued as planned with no further incident.

Interestingly, under Alabama law, it is illegal to carry a firearm within 1,000 feet of a demonstration. But, notwithstanding the law, it is still my belief that many citizens don't fully understand the implications of their 2nd Amendment right, when proponents of sensible gun legislation push for that, and go to irrational extremes in pushing back.  This is why it is imperative that sensible gun laws be enacted, to protect everyone from the danger of injury or death by someone in possession of a firearm who possess no sense of restraint.

Although -- thanks be to God -- no one was injured or killed during Saturday's incident, the outcome could easily have been tragic. Moreover, even without injury or death, we are still compelled to think about the emotional damage, via the exposure to the extreme mortal fear inflicted upon all those present at this event!!

Folks, we have got to be both reasonable and rational in our views about gun laws. I believe our laws must be designed to bring order to our communities, and place reasonable limits on certain basic rights where citizens might not have the moral conscience, the good sense, or the mental capacity to exercise restraint, self-discipline, or simply use sound judgment in use of a weapon.

That's why I am proud to have been given the designation of "gun-sense" candidate.  Please know that it is not my objective to take away your 2nd Amendment Right.  But, for the safety and security of ALL citizens, we must put in place reasonable limitations on the possession and use of guns.    

To learn more about my position on Gun-Sense Legislation, please review my platform at the following link. When you open the page, please navigate to the section entitled: "Guns."

https://vote-al.org/Intro.aspx?State=AL&Id=ALClarkFriesonCharlotteA