Alabama Arise will present a listening session Thursday, Aug. 28, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the B.N. Mabra Community Center in Talladega.

“The goal of the listening session is to foster dialog about the current policies that make it hard for people living in poverty, and ways to improve our state policies to make life better for our entire community,” according to a press release. “It will be hosted by the Talladega County NAACP.”

County NAACP President Hugh Morris added, “We want to hear from you all, including anyone else interested in fighting poverty.”

Robyn Hyden and other Alabama Arise speakers will be presenting. Morris said the event “promises to be a very informative listening session, as well as an educational event including discussion on how we could do better in our statewide policy organizing. Robyn and others will also be there to listen and to share information about some of their ongoing advocacy and lobbying work around things like predatory lending reform, funding for Medicaid expansion and other state services, and ending the state sales tax on food.”

Alabama Arise is a non-profit, non-partisan consortium of some 145 congregations, community groups and individuals from all over the state, founded in 1994. They focus on issues facing low-income Alabamians through policy analysis, statewide organizing and citizen advocacy.

For more information, call 1-800-832-9060 or email