Democracy at its finest! See the CFC's newly elected Priorities




Dear Friend,


What an incredible weekend! We had a powerful group of leaders from all walks of life and all over the state. Our deepest thanks to all who participated in it and who support the CFC.

The 2016 CFC Convention is an example of democracy as it should be, but we all need to work together to push for progress. It seems our elected leaders have misplaced priorities, and special interests are more powerful than ever at the Capitol. Our democracy is supposed to be driven by and for the people, and we must stay involved to ensure that happens. 

The Arkansas Citizens First Congress now has a new platform and priorities for a better Arkansas, elected by 120 delegates  from 60 member groups who attended our three day conference.


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The 10 Priorities for a Better Arkansas we will present to lawmakers are: 

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

Reform the Arkansas tax code to be more fair, support a sound state budget, and continue expanding 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’s 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.

Protect Arkansas tenants by requiring proof of habitability for rental properties, and ensuring tenants cannot be arrested for failure to pay rent.

Create a report on gender pay equity in state government in order to close the gender pay gap.

Regulate and reduce line speeds in poultry plants in order to reduce worker injuries and contamination of poultry that affects the health and safety of consumers.

Implement stronger protections to prevent wage theft.

Improve health and relationship education for youth to address teen pregnancy and other challenges facing youth.


In addition, delegates elected our new steering committee members. Please join us in congratulating them, and thanking them for their commitment. 

Patty Barker

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

Pear Byers

Concerned Citizens of the Monticello Area

Stephen Copley

Faith Voices Arkansas

William El-Amin

Gould Organizing Project

Art Henry

Strong Community Leadership Alliance

Richard Hutchinson

Arkansas Opportunity to Learn

Humberto Marquez

Arkansas United Community Coalition

Chris McNamara

Citizens Climate Lobby of Arkansas

Christina Mullinax

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Dorothy Oliver

Pine Bluff Citizens in Action

Mark Robertson

Mesa Landscaping

Bruno Showers

UALR Graduate Student

Laverne Sims

Concerned Citizens of the Marvell Area

Charles Sisco

Citizens Climate Lobby of Arkansas

Demetria Taylor

Concerned Citizens of the Monticello Area

Oliver thomas

Magnolia Community Awareness Council

Eric Treat

Arkansas People First

Deborly Wade

American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Arkansas

Ashley Wright

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland


Our issue caucuses will meet August 20th, followed by the next full CFC meeting on September 10th.

Panel and CFC Upcoming Event Calendar


19   CFC Steering Committee orientation and meeting

20   CFC issue caucuses meet


9     Environmental Summit 

10   CFC Convention Follow Up: readying campaigns

10   Beth Ardapple retirement party / Panel-CFC Fundraiser


24   Early voting starts

28-29   Opportunity to Learn Education Summit


8     General election


3     CFC Pre-session Summit

3     Panel / CFC Holiday Party


9     Start of Arkansas 91st General Assembly

We also had a wonderful time celebrating AR heroes at the Dragon Slayer Award Dinner. Check out the photos on Facebook HERE (!

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The Arkansas Citizens First Congress is a  grassroots coalition of 54 community groups from across Arkansas that works on progressive reform at the Arkansas Legislature.

The Ten Priorities for A Better Arkansas:

Opportunities to learn for all students

A sound state budget, fair taxes and Reauthorize the Private Option Health Insurance

The Clean Air & Clean Energy Initiative for Arkansas' Economic Future

Arkansas State Water Plan

Oppose state-level or punitive immigration reform

Prison Reform & Judicial Equality for Mental Health

Fair Election Reform

Worker fairness and safety

Create an Arkansas Civil & Human Rights Commission

Reform eminent domain to protect citizens

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