#SeeALICE Mythbuster Stories
THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO FIX ARKANSAS’S ECONOMY.
In Arkansas, 41 percent of households cannot afford basic household essentials as they struggle to make ends meet. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and it is a national research effort led by United Way that features a more comprehensive way to analyze poverty and financial hardship. These #SeeALICE Stories are an opportunity to listen to and amplify the heroic stories of ALICE households in Arkansas.
These storytellers are ALICE in Arkansas. They are busting myths about ALICE to change the conversation, change who leads the conversation, and ultimately change behavior to ensure Arkansas’s economy serves everyone.
Top Three #SeeALICE Mythbusters
Justin Booth, “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” Mythbuster
(Little Rock, Arkansas)
Arnetta Pugh, “No Hard Worker Left Behind” Mythbuster
Reyna Marquez, “Bootstrap” Mythbuster
Special Father’s Day Mythbuster Story
Kaleem Nazeem, “People Who Struggle Financially Just Need to Work Harder” Mythbuster
“Until we are all free….”
Kenny Reams, “Our Criminal Justice System Works” Mythbuster
For Immigrant Heritage Month
Vanessa Valdillez, “The American Dream Is Within Reach” Mythbuster
Our Essential Workers
Janet Graige, “We Take Care of Our Caregivers” Mythbuster
The above stories were selected by a panel for being asset framed, characterizing and humanizing ALICE in Arkansas, and providing a systematic analysis. Panelists were:
- Miyah Bell, Project Coordinator, Philander Smith College Social Justice Institute (Little Rock, Arkansas)
- Gina Gomez, Executive Director, El Centro Hispano (Jonesboro, Arkansas)
- Anna Beth Gorman, Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (Little Rock, Arkansas)
- Abby Hughes Holsclaw, Senior Director, Arkansas Asset Funders Network (Little Rock, Arkansas)
- Sarah Kinser, Chief Program Officer, Arkansas Community Foundation (Little Rock, Arkansas)
- Raymond Omar Long, Director of Programs, Urban League of the State of Arkansas (Little Rock, Arkansas)
Check back soon for more #SeeALICE Stories.
Throughout summer 2020 we will release stories from:
- Sheila Bowers (Mabelvale, Arkansas)
- Janet Graige (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
- Luis Hernandez (Little Rock, Arkansas)
- Tasha Moore (N. Little Rock, Arkansas)
- Kenny Rheams (Grady, Arkansas)
- Vanessa Valdillez (Jonesboro, Arkansas)