Joyce Elliott

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Joyce Elliott is a State Senator from Arkansas.

Supported Progressive Health Care Reform

In late 2009, Joyce Elliott was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,[1]

"Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."

Reproductive rights rally

According to James K. Rector, Human Rights Campaign Arkansas Field Organizer;

More than 700 participants rallied at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock Mid January 2017 in support of reproductive rights. HRC was proud to sponsor the event, joining several dozen social justice organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women.

Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice organized the event, which featured speakers including Emcee, Senator Joyce Elliott, an Invocation by Rev. Carissa Rodgers, Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church and Black Lives Matter, Rae Nelson, Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition and Black Lives Matter, Karen Musick, Arkansas Abortion Support Network, Ryen Staggers, University of Alabama Little Rock Student and former HRC Arkansas Intern, and Camille Richoux, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Fellow and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Student. Topics included issues such as affordable health care access for women, racial justice, sexual assault, and LGBTQ rights.[2]