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Call Your MO Legislators to Override Veto of HCB3

With his veto of HCB3, Gov. Greitens doubled down on the unnecessary cut to Medicaid services. He ignored the hard work and creative solution by the Legislature and left Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens, and the people we all represent, scrambling...The governor’s cuts would kick more than 8,000 people out of their homes, and leave them unable to support themselves independently.   Read More

Our Shelves are Bare: Help Us Buy Gun Locks

So far in 2017, we have given 1,222 free gun locks through our "Lock It for Love" project.  We'll be at many more community events this year...we need to restock.  Click here to donate.

Rush Hour Action - August 25

5:30-7:00 pm - he fountain at Brentwood Blvd. & Eager Rd

The theme of the event is "This Is Not Okay," and participants are free to highlight whichever outrage(s) they feel deserve attention

Tell Senators Blunt & McCaskill: It's Time for Bipartisan Healthcare Plan

It's time for the Senate to work across the aisle, together, to stabilize health insurance markets, make insurance more affordable, and protect Medicaid. Add your voice here.

Sign Petition: Stop Discrimination Against Transgender Troops

Let Senator McCain know you oppose President Trump's ban on transgender people from serving in the military.  McCain is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  Click here

Reject Commission Aimed at Voter Suppression

A new national task force has been created to justify President Trump’s'Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections. Click here to reject this dangerous voter suppression.

Tell Congress: Pass Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation!

Extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) allow law enforcement to temporarily keep guns out of the hands of those who have shown warning signs of gun violence.  Click here for petition

Urge Congress to Support the EPA

Click here to urge the US House to reject a bill which would terminate the EPA.

The Latest

Women's Voices August Newsletter

Women's Voices Signs Letter Urging Extension of CHIP

Women’s Voices is signing on to a letter asking Congress to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before it expires on September 30th.    Missouri children covered by CHIP typically live with working families and aren’t eligible for traditional Medicaid.  Without quick action, Missouri’s MOHealthNet program will be required to send out termination notices alerting CHIP families that their children’s health insurance will terminate in March of 2018.

More than 350 Gun Locks Given Away in July!

Read about the busy month of events here

Obamacare Replacement Fails

The U.S. Senate voted down an Affordable Care Act replacement bill.  Read more

MO Senate Tightens Abortion Restrictions - Sends Bill To Gov. Greitens

Planned Parenthood Advocates denounce new bill which adds medically unnecessary restrictions on safe, legal abortion.   Read their statement here 

Read about the bill here

MO Becomes Last State to Create Drug-Monitoring Plan

Gov. Eric Greitens has signed an executive order making Missouri the final state to establish a drug monitoring program.   read more here

Questions remain about the drug-monitoring program.  Gov. Greiten's plan differs from plans in other states because it would not allow doctors or pharmacists to access the data.  See Post article here

Greitens Takes Harmful Actions on Several Issues 

Gov. Greitens: vetoed a bill that would have extended community-based services to the disabled and elderly; signed a bill making it more difficult to sue employers; and let a minimum wage bill go into effect which  prevents Missouri cities from setting minimum wages above the state's wage level.  Read more here

In-home Health Care Recipients May Sue; Call for Override

Without the services, advocates say, some of those who lost services could be forced into nursing homes or need to visit an emergency room. The vetoed money is also likely to be the focus of a lawsuit.  There is the hope that Missouri lawmakers override Greitens’ veto of HCB 3 in September.  Read more

Gov. Signs Budget; Cuts $251 Million in Spending

K-12 and higher education spending was cut in Gov. Greitens' budget.  Read more.

 

Up Next

Supreme Victory: How Same Sex Marriage Became Legal

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM
at The Ethical Society (9001 Clayton Rd., 63117)

Join Women's Voices, Community Sponsor and National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis, to hear attorney, Robbie Kaplan, speak about the legendary Supreme Court case she argued, United States v. Windsor, that resulted in the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act and paved the way for marriage equality.

Tickets are required for this event.  Read more here or register here.

Racial Justice Book Club

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:30 PM

The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Join us for a discussion of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy De Gruy

click here to learn more

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

Big Pharma: Market Failure - Thursday, August 17 6:30 pm

Hanke Room at The Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road.

Movie is a compelling drama that reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we can do about it.  Following the film, Dr. Ed Weisbart, chair of the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, will lead a provocative panel discussion with other local experts

Panel Discussion on Reaching Minority Voters

6:30 pm, Thursday, August 17, 2017
St. Louis County Library, Thornill Branch (12863 Willowyck Dr. 63146)

Panel will discuss how to spot and address minority issues and access minority voters.

Click here for the flyer

This event is hosted by the National Women's Political Caucus of Metro St. Louis

The Corrupting Power of Money in Policymaking: And What We Can Do About It

Friday, August 18, 2017  
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Highlands Golf Course Inside Forest Park (5163 Clayton Avenue)

Buffet lunch available for $12

Please RSVP to christine@empowermissouri.org

This event is hosted by the St. Louis Chapter of Empower Missouri

CLEAN Missouri Initiative Petition Training

Saturday, August 19, 2017
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Missouri Coalition for the Environment (3115 S. Grand, 63118)

The CLEAN Initiative Ballot Measure would amend the Missouri Constitution to change the process for redistricting, limit campaign contributions, and require legislative proceedings to be open to the public. Learn how to collect signatures for the CLEAN Missouri Initiative Petition and network with other local activists at this free Saturday morning training!

Town Hall Meeting with Sue Meredith, MO District 071 Representative

7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Craig Elementary School (1492 Craig Rd., 63146)

Learn what you need in order to vote, travel, or visit a Federal building or military base.

Voter ID — How this is going to work, with special guest Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft

Real ID — Mark Siettmann, Director-Legislative Affairs for the Department of Revenue will explain just what Real ID is and how it will work.