Our Take

FBTwitter

Thumbs Up,   Thumbs Down Awards

up Thumbs up to a settlement that awards $4.7 million to an estimated 2,000 mainly poor and minority people who had been sentenced to serve jail time for unpaid court debts.

up Thumbs up to Gov. Jay Nixon for vetoing a bill that would have allowed Missouri doctors to charge their low-income patients late fees for missed appointments.

up Thumbs up to the U. S. Supreme Court for ruling that guns can be taken from abusers. The Court voted 6-2 to uphold a federal law that denies guns to those who commit violence against family members.

up Thumbs up for a ruling by US District Judge Nannete Laughrey in favor of a Columbia, MO Planned Parenthood clinic after the state tried to revoke its abortion license. The ruling on May 11 stated that the Department of Health and Senior Services likely bowed to political pressure and unfairly revoked the clinic’s license.

up Thumbs up to Google for banning payday loan ads, saying they are "deceptive or harmful financial products" because they "can result in unaffordable payment and high default rates for users."

down Thumbs down to the MO Legislature which over-rode the Governor's veto on capping school funding.

downThumbs down to the MO House for passing "personhood amendment" bill that would recognize a right to life of “unborn children at every stage of development.” The bill needs a second House vote before moving to the Senate.

 

The Latest

Faith leaders tried for protesting Senate for Medicaid expansion

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Women's Voices Gives Away 170 Gun Locks

Members of Women's Voices participated in community fairs August 6, August 13 and August 14 and gave away 170 gun locks.   Read more

Residents Press EPA to Clean Up Bridgeton Landfill 

Residents and local officials continued to urge the EPA for full removal of radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in Bridgeton at an August 15 meeting.  Read more

228 Years: Time needed for average Black family to build wealth of a white family today

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Courts Strikes Down Voter Laws in Wisconsin, North Carolina and Texas

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Permitless Carry Bill Harms Public Safety

Concealed carry instructor opposes SB656.  A vote on this dangerous bill could come in the Sept 14 veto session.  Read more

Guns & Suicide

Limiting access to guns reduces suicides.  Read more.

Gov. signs Insurance Rate Review Bill

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New Rules on Payday Lending

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has proposed a new rule to curb the excesses of payday and car title loans.   Though it has the potential to help those trapped in high interest loans by requiring lenders to establish the ability of the borrower to repay the loan, there are loopholes that must be closed. Click here

 

 

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Up Next

Thursday, September 8  6:30 pm coffee; 7:00 pm program

Reducing Recidivism: Helping Former Prisoners Gain Productive Lives

Speaker: Jeff Smith, Executive Vice-President, Concordance Academy, Former Missouri State Senator

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

The Role of Allies:  Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community

August 26, 8:00 a.m. - noon

Trinity Presbyterian Church

There will be several speakers, interactive role play, and remarks by Senator Jill Schupp.  

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click here to register

 

Saturday, September 3, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. - Central Library - St. Louis Public Library

Celebrate The Vote

We will be reenacting the 1916 suffragists parade with gold sashes and historic displays of women’s suffrage participants and activities.   read more

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Greening Your Community - Saving the Planet One Garden At A Time

The Ethical Society - 6:45-9:00 pm

learn more on our Community Programs page