Our Take


Thumbs Up,  Thumbs Down Awards



Thumbs up to Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri  for increasing their minimum wage to $15 per hour.

upThumbs up to the St. Louis Public School District for achieving full accreditation.


upThumbs up to  a new coalition of corporate litigators from seven of the nation's leading law firms which will take on glaring flaws in America's gun safety laws.



Thumbs up to the U.S.Justice Department and the St. Louis County Family Court for entering into a comprehensive agreement to resolve the department’s findings of serious and systemic violations of juvenile due process and equal protection rights.

upThumbs up to the Portland, OR, City Council for imposing a surtax on companies whose chief executives earn more than 100 times the median pay of their rank-and-file workers. This is expected to generate  $2.5-3.5  million annually for the city’s general fund, which pays for housing, police and firefighter salaries.

upThumbs up to the courageous Native Americans for standing firm against the Dakota pipeline and to the thousands of Americans who supported them.  The permit for the pipeline has been denied. The pipeline that would have endangered the land and water adjacent to the Native Americans' land.






The Latest

Actions Begin to Gut Affordable Care Act   

The US Congress has begun dismantling the Affordable Care Act.  Click here to let Missouri senators and representatives know you oppose this.  Click here for rallies Jan 17.

Higher Ed is First Victim of Budget Cuts  

Click here to read about budget woes.

"Right to Work" Passes House Committee

MO lawmakers agree legislation will pass this session.  Read more 

 MO Seeks to Convert Medicaid to Block Grants 

Some Missouri Republican lawmakers are pressing for a health care overhaul that could convert the state's Medicaid program into a block grant from the federal government.  Read more.

14 Anti-Abortion Laws Pre-filed in MO

Proposals include a personhood bill, religious liberty protections for crisis pregnancy centers, measures blocking fetal tissue research, and a bill regarding fetal burial.  Click here 

Keeping Guns from Domestic Violence Offenders

Lawmakers are discussing plans for keeping firearms out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence.  A law effective Jan. 1 allows Missourians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Read more

Planned Parenthood Sues Over MO Abortion Laws

The lawsuit asks a federal judge to block abortion regulations so four additional clinics can offer the procedure.  Click here

Remember The Victims

click here to see our list of gun violence victims in  St. Louis City and St. Louis County in 2016

Read here Riverfront Times article

Right to Vote No Longer Protected in MO Constitution 

Click here to read how MO is first in nation to remove voting protections from Constitution.









Up Next

March, Rally, Act

January 21 9a.m. - 1:00pm

Women's March - St. Louis   Read more here

Creating Quality Education in our St. Louis Schools: What we learned from the St. Louis Desegregation Plan

Februrary 9, 2017  7 p.m.

Speaker:  Jerome E. Morris, Ph.D,  E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education and Research Fellow with Public Policy Research Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis.   Dr. Morris is leading a study  “The St. Louis Desegregation Plan: Gains, Losses and Community Recommendations for Future Success.” read more here

Racial Justice Book Club

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson To learn more go to our Racial Justice page.     Discussion 5:30 pm February 9, The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave.


Medicaid in MO Update

January 18  9-10:30 am

Vision for Children at Risk

2433 North Grand

Click for more information


January 19, 10:30 a.m.- noon

“Newtown” Film and Discussion

4483 Duncan Ave, St Louis, MO 63110, Medical Campus

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College will screen “Newtown” at the College’s Duncan campus site.

“Newtown” chronicles the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history: a shooting that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and 6 educators in Newtown, CT on Dec. 14, 2012.    Read more

What is TIF? Good, Bad & In-Between 

January 20, noon-1:30 pm

Highlands Golf Course, 5163 Clayton Ave, Forest Park

Sponsored by Empower Missouri.  For cost & RSVP contact christine@empowermissouri.org

Reproductive Rights Advocacy Day

January 25, 10 am-3 pm, Jefferson City

Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri

Click here for information and to RSVP