Thumbs up to Washington University Medical School for offering a course on Public Health Impact of Gun Violence and to the Institute for Public Health for the excellent website describing it and providing sources for gun violence information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Thumbs down to the MO Legislature which over-rode the Governor's veto on capping school funding.
Thumbs 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.
October 22 KPLR Pulse of St. Louis panel discussion on Children and Guns included Lise Bernstein and board member Ruth Eheresman (speaking on behalf of Vision for Children at Risk). You can see the entire discussion here
Women's Voices wrote a letter in support of nomination. Read more here
read more on our Lock It For Love page
The MO legislature overrode the veto of SB608 on Sept 14. This bill penalizes Medicaid patients withco-pays for using the Emergency Room. Research shows that charging co-pays in Medicaid leads people to skip the care they need.
To learn more and sign petition click here.
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
Limiting access to guns reduces suicides. Read more.
Thursday, November 10 6:30 pm coffee; 7 pm program
The current book is On the Run by Alice Goffman. To learn more go to our Racial Justice page. Discussion 5:30 pm Dec. 8, The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave.
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Oct. 26- 7 to 9 p.m.
Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at
October 27 - 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Friday, November 11 7pm
Reforming Juvenile Courts First Unitarian Church 5007 Waterman Blvd, 63108 (LIMITED SPACE)
Sunday, November 13 3pm
Maplewood Richmond Heights Gym
Celebrating the commitment of school districts and community partners to end out of school suspension for Pre-K thru 3rd grade!
Learn more and registration information on our community programs page