Our Take


Thumbs Up,   Thumbs Down Awards

upThumbs 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.

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

Legislature Overrides Veto of Medicaid Co-Pay Bill

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.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Voter ID in 3 States

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New Ruling Would Mean States Could No Longer Defund Planned Parenthood

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Call on Congress to pass the Women's Protection Act

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President Obama Urges Us To Continue Raising Our Voices

Read his letter here

Campaign Finance Limits Remains on Nov. Ballot

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Faith Leaders Found Guilty: Could Help Medicaid Expansion 

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Women's Voices Gives Away Gun Locks

Members of Women's Voices participated in community fairs August 28, and September 10.   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

Guns & Suicide

Limiting access to guns reduces suicides.  Read more.





Up Next

Beyond Shelter: A Holistic Approach to Homelessness

Thursday, October 13  6:30 pm coffee; 7 pm program

Speakers: Eddie Roth, Director of Human Services, City of St. Louis and Kathy Acre, Founder, BACK@YOU   

Learn about the new Biddle House Opportunities Center and a program giving backpacks filled with essentials for the homeless.

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Discussion of South of Haunted Dreams at 5:30 prior to the "Beyond Shelter" program



Art Show "Faces Not Forgotten"

Sept 18 - Oct 9

Union Avenue Christian Church, Gretchen Brigham Art Gallery, 733 N. Union Blvd

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What Happens to Children When Their Mother's Go To Prison?

October 5, 6 PM  - screening of documentary film

learn more on our Community Programs page