Human Rights/Well-Being

Call Gov. Greitens to Veto SB43

Senate Bill 43 passed the House May 8 and is headed to Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk. Call the Governor’s office 573-751-3222 and ask that he veto this bill. 

SB 43 seeks to dismantle employment non-discrimination protections in the Missouri Human Rights Act. Quick facts:

  • Harder to sue your employer when you are discriminated against
  • Could put federal housing funding at risk
  • MO NAACP called this type of legislation “Jim Crow,” a regression to a time before civil rights legislation
  • Removes some whistleblower protections making us all less safe
  • Sponsored by a Senator presently being sued for workplace discrimination.
  • Removes ability to sue a specific employee, creating a devastating result for survivors of sexual harassment and potential future victims.

Missouri would be the first state to roll back civil rights protections – rights in employment and housing that were won through decades of struggle. 

Tell Congress: No racist and xenophobic Muslim ban 2.0

Public outrage and the federal court system combined to create the perfect storm that forced the White House to revise its incompetent, racist and reckless original order. But the new order is just more of the same, and we cannot let it stand.

Tell Congress: Support legislation to stop Trump’s racist and xenophobic Muslim ban.

The revised order no longer targets green card holders or American citizens, but it is no less discriminatory or hateful than the original. It flies in the face of American values and ignores the basic facts and realities of America’s immigration policy and national security. It both suspends our refugee resettlement program and bans men, women and children from six majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya – despite the fact that Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security recently reported that someone’s country of citizenship is not a reliable indicator of to whether or not they will commit acts of terrorism. 1

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy has reintroduced legislation to “immediately overturn Trump’s hateful and dangerous executive order.”2 The proposed legislation would withhold any funding to enforce the executive order and declare it illegal based on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which banned discrimination against immigrants on the basis of national origin.3

Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council Statement on Bomb Threats

February 22, 2017 – New York –This past weekend, 11 Jewish Community Centers across the country were victims of bomb threats, bringing the total to 69 hate crimes targeting 54 Jewish Community Centers in 27 states since January, according to news reports.  We call on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and state and local law enforcement to aggressively pursue investigations of these crimes and provide the public with updates on the status of their investigations. “The bomb threats to the Jewish Community Centers add to a disturbing trend in similar crimes against people of faith, and it is a grave concern for all Americans,” said Council Co-Chair Farooq Kathwari.

On Monday, more than 100 headstones were overturned at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St Louis. Last month, a mosque in Victoria, Texas, was burned and an Islamic Center in Davis, California, was vandalized. “These crimes against cemeteries and houses of worship cannot be tolerated and we expect them to be investigated and prosecuted,” said Council Co-Chair Stanley M. Bergman.

Standing with the LGBT Community: Hate Has No Place

Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice joins with many other organizations and individuals in the St. Louis community and across the country in condemning the brutal act of violence that took 49 lives and injured 53 others in Orlando FL on June 12.   This massacre, motivated by hate and bigotry, can not and must not go unanswered.  

We will continue our commitment to common sense gun regulation, including a ban on military style assault weapons.  We will continue to speak out against discrimination against people based on sexual orientation, race, religion or gender.  We will come together in solidarity with the majority of Americans who believe in the founding principles of our country, that everyone has the right to live in a free and democratic society where the rights and liberties of all are valued and protected.

In Missouri You Can Be Fired For Being Gay

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District denied James Pittman’s claim against his employer for creating a hostile work environment – and eventually firing him – because he is a gay man.  In his opinion  Judge James Welch writes:

Unlike many other states, Missouri has not enacted legislation prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals by adding sexual orientation as a protected status in the Missouri Human Rights Act. If the Missouri legislature had desired to include sexual orientation in the Missouri Human Rights Act’s protections, it could have done so. No matter how compelling Pittman’s argument may be and no matter how sympathetic this court or the trial court may be to Pittman’s situation, we are bound by the state of the law as it currently exists. Without the legislative addition of “sexual orientation” to the statutory list of protected statuses, the Missouri Human Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation. 

Women’s Voices calls on the Missouri Legislature to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. MONA would simply extend the existing Missouri Human Rights Statute to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and allied people.

Supreme Court Rules for Marriage Equality

June 26, 2015

10264481_1053843057960497_4132518960366003212_nThe majority bases its conclusion that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right on “four principles and traditions”: (1) right to person choice in marriage is “inherent in the concept of individual autonomy”; (2) “two-person union unlike any other in its importance to the committed individuals”; (3) marriage safeguards children and families; (4) marriage is a keystone to our social order.

Justice Kennedy wrote:  No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.


Child Care and Welfare

Women’s Voices believes that high-quality, affordable child care should be available to all Missouri families who need it. The physical, emotional and cognitive growth of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens is both a wise investment and a moral imperative.  We also believe that every child deserves to live in a safe and loving home; we support the agencies and organizations in our community that work to protect children from violence, abuse and neglect.

In March 2012, Women’s Voices adopted a position on Child Care