Take Action

Call Your Senators: Protect Birth Control and Title X

Gag rule threatens access to affordable health care for millions who get care through Title X as Planned Parenthood was forced out of the Title X program. Read more and contact your Senators here.

Support the Effort to Put Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot

Read about how you can get involved.

Tell the Senate to Reauthorize VAWA now!

On April 4, the House of Representatives passed HR 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA, 230-157). Enacted in 1994, twenty-five years ago, VAWA was the first federal law responding to our nation’s crisis of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Senate has yet to introduce its own bill, nor has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) scheduled consideration of HR 1585. VAWA expired on September 30, 2018. Send a message to the Senate here.

Now is the Time for Congress to Act on Gun Violence

Next week the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hear three bills that tackle the issue of gun violence prevention. The legislation includes: HR 1186 to ban high capacity ammunition magazines, HR 1236 focused on Extreme Risk Protection Orders and HR 2708 which would prohibit individuals convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from possessing firearms. Read more about these bills here and tell Congress to act here.

Don't Deny Residency Status to Legal Immigrants

The Trump administration plans deny permanent residency status (i.e. “green cards”) to immigrants who are in the country legally, but have used any form of government assistance. Tell your senators and representatives to oppose this policy.

Oppose Plan to Detain Immigrant Families Indefinitely

The Trump administration said it would unveil a new rule that would allow migrant families to be held indefinitely, ending a procedure known as the Flores Settlement Agreement that requires children to be held no longer than 20 days. Tell your senators and representatives to oppose this unconscionable treatment of migrants and their children.

Say NO to SNAP Changes in MO!

An administration proposed rule would force families to make the difficult choice between improving their financial situation, and eating their next meal. Sign this letter to "Say No to Changes in SNAP Eligibility."

End Child Detention

Urge Congress to support legislation like the Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act today! Sign the petition.

Demand Funding for Gun Violence Research

Gun violence is a public health epidemic. To make our communities safer, CDC and NIH must have funding to conduct research to determine the causes of gun violence and develop policies to reduce the toll that it takes. Sign the petition.

Tell the Democratic National Committee: Hold a climate debate

The next president of the United States must be prepared to take bolder, faster climate action than any leader has before. There is no more time to waste. Sign the petition here.

Support Red Flag Laws!

Red Flag laws save lives by empowering family members and law enforcement officers to petition a court to temporarily restrict a person's access to guns when they show these warning signs. Tell your senators your want a red flag law here.

Tell Congress: Pass the Families Belong Together Act

Read more and sign the petition.

Acting on Our Mission

Women's Voices Members Approve New Position Papers

WV Members approved three new position papers: Public Education, K-12, Post-Secondary Education and Workforce Development, and LGBTQ+ Rights.

Gun Locks Save Lives

Women's Voices past-president Lise Bernstein interviewed following the preventable deaths of children this summer. Watch the interviews here.

Sept. Program, The Precariat ~ Life on the Edge: No Job Security, No Benefits

Professor Allan MacNeill explained the rise of the "precariat," the rising social class of those living in a precarious financial situation. Read the program summary here.

Women’s Voices Supports Campaign to Take Effort to Expand Medicaid to the Ballot

Read more here about how you can get involved.

Women's Voices Members attend Vigil in OK

A Heartland for Human Justice coalition group protested the separation of children and their families in immigration detention centers and participated in an interfaith vigil in remembrance of the children who have died while in detention. Read more.

Lifesaving Difference: How a Gun is Stored

New study shows safe gun storage saves lives.

Coalition Addresses Immigration Issues

Women's Voices is a founding member of the Heartland for Human Justice coalition.

Brittany Packnett Calls Us to Action  

Visionary Voices: A Candid Conversation with Brittany Packnett

Read All About It!

September e-newsletter here

2019 Annual Report 

"Fetal heartbeat" bill

Read our statement  

Climate Change: New Position Paper 

The St. Louis region is home to some of the most egregious social and environmental disparities in the nation. Read our position paper

Money talks, what is it saying to children?

"Our current system will continue unless we all take responsibility to make changes." Read commentary on education equity.

Gov. Parson: Expand Medicaid

Read more.

Up Next

Stories from the System

Sun., Sept. 22, 2 p.m. (Jewish Federation Building, 12 Millstone Campus Dr., 63146)

Speakers will enlighten listeners on why our system is broken through their own personal stories of incarceration and it's impacts. This is event is part of the Criminal Justice Education Reform Series. Read more.

Lunch & Learn with Jamala Rogers, Noted Black Activist

Tues., September 24, noon, Rowan Community Center (1401 Rowan Ave., St. Louis, 63112)
Read more or RSVP here.

Richard Rothstein - The Color of Law

Thurs., September 26, 9 a.m. Greater St. Mark Family Church (9950 Glen Owen, 63136)

Author and housing policy expert Richard Rothstein will sign and discuss his book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America! Read more. 

Nonstop Onslaught: Fighting the Attack on Transgender Rights

Thurs., Oct. 10, 7 p.m., The Heights (8001 Dale Ave., 63117)
Read more or RSVP here.

Understanding St. Louis Bus Tour

Sun., Oct. 13, 1 - 5 p.m. Depart from Ethical Society (9001 Clayton Rd., 63117)
Women’s Voices members will learn about places in the St. Louis community that are frequently in the news on this special bus tour. Read more here.

Racial Justice Book Club

Mon., Oct. 14, 6:15 p.m. at Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Blvd., 63130)
The Making of Ferguson, Public Policies at the Root of its Troubles, by Richard Rothstein
Read more or RSVP.

Montgomery, Alabama Trip

November 17-19

This 3-day trip will provide participants an in-depth opportunity to learn about mass incarceration and civil rights. Read more.

Look & Learn: Open Your Eyes at EyeSeeMe

Sat., November 23, 3 p.m.
EyeSeeMe Bookstore (6951 Olive Blvd., University City 63130)
Read more.

Community Programs:

From Mill Creek to Wellston: Public Housing and the People

Fri., Sept. 20, noon – 1:30 p.m. Paraquad (5240 Oakland Ave., 63110)

Hear from panelists Lisa D’ Souza, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and Farrakhan Shegog, Young Voices with Action at the Empower Missouri Free Friday Forum. Read more or RSVP here.

Pilgrimage for Justice

Sat., Sept. 21, 8 a.m. Robert A. Young Federal Building (1222 Spruce St, 63103)

September 21st marks two years that Alex Garcia has been living in sanctuary at Christ Church UCC in Maplewood. Pilgrimage will walk from ICE office to Chris Church. Read more here.