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MO Legislative Advocacy Days

Missouri Health Care for All Lobby Day

Tues., Feb. 11, 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day
Tues., Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day with Advocates of Planned Parenthood
Tues., March 3
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Missouri Earth Day Lobby Day with Sierra Club
Wed., April 22
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Protect our Minimum Wage

House Bill 1559 would undermine Missouri's rising minimum wage and will move our state further from an economy that works for all of us, no matter our race or zip code. Contact your reps!

Protect Fair Maps

SJR 38, a deceptive plan to bring extreme partisan gerrymandering to Missouri, would not only put political hacks back in control of redistricting; this bill will also eviscerate race equity standards. Contact your Senators!

Tell Senate Leaders: Medicaid Busy Work Requirements and Block Grants are Bad for Missourians

Two bills to damage Missouri’s Medicaid program have been passed out of the Senate Seniors, Families, and Children’s Committee. Please urge Senate leadership to oppose these bills from coming to the Senate floor! Contact your Senators

Tell Your State Senators And Representatives To Defend Clean Missouri!

Missouri legislators have filed three new Senate resolutions (SJR 38, SJR 49 and SJR 54) and one House resolution seeking to undo the will of the voters. Contact your Senators!

Postcard Reminders to Update Voter Registration

Mon., Feb. 3 & 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Webster Groves Public Library
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Tell Your State Legislators
We must prioritize early childhood care and education in every state

Demand that education for these crucial years of a child’s life is not only made more affordable for families but is also provided by teachers who are being adequately compensated. Contact your legislators!

Demand the Trump Administration Stop Undermining Unions

The administration is seeking a rule change that would rob graduate teaching assistants and other student employees of their rights to organize and collectively bargain. Sign and send the petition to submit your comment during this public comment period on this proposed rule change. Read more.

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.

Don't Deny Residency Status to Legal Immigrants

The Trump administration plans to 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.
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.

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.

Acting on Our Mission

Loud & Clear, February 2020

Read the monthly Women's Voices newsletter.

Lunch & Learn: Affordable Housing in St. Louis County

Lisa Clancy, chair of the St. Louis County Council, and Laura Arnold, councilwoman of Webster Groves, updated the large audience on current efforts to address the lack of affordable housing in St. Louis County. Read the program summary here.

SoulFisher Ministries Restores Lives after Incarceration

After cycling in and out of prison, speaker Shawntelle L. Fisher turned her life around, earned multiple college degrees, and now works tirelessly to help women reentering society to break the cycle of recidivism. Read the February program summary here.

Women's Voices Harriet Kopolow interviewed on Fox 2 News

Following another child injured by finding an unsecured gun and shooting herself, Harriet Kopolow interviewed on Fox 2 News about the need for gun locks. See the interview here.

Women's Voices members to improve and maintain memorial to Rodney McAllister

Tucked away in a corner of Ivory Perry Park is a memorial to a little boy whose horrifying death shocked all St. Louisans when he was killed on March 5, 2001. It was the last stop on the “Grief, Love and Fury” tour that Bob Hansman conducted for WV members last October. A group of Women's Voices members has "adopted" the memorial and will take over its maintenance. Read more here.

Women's Voices advocates for clemency for Patty Prewitt

On Dec. 14, Ruth Ehresman, WV co-president, submitted a letter to Gov. Parson seeking clemency for Patty Prewitt who has served nearly 33 years of a life sentence. Read more here.

Gun Locks to be distributed by St. Louis Fire Department

Andrea Bauman, co-chair of the Common-Sense Gun Solutions Committee and Lewis Reed St. Louis City Board of Aldermen president interviewed on Fox 2 News about new program with the St. Louis Fire Department to distribute gun locks. Hear interview here.

Look & Learn at EyeSeeMe

On Nov. 23, WV members and friends spent an afternoon at EyeSeeMe, learning more about the bookstore and also about We Stories, and many bought books to donate to A Red Circle. Read more here.

Understanding St. Louis Bus Tour

On Sun., October 13, Bob Hansman led WV members and friends on a four-hour journey through the city of St. Louis, exploring places that we often read about and explaining why so many sites are the way they are today. Read more.

Lunch & Learn with Jamala Rogers, Noted Black Activist

On September 24, WV hosted a Lunch & Learn with Jamala Rogers. Read more here.

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.

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

Read more here about how you can get involved.

Up Next

Lunch & Learn in Reverse

A Conversation with New Police Board Commissioner Dr. Laurie Punch
Mon., Feb. 17, noon at The T (5874 Delmar Blvd., 63112)
Read more or RSVP here.

No Place to Call Home: Where's Affordable Housing?

March., March 12, 13, 7:00 p.m. at The Heights (8001 Dale Ave., 63117)
Read more or RSVP here.

Community Programs

What’s Up with the Region?

Criminal Justice Reform: Moving Beyond Bail and Bars
Tues., Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mirowitz Center Covenant Place II in the Cahn Family Building (8 Millstone Campus Dr., 63146)
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JRS Speakers Tour: A New Book with Stories of Refugees on the Road to Freedom

Tues., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., St. Louis University, Cook Hall Auditorium
Read more or RSVP here.

RACE performance

Weds., Feb. 19, 4 p.m., Maryville University Auditorium (650 Maryville University Drive, 63141). Read more.

From Conversation to Action

Diversity & Inclusion Conference
Mon., Feb. 24 – Thurs., Feb. 27,  Webster University (470 E. Lockwood, 63119)
Read more or register here (by Feb. 17)

Designing Equity

Thurs., Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., UMSL at Grand Center (3651 Olive Street, 63108)
Read more and register here.

Lawyers without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich

American Bar Association Travelling Exhibit
Sun., March 8-Tues., June 9, Missouri History Museum (10 N. Tucker, 13th Floor, 63101)
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Immigration 201

Mon., March 9, 6-9 p.m., St. Margaret of Scotland-St Louis (3854 Flad Ave, 63110)
Read more or RSVP here.

The Future of St. Louis Starts At Home Panel Discussion

Thurs., April 16, 7-8:30 p.m. DeSmet Jesuit High School (233 N. New Ballas Road, 63141)
Read more here.

Up a Creek without a Paddle: Environmental Racism at the Confluence

Fri., April 24, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd., 63112)
Register here.

Gun Violence Initiative 5th Anniversary Symposium

Fri., April 24, 12:30-4:30 p.m. International Institute (3401 Arsenal Street, 63118)
Read more or RSVP here.