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Protect One Person One Vote!

In April, Missouri House of Representatives passed SJR 74. SJR 74 would require constitutional initiative petitions to pass by not just a majority of all votes cast, as is the case now, but also by a majority of votes in a majority of the state’s eight Congressional districts. This means that measures approved by a majority of Missouri’s voters may not pass into law, allowing a minority of citizens to determine policy outcomes.

The measure now goes back to the Missouri Senate, where a filibuster is expected to challenge the inclusion of the “ballot candy” provisions. If approved there, the proposed change would go to the ballot for approval by Missouri voters.

Call and write the your State Senator TODAY and tell them you OPPOSE this bill and any measure that changes the initiative petition process advancing in the legislature.

Strengthen America’s Most Effective Anti-Hunger Program

Research shows and common sense knows your brain doesn’t function well when the body is hungry. During the pandemic all public schools provided free meals to students. That protection has ended. f=Federal supplemental nutrition programs are also due to expire. Add your voice to public school educators across the country demanding basic nutrition for their students & families. Urge your senators and representative to protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Support Universal Pre-K Education in Missouri

HB1486, a bill that would fund pre-kindergarten education for low-income students attending public or charter schools, recently passed the MO House with bipartisan support. It is currently awaiting action in the MO Senate. Contact your state senator to support the passage of HB1486. Find your state senator here.

Women's Voices has consistently advocated for universal pre-K education throughout the state as an essential investment in our future. Read our position paper here.

Encourage Voter Registration & Help Combat Disinformation

To respond to the growing dangers of deceptive information, Women’s Voices is calling on you to educate your community about countering disinformation and we have created the tools to help you do that: greeting cards to distribute to family, friends, and neighbors.
Read more and request cards here.

Volunteers Needed for CourtWatch

The Women’s Voices Criminal Legal System Reform Task Force is working to improve pretrial detention. Part of this effort involves observing bail hearings. Observers are needed to assist with this effort and can volunteer with CourtWatch, a collaborative extension of ongoing court monitoring efforts in St. Louis City's 22nd Judicial Court.
Read more here.

Stop the Spread of Misinformation on Social Media

There’s a flood of real, misleading and fake breaking news and information on social media. Proceed with caution.

Acting on Our Mission

WV Endorses Initiative Petition to End Abortion Ban

In accordance with the previously approved position paper on reproductive justice, the Women's Voices Board of Directors formally endorsed Missouri's Constitutional Amendment to Article 1, Relating to Reproductive Health Care, version 10 2024-086 (Version 086), at the January 25 board meeting.
Read more here.

Origins of the Racial Wealth Gap: Follow the Money

Gwen Moore, curator of Urban Landscape and Community Identity at the Missouri Historical Society joined us at the February Women's Voices program to examine the historic origins of the racial wealth gap, looking more closely at how these policies and practices have played out locally, impeding the building of Black generational wealth.
Read program summary here.

Women's Voices Partners with North City Photo ID Project

Women’s Voices partnered with the Ashrei Foundation to offer volunteer training for Photo ID clinics. Volunteers who attended are now ready to assist Missouri residents in applying for a photo ID through the North City Photo ID Project.

Read more here.

Racial Justice Film Series: Transforming 911

Women’s Voices partnered with Eliot Unitarian Chapel and Metropolitan Congregations United to host a screening of Transforming 911: Reimagining Public Safety in St. Louis.
Read more here.

Women’s Voices Signs on to State Wide Right to Read Coalition

Women’s Voices has joined the statewide “Right to Read” coalition, which supports Missouri’s libraries to remain an open, accessible resource for books and other materials available free of charge to the public. Read more and link to sign on here.

Read our Emails

Read our May 2024 Women's Voices newsletter, Loud & Clear
Read our March 24 advocacy focused email, Keeping Connected

Up Next

Welcoming the Stranger: The Immigrant Experience in St. Louis

Thurs., May 9, 7 p.m.
Center of Clayton (50 Gay Ave., 63105)
Read more and register here.

From Classrooms to Communities: Driving Environmental Equity with Show-Me Green Schools

Thurs., June 13, 7 p.m.
Webster Hills United Methodist Church Christian Life Center (1333 W. Lockwood Ave., 63122)
Read more and register here.

Community Programs

21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

May 1-21
Hosted by SLCL; presented by YWCA Metro St. Louis (virtual)
Read more and register here.

Women's Economic Equity

Thurs., May 16, noon-1 p.m.
Lunch & Learn with NCJWSTL (virtual)
Read more and register here.

Living History Night at the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing

Thurs., May 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing (25 E Prairie Ave, 63147)
Read more and register here.
Sign up to carpool with other WV members here.

Wrapping Up the 2024 Legislative Session

Fri., May 24, noon-1 p.m.
Empower MO Free Friday Forum (virtual)
Read more and register here.