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MO HB 352 Judiciary Committee HearingMonday, March 27, 4:30 p.m.

Take Action on MO Clean Slate Initiative

At the March 24 Women’s Voices Lunch & Learn, members heard from speakers Phil Christofanelli, MO State Representative, District 104 and Jeff Smith, executive director, Missouri Workforce Housing Association about Missouri’s Clean Slate Initiative.

If you missed the program, you can watch the recorded Lunch & Learn: MO Clean Slate Initiative video here. This program was hosted by Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice and co-sponsored by Jewish Community Relations Council.

MO House Bill 352 will be heard by the MO House Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m. We encourage you to submit testimony in support of HB 352 here, anytime between now and midnight on Monday, March 27.

Additional ways to advocate for passage of HB 352: 

Find a sample letter supporting HB 352 from Women’s Voices here. Feel free to copy and paste it as is or modify it and personalize it as much as you would like.

Learn more about the Missouri Clean Slate Campaign here.

On behalf of the Criminal Legal System Reform Task Force of Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, thank you for all that you do to advocate for Clean Slate!

Author Vivian Gibson Shares Stories of Growing Up in Mill Creek Valley

February 15, 2023

Liz Sondhaus (L) and Vivian Gibson (R)

Vivian Gibson, author of The Last Children of Mill Creek, joined us February 15 at Kirkwood Public Library. Gibson shared what is was like to grow up in Mill Creek Valley, a working-class neighborhood in St. Louis that was razed in 1959 to build a highway, an act of racism disguised under urban renewal as “progress.” She spoke about the people, history, and culture of Mill Creek and opened a long-needed conversation about universal experiences and shared humanity.

See more pictures from this event here.

Lunch & Learn-Educational Equity: The Work of Special School District

January 20, 2023

Speaker:  Kelly Grigsby, executive director of schools and programs for Special School District of St. Louis County

View the recorded presentation here.

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