01/10/22 - Missouri Mondays - Protect Public Schools, Demand Release of Federal Dollars, and more!



Now is the time to take action! The Missouri legislature convened Wednesday, Jan. 5 with a packed agenda and time-sensitive issues to determine. Fair maps, paying for Medicaid expansion, protecting voting rights, access to abortion, protecting public health, and challenges to school curriculum are among the critical concerns that will be addressed this session.

Take action NOW on the vital issues below!

THE ATTACK ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUES

Many bills introduced this session seek to undermine public education and to limit the teaching of history, including banning the use of several nationally renowned and vetted curriculum materials. Under the buzz words of CRT or Critical Race Theory, these bills pretend to be anti-racist, but in reality they seek to limit the use of historical and current curricular materials and deny that racism exists or has ever existed in our country. Critical Race Theory is typically not taught in K-12 schools. It is a theoretical framework taught in law school courses and graduate schools that examines how racism or racial bias in society has influenced our laws and institutions. It is being misrepresented and used to stoke fear in the public.

(For about what Critical Race Theory actually entails see What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?)

TO TAKE ACTION–

  • Attend a Hearing or Submit written comments

House Bill 1474, sponsored by Nick Shroer, is one of many bills that would limit the use of subjects, language, and materials in our public schools. Attend the hearing Tuesday, January 11 at 8AM in Hearing Room 7 to stand up for public education. If you cannot attend, you can submit a written statement here. Witness Form.

  • Make your views known by contacting members of the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

Rep. Chuck Bayse 573-751-1501 Rep. Mike Haffner 573-751-3783 Rep. Ben Baker 573-751-9781 Rep. Rusty Black 573-751-2917 Rep. Phil Christofanelli 573-751-2949 Rep. Bruce DeGroot 573-751-1247 Rep. Shamed Dogan 573-751-4392 Rep. Derek Grier 573-751-9765 Rep. Ron Hicks 573-751-9768 Rep. Jon Patterson 573-751-0907 Rep. Brad Pollitt 573-751-9774 Rep. Dan Stacy 573-751-8636 Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch 573-751-1169

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COVID CONTINUES TO RAVAGE MISSOURI

As we shared last week, Governor Parson chose to end the pandemic state of emergency just as we saw record increases in both the Delta and Omicron variants that are overwhelming hospitals across the state. “Behind the scenes, we’re quite frightened about what we’re experiencing and what we’re seeing,” said Dr. Alex Garza, SSM’s chief community health officer.” Numbers continue to rise and hospitals continue to have staffing shortages as more and more patients need care. “Kimberly Megow, chief medical officer at HCA Midwest Health System, which serves the Kansas City metro area, said the hospital is nearing the point of ‘crisis standard of care,’ meaning doctors will start determining who gets care and who is left to die.” Missouri Independent, Jan 5

Preliminary data from last Thursday indicate 3,092 inpatients in hospitals in the state with numbers increasing daily. In addition, testing and treatments are becoming harder to come by. “And in Springfield, Steve Edwards, CEO of CoxHealth, warned on Tuesday that not every patient could receive treatments proven to help mitigate the disease. ‘Monoclonal antibodies are becoming scarce,’ Edwards wrote on Twitter. ‘We are not able to control our supply as we are (on) a limited allocation from the (federal government). Given uncertainties, we must prioritize use toward patients with the highest risk of hospitalization and death.’” Missouri Independent, Jan. 7

Republican leadership supports the governor’s decision to end the state of emergency.


TO TAKE ACTION–

  • Right now Missouri is sitting on federal dollars from both the American Rescue Plan and the CARES Act. Call your legislators and tell them to spend this money with no stipulations, as intended.

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REDISTRICTING NEGOTIOATIONS CONTINUE

CONTACT YOUR STATE REP FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROPOSED REDISTRICTING MAPS FOR YOUR DISTRICT

TO TAKE ACTION–

For more information about your district’s proposed maps contact your State Representative. Find yours using the “Legislator Lookup” here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS




NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH

January is National Blood Donor Month. Amidst a nation-wide critical blood shortage, you can help by joining the #GiveLifeKC campaign and donating blood at one of the Community Blood Center’s donor centers. Donors can schedule appointments by calling 1-877-468-6844 or visiting www.savealifenow.org.

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TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Missouri lawmakers have prefiled more than 300 bills for 2022 session that started Jan 5 and using false claims of voter fraud the GOP majority will try again to pass restrictive photo ID laws, make the initiative petition process harder, reduce or eliminate voting by mail, and other laws supressing our vote and our voice!

Help protect the right to vote in Missouri with the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition! The Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) is a nonpartisan statewide network working to protect the right to vote in Missouri, promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting.

Weekly MOVPC Meeting

TODAY Mon Jan 10

10 AM

Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt

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MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS IN JANUARY

Find more upcoming actions and events here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19AZUdtRH5WXefOC4Q5D9u-HyuzhBEL8rYX9Ospn3n18/edit?usp=sharing


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MISSOURI COVID UPDATE - Week Jan 3 - 9

FIND COVID-19 Vaccines KC Metro - Statewide and COVID-19 Testing & Recovery Treatment (KC Metro) HERE https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing

COVID-19 Vaccines

Everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine.

CDC has updated its recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines with a preference for people to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna). Read CDC’s media statement here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1216-covid-19-vaccines.html

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots (CDC updated Dec 28 2021)

Everyone 16 years and older can get a booster shot. Details HERE: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1119-booster-shots.html

Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred. You may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations–https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/janssen.html

CDC Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines HERE (updated Nov 30 2021): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html


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Missourians Vaccinated - as of Sun Jan 9 The New York Times

  • 63% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (74% at least one dose in the U.S.

  • 53% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (62% fully vaccinated in the U.S.)

Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri

THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!

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