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01/15/24 Missouri Mondays - Answer the call to honor Dr. King with service and continue the fight for democracy and justice for all!



Welcome to Missouri Mondays!  

On this day of remembrance and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we begin with a call to action for all Americans from President Biden. “Today, we reflect on the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recommit to honoring his moral vision on the path to redeeming the soul of our Nation.”  "The battle for the soul of our Nation is perennial — a constant struggle between hope and fear, kindness and cruelty, and justice and injustice.  There are still those who seek to thwart progress and roll back our rights as Americans.  But Dr. King and countless crusaders across the span of American history teach us that each generation must answer the call to perfect our Union.  We must heed the whispers of our better angels.  We must see each other as neighbors and not enemies.  We must do our best to seek a life of light, hope, and truth.  Because nothing is guaranteed about our democracy.  We must fight to keep, defend, and protect it.” Read the full MLK Day 2024 proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2024/01/12/a-proclamation-on-martin-luther-king-jr-federal-holiday-2024/  

There is so much at stake for our state and our country and together we can make a difference! Each week we will continue to provide resources, upcoming events and ways to get involved that we hope you will find meaningful. Thank you for staying informed, taking action, and sharing this link to sign up for Missouri Mondays weekly email bit.ly/3pF99Uw.  


 

UPCOMING EVENTS - ACTIONS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

NO MOVPC MEETING TODAY IN HONOR OF MLK DAY - JOIN US NEXT WEEK


TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE 


Join the MOVPC weekly online meeting MONDAYS at 10 AM

Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: bit.ly/protectmovoters


Missouri lawmakers returned to Jefferson City and wasted no time advancing legislation that threatens our state’s open primaries and long-standing citizen-initiative process. On the plus side, we have the opportunity to advance pro-active legislation restoring voting rights to those on probation and parole and protect our dedicated election workers from threats and harassment.


Join our next MOVPC call where we will discuss the necessary steps in our fight to protect the right to vote in Missouri. MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri! Register here!


MOVPC 2024 Missouri Legislative Tracker

See a breakdown of elections related bills on MOVPC's Voting Rights Legislative Tracker here:  bit.ly/movotingbills


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URGENT!  BEFORE WED JAN 17 CALL AND SUBMIT TESTIMONY OPPOSING MO HOUSE GOP BILLS ATTACKING LGBTQ MISSOURIANS!


The most extreme GOP legislators will again be attacking Missouri’s vulnerable LGBTQIA+ communities and attempting to pass bills further legalizing discrimination. These bills and others like them encourage hatred and incite violence against transgender people and have major economic impacts on the state. The GOP’s continued hate-fueled assault on the LGBTQ community will discourage new business investment in our communities and keep skilled labor from moving into the state.   


CALL the Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee members below AND SUBMIT TESTIMONY BEFORE WEDNESDAY JAN 17 opposing these bills and similar legislation. Link to submit testimony here:


Rep. Bill Hardwick 573-751-3834

Rep. Dane Diehl 573-751-4065

Rep. Bishop Davidson 573-751-2381

Rep. Jeff Farnan 573-751-9465

Rep. Sherri Gallick 573-751-1344

Rep. Mike Haffner 573-751-3783

Rep. Dave Hinman 573-751-2176

Rep. Josh Hurlbert 573-751-0246

Rep. Holly Jones 573-751-7535

Rep. Adam Schnelting 573-751-5365


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League of Women Voters of Missouri

New Ways to Pick Preferred Presidential Candidates in 2024

Informational Webinar

Wednesday, January 17

6:30pm Missouri GOP

7:30pm Missouri Democratic Party

Join the webinar here using this link and passcode 2024:      https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gnY6O_x1od9ETwS1m6UiEBiPGZbm99YW/view


The League will host an informational webinar for voters on changes in Missouri's presidential selection process on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Chris Grahn-Howard will share information on the GOP's March 2 caucus at 6:30 p.m.  Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Matthew Patterson will be sharing the latest on its March 23 election at 7:30 p.m.  Click here for information on the speakers. 


Many Missouri voters don't know that the General Assembly eliminated the state’s March presidential primary and turned the process over to the political parties in 2022. 


DEMOCRATS: The party will set up polling places on Saturday, March 23. Participants must be registered to vote and can’t be registered with another party.


GOP: A Republican caucus on March 2 will be similar to how Iowa selects delegates. Neither party affiliation nor registration are required, but participants must be registered to vote.


For information on changing your voter registration to add your party affiliation, go to https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register or contact your local election authority.  To find your election authority go here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority


A recording of the webinar will be available on this site https://my.lwv.org/missouri/event/new-ways-pick-preferred-presidential-candidates-2024


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MLK DAY JANUARY 15, 2024


Learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement





Ways to Get Involved and Honor Dr. King




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The Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus Campaign School

Saturday, January 20, 2024

9AM - 3PM

Sylvester Powell Community Center

6200 Martway St

Mission, KS 66202


The GKCWPC Campaign School is an annual event focusing on supporting women who are interested in running for office and for people interested in working on campaigns at all levels of government. The event, which will be held at Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission, KS from approximately 9am - 3pm will include all the basics: fundraising, public speaking, recruiting volunteers and talking about women's reproductive rights. The training is free of charge thanks to a grant from the Women in Politics Foundation.  Apply Here: https://forms.gle/F8xEfDd9KAVu6FYT7


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MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

MISSOURI VOTING RIGHTS LOBBY DAY!

January 30, 2024

Missouri Capitol 

Jefferson City, MO  


Join Missouri Voter Protection Coalition and voter protection allies from all across the state for a Pro-Democracy Day at the Capitol to defend Missouri's Initiative Petition Process and support our Freedom to Vote!  Mark your calendar and watch for more details coming soon!


HELP SUPPORT THE WORK OF MOVPC PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM TO VOTE IN MISSOURI!


With the 2024 elections ahead, and the third anniversary of the January 6 attack on our democracy in mind as Missouri lawmkers return to session, we must act now to ensure our elections are free, fair and acccessible for ALL Missouri’s voters in 2024. Help the non-partisan Missouri Voter Protection Coalition lead the fight against attacks on our freedom to vote in the statehouse, in the courthouse, in the media, in the streets and at the polls on Election Day. Missouri Voter Protection Coalition and its more than 60 affiliated partners collaborate to lead legislative advocacy, strategic litigation, training and education, combat disinformaiton, and election protection to ensure that no eligible voter is denied the right to cast a vote that counts. 


Note: Your gift will appear on your credit card as Missouri WIN, our fiscal sponsor. Missouri WIN is a 501c4 non-profit organization and your gift is not tax-deductible.



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Next Scheduled Election - April 2, 2024 General Municipal Election

 

Election Day: April 2, 2024

Polls Open: 6:00 a.m.

Polls Close: 7:00 p.m.

Last Day to Register: March 6, 2024

In Person Absentee Voting Begins: February 20, 2024

Military & Overseas Portal opens: February 13, 2024

Applications mailed to permanently disabled: February 16, 2024

No Excuse In Person Absentee (Early) Voting Opens:  March 19, 2024


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Meet Crystal Quade Democratic Candidate for Missouri Governor


Crystal is leading our most important fights to restore our abortion rights, standing up to the biggest corporate special interests, and stopping China and Russia from buying up our farmland and squeezing Missouri farmers out.


Crystal will take on extremist Jay Ashcroft, who says he will ban abortion forever, and give more tax breaks to the wealthiest and most privileged families like the one he grew up in.


If you are looking for a new kind of leader, who will stand up for our working and farming families – meet Crystal Quade.”



Support Crystal's Campaign for Missouri's Future: https://crystalquade.com/


The Heartland Pod Interview with Rep. Crystal Quade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJwbn8m4_q8


“Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes is endorsing Crystal Quade, Missouri House Minority Leader for governor. In a state where nearly all abortions have been illegal since Roe v. Wade was overturned, Quade says she supports putting the most expansive possible abortion access amendment on the 2024 ballot.”


“House Minority Leader Crystal Quade believes abortion can win on the ballot in Missouri. And Planned Parenthood, which announced its endorsement of the Springfield Democrat’s campaign for governor on Monday, believes Quade can win, too.


Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes is endorsing Quade, who announced a campaign for governor in July. In a state where nearly all abortions have been illegal since Roe v. Wade was overturned, two rival coalitions are working to put the issue on the statewide ballot — placing the debate front and center heading into the 2024 campaign. “This really is a crisis, and, regardless of political affiliation, Missourians are feeling that,” Quade said.”


“Campaigning on abortion access


Missouri was the first state to enact its trigger law after Roe fell, only permitting abortions in medical emergencies.


Quade said since then, her constituents in southwest Missouri – where it used to be suggested that she not broach the topic of abortion – have been increasingly concerned about government overreach, regardless of political affiliation.”



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MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT!


With so much important news each week we don’t want you to miss a thing! Check out our MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13cokjWlCh2EkY5K6bM357rjVPizZDzxlMqjAuoBQfoI/edit?usp=sharing


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