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02/05/24 Missouri Mondays - Be among the first to sign the petition to end Missouri’s cruel abortion ban! Take URGENT ACTION on MOLeg bills to protect initiative petitions, public education, more!



Welcome to Missouri Mondays!  


This week you can be among the first to sign the petition to put abortion rights on the ballot and end Missouri’s cruel abortion ban! Join the Missourians for Constitutional Freedom #EndTheBanMO Launch party in locations across Missouri on Tues Feb 6. For those in Kansas City register here https://www.mobilize.us/mfcf/event/603021/ and event details will be sent after you are registered. Details and registration for launch party events outside Kansas City can be found here: https://www.mobilize.us/mfcf/


Last week hundreds of Missouri Voter Protection Coalition voting rights allies showed up in Jefferson City with a loud and clear message to lawmakers to protect the citizen’s initiative process. We need to keep up the pressure against IP attacks and other MOLeg bills that will harm public education such as open enrollment. See the calls to action below!


We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines with so much at stake! Each week we’ll provide resources, upcoming events and ways to get involved that we hope you will find meaningful. Thank you for staying informed, taking action, and helping to spread the word by sharing this link to sign up for Missouri Mondays weekly email bit.ly/3pF99Uw.  


UPCOMING EVENTS - ACTIONS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE


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


Your help is needed to protect voting rights and ensure ALL Missourians are able to make their voices heard!  MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri! Register for Monday calls 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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JOIN THE EFFORT TO PUT ABORTION RIGHTS ON THE BALLOT!


Missourians for Constitutional Freedom Launch Party: Kansas City

Tuesday, Feb 6 

6PM - 7:30PM

Note: Event details will be sent after you are registered


We are gathering signatures to put abortion on the ballot, and we need your help! We must collect more than 172,000 signatures across the state by May. Can you join us on February 6 in Kansas City to be among the first to sign the petition to end Missouri’s cruel abortion ban? Your signature is crucial to helping us get on the ballot.


Together, we can end Missouri’s cruel abortion ban and put reproductive rights, including access to abortion, birth control, and miscarriage care, back into the hands of Missouri families and their doctors, not extremist politicians.


Register to join us in Kansas City on February 6 to learn how to take action with the campaign and be among the first to sign the petition to end Missouri’s cruel abortion ban.


Read the petition and learn more at moconstitutionalfreedom.org


LAUNCH PARTY EVENTS OUTSIDE KANSAS CITY – Find details and register for Feb 6 launch events in Springfield, St. Joseph, Columbia, St. Louis HERE:https://www.mobilize.us/mfcf/


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TELL YOUR STATE ELECTEDS TO STOP ATTACKS ON INITIATIVE PETITIONS!

The Republican supermajority is advancing legislation designed to gut Missouri's long-standing citizen initiative process and end majority rule in Missouri and silence the voices of Missouri's voters. Your voice is needed to ensure all Missourians are able to make their voices heard! 

Tell your state representative and senator to protect direct democracy and majority rule through the initiative petition process!  Find your state representative and senator using the Legislator Lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default

 

Also see Calls to Action from the League of Women Voters Missouri (LWVMO) for initiative petition bills: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GLaMIrj-QdCv7rbS4dUKhG_J2ADRBj9J/view


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TELL YOUR STATE SENATOR TO REJECT PUBLIC SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT BILLS!


Last week the MO House passed House Bill HB 1989 public school open enrollment bill and it is now in the Senate.  Senate Bill SB 1051 open enrollment bill would allow students to transfer to charter schools as well as to other school districts. SB 1051 will be heard in a Senate committee this week. 


Under open enrollment –


  • Missouri public school students can attend any public school without regard to where a student lives as long as the school is willing to accept them.


  • State funding follows the student so there is reason for concern that open enrollment will create a vicious cycle where struggling school districts will struggle more. 


  • Some districts may be forced to cut programs and services or possibly close the school district due to loss of funding 


Statement from the Missouri School Board Association opposing public school open enrollment bills:


"Our organizations are opposed to these bills and have concerns about the impact open enrollment will have on students who remain in districts that see a loss of students and state funding. Districts that see a loss of students would likely need to cut programs, services, and teachers as a result. Our member organizations are also concerned about the impact the bills would have on school district collaboration given that districts will be forced to compete for students.


While participation in the program is voluntary, a district that chooses to participate will be empowered to accept students from other districts. As students leave, either for academic or convenience reasons (i.e. a parent works in a neighboring district) there is fear that these students will be spread across grade levels, thus sending districts will not have the option of cutting staff. Instead, those districts will be forced to cut programming/services for the remaining students, with the possibility of being forced to close the school district entirely if too many resources are cut because of open enrollment.”


Tell your senator to vote NO on HB 1989, SB 1051, and any public school open enrollment bill! 


Find your state senator using the Legislator Lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default

 

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TAKE URGENT ACTION WITH THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MISSOURI!


Join the League of Women Voters MO in taking action such as submitting witness testimony, send emails, make phone calls as recommended on legislation moving through the Missouri legislature.  Talking points and bill details provided. 


February 4 Weekly Legislative Calls to Action includes bills on initiative petitions, open enrollment, charter school expansion, elections, budget, taxes, and more. Your voice matters! 



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SUPPORT THE WORK OF MISSOURIANS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM!


Missourians for Constitutional Freedom is a statewide coalition of organizations and concerned citizens from across the state working to establish the right for all Missourians to make decisions about our own reproductive health care – including abortion, birth control, and miscarriage care – without interference from out-of-touch politicians.

The decision of whether or not to have an abortion is a personal choice that should be made by Missourians, their families, and their health care providers – not politicians in Jefferson City. Passing this amendment will end our state’s abortion ban and make sure Missourians and their families can once again make the decisions that are best for them. Decisions around pregnancy, including abortion, birth control, and miscarriage care are personal and private and should be left up to patients and their families. But here in Missouri, politicians are making that decision for us.

We are coming together to end Missouri’s cruel total ban on abortion and give the power to make personal health care decisions back to where it belongs – to the people.

We are required to collect 172,000 valid signatures by May 5th, 2024, to ensure Missourians get to vote on ending our cruel abortion ban at the ballot. Your SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL to make this initiative a reality.


  • Volunteer: Every action matters. Sign up to collect signatures, make calls, or host a house party. Sign up at https://moconstitutionalfreedom.org/ to receive updates from the campaign and get notified for opportunities to sign the petition near you! 



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IMPORTANT MISSOURI VOTER INFORMATION FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION PROCESS!


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



The Democratic presidential primary on March 23 will be a hybrid election, offering Missouri Democrats an opportunity to cast their vote by **mail or at an in-person voting site from 8 AM until noon on the day of the primary. Participants must be registered to vote and can’t be registered with another party. Find details about the Missouri Democratic Party (MDP) Presidential primary here: https://www.missouridemocrats.org/mdp-primary-information-2024

**Those registered as a Democrat by January 22 will automatically be sent a ballot. 


REQUEST A BALLOT STARTING FEB 1 


Starting Feb 1 you can request a ballot via the Missouri Democratic Party (MDP) website here: https://www.missouridemocrats.org/mdp-primary-information-2024


MORE INFORMATION ON MISSOURI’S PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION PROCESS





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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


Note: You may not have an April 2 election in your area. Check your local election authority website for detailed voting information.  To find your election authority go here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority



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CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2024



  • The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture – NMAAHC commemorates Black History Month with wide-reaching programs that elevate the theme of “African Americans and the Arts,” using art as a platform for social justice. More information here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/initiatives/black-history-month-2024





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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


 

THANK YOU! for staying informed and taking action to make a difference!

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and sign up for Missouri Action Alliance and this Missouri Mondays weekly email at bit.ly/3pF99Uw


Follow us on X (formerly Twitter) at @MissouriAction, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MOActionAlliance and check out our website at http://www.MOActionAlliance.com

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