03/07/22 - Missouri Mondays - Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day Mar 8, Much More!
Missouri Mondays - Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day March 8, MO Moms Demand Action Advocacy Week Mar 7-11, MO Legislature actions this week!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays and another busy week of important actions! Thanks for all you do to make a difference!
MISSOURI LEGISLATURE - TAKE THESE ACTIONS!
TELL YOUR STATE REP TO SAY NO TO ALL ATTACKS ON INITIATIVE PETITIONS! The initiative petition process has been in place for 115 years and the MO GOP should leave it alone and stop trying to silence the people’s voice by making the initiative petition process harder.
House Joint Resolution (HJR) 91 Modifies the initiative petition process for amendments to the constitution. Summary here: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HJR0091P.pdf
House Joint Resolution (HJR 79) Modifies provisions for initiative petitions and referendums. Summary here: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HJR0079P.pdf
House Joint Resolution (HJR 88) Modifies signature and voting requirements for constitutional amendments. Summary here: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HJR0088I.pdf
House Joint resolution (HJR 70) Modifies provisions for amending the constitution. Summary here: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HJR0070P.pdf
FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE using the Legislator Lookup here:
Letter to the Editor on HJR 79 here: https://www.news-leader.com/story/opinion/readers/2022/03/06/letters-march-6/6978465001/ Springfield News Leader March 6 2022
Full story on HJR 91 here: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/another-effort-to-restrict-missouri-s-initiative-petition-process-advances/article_357bb4ff-07f7-5414-87cd-ceea75a5e77e.html St. Louis Post-Dispatch Feb 25 2022
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL (HB) 2118!
HB 2118 is Rep. Jered Taylor’s attempt to revive SB 666 known as the “Make Murder Legal” bill. SB 666 died in the MO senate, and HB 2118 needs to die in the house!
Under House Bill HB 2118, a person who used physical or deadly force would be presumed to have acted in self-defense and be “immune from criminal prosecution or civil action.” Not only could that person not be prosecuted, the bill would prohibit suspects from being arrested, detained or charged with a crime unless authorities can prove “by clear and convincing evidence” that the suspect didn’t act in self-defense. Law enforcement organizations uniformly opposed the measure, which seeks to create a presumption in state law that whenever one person kills another, the killer acted in self-defense.
Call these House Special Committee on Government Oversight Members!
Rep. Jered Taylor 573-751-3833
Rep. J. Eggleston 573-751-4285
Rep. Dottie Bailey 573-751-0562
Rep. Scott Cupps 573-751-1488
Rep. Dirk Deaton 573-751-9801
Rep. David Evans 573-751-1455
Rep. Bill Falkner 573-751-9755
Rep. Hannah Kelly 573-751-2205
Rep. Tony Lovasco 573-751-1484
Find your representative using the Legislator Lookup here:
Read about the MO senate’s version of HB 2118, a stand your ground law dubbed “Make Murder Legal Act” SB 666: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/prosecutor-slams-missouri-bill-as-make-murder-legal-act/ar-AATnqFg MSN Feb 1 2022
CALL THESE STATE REPRESENTATIVES AND TELL THEM TO REJECT ATTACKS ON TRANSGENDER STUDENTS AND VOTE NO on HB 2197, HB 2461, and HB 2734!
Every student deserves a fair chance to succeed in school and prepare for their future — including students who are transgender.
The values that athletics bring to a student’s life — teamwork, cooperation, leadership, endurance — are important for every student, especially LGBTQ+ athletes.
High school is hard enough for transgender students, who face high rates of bullying, harassment and mistreatment. Being excluded from sports can be devastating to already vulnerable transgender youth, given that sports can play an invaluable part of students’ physical, social, and emotional well-being.
CALL these members of General Laws and SUBMIT WITNESS TESTIMONY and tell them to reject attacks on transgender students and VOTE NO on HB 2197, HB 2461, and HB 2734!
Rep. Curtis Trent 573-751-0136
Rep. Alex Riley 573-751-2210
Rep. Mitch Boggs 573-751-4077
Rep. Chris Brown 573-751-9458
Rep. Bishop Davidson 573-751-2381
Rep. Bill Hardwick 573-751-1446
Rep. Josh Hurlbert 573-751-9760
Rep. Brad Pollitt 573-751-9774
Rep. Adam Schnelting 573-751-2250
Rep. Nick Schroer 573-751-1470
Rep. Adam Schwadron 573-751-1452
SUBMIT WITNESS TESTIMONY for the committee on these bills here: https://house.mo.gov/WitnessForm/Default.aspx?noticeid=6769&emci=fad87cb6-029c-ec11-a22a-281878b85110&emdi=8b2e4dcf-0e9c-ec11-a22a-281878b85110&ceid=1806289
YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE! MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY!
Check the 2022 Missouri Election Calendar for important election dates and deadlines for registering to vote HERE: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/calendar/2022cal
Check your voter registration HERE: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup
Find your local election authority HERE: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority
Once you find your local election authority CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC VOTING AND ELECTION INFORMATION!
LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN APRIL 5, 2022 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION IS MARCH 9
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)
TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE
Join the next MOVPC meeting
MONDAY MARCH 7 at 10 AM
Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt
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.
MISSOURI MOMS DEMAND ACTION VIRTUAL ADVOCACY WEEK MAR 7 - MAR 11
Missouri Moms Demand Action Virtual Advocacy Week 2022 March 7 to March 11
Register NOW to receive all Advocacy Week updates, including daily actions to take: https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/43679/
Although we’re not meeting together in Jefferson City this year, it is still critical that we show up for Advocacy Week. Our lawmakers across the state need to know that we aren’t giving up the fight!
Monday, March 7 @ Noon: Lawmaker meetings
Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:30 p.m.: Survivor advocacy (not just for survivors!)
Wednesday, March 9 @ Noon: Lunch with the author of From Changing Diapers to Changing the World: Why Moms Make Great Advocates and How to Get Started
Thursday, March 10 @ 7:30 p.m.: Advocacy Night
Friday, March 11 @ Noon: Be An All-Star Advocate!
If you have not already done so, please download the Demand Action app https://momsdemandaction.org/app/ to get all the latest and greatest information about how to get and stay involved in the movement to end gun violence. The app will allow you to RSVP directly to upcoming events and stay up to date about all the work going on in Missouri and how you can take action.
MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
Find Women’s History Month events and resources commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history here: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/
PBS Independent Lens WHM recommended documentaries about important and fascinating women here: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/celebrate-womens-history-month-with-these-docs/
Library of Congress - American Women: A Guide to Women’s History Resources at the LOC here: https://guides.loc.gov/american-women
MARCH 8 IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:
celebrate women's achievements
raise awareness about women's equality
lobby for accelerated gender parity
fundraise for female-focused charities
IWD 2022 Campaign Theme: #BreakTheBias
Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
For more information visit the IWD website here: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
The United Nations observance of International Women’s Day 2022
March 8, 2022
9:00am - 10:30am CST
Register today for the virtual event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/united-nations-observance-of-international-womens-day-2022-registration-142760700097
The year 2022 is pivotal for achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, and environmental and disaster risk reduction, which are some of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.
On March 8 join the United Nations virtual event in observance of IWD 2022. Special guests include climate icon Dr. Jane Goodall, and two women that Time magazine has named among the 15 women who will save the world, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson and Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim.
Find more information about IWD on the United Nations website: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day
MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
Find more upcoming actions and events here:
CRISIS IN UKRAINE - HOW YOU CAN HELP
HOW TO HELP
UNICEF - UNICEF is currently on the ground in Ukraine, helping children with water, health and education services. You can give a one-time or recurring donation here: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-children-are-bearing-brunt-intensifying-crisis-ukraine/39481
RED CROSS - The International Committee of the Red Cross is supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross right now. The groups are supporting food-producing initiatives, repairing infrastructure, and helping hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centers. You can make a one-time donation or a monthly contribution here: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - American-based nonprofits as well as international organizations are collecting donations for supplies such as first aid backpacks, clothes, diapers, food, cots and other necessities. Donate here: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
SUNFLOWER OF PEACE - Sunflower of Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian miliary invasion. Donate here: https://www.sunflowerofpeace.com/
“People are booking Airbnbs in Ukraine — not to stay, but to lend their support” https://www.npr.org/2022/03/05/1084739721/airbnb-ukraine-direct-aid
NPR March 5 2022
“How to help Ukraine amid Russian attacks” ABC News Feb 28 2022 https://abcnews.go.com/International/ukraine-amid-russian-attacks/story?id=83156472
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE
The Kansas City Beacon COVID Data Dashboard – A new dashboard for Covid data in the Kansas City Metro area has been developed by The Kansas City Beacon. The Beacon reports that they “decided to release our own data compilation after reporters found that certain critical metrics used to assess the omicron and delta surges were not readily available elsewhere for the Kansas City area.” You can check the Kansas City Beacon’s COVID Data dashboard here: https://thebeacon.media/stories/2022/02/02/kansas-city-beacon-covid-data-dashboard/
Free at-home COVID tests to be handed out to Medicare beneficiaries this spring https://missouriindependent.com/briefs/free-at-home-covid-tests-to-be-handed-out-to-medicare-beneficiaries-this-spring/
Free rapid at-home tests may be ordered (started on Jan. 19) at COVIDtests.gov.
The state of Missouri is also providing free at-home PCR tests. Order your test kit here: https://picturegenetics.com/covid19?c=MOPROMO
FIND COVID-19 Vaccines in Missouri here: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/find
MORE COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing
Missourians Vaccinated - as of Sun Mar 6 The New York Times
65% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (76% have received at least one dose in the U.S.)
55% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (65% are fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
1,125,085 confirmed cases and 15,417 confirmed deaths and a 7-Day testing positivity rate of 5.1% –data 2/23/22 through 3/1/2022 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
1,416,369 total reported cases and 19,312 deaths as of Sun March 6 The New York Times
THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!
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