03/21/22 - Missouri Mondays - TAKE ACTION to stop MO GOP attacks on abortion, public ed and more!



Welcome to another Missouri Mondays and another busy week of important events and actions! Thanks for staying informed and using your voice to make a difference!

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE - ACTIONS THIS WEEK!




STOP MO GOP EXTREME ATTACK ON ABORTION IN HOUSE BILL HB 2810!

Representative Seitz radical House Bill HB 2810 would:

  • Make performing an abortion before 10 weeks of pregnancy a class A felony in Missouri — punishable by anywhere from ten years to life in prison.

  • Make no exception for ectopic pregnancies which occur when the egg is implanted outside the uterus, are not viable pregnancies and can be life-threatening to the mother. In other words HB 2810 would make treating ectopic pregnancies illegal!

CALL THESE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO!

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

TELL YOUR STATE REP TO SAY NO TO HB 2810! Find your state representative using the Legislator Lookup here:

https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

The bill received national attention in an article in NBC’s online Today “Democratic state Representative Keri Ingle, who was present at the hearing, said there was "some confusion on what ectopic pregnancies are" by her Republican colleague.”

Ectopic pregnancies are 100% non-viable, and if allowed or forced to continue would result in organ rupture, severe internal bleeding, possible infertility and even death. They are the leading cause of death for pregnant people in the first trimester.

Read the full story here: https://www.today.com/parents/moms/ectopic-pregnancies-missouri-bill-rcna19683



TELL YOUR STATE SENATOR TO VOTE NO ON DIVERTING PUBLIC DOLLARS AWAY FROM LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS!

House Bill HB 1552 changes provisions related to funding for charter schools. See the bill summary here: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HB1552P.pdf

  • HB 1552 has passed in the House and is now in the Senate

  • Diverts money away from our local school districts to privately managed, unaccountable schools.

  • Deprives our community-based schools of needed resources and undercuts local community standards and values.

  • Public money must come with public accountability.

  • All schools that seek public funding must have the same standards of accountability, transparency, and respect for the rights of students, staff, and parents.

  • Unless or until charter schools are accountable to local and democratically elected bodies they should not have access to public funding.

TELL YOUR SENATOR TO VOTE NO ON HB 1552 and ANY legislation that seeks to move public money intended for public schools to any privately managed, unaccountable schools!

WRITE YOUR SENATOR with this Missouri Jobs With Justice link HERE: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-your-senator-protect-our-public-schools-vote-no-on-hb1552-sb869

FIND YOUR STATE SENATOR USING THE LEGISLATOR LOOKUP HERE:

https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx



TELL YOUR STATE ELECTEDS TO SAY NO TO ALL ATTACKS ON INITIATIVE PETITIONS!

The initiative petition process has been in place for 115 years and the MO GOP must stop trying to silence the people’s voice by making the initiative petition process harder!

House Joint Resolution HJR 130 - Modifies requirements for votes required to implement a constitutional amendment

  • Proposes increasing the threshold for passing proposed constitutional amendments.

  • Currently, proposed citizen amendments pass by a simple majority of votes cast.

  • Proposes requiring passage by at least 50% of votes cast, PLUS gaining a majority vote in at least 50% of state house districts.

  • This could dilute votes of more populous areas, and result in rejection of measures that captured a majority of votes.



HEARING ON HJR 130

HOUSE ELECTIONS AND ELECTION OFFICIALS COMMITTEE

MARCH 23

12:00 PM

SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY HERE: https://house.mo.gov/WitnessForm/Default.aspx?bill=HJR130&noticeid=6817

TELL YOUR STATE REP TO VOTE NO ON HJR 130!

Find your state representative using the Legislator Lookup here:

https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

HJR 91 and HJR 79 have already passed the House and are now in the Senate.

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

  • Under House Joint Resolution HJR 91, once signatures were submitted on an initiative proposing a constitutional amendment, the legislature would have the opportunity to modify the proposed constitutional language. If the initiative sponsor accepted the changes, voters could ratify the measure with a simple majority of votes cast. If the sponsor opted to go with the original version, a two-thirds majority of votes cast would be needed.

  • HJR 91 also would more than double the number of signatures required to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot from roughly 172,000 currently to about 350,000. If the Senate also approves the measure, it would go on the Nov. 8th statewide ballot and require support from just a simple majority for ratification.

House Joint Resolution (HJR 79) Modifies provisions for initiative petitions and referendums. Summary here:

https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HJR0079P.pdf

  • Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment would require an amendment to the state Constitution to achieve a two thirds supermajority vote for passage.

  • Specifies that the Constitutional phrase "legal voter" is defined as an individual who is a citizen of the United States, a resident of Missouri, and who is properly registered to vote.

  • The resolution also requires petition signatures to place a measure on the ballot as a Constitutional amendment to be collected in each Congressional district using a percentage requirement of 10%. Laws may be placed on the ballot using a percentage requirement of 5%.

TELL YOUR STATE SENATOR TO VOTE NO ON HJR 91, HJR 79 AND ANY ATTACKS ON THE INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS!

FIND YOUR STATE SENATOR USING THE LEGISLATOR LOOKUP HERE: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx


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TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO REJECT MAKING VOTING HARDER FOR MISSOURIANS WITH DISABILITIES!

House Bill HB 2633 - Requires all ballots to be counted by hand and for such counting process to be recorded

  • Would phase out electronic voting machines and require hand-counted paper ballots beginning January 2023.

  • While the legislation would provide for assistance in marking devices for individuals with disabilities, it expressly provides that electronic machines for voters with disabilities will be phased out beginning in 2023.

  • This could impede the ability of certain voters with disabilities to cast a secret ballot - for example voters with visual impairments who can currently cast a secret ballot on the machines, but who would need assistance from someone else to mark their ballot under this legislation.

HOUSE HEARING ON HB 2633

ELECTIONS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS COMMITTEE

MARCH 23

12:00 PM

SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY ON HB 2633 HERE: https://house.mo.gov/WitnessForm/Default.aspx?bill=HB2633&noticeid=6817

TELL YOUR STATE REP TO VOTE NO ON HB2633!

Find your state rep using the Legislator Lookup here:

https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx


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YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE! MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY!



  • Once you find your local election authority CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC VOTING AND ELECTION INFORMATION!

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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 21 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.

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SAVE THE DATE!

HEARTLAND ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS

MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR MO HOUSE NEW COMPETITIVE DISTRICTS

MONDAY MARCH 28, 2022

7PM (VIRTUAL)

REGISTER HERE FOR LINK TO MEETING: https://bit.ly/3H0jZHo

State legislatures are where the action is! For example state legislatures make decisions and laws regarding elections, state budgets, education funding, public health / access to health care, worker's rights, equal rights for all, and more. The Missouri House Redistricting Commission has created maps that have several more competitive districts so join Heartland Alliance for Progress for an opportunity to meet the candidates who might be able to pick up seats and those who are already in office in these competitive districts.

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG WOMEN SET TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR!

The Women Legislators of Missouri are sponsoring scholarships for young women set to graduate from high school this year. The scholarship program was created to provide financial assistance to students on the basis of leadership, academics, and community service. Candidates must fill out an application & are required to submit a 500-word essay answering the question, “If you were a state legislator, what would you hope to accomplish and why?” The application can be found here: http://bit.ly/molegwomen

The submission deadline is THIS THURSDAY March 24, 2022. We encourage seniors from all across the state to apply for the college scholarship. Please share!

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MISSOURI JOBS WITH JUSTICE

WED MARCH 30 - 1:30PM

RSVP FOR ZOOM LINK: https://www.mojwj.org/action/2022-march-webinar

Join Missouri Jobs with Justice on Wednesday March 30 at 1:30pm as we recap some of the most important bills, their impacts, and what we can do together to protect the democratic process that has improved workers' lives in Missouri. RSVP now: https://www.mojwj.org/action/2022-march-webinar/

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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.

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MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS


Find more upcoming actions and events here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19AZUdtRH5WXefOC4Q5D9u-HyuzhBEL8rYX9Ospn3n18/edit?usp=sharing


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CRISIS IN UKRAINE - HOW YOU CAN HELP


HOW TO HELP

  • WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN - Help us provide fresh meals to communities in need. On Feb 24, Russia launched a large-scale attack on neighboring Ukraine, invading the country on several fronts. As a result, more than one million Ukrainians have fled their homes in search of safety, with many more expected to follow. Working at a 24-hour pedestrian border crossing in southern Poland, WCK began serving hot, nourishing meals immediately. Now, we've expanded our efforts to serve people across the region in Romania, Moldova, and Hungary. WCK is also partnering with restaurants inside of Ukraine to get hot meals to anyone in need. Make a donation to WCK here: https://donate.wck.org/give/393234#!/donation/checkout

  • 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/ukrain

  • SUNFLOWER OF PEACE - Sunflower of Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion. Donate here: https://www.sunflowerofpeace.com/

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MISSOURI COVID UPDATE




Kansas City Metropolitan Area COVID Metrics at a Glance Mar 11 - Mar 18

Source: The Kansas City Beacon – https://thebeacon.media/stories/2022/03/04/kansas-city-beacon-covid-data-dashboard/

Case rate per 100K residents last 7 days - 3/18/22

  • Current: 18.04

  • Two Week Change: Down -98.39%

Average ICU occupancy - 3/11/22

  • Current: 71.85%

  • Two Week Change: Down -5.43%

New COVID hospitalizations - 3/11/22

  • Current: 553

  • Two Week Change: Down -24.76%

New deaths last 7 days - 3/18/22

  • Current: 30

  • Two Week Change: Down -37.50%

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COVID INFORMATION RESOURCES


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Missourians Vaccinated - as of Sun Mar 20 The New York Times

  • 66% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (77% 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


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

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