04/18/22 - Missouri Mondays -Thank Dem Rep. Mackey for standing up for MO trans kids! Keep fighting!

Keep fighting GOP attacks on abortion, public education, initiative petitions, voting rights, 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 TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS WEEK!

TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE NO ON HB 2140 RESTRICTIVE VOTING AND ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION!

We should be making access to the ballot easier, not more difficult. Voter ID has remained a top priority for Republicans, despite the Missouri Supreme Court ruling against previous GOP voter ID laws. Last week GOP Rep. Chuck Basye tacked on an anti-trans amendment to HB 2140 (McGaugh). This Election Omnibus bill is 51 pages of voting restrictions making it harder to vote in Missouri. The anti-trans amendment has no relation to the voting restrictions in HB 2140 and is illegal. Democrat Rep. Ian Mackey spoke passionately against Rep. Basye’s amendment confronting him on the House floor. After 3 hours of debate the anti-trans amendment was approved 89-40.

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

THANK DEMOCRAT REP. IAN MACKEY FOR STANDING UP FOR TRANS KIDS IN MISSOURI!

Office: 573-751-0100

Email: Ian.Mackey@house.mo.gov

Watch Democrat Rep. Ian Mackey’s powerful speech confronting GOP Rep. Chuck Basye on the House floor last week over his anti-trans amendment: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Watch MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell interview with Rep. Mackey here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUJZyC1xwL8

Read full story here: https://news.yahoo.com/missouri-democrat-confronts-gop-colleague-225139474.html Independent April 15

Read the Introduced Bill Summary here: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HB2140I.pdf

Read the Perfected Election Omnibus Bill HCS HB 2140 here: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/hlrbillspdf/4468H.03P.pdf

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TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO REJECT CHANGES TO INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS!

House Joint Resolution HJR 132 and HJR 133 modify the requirements for votes needed to implement a constitutional amendment and both are still up for 3rd Read in the House this week.

Upon voter approval of HJR 132 or HJR 133

  • Initiative petitions would require more votes to pass. Currently, proposed citizen amendments pass by a simple majority of votes cast.

  • Any Constitutional amendment must receive both a majority of statewide votes and a majority vote in more than one half of the State House of Representative Districts in order to become effective.

  • The above requirements would also apply to Constitutional changes or amendments proposed during a Constitutional convention held under article XII, section 3(c) of the Constitution of Missouri.

See HJR 132 Bill Summary here: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HJR0132P.pdf

See HJR 133 Bill Summary here: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HJR0132P.pdf

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

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TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE NO ON SJR 38 AND SB 678! LEAVE POLICE FUNDING UP TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS!

Senate bills SJR 38 AND SB 678 passed in the Senate and are still up for 3rd Read in the House this week.

SJR 38 - The state would not have to fund any additional budget required for police.

  • Under current law, the General Assembly cannot require a city to increase an activity or service beyond that required by existing law, unless a state appropriation is made to pay the city for any increase costs.

  • This proposed Constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, provides an exception to allow for a law that increases minimum funding, if increased before December 31, 2026, for a police force established by a state board of police commissioners to ensure they have additional resources to serve their communities.

SB 678 - Kansas City must spend 25% of its general revenue on police without additional funding from the state.

  • Under current law, the city of Kansas City is required to provide one-fifth of its general revenue per fiscal year to fund the Kansas City Board of Police.

  • This act increases such funding to one-fourth of the city's general revenue.

  • This act contains an emergency clause.

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

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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. HB 1552 has passed in the House and a Public Hearing is scheduled in the Senate Lounge for Tuesday April 19 at 3:30pm.

  • 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!

Find your state senator using the legislator lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

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TELL YOUR STATE ELECTEDS TO REJECT ATTACKS ON ABORTION AND VOTE NO ON HB 2012 AND HB 2810!

HB 2012 passed in the House and is now in the Senate. A Public Hearing is scheduled for Wed April 20 at 9:00AM in Senate Committee Room 1

If it becomes law:

  • Could take funding from hospitals that provide emergency abortions and put our state’s Medicaid funding in jeopardy.

  • Ectopic pregnancies are not explicitly excluded so would fall under the broad umbrella of abortions included in the bill. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg is implanted outside the uterus. Such pregnancies are not viable and can be life-threatening to the mother.

  • Obtaining abortion drugs through the mail for an ectopic pregnancy would be a Class B felony

See the perfected bill summary for HB 2012 here: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HB2012P.pdf

HB 2810 is on the House Informal Perfection Calendar

  • Establishes the offense of trafficking abortion-inducing drugs if a person or entity knowingly imports, exports, distributes, delivers, manufactures, produces, prescribes, administers, or dispenses, or attempts to do so, any medicine, drug, or other means or substance to be used to induce an abortion on another person in violation of state or federal law. The offense is a Class B felony.

  • HB 2810 makes no exception for medical treatment in the case of ectopic pregnancy

See the perfected bill summary for HB 2810 here: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills221/sumpdf/HB2810C.pdf

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

NATIONAL NEWS

VP Harris Urges White House to Make Black Maternal Health A National Priority

“In December of last year, Vice President Kamala Harris hosted the very first Maternal Health Day of Action. It was then that she issued a call for change around maternal health for both parents and infants, especially for Black families. “In our nation, we are looking at the fact that more women are facing death because of childbirth than in any other developed nation,” Harris told journalists on Thursday. “We are looking at the likelihood that Black women are three times more likely to die in connection with childbirth, that Native women are twice as likely to die, that rural women are one and a half times more likely to die.”

Full story here: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/vp-harris-urges-white-house-171823896.html The Root April 17

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 APRIL 18 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.


EARTH DAY 2022

Friday April 22

This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods… together, we must Invest In Our Planet.

The Earth Day 2022 Theme is Invest In Our Planet. What Will You Do? Find information on Earth Day events, activities, and what individuals and organizations can do to make a difference here: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2022/ Actions to take any day here: https://www.earthday.org/take-action-now/

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The Great Kansas City Cleanup

Friday and Saturday April 22-23

Registration required at this link: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx

Celebrate Earth Day by joining The Great Kansas City Cleanup. Everyone is invited to participate in this citywide parks beautification event. Just pick a city park and pitch in. Volunteers can pick up litter at one of many sites throughout the day, or help remove invasive brush at Kessler Park/Gate 2 from 9a-noon. Bags, gloves, and location assignments will be available at each of the check-in areas. Find more information here: https://kcparks.org/event/mission-litter-free-kc/


Heartland Alliance for Progress

April 25 - 6PM via Zoom

Meet Progressive Candidates for Jackson County Legislature

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3xmPfiE

Join us for the opportunity to hear from progressive candidates for Jackson County Legslature. As time allows, they will share their goals for the county and almost $400,000,000 of county funds: For public health and the environment, public safety, the courts and crime prevention, the detention center, the 3rd largest county parks dept in the nation, the Sports Complex and Rock Island RR path, county roads and bridges, infrastructure improvements, homeless services and housing assistance, and more.


MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS

Find more upcoming actions and events here:

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



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, millions have fled their homes in search of safety. 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


  • 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/

MISSOURI COVID UPDATE

Kansas City Metropolitan Area COVID Metrics at a Glance

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 - 4/16/22

  • Current: 25.27

  • Two Week Change: Down -75.19%

Average ICU occupancy - 4/8/22

  • Current: 72.07%

  • Two Week Change: Down -1.15%

New COVID hospitalizations - 4/8/22

  • Current: 350

  • Two Week Change: Down -23.08%

New deaths last 7 days - 4/16/22

  • Current: 7

  • Two Week Change: Down -75.86%

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Missourians Vaccinated - as of April 17 The New York Times

  • 66% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (77% have received at least one dose in the U.S.)

  • 56% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (66% are fully vaccinated in the U.S.)

Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri

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MORE COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing


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

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