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04/22/24 Missouri Mondays - FINAL WEEK! Be part of historic effort to put abortion-repro rights on the ballot! Call on MO Leg to protect IP, voting rights restoration,....

... restore statewide presidential primaries, & more!  Earth Day activities in KCMetro!




It’s the final week to be a part of the Missourians for Constitutional Freedom historic effort to put restoring abortion and reproductive rights on the ballot! Let’s show the nation that Missouri is NEXT UP in ending our state’s cruel abortion ban and putting families - not politicians - back in charge of personal medical decisions.   Find events in the Greater Kansas City area and throughout Missouri here https://www.mobilize.us/mfcf/ and more details below!


Missouri lawmakers have just a few more weeks until the end of session on Friday, May 17 and there are still a number of bills in the House and Senate threatening the citizens initiative process. Once again we urge you to contact your electeds and tell them to protect your voice through initiative petitions and see all MO Legislature Calls to Action details below including bills to provide health insurance coverage for doulas, voting rights restoration, restoring the statewide presidential primary, and more!


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.  


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GET INVOLVED!  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


DONATE TO MOVPC

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. Donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/movpc


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MISSOURIANS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM FINAL WEEK OF SIGNATURE GATHERING!  TAKE PART IN THIS HISTORIC EFFORT TO PUT ABORTION AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ON THE BALLOT!


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. 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.


Greater Kansas City Region

Knock Doors and Gather Signatures for MCF in the Greater Kansas City Region!


Join Missourians for Constitutional Freedom as we canvass to collect signatures across Missouri!  We will be knocking doors to gather signatures in the Kansas City region specifically in eastern Jackson County. Shifts are 5 hours long: 1 hour for learning how to knock doors and use MiniVAN, 3 hours of canvassing and 1 hour for notarization and turn-in.


Register to take action and gather signatures from Missourians to take back our freedom and put families in charge of personal medical decisions - not politicians.


Find MCF events throughout Missouri: https://www.mobilize.us/mfcf/


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MO LEGISLATURE CALLS TO ACTION!


TELL YOUR STATE SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE TO REJECT LEGISLATION CHANGING THE CITIZENS INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS!


There are multiple pieces of legislation moving through the House and the Senate that are meant to sabotage the citizens initiative petition process in multiple ways. Some would change the formula for passage ending majority rule. Others would add so-called “ballot candy” unrelated provisions intended to deceive voters into supporting legislation they would otherwise likely oppose such as specifying that non-citizens can’t vote and that foreign governments can’t sponsor or finance initiatives, provisions already in existing law.  


CALL TO ACTION! – Tell your state representative and senator to protect direct democracy and your voice through the initiative petition process!  Also be sure to thank your electeds if they have already fought against IP changes in their chamber! Find your state electeds in the Legislator Lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default


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TELL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO SUPPORT HEALTH INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT FOR DOULA SERVICES IN HCS HBs 2632 & 1446


HCS HBs 2632 & 1446 would provide health insurance reimbursement of doula services.  Doulas provide support in multiple areas of health care and assist mothers and families in the navigation of the pregnancy and have been shown to improve birth outcomes.  Missouri currently ranks among the highest of all 50 states in maternal and infant mortality, and HCS HBs 2632 & 1446 could help make a difference and save lives. 



  • Bill status: House Bills for Perfection for Monday, April 22.



  • Doulas provide an array of support in multiple areas of health care and assist mothers and families in the navigation of the pregnancy. 


  • Additionally, the use of doulas for the childbirth experience can contribute to reduced instances of lower birth weight and reduced NICU stays, and will expand the maternal health workforce. 


  • Missouri ranks among the highest in the U.S. in maternal and infant mortality.


  • Supported by the Missouri Hospital Association; American College of Obstetricians and the Gynecologists; Health Forward Foundation, and other maternal health advocacy groups.  



CALL TO ACTION! Tell your state representative to support health insurance reimbursement of doula services in HCS HBs 2632 & 1446!  Find your State Representative in the Legislator Lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default


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TELL YOUR SENATOR TO SUPPORT SB 1199 VOTING RIGHTS RESTORATION!




  • Under current law, no person shall be entitled to vote while confined under a sentence of imprisonment or while on probation or parole after conviction of a felony, until finally discharged from such probation or parole. 


  • This act changes those prohibitions by only prohibiting persons from voting while confined after conviction of a felony or after conviction of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage


  • Current law also provides that a person who is convicted of any offense shall be disqualified from registering and voting in any election while confined under a sentence of imprisonment. This act limits this provision to felonies only while confined.


CALL TO ACTION! Tell your state senator to support SB 1199 voting rights restoration! Find your state senator in the Legislator Lookup here: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default


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TELL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO SUPPORT RESTORING THE STATEWIDE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN HB 1525, HB 2895, HB 2618


From League of Women Voters Legislative Bulletin April 21 here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qp2t7PgIcotY--B0MY6vtVWDE1JUBm2q/view


HB 1525 and HB 2895 will be heard in Executive Session in the House Elections & Elected Officials Committee on Monday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. These bills would restore the statewide Presidential Primary which was eliminated in 2022. 


HB 2618 is a bill similar to HB 1525 and it will be heard in the House Special Committee on Public Policy on Tuesday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. 


CALL TO ACTION! -  Submit written testimony IN SUPPORT of HB 2618 restoring the statewide Presidential Primary at this link: https://witness.house.mo.gov/Default.aspx?bill=HB2618&noticeid=8911



EVENTS AND WAYS TO GET INVOLVED!


Missourians For Constitutional Freedom - Greater Kansas City Region

Knock Doors and Gather Signatures for MCF in the Greater Kansas City Region!


FINAL WEEK! Join Missourians for Constitutional Freedom as we canvass to collect signatures across Missouri!  We will be knocking doors to gather signatures in the Kansas City region specifically in eastern Jackson County. Shifts are 5 hours long: 1 hour for learning how to knock doors and use MiniVAN, 3 hours of canvassing and 1 hour for notarization and turn-in.


Register to take action and gather signatures from Missourians to take back our freedom and put families in charge of personal medical decisions - not politicians.


Find MCF events throughout Missouri here: https://www.mobilize.us/mfcf/


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EARTH DAY APRIL 22  / EARTH WEEK 2024 (KC Metro)


Earth Week starts on Monday, April 24, with Earth Day. 


To celebrate, Kansas City nonprofit Bridging The Gap has lined up volunteer opportunities.


Bridging The Gap

Monday April 22 - Earth Day

Shawnee Mission Park

1pm-3pm 



Join Bridging The Gap's Kansas City WildLands team on Earth Day Monday, April 22 for an Invasive Species Workday as we work together to restore the diversity, health and resiliency of Kansas City's remnant public lands. During this event, volunteers will work alongside restoration experts to remove invasive plants from beautiful, natural communities in the region, helping native flora and fauna flourish again in these stunning wild areas. No prior experience necessary!




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City of Kansas City MO Great KC Clean Up Volunteer Sign up

Monday, April 22 (Earth Day) Cleanup Events 


**63rd and Paseo Litter Cleanup (9:30-11am; meet under the pergola)

**49th and Paseo (9:30-11am; meet at 49th & Paseo signup table)




Roll up your sleeves and join the Great Kansas City Cleanup on April 19 - 22! Neighborhood associations, community groups, students, city staff and others will volunteer at litter and trash pickup events across the city, with support from multiple city departments such as KC Parks, Public Works, KC Water, and Neighborhood Services.


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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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