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07/31/23 Missouri Mondays - Volunteer to gather signatures for abortion rights, fair wages and more!

Volunteer to gather signatures for abortion rights, fair wages and earned sick leave! Your help is critical in the fight for our freedoms and a better future for Missourians!



Welcome to another Missouri Mondays!


Have you heard that Missourians might have a chance to vote on abortion at the ballot box? Every Missourian deserves the right to have their voice heard in our democracy and the power to help shape the laws that govern our lives, bodies and futures. Your help gathering petition signatures will be critical! Find more details below and sign up to volunteer with Abortion Action Missouri here: http://bitly.ws/Pwxp.


And, Missourians for Healthy Families and Fair Wages has already launched a ballot initiative to gradually raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026 and allow employees to earn paid time off to care for themselves and loved ones. You’ll find details below including the volunteer sign up link here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/pledge-your-support-for-fair-wages-and-earned-sick-time


Thank you for staying informed and taking action with us each week! We are so grateful! Help us spread the word and share this link to sign up for Missouri Mondays weekly email https://bit.ly/3pF99Uw.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS - WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!




TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE


Join the MOVPC weekly meeting MONDAYS at 10 AM

Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: bit.ly/protectmovoters


Our work to protect the vote requires our continued attention! So we hope you'll join our next MOVPC call where we will discuss the necessary steps in our fight to protect the right to vote in Missouri. MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!


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VOLUNTEER TO HELP GATHER SIGNATURES!!


Help Gather Signatures for Abortion Action Missouri!!


Have you heard that Missourians might have a chance to vote on abortion at the ballot box? Every Missourian deserves the right to have their voice heard in our democracy and the power to help shape the laws that govern our lives, bodies and futures.

The Initiative Petition Process (IP Process) is the most effective tool that Missourians currently have to participate in democracy, shape policy, and build a statewide movement for abortion access. Missourians have used this process for years to build a Missouri where every person, family, and community can live with dignity. In the last 6 years alone, Missourians have used the IP process to pass Medicaid Expansion, raise wages, clean up money in politics, and protect union rights.


And guess what? We're not done yet. At Abortion Action Missouri, we're training teams of volunteers across Missouri to use the IP process to build the Missouri we all deserve.


As a volunteer you will learn how to:


  • Collect signatures for the Initiative Petition Process

  • Engage the public at community events, farmers markets, shopping centers and more

  • Build teams of volunteers to take action with you

  • Organize your families, friends and neighbors in the movement for abortion access

  • You'll also join a thriving community of people dedicated to building a Missouri where we all can thrive.


Are you ready to join us? Sign up at http://bitly.ws/Pwxp and a member of the Abortion Action Missouri organizing team will get in touch with you!


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Missouri Jobs With Justice Voter Action

Pledge Your Support for Fair Wages and Earned Sick Time!

TAKE THE PLEDGE AND VOLUNTEER TO GATHER SIGNATURES HERE:


Missourians for Healthy Families and Fair Wages has launched a ballot initiative to gradually raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026 and allow employees to earn paid time off to care for themselves and loved ones.


Missourians for Health Families and Fair Wages rewards hardworking Missourians by making sure they can care for their families and keep food on the table. By gradually increasing the minimum wage, we can ensure wages can keep up with rising prices. By ensuring that all workers have the ability to earn paid sick leave, we can make sure no parent has to choose between taking care of themselves or loved ones and affording the cost of necessities like medicine or utilities.


NO ONE should have to choose between their paycheck and their family's health. NO ONE working full-time should have to live in poverty. However, this is NOT the reality in Missouri, which is why we are coming together again to do what the legislature won't do for hardworking Missourians.


Take the pledge to show your support for fair wages and earned paid sick time and sign up to volunteer here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/pledge-your-support-for-fair-wages-and-earned-sick-time


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MO State Rep. Aaron Crossley

2024 Campaign Kickoff

Thursday August 3

5:00pm - 6:30pm

3 Trails Brewing

111 N Main St.

Independence, MO


Join Aaron on August 3 for the official 2024 campaign kickoff to help pave the way to another victory! Can’t make it? Contribute today to help re-elect Aaron https://secure.actblue.com/donate/aaroncrossley


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MO House Democrats Summer Caucus Welcome Reception (KC Metro)

Thursday August 10th

6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Rockhill Grille

2000 Grand Blvd

Kansas City, MO 64108


You are cordially invited to the Missouri House Democrats 2023 Summer Caucus in Kansas City, MO. Join us for our Summer Caucus Reception and cocktail hour, where we will be discussing this year's legislative accomplishments, and what the path to victory in 2024 looks like for the House Democrats.


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The Lafayette County Democrat Central Committee & Club

2023 Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Pie Auction

Saturday August 12th

5:00 pm

American Legion Hall

1001 W. 22nd St.

Higginsville MO 64037


For more information contact lafcodems@gmail.com


Join the Lafayette County Democrat Central Committee & Club for the 2023 Annual Pie Auction, silent auction and dinner on August 12th @ 5pm.

Speaker lineup: Gubernatorial candidate Crystal Quade, Lt. Gov. candidate Richard Brown, US. Senate candidate Lucas Kunce, Attorney General Candidate Elad Gross, and Senator Greg Razor. MDP Chair Russ Carnahan, MDP Vice Chair Yvonne Reeves-Chong, and MDP Ex. Director Matthew Patterson will also join us. Other guests Sen. Barbara Washington, Representatives Emily Weber, Patty Lewis, Keri Ingle, Peter Meredith, Aaron Crossley and Kemp Strickler. This is your chance to meet and hear from our candidates and representatives in Jefferson City.


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HELP SUPPORT AND ELECT MISSOURI HOUSE DEMOCRATS


Get involved! Join the MO Democratic Legislative Network!

The Democratic Legislative Network is building a community of dedicated activists to support our ideals, our message and our candidates in Missouri. Get involved in your area: https://www.mohousedems.com/get-involved


Make a donation!

Every. Election. Matters. Every gift can help.

Donate today and help us keep building the infrastructure needed to recruit, train, and support local candidates in Missouri.


Organizing efforts require year-round work, not just when there is an upcoming election, and your donation will help build the groundwork needed to bring real change benefitting all Missourians.


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Missouri in the News


“Lawsuit seeks to block Missouri ban on transgender care for minors”


“A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cole County is attempting to block the implementation of Missouri’s ban on gender-affirming medical care for minors. Attorneys at the ACLU of Missouri and Lambda Legal argue the ban could have “extremely serious negative health consequences.”


“On its face, the law enshrines discriminatory practices in our health care system by specifically denying transgender Missourians under the age of eighteen access to evidence-based gender-affirming medical care while stripping parents of their fundamental right to make medical decisions for their children,” Gillian Wilcox, deputy director of litigation at the ACLU of Missouri, said in a statement.


Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the families of three transgender minors and Southampton Community Healthcare, which provides gender-affirming care. Other named plaintiffs are two of Southampton’s providers and two national LGBTQ+ organizations.


The American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the Endocrine Society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychiatric Association have approved the use of gender-affirming care for transgender people.”



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“Divide over lack of Black ownership in Missouri marijuana bubbles up in radio debate”


“When it comes to racial equity, state Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove of Kansas City and St. Louis City NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt typically land on the same side. But on Amendment 3— the constitutional amendment that legalized recreational marijuana in November — they couldn’t be further apart.


On Monday morning, they both appeared on KCUR 89.3’s Up To Date to talk about the lack of racial equity among marijuana-business license holders in Missouri. Both agree that Black communities have long felt the brunt of marijuana criminalization, so Black business owners should be able to benefit from Missouri’s soon-to-be billion-dollar industry.


But where they clashed was whether or not the state’s new “microbusiness licenses” program, a provision in Amendment 3, can bridge that gap. These are small-business licenses “designed to allow marginalized or under-represented individuals to participate in the legal marijuana market,” according to the state website.


Even with the microbusiness program, Bland-Manlove believes the new law cements in place an already distrusted, inequitable business licensing system established when medical marijuana was approved in 2018. Yet Pruitt’s fervent support for the program and other the equity measures in Amendment 3 – including expungements of past marijuana offenses — shows there’s still a strong divide among social justice leaders on how the recreational marijuana law will impact Black Missourians.”



Read the full story here: https://missouriindependent.com/2023/07/25/black-misouri-marijuana-industry/ Missouri Independent July 25


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!

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