09/27/21 - Missouri Mondays--Protect abortion rights, honor LGBTQ history, demand justice!


Abortion rights supporters demonstrating outside the Texas Capitol on Wednesday.Credit...Montinique Monroe for The New York Times


Texas Abortion Ban Continues--Will Missouri Be Next?

Texas continues its war against women and the control of their bodies and lives last week when Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that outlaws providing abortion-inducing drugs after seven weeks of pregnancy. This bill is in addition to the one previously passed that allows a citizen to sue anyone assisting in helping a woman obtain an abortion after six weeks. The six-week restriction went into effect September 1 after the Supreme Court failed to strike it down. A Texas doctor has admitted to performing an abortion after six weeks in an effort to quickly bring the unconstitutionality of the law before the courts. Two lawsuits have been filed against him under the new state law. --NYT

The US House passed a reproductive rights bill on Friday in an effort to thwart the Texas law, but it is unlikely to pass the Senate.

Several states, including Missouri, are already drafting legislation that mirrors the Texas law in an effort to restrict abortions in their states. Missouri’s Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Accountability and Taxpayer Protection is also considering a rule change that could allow them to defund Planned Parenthood. “A statutory proposal would allow the departments to deny or revoke Medicaid funding for abortion providers or connected entities found to have violated regulations in other states and facing sanctions or termination. Offenses would include failure to keep up with reporting requirements, health code violations, and failure to cooperate with state investigations.” The Missouri Times

“Missouri revisits 8-week abortion ban as laws are challenged nationwide.”

“The Eighth U.S. Court of Appeals is rehearing the Missouri law that would block abortions after eight weeks, the latest in a flurry of abortion cases and legislation that have come to the fore in the weeks since Texas passed the most restrictive abortion law in the nation.” The 2019 law “would make abortions illegal after eight weeks of pregnancy, including in instances of incest and rape, with the only exception being if the pregnancy puts the person’s health at risk. The law would also outlaw abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis.” PBS Newshour

"The Eighth Circuit's sudden change to reconsider Missouri's sweeping abortion ban — one the court said was unconstitutional — is just another troubling signal in a long line of threats to our reproductive freedom," said Yamelsie Rodríguez, president and CEO of Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, in a statement. "For now, nothing has changed — abortion remains legal in Missouri." Springfield News-Leader

What you can do!

Clemency for Ernest Johnson NOW!

Ernest Johnson, a Black man with intellectual disabilities is scheduled to be executed in Missouri on October 5th. Join with those standing against executions and calling on Gov. Parson (573) 751-3222 asking for clemency for Ernest Johnson NOW! Learn more here: www.madpmo.org



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Kevin Strickland and Lamar Johnson still seek justice

Eric Schmitt just won’t give up on his misguided efforts to keep an innocent man in prison. An appeals court ruled this week that the judges in Jackson County did not need to recuse themselves from hearing Strickland’s case, but Schmitt has now appealed that decision to the Missouri Supreme Court. Eric Schmitt is using the judicial system, the media, and taxpayer dollars to stage a political stunt that has nothing to do with justice. KCStar

Another innocent man still sits in prison after 26 years. Lamar Johnson’s legal team and a conviction integrity unit argue that the evidence against Johnson “has disintegrated.” The only eye witness was paid $4,000 and has admitted he was coerced into his testimony. Meanwhile, the real perpetrator escaped punishment, and the victim’s family did not receive justice. Governor Parson has still not pardoned Johnson. KCTV5

  • Call Gov. Parson (573) 751-3222 and demand that both Kevin Strickland and Lamar Johnson be pardoned. Despite evidence and calls from prosecutors to release him, Parson clings to his misguided “belief” that Strickland is guilty.


  • Help Lamar Johnson by donating to his GoFundMe fund organized by the Midwest Innocence Project:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-lamar-johnson-after-wrongful-conviction


  • Read about Lamar Johnson’s case here:

https://www.kansascity.com/article249680798.html

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Removal of the LGBT exhibit from the state capitol:

Missouri Senator Greg Razer says that the removal of the exhibit from the state capitol building and placing it in the Lohman building is an insult.

“Removal of this exhibit is an insult. It’s an insult to those brave individuals from our past. It’s an insult to those of us fighting for equality today, and to those who will continue the fight in the future. It’s also an insult to all those friends and family members who love us, who support us, and who teach us we are perfect just the way we are.” Greg Razer, KCStar

We proudly support Senator Razer and stand with him in denouncing this disgraceful act of LGBT discrimination in our state capitol!

  • Call Gov. Parson (573) 751-3222 and tell him that LGBT history is MO history, and to return the KC LGBT history display to the Capitol Museum.

Missouri Relocates Gay History Exhibit From State Capitol--The New York Times


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VOTING RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK IN MISSOURI LEGISLATURE!

Join the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition to help protect the right to vote in Missouri!

TODAY Monday, Sept 27 at 10AM

Zoom meeting link HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/j/92149884120



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HEARTLAND ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS

Fighting Back in the War Against Reproductive Rights!

Monday, September 27, 2021

6:00-7:00pm

via Zoom

REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/2XxyAJP

Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link for the actual meeting.

Featuring Rachel Sweet, Policy Director for Planned Parenthood Great Plains (KS, MO, AR, and OK)

We can't quit now, even as SCOTUS failed to stop extreme Texas Senate Bill 8, and a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the KS Constitution will be on the ballot in August, 2022. Fight back on behalf of those who lack resources to travel long distances for safe and legal abortion. Women of color stand to lose the most.

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National Voter Registration Day Sept. 28

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 4.5 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date. Celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will next take place on September 28, 2021 when volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. For more information go to https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/

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National StopTheBans Day of Action in support of abortion access.

October 2

Kansas City 11am Mill Creek Park Details HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/246402090704155/

Joplin - details TBD

Springfield - details TBD

Columbia 10am Courthouse Square

https://www.facebook.com/events/s/a-gathering-of-voices-in-defen/272458651179945/

St. Louis 10am St. Louis City Hall

https://www.weareplannedparenthoodaction.org/.../st-louis...


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FIND MORE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE:

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


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MISSOURI COVID UPDATE - Week Sept 20-26

The CDC recommends that the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine):

  • people aged 65 years and older

  • residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings

  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions

The CDC also recommends that the following groups may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks:

  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions

  • people aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting --CDC

LET’S GET VACCINATED MISSOURI! - PLEASE SHARE THIS RESOURCES LINK WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

FIND COVID-19 Vaccines KC Metro - Statewide and COVID-19 Testing & Recovery Treatment (KC Metro) HERE https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing

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Missourians Vaccinated - as of Sat Sept 18 The New York Times

  • 47% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (55% fully vaccinated in the U.S.)

  • 54% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (64% at least one dose in the U.S.

Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri


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