10/11/21 - MO Mondays - Make your voice heard--voting rights, abortion access, fair redistricting!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays! There’s so much important work to do to protect voting rights, abortion access, fair redistricting maps, and more. Thank you for taking action and making your voice heard!
VOTING RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK!
Join the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition to help protect the right to vote in Missouri!
TODAY Monday, Oct 11 at 10AM
Zoom meeting link HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/j/92149884120
MOVPC Know Disinfo Webinar Oct. 12 at 7pm on Zoom
Join MOVPC's Disinformation Working Group for this dynamic program - and learn how you can defeat disinformation to secure our Democracy.
Register HERE: bit.ly/movpcdisinfo
Whitehouse Call-in Blitz for the Freedom to Vote Act
The Freedom to Vote Act would be the most significant voting rights bill in generations. It would protect the freedom to vote equally for all Americans, stop partisan gerrymandering, and limit the influence of dark money so that billionaires can’t buy elections. Get connected to the White House by calling 1-888-724-8746 and tell the White House No more excuses! President Biden needs to act now to protect the freedom to vote!
For democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all. That’s why, we’re calling on President Joe Biden to do everything in his power to persuade the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, and to overcome the filibuster to get it done. Call 1-888-724-8746 and when you reach a staff member, tell them your name and that you are a constituent. Then, demand that President Biden do everything in his power to help overcome the filibuster and pass the Freedom to Vote Act. The freedom to vote is too important for outdated procedures or loopholes, like the filibuster, to stand in the way.
Redistricting Public Hearings on Missouri House and Senate begin October 16
Missouri is set to begin the redistricting process this week with the first round of House and Senate Redistricting Commission public hearings. New district lines must be drawn so that we voters can pick our leaders — and not in a way where politicians and political consultants are picking voters to advance their own agendas.
Our commissioners need to hear from Missourians about how you live in community with one another, what are important aspects to consider when drawing district lines, or how current boundaries have had an impact. No one knows your community like you do, and we need you to share your story. Fair maps are possible in Missouri, only if we make our voices heard.
The House and Senate Redistricting Commissions are holding hearings this coming week in St. Louis, Springfield, and Kansas City.
St. Louis - Senate Hearing
Saturday, October 16 |10:00 am
Renaissance Airport Hotel
Monday, October 18 | 9:00 am House, 1:00 pm Senate
University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
Tuesday, October 19 | 9:00 am House, 1:00 pm Senate
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
St. Louis - House Hearing
Thursday, October 21 | 10:00 am
Renaissance Airport Hotel
FIND MORE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE:
Update on Abortion Bans
What is HB 126 and where does it stand in Missouri?
“An injunction in 2019 temporarily blocked the law—a decision that was upheld by a three-judge panel on the 8th Circuit in June—but the full 8th Circuit court has reheard the case together. Missouri House Bill 126, a bill that bans most abortions after about eight weeks of pregnancy, was originally signed into law by Governor Mike Parson in 2019, but U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs temporarily blocked the law from being implemented in August of the same year. This injunction was upheld in June by an 8th Circuit three-judge panel, but the full court still made the decision to rehear the case together, which it did on September 21. The court has yet to release its decision.” Read more HERE: https://www.stlmag.com/news/what-is-hb-126-and-where-does-it-stand-in-missouri/
St Louis Mag Oct 9
Texas abortion ban is back for now
“Texas' restrictive abortion law is again in effect – for now – after a Friday order. It's the latest twist in a dizzying legal saga that advocates say is having "devastating effects" on providers and patients in the state. Abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected, as early as about six weeks, were banned in Texas for a month when the state's abortion law went into effect in early September. Then in early October, a judge temporarily halted the ban, which prompted some abortion clinics to reopen. That lasted two days.
A temporary order, issued Friday by a federal appeals court, could be reversed at any time when the court makes a more permanent ruling. But for now, it allows Texas to temporarily resume its ban on most abortions.So yet again, appointments have again been cancelled, patients in waiting rooms have been turned away, and many have been forced to make last-minute trips to neighboring states to receive services.” Read more HERE: https://news.yahoo.com/texas-abortion-ban-back-now-195130604.html?fr=yhssrp_catchall
What you can do!
Donate to MO abortion fund https://mofund.org/donate
Donate to TX abortion fund bit.ly/txfunds
Support the ACLU of Texas
Court hearing for Kevin Strickland set for November 8 at 10am by new judge
“Kevin Strickland should know in about a month if he will be released from prison after more than 40 years behind bars. Retired Missouri Court of Appeals Judge James Welsh set the evidentiary hearing for Nov. 8 after a hearing Friday in Jackson County Court. Both sides in the case have argued over discovery issues. A conference will be held before the Nov. 8 hearing to be certain both sides have what they need for the hearing.” 41 KSHB Oct 8 2021 https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/decision-on-kevin-stricklands-innocence-could-come-nov-8
For nearly 26 years. Lamar Johnson has been serving life without parole for a murder he says he didn’t commit and that two other men confessed to.
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. PBS 2021 https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/two-people-confessed-to-a-murder-lamar-johnson-says-he-didnt-commit-hes-still-in-prison
Take action for Kevin Strickland and Lamar Johnson!
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 Kevin Strickland by donating to his GoFundMe fund organized by the Midwest Innocence Project: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kevin-strickland-after-wrongful-conviction
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://mofund.org/donate
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE - Week Oct 3 - Oct 10
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
Missourians Vaccinated - as of Sun Oct 10 The New York Times
49% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (56% fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
55% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (65% at least one dose in the U.S.
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
687,041 confirmed cases and 11,694 deaths as of Sat Oct 9 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
849,942 total cases and 12,400 deaths as of Sun Oct 10 The New York Times
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