10/25/21 - Missouri Mondays - Missouri’s future depends on fair redistricting maps!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays! Thanks for staying informed and taking action! You make a difference!
MISSOURI’S FUTURE DEPENDS ON FAIR REDISTRICTING MAPS! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Missouri House and Senate redistricting is underway. 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. Missouri's future depends on us demanding new and fair boundaries for our communities. These maps will decide how our communities get resources for the next 10 years! We must make our voices heard and insist that everyone be counted and not just voters! Tell the redistricting commission that using total population is the only acceptable way to redistrict in Missouri!
There are three ways you can participate:
Attend the hearing to simply show support and solidarity.
Testify in person at the hearing. See tips here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HKrD1Xnvdw8u4020PexHNwVQObIhNKpW_nKLVYCvTjk/edit
Submit testimony for the House Commission here: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/0116499ac1dc4a95ab43a66e4c08ed8c
Submit testimony for the Senate Commission here: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/22170d7eeba0491e9dd9d3dfce994745
Jefferson City: Nov. 4, House Commission hearing in the Jefferson Building, 205 Jefferson St., time TBD
Cape Girardeau: Nov. 9, time and location TBD
Kirksville: Nov. 10, time and location TBD
More Redistricting Resources
Brennan Center for Justice - 6 Tips for Making Effective Comments at a Redistricting Hearing https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/6-tips-making-effective-comments-redistricting-hearing
League of Women Voters: link 1 https://lwvmissouri.org/fair-maps-2/ - link 2 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UR_WMHQfNsXdjJRuk-xQhyd0zY4b-oJh/view
PowerPoint on congressional and legislative redistricting: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14ILSSmg8mqcQHoKS-6pi2x9yHP_WNDuP/view
What to know about Missouri’s redistricting process: https://themissouritimes.com/missouri-redistricting-process-what-to-know/
GOV. PARSON ESCALATES EFFORT TO PROSECUTE REPORTER WHO FOUND STATE SECURITY FLAW IN THE DEPT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (DESE) WEBSITE
Gov. Mike Parson “continues to push for prosecution of “a reporter who discovered the state's website risked exposing teacher social security numbers. Meanwhile, his estimate that the incident would cost the state $50 million continues to be called into question. Gov. Mike Parson escalated his war with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday when his political operation published a video doubling down on his attack against a reporter who informed the state that a state website revealed teacher Social Security numbers. The video is produced by Uniting Missouri, a political action committee created by Parson supporters to back his 2020 election campaign. The PAC continues to raise and spend large sums of money to promote Parson’s political agenda. “The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is purely playing politics,” the ad states. “Exploiting personal information is a squalid excuse for journalism.” The ad comes less than a week after Parson’s widely criticized demand for an investigation and prosecution of the reporter who discovered the security flaw in a state website, along with “all those involved.” Parson read a statement calling the reporter “a hacker” to reporters gathered outside his Missouri Capitol office last Thursday, then left without taking questions.” KCUR Oct 21 2021: https://www.kcur.org/politics-elections-and-government/2021-10-21/gov-parson-escalates-regrettable-effort-to-prosecute-reporter-who-found-state-security-flaw
TELL GOV. PARSON (573) 751-3222 TO STOP LEGAL ACTION THREATS AGAINST JOURNALISTS REPORTING STATE WEBSITE DATA VULNERABILITIES AND FINALLY APPOINT MEMBERS TO THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED MISSOURI CYBERSECURITY COMMISSION.
The commission is tasked with identifying risk and vulnerability from cyberattacks on critical infrastructure in Missouri. 100,000 educators' SSNs were potentially accessible on the state's site. Governor Parson should notify those affected & provide free credit monitoring to anybody who may have had their SSN exposed a top priority. PLEASE SHARE THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA! --Missouri Independent https://missouriindependent.com/2021/10/15/lawmaker-urges-missouri-governor-to-finally-appoint-cybersecurity-commission/)
TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)!
Weekly MOVPC Meeting
Monday, October 25
Zoom link HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/j/92149884120
Join the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition partners from all across the state to find out how you can help protect the right to vote!
HEARTLAND ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS
WHAT BIDEN’S BUILD BACK BETTER PLAN MEANS FOR EVERYDAY AMERICANS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25 2021
6:00-7:00 PM VIA ZOOM
RSVP/REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3j1nzId
Register now to find out about this ambitious and historic legislation to create jobs, cut taxes, and lower costs for working families – all paid for by making the tax code fairer and making the wealthiest and large corporations pay their fair share. Featuring Brian Colby, VP of Policy, with the Missouri Budget Project AND LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME!
You will receive the link for the actual Zoom meeting after you register/RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3j1nzId
What Racism Costs Everyone: A Discussion w/Heather McGhee
November 15, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Register HERE for the online event: https://buff.ly/3ahjUkQ
Racism is dividing and conquering working people all across America. Heather McGhee joins low-wage workers for a discussion about how racism hurts us all and our path to an economy that works for everyone. Heather McGhee is the author of New York Times best-seller The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, McGhee has drafted legislation, testified before Congress, and contributed regularly to news shows including NBC's Meet the Press. She now chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization.
FIND MORE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE:
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE - Week Oct 17 - Oct 24
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
65 years and older
Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.The CDC now recommends that certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. --Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 24 The New York Times
56% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (66% at least one dose in the U.S.
49% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (57% fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
697,961 confirmed cases and 11,951 deaths as of Sat Oct 23 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
864,637 total cases and 12,672 deaths as of Sun Oct 24 The New York Times
THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!
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