11/01/21 - Missouri Mondays - VOTE! Special Elections Nov 2 / TX abortion law arguments & SCOTUS!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays! Thanks for staying informed and taking action! You make a difference!
SPECIAL ELECTIONS TUESDAY NOV 2! YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
There are several special elections this Tuesday, Nov 2. Your vote is your voice so make yours count! For information about special elections in Jackson County go to Jackson County Elections Board at https://jcebmo.org/election-information/on-the-ballot/ Find personalized voter information on the League of Women Voters Vote 411 website HERE: https://www.vote411.org/
For questions or problems voting call Election Protection 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).
U.S. SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS NOV 1 IN TWO CASES CHALLENGING TEXAS ABORTION LAW
“The Supreme Court is taking up challenges to a Texas law that has virtually ended abortion in the nation’s second-largest state after six weeks of pregnancy. The justices are hearing arguments Monday in two cases over whether abortion providers or the Justice Department can mount federal court challenges to the law, which has an unusual enforcement scheme its defenders argue shield it from federal court review.
In neither case is the right to an abortion directly at issue, but the motivation for lawsuits filed by abortion providers and the Justice Department is that the Texas law conflicts with landmark Supreme Court rulings that prevent a state from banning abortion early in pregnancy.” Yahoo News https://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-takes-texas-law-041730087.html
“When Missouri repealed a key gun law, few protested. The result: more deaths than ever”
“Over the past two decades, Missouri lawmakers have carried out a long-term dismantling of virtually all of the state’s significant gun restrictions. That has left the state in the bottom five for the weakest gun laws in the country. That has meant repealing permit and safety training requirements to buy guns and carry them concealed, and expanding legal safeguards for using deadly force in self-defense.
Researchers point to the 2007 General Assembly session specifically for its repeal of the requirement to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun. That one piece of legislation led to anywhere from 49 to 68 additional firearms deaths each year in Missouri over the following decade, Johns Hopkins researchers found.” Full story HERE: Missouri Independent https://missouriindependent.com/2021/10/31/when-missouri-repealed-a-key-gun-law-few-protested-the-result-more-deaths-than-ever/
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/
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, November 1
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!
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.
Find more information and events HERE https://www.nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/
The Midterms: What to Expect Next November and Beyond
With Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Analyst; Former U.S. Representative, South Carolina (D), as moderator.
Thurs. Nov. 4, 2021
4-5 pm CT
Description: Midterm elections always matter — but in this divided era, as the country begins a redistricting cycle amid a wave of new laws that will make it harder for Americans to vote, the 2022 midterms will matter more than most. From the role of primary voters to the issues that will bring voters to the polls a year from now, hear early insight from some of the best in the business: Stephanie Cutter, political consultant and Founding Partner of Precision, and a veteran of both Obama campaigns and the Obama White House; Shailagh Murray, a former Washington Post political reporter who went on to serve as and as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Biden and President Obama’s senior advisor; journalist Walter Shapiro, who has covered 11 presidential campaigns; Alex Castellanos, founder of Purple Strategies, and served as a strategist for the Ryan-Romney and Bush-Cheney campaigns; and the moderator for this conversation Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Analyst; Former U.S. Representative, South Carolina (D).
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
MISSOURI ACTION ALLIANCE is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event by the Missouri Workers Center
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 24 - Oct 31
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 31 The New York Times
57% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (66% at least one dose in the U.S.
50% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (58% fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
702,920 confirmed cases and 12,055 deaths as of Sat Oct 30 MO Dept of Health and Senior Service
872,395 total cases and 12,777 deaths as of Sun Oct 31 The New York Times
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