11/15/21 - Missouri Mondays - This week-- “What Racism Costs Everyone"
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays and another busy week of important events. Thanks for staying informed and taking action. Together we make a difference!
MISSOURI ACTION ALLIANCE is proud to be a co-sponsor of this important Missouri Workers Center online event TONIGHT MONDAY Nov 15!
What Racism Costs Everyone: A Discussion w/Heather McGhee
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
REGISTER HERE: https://buff.ly/3ahjUkQ
Author Heather McGhee will join 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.
KEVIN STRICKLAND AWAITS JUDGE’S DECISION ON EXONERATION
After more than 40 years behind bars for a crime that Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and many others believe he did not commit, Kevin Strickland’s fate is now up to a judge. “An evidentiary hearing to determine whether enough evidence exists to exonerate Kevin Strickland in the 1978 murders ended Wednesday. Judge James Welsh said he would consider additional paperwork and evidence from the attorneys and make a determination in a "timely fashion.” “Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in closing arguments Wednesday that Strickland was guilty of hanging out with the people who committed the murders but her review of the case convinced her Strickland's conviction in 1979 was a horrible mistake, KSHB-TV reported. She also noted that Strickland had turned down several offers of plea deals, and risked being sentenced to death, because he refused to plead guilty to something he didn't do. “He turned down multiple deals, two important deals, in this case — and he bet his life on this system. He’s betting his life on this system, still,” she said.” “Strickland, who is now 62, has always maintained he was home watching television on the night of April 25, 1978, when the shootings occurred. In testimony on Monday, he again strongly denied that he was involved in the killings. “I had absolutely nothing to do with these murders. By no means was I anywhere close to that crime scene,” Strickland said.” Associated Press Nov 10 https://news.yahoo.com/hearing-concludes-missouri-inmate-1978-014607545.html
PRESIDENT BIDEN TO SIGN HISTORIC DEM LED BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL TODAY NOV 15
President Biden will sign the historic $1.2 trillion Democrat-led bipartisan infrastructure bill into law “during a ceremony at the White House, surrounded by a bipartisan group of legislators, governors and mayors. Following that, the president will hit the road, with plans to visit a bridge in Woodstock, New Hampshire, and a GM electric vehicle plant in Detroit, according to the White House.” The Guardian Nov 13 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/13/joe-biden-infrastructure-bill-democrats
Sen. Roy Blunt lone Senator in MO or KS to vote for bipartisan infrastructure bill and says Missouri among states to benefit the most
Senator Roy Blunt was the lone Senator in MO or KS to vote in favor of the bipartisan bill. Sen. Josh Hawley and both KS senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall all voted against approving the plan. After voting for the bill Sen. Blunt released a statement--“As a national transportation hub, Missouri is among the states that will benefit the most from the targeted investments in this bipartisan infrastructure bill. The bill authorizes more than $8 billion to help our state improve the safety and reliability of our roads and highways. It includes much-needed funding for ports and waterways. And, it focuses resources toward ending the digital divide that has left nearly one-third of rural Missourians without access to broadband. Location is one of our greatest competitive advantages in Missouri. The investments in this bill will help us maintain that advantage and improve the quality of life for families, businesses, and farmers.” --https://www.blunt.senate.gov/news/press-releases/blunt-votes-in-favor-of-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill
UPCOMING EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR
TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)!
Weekly MOVPC Meeting
Monday, November 15
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!
MO-KS WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP FORUM
VIRTUAL NATIONAL EVENT: “Saving Our Democracy Discussion Series”
#1 - Fighting Voter Suppression
TUES NOV 16 at 5:00 PM CST
REGISTER for this free virtual event HERE: https://fundraising.democrats.org/a/11-16-wlf-discussion
It seems that political news has many ups and downs, but we have a lot to celebrate as President Biden signs (Monday) the once in a lifetime Bi-partisan Infrastructure Bill. This is a valuable opportunity for us to regroup, keep laser-focused on our continued work to improve the lives of ALL (not just a select segment) and sharpen our message, while exposing the Republican Party for who and what they represent.
Fighting Voter Suppression is the first of our “Saving our Democracy Discussion Series,” featuring two key national experts: --Bob Bauer, NYU Law Professor, author, former Obama White House Counsel, Co-chair Presidential Commission on Election Administration and Sr. Advisor Biden Presidential Campaign. --Rayna Walters Morgan, DNC Director of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection, and a highly respected election-law and policy attorney who has trained hundreds of attorneys on election-law.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS KANSAS CITY, JACKSON, PLATTE, & CLAY COUNTIES
Identify & Defeat Disinformation to Secure Our Shared Future
NOV 20, 2021
Available via Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/LWVKC
or Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84433585262
The monthly membership meeting will have a panel of speakers to discuss disinformation. Topics include disinformation relating to rural populations, voting, teens, Spanish language, and critical race theory. Speakers include Jennifer Lohman, Julia Burchett, Michele Steinberg, Sal Valdez, Debbie Kitchen, and Denise Lieberman.
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/
FIND MORE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE:
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE - Week Nov 7 - Nov 14
CDC now recommends that everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
Some COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Can Get Booster Shots
People 65 years and older, 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot.
People 18 years and older should receive a booster shot at least 2 months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines HERE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html
CDC COVID-19 booster information HERE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
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 Nov 14 The New York Times
58% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (68% at least one dose in the U.S.
50% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (59% fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
715,760 confirmed cases and 12,344 deaths as of Sat Nov 13 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
889,234 total cases and 13,071 deaths as of Sun Nov 14 The New York Times
THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!
Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and sign up for Missouri Action Alliance and this Missouri Mondays email at moactionalliance.com/signup