11/22/21 - Missouri Mondays - Set the table for civil discourse with MOVPC #KnowDisInfo!
Set the table for civil discourse with MOVPC #KnowDisInfo Holiday Cards! / How Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will benefit Missouri--Pass it on! / Kevin Strickland GoFundMe
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HOW BIDEN’S BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE WILL BENEFIT MISSOURI
Whether it’s building rural broadband access or fixing our roads and bridges, President Joe Biden and Democrats have delivered a generational investment in Missouri’s infrastructure.
In the next five years, Missouri will receive:
$6.5B for highways
$866M for clean drinking water infrastructure
$674M for public transport
$484M for bridge repair
$246M for airports
$100M for broadband coverage
And that's just the beginning!
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#DemsDeliver - https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/demsdeliver
AP Nov 15 https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-congress-infrastructure-bill-signing-b5b8cca843133de060778f049861b144
U.S. HOUSE PASSES PRES. BIDEN’S BUILD BACK BETTER BILL SENDING MEASURE TO SENATE
“The House on Friday morning passed President Joe Biden's Build Back Better bill, a wide-ranging package of Democratic social spending priorities that includes free preschool, initiatives to fight climate change and affordable housing programs. The legislation was approved on a 220-213 vote, clearing a major hurdle for a plan that is the cornerstone of Biden's sweeping domestic agenda to expand the nation's social safety net and help Americans bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure goes to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future. The roughly $2 trillion package of liberal priorities would provide free preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, cap certain drug costs, boost Pell grants for college tuition, expand family leave and provide a new benefit to care for seniors' hearing. It would address climate change through billions of dollars in incentive programs while spending money to electrify up to 165,000 U.S. Postal Service trucks and creating a Civilian Climate Corps. It would increase corporate taxes and beef up IRS enforcement. In a statement, Biden called the House vote "another giant step forward in carrying out my economic plan to create jobs, reduce costs, make our country more competitive, and give working people and the middle class a fighting chance." USA Today Nov 21 https://news.yahoo.com/house-passes-biden-build-back-145022884.html?fr=yhssrp_catchall
"The Build Back Better Act is fiscally responsible," Mr. Biden said in a statement. "It reduces the deficit over the long-term. It's fully paid for by making sure that the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations begin to pay their fair share in federal taxes. It keeps my commitment that no one earning less than $400,000 a year will pay a penny more in federal taxes. Leading economists and independent experts on Wall Street have confirmed that it will not add to inflationary pressures. Instead, it will boost the capacity of our economy and reduce costs for millions of families." Pelosi also celebrated the bill's passage in the House. "This bill is monumental. It is historic," she told CBS News. "It is transformative. It is bigger than anything we have ever done."
CBSNews Nov 19 https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/build-back-better-passes-house/
KEVIN STRICKLAND’S BRAIDED HAIR COULD BE THE KEY TO HIS FREEDOM
“The Kansas City man has spent 43 years behind bars for a crime prosecutors now say he didn’t commit. A judge is considering whether to set him free, and Strickland’s exoneration, at least partially, depends on his hair. Since May, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has said Kevin Strickland, who is African American, is innocent of the triple murder that put him behind bars in 1978. She laid out her arguments for his exoneration during Strickland's innocence hearing last week, and one of her points involved his braids. “You don’t have to know a lot about Black hair, but you have to know a little to know these are not fresh braids,” Baker told Judge James Welsh during her closing arguments. She was referring to Strickland’s booking photo, taken the day after the murders. In the mug shot, Strickland’s hair is in about 10 or 12 sections, each braided into a plait about the size of a pinky finger. The lines between each section, where the scalp is exposed, are fuzzy-looking. All this matters because the witness who said Strickland was at the crime scene told police he was wearing his hair “natural” — that is, in a short Afro. According to the police report filed the day after the murders, the witness, Cynthia Douglas, told authorities that “the only difference in (Strickland’s) physical appearance at this time … is the clothing he is wearing and he now has his hair braided.”
KCUR Nov 18: https://www.kcur.org/news/2021-11-18/after-43-years-in-a-missouri-prison-kevin-stricklands-braided-hair-could-be-the-key-to-his-freedom
Kevin Strickland GoFund Me
The Midwest Innocence Project is sponsoring a GoFundMe to help Kevin Strickland after his wrongful conviction. To make a contribution go HERE: https://gofund.me/9b5e5e8b
RITTENHOUSE ACQUITTAL SENDS “UNACCEPTABLE MESSAGE”
“Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men and wounded another amid protests and rioting over police conduct in Kenosha, Wis., was found not guilty of homicide and other charges on Friday, in a deeply divisive case that ignited a national debate over vigilantism, gun rights and the definition of self-defense. After about 26 hours of deliberation, a jury appeared to accept Mr. Rittenhouse’s explanation that he had acted reasonably to defend himself in an unruly and turbulent scene in August 2020, days after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black resident, during a summer of unrest following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.”
The parents of Anthony Huber, who was fatally shot and killed by Rittenhouse,“said that they were “heartbroken” and that the verdict “sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.”
Full story NYT NOV 19: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/11/19/us/kyle-rittenhouse-trial
Rittenhouse's shooting victims: Anthony Huber, Joseph Rosenbaum, Gaige Grosskreutz Learn more about these victims:
USA Today Nov 19
USA Today Aug 28 2020 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/28/kyle-rittenhouse-shooting-kenosha-what-we-know-victims/5654579002/
UPCOMING EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR
TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)
Join the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition partners from all across the state to find out how you can help protect the right to vote!
Weekly MOVPC Meeting
Monday, November 22
Register to join upcoming MOVPC Meetings HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjb
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 14 - Nov 21
CDC now recommends that everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots (updated Nov 19, 2021)
CDC has expanded recommendations for booster shots to now include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine as part of their primary series. Get more information and read CDC’s media statement on booster shots here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1119-booster-shots.html
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 21 The New York Times
59% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (69% at least one dose in the U.S.
51% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (59% fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
729,746 confirmed cases and 12,431 deaths as of Sat Nov 20 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
906,999 total cases and 13,221 deaths as of Sun Nov 21 The New York Times
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