12/20/21 - Missouri Mondays - Thank YOU for taking action and making a difference this year!
Wishing you safe and Happy Holidays!
It has been another challenging year. Our rights and our democracy are under attack right here in Missouri and across the nation. That is why we are so grateful that you stay informed with us and fight back with ACTION! Together we make a difference!
This is our last Missouri Mondays for 2021. We wish you safe and Happy Holidays and we will be back with another Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION in January!
Here’s what you can do to make a difference over the break!
TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)
TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE
Missouri lawmakers have prefiled more than 300 bills for the upcoming 2022 session and using false claims of voter fraud the GOP majority will try again to pass restrictive photo ID laws, make the initiative petition process harder, reduce or eliminate voting by mail, and other laws supressing our vote and our voice!
Help protect the right to vote in Missouri with the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition! The Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) is a nonpartisan statewide network working to protect the right to vote in Missouri, promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting.
Weekly MOVPC Meeting
TODAY Mon Dec 20
Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt
Learn more about voting restriction bills for the upcoming session HERE:
MISSOURI TREASURER SCOTT FITZPATRICK THREATENS TO HOLD UP MONEY SAVING BOND DEALS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS UNLESS THEY DROP COVID PRECAUTIONS AS INSTRUCTED BY AG ERIC SCHMITT
“Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick says he will not sign off on money-saving bond deals with school districts unless they drop their COVID-19 health precautions. The warning comes after Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent letters on Dec. 7 to health authorities and school districts across the state, informing them that enforcing mask mandates and quarantine orders violated a ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel R. Green last month. The judge ruled that public health orders issued by local health departments violate the state’s Constitution.” “Now, some school districts have been told that their bond deals will be held up unless their superintendents sign documentation certifying that they are compliant with Schmitt's directive.”
“The Lone Jack, Hannibal and North Platte County school districts also received notices that they need to sign compliance documents ahead of their bond deals closing.” By refinancing it’s bonds the Warren School District would save $768,857 and the North Platte County School District would save around $980,000. Superintendent Karl Matt said “the funds allow his district to make renovations and pay off building projects, including a new middle school built in 2018 and repairing roofs, more quickly and without raising costs for taxpayers. “It just makes it longer before we can do those repairs if we were not to sign off on that, if that was a really legitimate legal thing that he can do.”
Both Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and AG Eric Schmitt are running for other offices in 2022. Fitzpatrick will be running for Missouri auditor and Schmitt for Roy Blunt’s U.S. Senate seat.
TELL TREASURER SCOTT FITZPATRICK AND AG ERIC SCHMITT TO STOP ATTACKING OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AND EDUCATION SYSTEM AND PLAYING POLITICS WITH MISSOURI LIVES!
Treasurer Fitzpatrick Office phone: 573-751-8533
“Contact us” form HERE: https://treasurer.mo.gov/Content/ContactUsForm
AG Schmitt’s Office phone: 573-751-3321
“Contact us” form HERE: https://ago.mo.gov/about-us/contact-us
More on Treasurer Fitzpatrick’s threats to school districts HERE:
StL Public Radio https://news.stlpublicradio.org/health-science-environment/2021-12-17/missouri-treasurer-will-not-approve-bond-deals-for-school-districts-unless-they-drop-covid-precautions
More on Schmitt’s dangerous attacks on vaccines and other covid public safety measures:
KCStar op-ed, “How many lives will Missouri’s attorney general endanger for a US Senate seat?” https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/guest-commentary/article256492911.html#storylink=cpy
“Missouri AG's 'campaign of litigation terror' sows fear, confusion among local leaders” KCStar on MSN: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/missouri-ags-campaign-of-litigation-terror-sows-fear-confusion-among-local-leaders/ar-AARRs1o
“Missouri’s largest counties seek to appeal ruling overturning local health orders Jackson and St. Louis counties argue Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s refusal to appeal has created ‘chaos’ in public health” Missouri Independent Dec 13 https://missouriindependent.com/2021/12/13/missouris-largest-counties-seek-to-appeal-ruling-overturning-local-health-orders/
MOVPC #KNOWDISINFO (DISINFORMATION) HOLIDAY CARDS
TO SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Without a shared understanding of the truth, we cannot engage in good decision-making on any level. We must defeat misinfo, disinfo,
and manipulation in order to secure our shared future!
**GET ALL MOVPC PRINT READY CARDS HERE**
TAKE THESE ACTIONS FOR PASSAGE OF FEDERAL VOTING RIGHTS BILLS –THE FREEDOM TO VOTE ACT AND THE JOHN LEWIS VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT
The Senate is in recess until January but we need to keep the pressure up over the break! This is a decisive moment for our nation and the time has never been more urgent to take action to protect voting rights. It’s time for our Senators to step up and fight to protect our fundamental rights and do whatever it takes to pass these critical bills!
LEAVE MESSAGES FOR SENATORS BLUNT AND HAWLEY TO PASS BOTH BILLS! 1-888-453-3211
Call Missouri Senators Blunt and Hawley at 1-888-453-3211 and tell them to Pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to Ensure Voting Rights! We must ensure voting rights for all and put an end to voting discrimination–waiting in line for 8 hours to vote, closed polling places, strict voter ID laws, English-only ballots, and more!
LEAVE MESSAGES FOR THE WHITE HOUSE 1-888-724-8746
President Biden said we’re facing “the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.” We need him to exert his influence to get the Senate to act.
The White House comment line is open Tues-Thurs 10 am – 2 pm CT. When you reach a staff member, tell them your name and that you are a constituent. Urge President Biden to do everything in his power to help overcome the filibuster and pass the Freedom to Vote Act & John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
FREEDOM IS FOR EVERYBODY! CODIFY ABORTION RIGHTS WITH THE WOMEN’S HEALTH PROTECTION ACT!
“With the Supreme Court expected to uphold a restrictive Mississippi abortion law — and possibly overturn a landmark Roe v. Wade ruling — it’s time to codify abortion rights, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) says. “The best way to do it is not a patchwork of state laws, but to ...codify Roe v. Wade, put it into law.” and the Women’s Health Protection Act would do that, according to Sen. Klobuchar.
The Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755/S. 1975) would protect the federal right to abortion and would block the barrage of state bans and restrictions on abortion intended to impede or outright deny access. The bill would protect a person’s freedom to make decisions about their own reproductive health care and a health care provider’s ability to provide the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion. Read more about the WHPA HERE: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/WHPA-Memo.pdf
More information on WHPA here: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/campaign/whpa/
GET INVOLVED AND TAKE ACTION HERE: https://act.prochoiceamerica.org/a/cosponsor-whpa-2021/?ms=web_WHPA_advo_20210901Campaigns
HELP WOMEN IN TEXAS BY MAKING A DONATION TO “FUND TEXAS CHOICE”
Every day since September 1, people across Texas have discovered that they're pregnant...and under the new law, already too late to stop it.
No one should be forced to carry a pregnancy and give birth against their will.
Right now, your generosity is the only way for low-income people across Texas to retain their right to control their own lives. Your gift enables them to travel out of state for abortion care.
Please make a gift right now! DONATE HERE: https://fundtexaschoice.org/donate/
HELP KEVIN STRICKLAND RESTART HIS LIFE
On Tuesday, Nov 23 after more than four decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, a judge vacated Kevin Strickland’s 1978 conviction and he was finally freed. Despite the longest wrongful imprisonment in Missouri history, Kevin Strickland will receive no compensation from the state.
The Midwest Innocence Project is sponsoring a GoFundMe to help Kevin Strickland restart his life. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A CONTRIBUTION HERE: https://gofund.me/9b5e5e8b
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE - Week Dec 12 - Dec 19
Everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots (CDC updated Dec 9 2021)
Everyone 16 years and older can get a booster shot. Details HERE: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1119-booster-shots.html
CDC Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines HERE (updated Nov 30 2021): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.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 Dec 19 The New York Times
61% of Missourians have received at least one dose - (72% at least one dose in the U.S.
53% of Missourians are fully vaccinated - (61% fully vaccinated in the U.S.)
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
781,535 confirmed cases and 12,843 confirmed deaths as of Sat Dec 18 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
976,568 total reported cases and 15,880 deaths as of Sun Dec 19 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
Follow us on Twitter at @MissouriAction, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MOActionAlliance and check out our website at http://www.MOActionAlliance.com