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9/18/23 Missouri Mondays - Stand with UAW Workers! Get #VoteReady! National Voter Registration Day

Stand with UAW Workers! Get #VoteReady! National Voter Registration Day Sept 19 / Hispanic Heritage Month / News, events, ways to take action!



Welcome to another Missouri Mondays!


For the first time in history the United Auto Workers (UAW) are on strike against all of the “Big Three” automakers simultaneously. The General Motors plant in Wentzville MO was one of the first three called to strike as part of the Stand-Up Strike where only specific places are called on to strike at any given time. "This is a generational fight,” explained Glenn Kage Jr., legislative chair for UAW 2250 in Wentzville. “We know that we're fighting to honor the people that came before us, we're honoring the brothers and sisters that work side by side with us on the assembly line. But we're also in this fight for the children — the next generation." KSHB September 15


“Over the past decade auto companies have seen record profits, including over the last few years because of the extraordinary skill and sacrifice of the UAW workers,” President Joe Biden said from the White House. “Those record profits have not been shared fairly, in my view, with those workers.” “UAW President Shawn Fain told picketers outside the Michigan plant the strike wasn’t solely about its union workers, according to the Michigan Advance. “This is about working people in this country. No matter what you do in this country you deserve your fair share of equity.” Missouri Independent Sept 15


We stand with UAW workers across the nation and those right here in Missouri who deserve their fair share of the record profits through increased wages and benefits to support themselves and their families.


Thank you for staying informed and taking action with other pro-worker and pro-Democracy allies across Missouri! Help us spread the word and share this link to sign up for Missouri Mondays weekly email https://bit.ly/3pF99Uw.


 

Missouri in the News

“'This is a generational fight': UAW strikes in Wentzville, Missouri”


“History is unfolding as the United Auto Workers strike the “Big Three” all at once for the first time. Katie Eise was just one of countless people lined up Friday to join in the fight for better pay and benefits in Wentzville, Missouri. “I’m a single mom,” she said. “I have three daughters that need their mom to make a house payment, and pay for food, to help them with everything.”


After failing to reach negotiations, the UAW labor contract with the Detroit Three — Ford, General Motors and Stellantis — expired Thursday night, which is when workers started striking.

UAW is asking for a 46% pay raise, a 32-hour work week with 40 hours of pay and traditional pensions for new hires.


UAW is using a different strategy of striking called the “Stand-Up Strike.” It means only specific places will be called on at a given time to strike.


The General Motors site in Wentzville, Missouri, a Stellantis center in Toledo, Ohio, and a Ford assembly location in Wayne, Michigan, are the only three called on so far.


“It’s time for them to be fair and treat us fairly, treat us the way we deserve to be treated,” said Glenn Kage Jr., legislative chair for UAW 2250 in Wentzville. “They would never make the profits they make without the sweat and the labor of the people inside that plant.”


Both Ford and GM have increased offers, but no deals have been made.


“We’re due raises. CEO’s making millions? Why can’t we have some of that?” Wentzville GM employee Felicia Miller said while waiting in line to register to strike.

So while these union workers are striking, others across the country are working.

"This is a generational fight,” Kage said. “We know that we're fighting to honor the people that came before us, we're honoring the brothers and sisters that work side by side with us on the assembly line. But we're also in this fight for the children — the next generation."

Kate Eise said this fight is more than just her own. “It’s not being selfish to want to make enough money to put your kids through school,” she said. “To want to be able to have a nice home, to be able to buy a car that was built by other union brothers and sisters. I don’t think it’s unfair to ask for that.”


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“Language of abortion initiative petition argued in Cole County court”


“A bench trial that started Monday morning September 11 was a fight over language. Six abortion initiative petitions are the latest in the push for reproductive care in Missouri. If passed, these would amend the Missouri constitution to reinstate the right to an abortion, as well as “prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, birth control, abortion care, miscarriage care and respectful birthing conditions," according to the proposals.


The first step to getting this to the ballot is confirming the language of the proposal. If signature requirements are met, this would determine what voters see on the ballot in 2024.


In March, Anna Fitz-James, a St. Louis doctor, filed 11 versions of a proposed constitutional amendment on behalf of a political action committee, Missourians for Constitutional Freedom.


In order for the petition to make the 2024 ballot, the group needs to gather roughly 170,000 signatures. This number must also come from 8% of the governor vote in six of eight congressional districts.


Monday's petition language battle for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri centered around three concepts: minors, taxpayers and burden.


Tony Rothert, Fitz-James' attorney from the ALCU, called phrases used, such as "Right to Life," a "combative phrase." He continued to scrutinize Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, saying that the language is "political frame not a neutral description."


Rothert claimed that Ashcroft's language was biased and argumentative, and used to invoke an emotional response.


"Missourians know what abortion is and can draw their own conclusions," Rothert said.


Assistant Attorney General Jason Lewis took the stand and said that providing unregulated procedures comes with consequences.


"Dangerous speaks for itself," Lewis said.


Ashcroft's legal team argued that the ACLU's language was riddled with loopholes, and that the secretary's language was not misleading.


"I used the term 'dangerous' because this initiative petition would probably eviscerate the laws in Missouri that are there to protect women that are going through this medical procedure," Ashcroft said.


The fight over language is only the first hurdle before voters would see the initiatives on the ballot. Time to gather signatures is also now a concern for the ACLU.


A dispute between State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick and Attorney General Andrew Bailey has already caused delays when Bailey refused to sign off on Fitzpatrick's fiscal note.


“There’s still time, I wouldn’t call it plenty of time. But there’s still time," Rothert said.


Cole County Circuit Court Judge Job Beetem previously promised a fast decision to get the initiative finalized. Ashcroft's legal team did not provide a proposed order Monday, stretching the process to Monday, Sept. 18.




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MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT!


With so much important news each week we don’t want you to miss a thing! Check out our MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13cokjWlCh2EkY5K6bM357rjVPizZDzxlMqjAuoBQfoI/edit?usp=sharing


 

UPCOMING EVENTS - WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE


Join the MOVPC weekly online meeting MONDAYS at 10 AM

Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: bit.ly/protectmovoters


Our work to protect the vote requires our continued attention! So we hope you'll join our next MOVPC call where we will discuss the necessary steps in our fight to protect the right to vote in Missouri. MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!

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NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY 2023 IS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19


National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. It has quickly gained momentum since it was first observed in 2012, with more than 5 million voters registered to vote on the holiday to date. Celebrated every September, National Voter Registration Day involves volunteers and organizations from all over the country hitting the streets in a single day of coordinated field, technology, and media efforts.


According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day efforts are designed to ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote, creating broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

Get #VoteReady! Find more information and voting resources here: https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/


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National Voter Registration Day Events in Missouri on September 19


Kansas City

Look for LWVKC members at metro area bus stops to register to vote or update your voter registration.


Jefferson City

Register to vote Lincoln University Student Union 11am - 1pm

Register to vote Missouri River Regional Library 2pm - 6pm


St. Louis

The Future of Voting in St. Louis

10:30am

City Election Board

300 N. Tucker


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IMPORTANT MISSOURI VOTER INFORMATION!

Next Election - November 7, 2023 Special Election

Election Day: November 7, 2023

Polls Open: 6:00 a.m.

Polls Close: 7:00 p.m.

Last Day to Register: October 11, 2023

In Person Absentee Voting Begins: September 26, 2023

Military & Overseas Portal opens: September 19, 2023

Applications mailed to permanently disabled: September 22, 2023

No Excuse In Person Absentee (Early) Voting Opens: October 24, 2023


Sample Ballot for the Nov 7 Special Election (Kansas City, Jackson County) here: https://www.kceb.org/useruploads/Sample_Ballot_11-23_Final.pdf


More voter information resources


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Crystal Quade for Governor

Kansas City Happy Hour

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

5:30 - 7:30

The Classic Cup

301 W 47th St.

Kansas City, MO


Join us for an event supporting Crystal Quade's campaign for Governor! You can also make a donation to help elect Crystal here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/quadewebsite


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League of Women Voters Kansas City, Jackson-Clay-Platte Counties

Peace, Love, Vote! Fundraiser

Wednesday, September 20

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Eggtc.

5107 Main Street

Kansas City, MO

For more information contact Lisa Albright: membershipmeetings@lwvkc.org


Reasons to come to Peace, Love, Vote!

* Yummy food and cash bar with delicious drinks

* Fun 70s trivia and groovy music

* The chance to buy tickets for amazing raffle prizes

* The chance to show off your inner flower child

* Friends and Fun Fun Fun!


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MO State Rep. Patty Lewis

Re-election Campaign Kickoff for House District 25

Thursday, Sept 21st

5:30-7:30pm

The Well

7421 Broadway Street

Kansas City, MO 64114


It is an honor to represent the citizens of District 25 and it is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I hope to continue to serve Missourians and I am pleased to share with you that I am seeking re-election in 2024!


Please join me on Thursday, September 21st 5:30-7:30pm at The Well, 7421 Broadway Street, Kansas City, MO 64114 for my official Re-election Campaign Kickoff for House District 25.


See you there! Bring family, friends, and neighbors!


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2023 Abortion Action Missouri Gala

Friday, September 29, 2023 @ 6:00 PM

3224 Locust St

Saint Louis, MO 63103

RSVP here by Sept 21: bit.ly/AAMgala


It is time once again for Pro-Choice Missouri's annual Auction & Gala. But wait! Something's a little different this year. That's right – Pro-Choice Missouri is now officially Abortion Action Missouri! Join us as we celebrate our new name as well as the generosity of our supporters, hear from inspiring speakers, present awards to champions of reproductive freedom in our community, and raise critical funds to rebuild abortion in Missouri. We want Missouri's anti-abortion politicians to know that their continued attacks on our bodily autonomy have not broken our collective spirit. Let's show them that Abortion Action Missouri isn't going anywhere, and that we will continue to loudly and proudly advocate for liberated abortion access and reproductive freedom in our state.


Along with our new name and organizational identity, we're trying something a little different for Gala this year. In lieu of a seated dinner, the event will begin with a cocktail party and then move into our awards and speakers program. This means more uninterrupted schmooze time with your friends, more time to peruse the silent auction, and more yummy appetizers!


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Keri Ingle Re-Election Fundraiser Sept 25th | 6:00-7:30 PM Summit Grill 4835 NE Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit, MO 64064


I have had the incredible honor to represent the 35th district for the past five years and I am excited to announce that I am running for re-election in 2024! I hope you will join me as we kickoff the 2024 campaign next Monday, September 25th from 6:00-7:30 PM at Summit Grill in Lee's Summit.


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MO State Rep. Kemp Strickler

End of Quarter Fundraiser

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Llywelyn’s Pub

301 SE Douglas St

Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Join us for a fundraiser in support of Kemp Strickler!


Donations can be made online at www.kempstrickler.com or by mail, Friends of Kemp Strickler, PO Box 2468, Lee's Summit, MO 64063. Please include employer and occupation for required reporting purposes.



Stay for a special guest speaker--Jess Piper, Executive Director for Blue Missouir and host of the "Dirt Road Democrat" podcast.


Jess Piper Guest Speaker for Lee's Summit Dems

Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Llywelyn's Pub

301 SE Douglas St.

Lee's Summit, MO

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Missouri Democratic Party 2023 Truman Dinner

Wednesday, October 4

Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.

Marriott St. Louis Grand

800 Washington Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63101

More information here: https://trumandinner.org/


Join the Missouri Democrats on the evening of Wednesday, October 4th at The Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel as we celebrate the Truman Dinner's 10th year! It's an exciting time to be a Missouri Democrat, as this year's dinner will coincide with a major DNC event in St. Louis! Reserve your spot today to join us for an evening of networking and celebration - including celebrity speakers and a VIP reception with special DNC guests!


Your support will help us energize voters and donors to elect Democrats up and down the ballot across our state. Democrats know what it takes to get results - so let's get to work for hardworking Missourians!


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National Hispanic American Heritage Month


September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.


Mi Parque, Mi Historia

National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. During this month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.



National Park Service Hispanic Heritage Month site here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/hispanic-heritage-month.htm


Find more information including films, concerts, courses and workshops here: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/


HELP SUPPORT AND ELECT MISSOURI HOUSE DEMOCRATS


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Donate today and help us keep building the infrastructure needed to recruit, train, and support local candidates in Missouri.


Organizing efforts require year-round work, not just when there is an upcoming election, and your donation will help build the groundwork needed to bring real change benefitting all Missourians.




 

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