9/26/22 Missouri Mondays - 43 Days til Nov 8 -Make sure you’re ready / Registration deadline Oct 12
– In person absentee starts Sept 27 / MO Senate passes tax cuts, will benefit wealthy & leave vulnerable behind / Jan 6 Hearing Sept 28 / News, events, and actions to make a difference!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays. There are just 43 days until the November 8 election and the time is NOW to make sure you are ready and help educate your family, friends, and neighbors about the sweeping changes in House Bill HB 1878, the GOP’s restrictive voter suppression law now in effect. Our democracy and our freedoms are under threat and there is no one coming to save us. It is up to us to be the change we wish to see. Thank you for taking action and helping to spread the word!
MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8!
We urge you to take a look at the information below and share widely to help educate all Missouri voters about the restrictions and barriers under HB 1878 now in effect. The changes include:
Non-expired government issued photo ID is REQUIRED for casting REGULAR ballot in person NOTE: Student ID’s and voter registration cards are NOT acceptable forms of ID for casting a regular ballot in person.
Voter registration restrictions including required registration with Secy of State as a Voter Registration Solicitor for those soliciting 10 or more voter registrations
Absentee voting changes including making it illegal for anyone to “solicit” an absentee ballot application
Eliminates Presidential Preference Primaries
Allows Secretary of State (SOS) to audit voter rolls and order removal of voters
Many other changes
Download the flyer with HB 1878 voting law changes here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IZxUkMvNpqb9t5Z00UGsKsdj5pPp7o7L/view
VOTER REGISTRATION SOLICITORS FORM REQUIRED FOR THOSE HELPING TO REGISTER VOTERS
With new restrictive MO voting law HB 1878 now in effect, to help register voters you must submit the Secretary of State’s “Registration Form for Voter Registration Solicitors”.
Go to https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
Scroll to the very bottom for the form and click on the link “Registration Form for Voter Registration Solicitors”
Fill out the interactive form online and print, or download blank form and fill out
Fax completed form to 573.526.3242 or scan and email to: email@example.com
Look for a confirmation email within 24 to 48 hours or call SOS Elections and Voting Division (573) 751-2301.
January 6 Committee hearing scheduled for Wed Sept 28 at 12:00 pm CT
“Ahead of what could be their final investigative hearing, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, members of the House Jan. 6 committee on Sunday offered a small preview of what is to come as they rapidly approach the end of their timeline.
“We're not disclosing yet what the focus will be. I can say that, as this may be the last hearing of this nature -- that is, one that is focused on sort of the factual record -- I think it'll be potentially more sweeping than some of the other hearings," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on CNN’s "State of the Union."
"But it too will be in very thematic," he said of the hearing. "It will tell the story about a key element of Donald Trump's plot to overturn the election. And the public will certainly learn things it hasn't seen before, but it will also understand information it already has in a different context by seeing how it relates to other elements of this plot."
Read more here: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jan-hearing-sweeping-schiff-committee-weighs-criminal-referral/story?id=90482036 ABC News Sept 25
ABC News Sept 6
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/25/january-6-panel-to-probe-key-unanswered-questions-in-final-public-hearing The Guardian Sept 25
MISSOURI IN THE NEWS
“Missouri Rep. Crystal Quade files bill to appeal the state's 'extreme' abortion law”
“Missouri Rep. Crystal Quade, a Democrat from Springfield, has filed a bill in response to Missouri's anti-abortion trigger laws, which took effect this summer.
The bill seeks to demolish what Quade sees as "extreme" legislature, according to the press release. After the Dobbs decision, abortions in Missouri were outlawed, regardless of length of the pregnancy and even in cases of rape or incest. House Bill 126 was enacted in 2019.
Quade explained her bill — House Bill 11 — was a necessity in her release while criticizing tax cuts proposed by Gov. Mike Parson. "Preventing the state from imposing forced pregnancies on unwilling Missourians is a top priority; pushing through a fiscally irresponsible tax cut for the wealthy when nearly every area of state government is underfunded is not," the statement reads.”
Full story here: https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/missouri-rep-crystal-quade-files-bill-to-appeal-the-states-extreme-abortion-law KSHB Sept 20
MO Legislature Special Session Tax Cuts - “Missouri Senate passes individual income tax cuts, bill heads to House”
Last week the MO Senate passed a tax cut that “would set the top tax rate for 2023 at 4.95% and, over time, reduce it to 4.5%. According to bill sponsor Sen. Lincoln Hough from Springfield, when fully implemented, the tax cut will reduce annual state revenue by about $950 million.
“Groups including the Missouri NAACP and the Missouri Budget Project, which analyzes how state economic policy impacts low-income residents, criticized the tax cuts as primarily benefitting the wealthy while spending money that could be used for health care, education and higher pay for state workers.”
“It benefits the wealthy while leaving behind the working class and most vulnerable populations,” Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel said in a statement. “Our women and children, blue collar workers, government employees, Black citizens and other minorities are once again ignored in this quest to aid the wealthy.”
Democratic House Minority Leader Crystal Quade warned that the income tax cut will have "devastating long-term consequences for Missouri government.” Republican Sen. Lincoln Hough, who sponsored the Senate bill, said the tax cuts in total will cost about $950 million in lost state revenue once fully implemented.”
Read more here: https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/politics/missouri-senate-individual-income-tax-cuts-bill-heads-house/63-9a63cd1c-6bce-42e1-ad54-55c5d7defde2 KSDK Sept 21
U.S. Senate Candidate AG Eric Schmitt sued to block St. Louis abortion access fund and his lawsuit was sent back to state court
“Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s lawsuit against St. Louis’ use of federal funds to support abortion access will be sent back to the state courts to decide — a move both Schmitt and national abortion-rights groups had hoped for.”
“In July, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones signed into law Board Bill 61, which established the Reproductive Equity Fund. Funded with federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars, the fund will allocate $1 million to organizations providing logistical support, like to cover costs of travel or childcare, for those accessing abortions out-of-state.”
“Applications for the fund opened last month, and an additional $500,000 will be issued to organizations bolstering access to reproductive health care, like doulas and lactation support. Another $250,000 was allocated to cover administrative costs.”
“In a statement Tuesday, Mallory Schwarz, executive director of Pro-Choice Missouri, which helped craft the recently-enacted St. Louis law, said the organization “believes that logistical support for abortion is legal under current statute.”
“In the post-Roe world, all Missourians seeking abortions are forced to flee their home state to access essential healthcare across state lines,” Schwarz said, “and we are grateful for the support and partnership of local leaders in working collaboratively to ensure Missourian’s access to abortion care.”
Full story here: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/19/missouri-ags-lawsuit-against-st-louis-abortion-access-fund-sent-back-to-state-court/ Missouri Independent Sept 19
MO AG Eric Schmitt signs on to brief backing Trump in legal battle against DOJ concerning classified documents
“Missouri is among a number of Republican-led states pledging their support to former President Donald Trump in his legal battle against the federal government surrounding confidential documents stored in his home.
A brief filed Tuesday by 11 states in a federal appeals court backed Trump's effort to appoint a "special master" to oversee the case. It also opposed the Department of Justice's attempt to use documents identified as classified as part of its criminal probe.”
The group of states writes that "the administration's conduct in connection with this case is of a piece with the gamesmanship and other questionable conduct that have become the hallmarks of its litigating, policymaking and public relations efforts."
Among the interested persons listed in the brief are Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is also running for U.S. Senate as the Republican nominee, and the state of Missouri.”
Full story here: https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/2022/09/20/missouri-backs-trump-against-doj-classified-document-battle/10435319002/ Springfield News-Leader Sept 20
CHECK OUT OUR 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
IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES AND VOTER RESOURCES
Last Day to Register: OCTOBER 12, 2022
In Person Absentee Voting Begins: SEPTEMBER 27, 2022
Check your voter registration here: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup
Register to vote here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
Find your local election authority here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority
League of Women Voters Kansas City/Jackson/Clay/Platte Counties
LWVKC Voter registration information here: https://www.lwvkc.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=477430&module_id=408128
Online LWV voter guide/election information here: https://www.vote411.org/
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)
TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE
NOTE: A new restrictive voter ID law HB 1878 with many other voter suppression provisions went into effect on August 28, 2022. This is a pivotal moment for our freedom to vote. Join Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) to learn more.
Join the MOVPC meeting
MONDAY Sept 26
Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE:
MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot
and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!
TONIGHT Monday, September 26, 2022
Heartland Alliance for Progress
Voter Suppression in Missouri: An Update on MO House Bill 1878
Featuring Denise Lieberman, Coordinator of the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC)
6:00 - 7:00 pm via Zoom
Must register here: https://bit.ly/HAPLieberman
Learn about Missouri House Bill 1878, including lawsuits challenging the law’s onerous restrictions on voter ID, voter registration, and changes in absentee voting rules. Get more information about additional dangerous provisions that undermine our elections and how we can fight back.
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.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
More information here: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
Ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the Kansas City area: https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/hispanic-heritage-month/ways-to-celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month-in-kansas-city-area
MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS here:
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
HELP ELECT DEMOCRAT TRUDY BUSCH VALENTINE TO THE U.S. SENATE!
We must ACT NOW to help elect Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine to the U.S. Senate! Her opponent AG Eric Schmitt supports the Big Lie and the extreme GOP agenda threatening our rights, personal freedoms, and our democracy! Trudy will protect our right to safe and legal abortion and making decisions about our own bodies, protect healthcare, voting rights, defend LGBTQ rights, champion individuals and families struggling with addiction, protect the environment, fight to end gun violence, strengthen the middle class, stand with seniors.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRUDY BUSCH VALENTINE (KC AREA)
KC PHONE BANK
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Every week Tues Sept 27 through Wed Oct 26
6:00 - 7:30pm
3901 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64111
SIGN UP HERE: https://www.mobilize.us/trudybuschvalentine/event/507350/
Join us in phone banking for Trudy at our KC headquarters every week from Tuesday, September 27th until Wednesday, October 26th. All events begin at 6:00 PM. You can sign up for all or just specific nights that work for you.
Please bring both a laptop and a phone to the office. There is a virtual option for those experienced in phone banking and using the ActionID software. We are not able to help troubleshoot as easily when not in person.
KC YARD SIGN HELP
Thursday, September 29
3:00pm - 6:00pm
3901 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64111
SIGN UP HERE: https://www.mobilize.us/trudybuschvalentine/event/515567/
The KC office is looking for all hands on deck after delivery of 5,000 signs and stakes! We need big-time help unpacking the boxes and putting the signs together.
Any time you'd be willing to dedicate would be much appreciated!
Ask friends to join you as a volunteer for Trudy in your area:
Make a donation to help Trudy win: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tbv_web
Visit and share Trudy’s website: https://www.trudybuschvalentine.com/
Follow Trudy’s social media
HELP ELECT DEMOCRATS TO MO LEGISLATURE TO STOP EXTREMIST GOP AGENDA
Democratic candidates for the Missouri legislature need your help NOW! We must break the GOP super-majority to stop their extremist legislation from being passed!
MEET THE MO HOUSE DEMS CANDIDATES: https://www.mohousedems.com/candidates
DONATE TO MO HOUSE DEMS: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/electionomnibus
VOLUNTEER TO HELP MO HOUSE DEMS WIN: https://secure.ngpvan.com/oZqeiPSF7kqrBstdpQLk9w2
DONATE TO MAJORITY FORWARD FOR STATE SENATE DEMS: https://majorityforwardmo.com
DONATE TO ABORTION FUNDS/PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS FIGHTING FOR ACCESS TO SAFE LEGAL ABORTION - SHARE RESOURCES! VOLUNTEER!
Planned Parenthood Great Plains - Serving more than 30,000 patients across 11 health centers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma each year https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-great-plains/get-involved/support-ppgp
Missouri Abortion Fund https://missouriabortionfund.kindful.com/?emci=ff69d8b0-a0f8-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&emdi=9abc9d26-89f9-ec11-b47a-281878b83d8a&ceid=7247154
Planned Parenthood https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/onlineactions/2U7UN1iNhESWUfDs4gDPNg2
Bans Off Our Bodies Campaign https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/rightfully-ours/bans-off-our-bodies
Repro Legal Helpline https://www.reprolegalhelpline.org/
National Network of Abortion Funds https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout
National Women’s Health Network https://nwhn.org/syaabortionaccess/
Plan C - An information resource for self-managed, at-home abortion with pills https://www.plancpills.org/
DONATE TO HELP UKRAINIANS IN CRISIS
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN - Help us provide fresh meals to communities in need. Donate to WCK here: https://donate.wck.org/give/393234#!/donation/checkout
UNICEF - UNICEF is currently on the ground in Ukraine, helping children with water, health and education services. Donate here: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-children-are-bearing-brunt-intensifying-crisis-ukraine/39481
RED CROSS - The International Committee of the Red Cross is supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross supporting food-producing initiatives, repairing infrastructure, and helping hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centers. Donate here: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - American-based nonprofits as well as international organizations are collecting donations for supplies such as first aid backpacks, clothes, diapers, food, cots and other necessities. Donate here: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE
Missourians Vaccinated vs U.S. as of Sept 25 - The New York Times
Fully vaccinated — 57% of Missourians / 68% in the U.S.
Fully vaccinated with a booster — 26% of Missourians / 33% in the U.S.
Latest COVID Trends in Missouri as of Sept 25 - The New York Times
An average of 950 cases per day were reported in Missouri in the last week. Cases have decreased by 30 percent from the average two weeks ago.
Deaths have decreased by 39 percent.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 4 residents have been infected, a total of 1,662,666 reported cases. At least 1 in 284 residents have died from the coronavirus, a total of 21,621 deaths.
January 2022 was the month with the highest average cases, while November 2021 was the month with the highest average deaths in Missouri.
“CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall”
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and older. These are known as “bivalent” vaccines because they are formulated to protect against the original coronavirus strain as well as the Omicron variant, which is highly contagious. “Updated COVID-19 boosters add Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components to the current vaccine composition, helping to restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination by targeting variants that are more transmissible and immune-evading,” the CDC said in its announcement.”
“CDC guidance states that those who have been infected with COVID-19, can get a booster following recovery from symptoms, but can defer a vaccine booster up to three months following infection.
If someone has received an original two-shot vaccine from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, they can wait five months before getting their first booster shot.”
Read more here: https://missouriindependent.com/briefs/cdc-endorses-updated-covid-19-vaccine-boosters-for-this-fall/ Missouri Independent Sept 2
MORE COVID-19 VACCINE, TESTING RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing
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