09/12/22 Missouri Mondays - Remember 9/11 and resolve to stand up every day for democracy
PLUS-- 57 days to make a difference before Nov 8! / News, events, and actions this week!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays. As our nation paused to honor 9/11 victims on the 21st anniversary of the attack, President Biden called on us to not only remember but to unite and renew our resolve to stand up for our country and our democracy. Biden said, “I hope we’ll remember that amidst those dark days, we dug deep, we cared for each other, and we came together”. "It's not enough to stand up for democracy once a year or every now and then. It's something we have to do every single day.”
Our democracy and our freedoms are under attack. The freedom to vote, the freedom to make our own reproductive and health decisions, the freedom to love who we choose to love, the freedom to worship and send our kids to school without fear of a gunman armed with an AR-15 — are all on the line and we have 57 days until the November 8 election to make a difference. Take action and help spread the word!
“Biden honors 9/11 victims at Pentagon ceremony: 'This is a day not only to remember, but a day of renewal and resolve'”
“President Biden commemorated the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks at a remembrance event Sunday at the Pentagon, delivering heartfelt remarks that honored those killed there.”
"It's not enough to stand up for democracy once a year or every now and then. It's something we have to do every single day," the President said. "So this is a day not only to remember, but a day of renewal and resolve for each and every American and our devotion to this country."
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, herself a former first lady who was a New York senator at the time of the 9/11 attacks, said Sunday that the day was "indelibly part of my memories."
"I feel grateful that we were able to come together as a country at that really terrible time. We put aside differences. I wish we could find ways of doing that again," Clinton told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."
"We have also, I think have been reminded about how important it is to try to deal with extremism of any kind, especially when it uses violence to try to achieve political and ideological goals," she added. "I'm one who thinks that there are lessons still to be learned from what happened to us on 9/11 that we should be very aware of, during this time in our country and the world's history."
Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/11/politics/biden-september-11-remembrance-ceremony-pentagon/index.html CNN Sept 11
Find more information about 9/11 here: https://www.911memorial.org/
“Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
“She died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer. The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change. Her son King Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a "moment of great sadness" for him and his family and that her loss would be "deeply felt" around the world.”
Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-61585886 BBC News Sept 8
“Antigua and Barbuda may try to remove King Charles III as its head of state”
“Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, announced he plans to hold a referendum within the next three years to decide whether to remove the king as head of state and become a republic. "This is a matter that has to be taken to a referendum for the people to decide," Browne told ITV News. "It does not represent any form of disrespect to the monarch. This is not an act of hostility, or any difference between Antigua and Barbuda and the monarchy," he added. "It is a final step to complete the circle of independence to become a truly sovereign nation."
In addition to the United Kingdom, there are 14 countries known as Commonwealth realms that still have the ruling British royal as their monarch. But in recent years, there have been efforts among some Caribbean nations to do away with the British monarch as their figurehead. They've come at a time when Caribbean political leaders and activists have increasingly called on Britain to apologize for its history of slavery throughout the region and pay reparations.
At least six Caribbean countries – including Antigua and Barbuda as well as Jamaica and Belize – have suggested they want to remove the British king or queen as their head of state, according to Foreign Policy. In November, Barbados did just that. The island nation eliminated the queen as head of state and replaced her with a president.”
“For many people, Queen Elizabeth was the face of a historically oppressive empire.”
“Court order would close Agape Boarding School after years of abuse allegations”
“A Cedar County judge Wednesday ordered Agape Boarding School to be shut down after years of allegations of sexual and physical abuse of students — though the order remains on pause until after a hearing Monday morning.
The judge’s order came in response to a request from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Social Services for the school to be closed. The state’s injunction to shutter the Christian reform school in Stockton marks a long-awaited development for many advocates and former students who have called for its closure, though it does not yet spell victory for them.
“Hopefully, Agape gets shut down,” said Robert Bucklin, a former Agape student who is suing the school. “It’s been a long time coming.”
The state Department of Social Services found by a preponderance of evidence that an Agape staff member physically abused a child, according to the state’s petition. The Agape staff member had an appeal deadline of Tuesday to contest the findings but did not do so, according to the petition, and was placed on the state’s child abuse and neglect central registry as a result.
Missouri law prohibits those listed on the registry, or those with substantiated findings of child abuse, to work at a residential care facility.
“Rep. Keri Ingle, a Lee’s Summit Democrat who helped craft the 2021 state law that gave the attorney general’s office and Department of Social Services greater oversight of unlicensed residential facilities, said she hopes to see Agape closed even if the employee is found to have been terminated.
“This is systemic. This is widespread. There’s a culture of abuse that happens at this facility,” Ingle said, “and that the Department of Social Services and the Attorney General’s Office has determined that they cannot ensure the safety of the kids there, due to this substantial evidence of abuse that is ingrained in this facility’s culture.”
“MO Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft clarifies position in high-profile U.S. Supreme Court election case”
“Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants to be clear that his amicus brief in a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case is not an endorsement of the so-called “independent state legislature” doctrine. He’s not denouncing it, either. Instead, Ashcroft is floating a theory of his own: That Congressional redistricting is a duty reserved solely for the states under the 10th Amendment, with no role whatsoever for Congress.
Ashcroft says many, including The Independent, initially misinterpreted his position when he filed the amicus brief. His brief dovetails with the issues at the heart of the Supreme Court case — whether state legislatures alone have authority over redistricting. But Ashcroft says his take is more nuanced.
The state legislature controls redistricting in Missouri, Ashcroft said, but that doesn’t mean it has to in every state. “It’s reserved to the states, and the states themselves, in their constitution,” he said, “and laws should define it. So it could be different in Missouri than Kansas than Oklahoma than Nebraska.”
Ashcroft’s theory has its detractors. Rick Hasen, an election law expert from UCLA, called Ashcroft’s amicus brief “bonkers” and “convoluted.”
Read more here: https://missouriindependent.com/2022/09/09/jay-ashcroft-clarifies-position-in-high-profile-u-s-supreme-court-election-case/ Missouri Independent Sept 9
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GET READY FOR THE NOVEMBER 8 ELECTION! HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
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
Voter registration information here: https://www.lwvkc.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=477430&module_id=408128
Online voter guide/election information here: https://www.vote411.org/
NOTE: A new restrictive voter ID law HB 1878 with many other voter suppression provisions went into effect August 28, 2022. We will be sharing important updates and voter resources from Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) as they become available. You can also sign up to join MOVPC meetings on Zoom each Monday at 10am by texting “MOVPC” to 66866 or registering here: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt
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”.
Scroll to the very bottom for the form and click on the link “Registration Form for Voter Registration Solicitors” (see screenshot below)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for a confirmation email within 24 to 48 hours or call SOS Elections and Voting Division (573) 751-2301.
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 TODAY
MONDAY Sept 12
Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt
MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot
and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!
MAJORITY FORWARD (MISSOURI SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE)
FUNDRAISER WED SEPT 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM
Heartland Credit Union Association
223 Madison Street
Jefferson City, MO 64101
Contribute online HERE: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/majority-forward-1
Find more information here: https://www.majorityforwardmo.com/
Greater Kansas City Womens Political Caucus
2022 Torch Awards
Sept 22, 2022
1818 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Join GKCWPC to celebrate groundbreaking women (and one good guy) who are making a difference in our community.
The proceeds from this event go toward electing pro-choice women in the Greater Kansas City area. Confirmed speakers include Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, U.S. Senate Candidate Trudy Busch Valentine, and Missouri House Candidate Jess Piper.
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 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.
Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.mobilize.us/trudybuschvalentine/event/478447/
Make a donation here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tbv_web
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
VOLUNTEER WITH JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS (KC METRO): https://www.jacksoncodems.org/volunteer/
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
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/
GoFundMe for Whole Woman’s Health to Move From Texas to New Mexico Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/whole-womans-health-moving-to-new-mexico
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
SUNFLOWER OF PEACE - Sunflower of Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion. Donate here: https://www.sunflowerofpeace.com/
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE
Missourians Vaccinated vs U.S. as of Sept 11 - 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 11 - The New York Times
An average of 1,352 cases per day were reported in Missouri in the last week. Cases have decreased by 45 percent from the average two weeks ago.
Deaths have decreased by 55 percent.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 4 residents have been infected, a total of 1,645,684 reported cases. At least 1 in 285 residents have died from the coronavirus, a total of 21,548 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.”
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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