You can see details of CDC guidelines and MO resources at the end of this email.
DEMOCRATS ARE DOING GREAT THINGS
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN JEFFERSON CITY?
Action items from the Missouri House Democratic Legislative Network (DLN):
2. Initiative Petitions are back on the agenda, this time laser focused onto two bills. HJR 20 greatly increases the threshold of signatures needed on a ballot initiative and expands from 6 to 8 Congressional Districts that must meet the increased signature threshold proposed. Essentially making the prospect of citizen led initiative petitions a thing of the past. This silences our voices and bars our access to the tools of democracy. HB 333 raises the costs to the Initiative Petition Process, and the bill specifies that any court ordered changes to a ballot title results in the invalidation of signatures collected prior to the order. This can result in thousands of valid signatures to be thrown out, which combined with the potential increase in signatures needed would make it nearly impossible to get initiatives to the ballot. Call your Senator and tell them not to change the Initiative Petition Process. You can find your Senator Here:
3. The right to vote is under attack, and when it comes to the right to vote if we give an inch they will want a mile. HB 738 would forbid mail in voting, and allow for candidates to hire poll watchers to “monitor the election.” There have been laws against candidates hiring poll watchers in the past due to election intimidation practices of the past. Bringing these poll watchers back and forbidding mail in voting serves as small steps in the short walk to implementing Jim Crow across the country once again. Call the Local Government and Elections Committee and tell the Senators to vote no on HB 738. #NoMOJimCrow
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What Else is Going On in St. Charles County?
Mon Apr 12 - Can a Democrat Win the MO US Senate Seat? – 7 p.m.
Virtual meeting on zoom hosted by the Creve Coeur and Maryland Heights Township Democrats
Please join us for a joint meeting of the Creve Coeur and Maryland Heights Township Democratic Clubs for an exciting evening Zoom with three Political Science thought leaders discussing:
- What will it take for a Democrat to win the US Senate seat vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt?
- What would the ideal candidate profile be?
Their panel discussion will be followed by audience Q&A. You do not have to be a member to attend.
Tue Apr 13 – Texting with St. Charles County Dems – 7 p.m.
Virtual event hosted by the St. Charles Co Democratic Central Committee
Wondering how to make a difference? Help us mobilize strong democrats in St. Charles County to reach out to their representatives and take a stand against the harmful legislation flying through this session. We'll start with a short introduction by the Democratic Legislative Network then on to Hustle, an app that makes texting simple and anonymous. During our first event, we sent over 1400 texts in about 20 minutes! Get involved and help hold our legislators accountable. Join us!
Join Zoom Meeting
Wed Apr 14 – Moms Demand Action St. Charles – 7 p.m.
Virtual event on zoom
Join us for a legislative update, guest speaker Rep. Paula Brown, plans for a traveling memorial coming to St. Charles in May, planning for summer activism, and more. Register here for the meeting:
Fri-Sun Apr 15-18 April Showers Reminder Distribution
Hosted by Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
Come and assist with distributing post-it note reminders in St. Charles County, reminding folks of the April Showers Personal Care Items Drive, which will occur on Apr 24th, delivering to the local food pantries. These personal care items are not covered by WIC, so the pantries really appreciate receiving them. To help out, please call Laura Casteneda at 314-422-1542.
Sat Apr 17 – Strategic Planning Training – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Zoom event hosted by the MO Democratic Legislative Network.
Just in time for Democratic groups across the state to prepare themselves for voter contact efforts through the Summer, join this training in strategic planning for running of office and/or building networks. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYocOmopzMpH9RECIjzD2hWSZtiK-Wbw1kM?emci=d21d7c73-738b-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&emdi=ed33406a-778b-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&ceid=15867974
Fri Apr 23 – St. Charles – Let’s Talk Issues – 7-8 p.m.
Zoom event hosted by Josh Nicoloff for MO CD-3
Join us on Friday, April 23rd at 7pm. Grab a snack, a drink and a friend and let's talk about what issues matter most to you and your family.
Join the meeting online here: us02web.zoom.us
Wed Apr 28 – Protect the Ballot Initiative – Advocacy Day and Rally – 10 a.m.
Hosted by Show Me Integrity: Reforming Missouri Politics
Location: Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Tell your Legislators: Stop the attacks on the ballot initiative process!
On April 28, we're headed to Jefferson City for our Protect the Ballot Initiative Rally & Advocacy Day - and we need you to join us! We'll be rallying at 10am at the Capitol, and then going to meet with Legislators starting at 10:30am. Sign up here and we'll follow up with all the details: https://actionnetwork.org/events/protect-the-ballot-initiative-rally-advocacy-day/?fbclid=IwAR0ML0AlzMtWahqQ_O-1Xx87caulOy7Z0jce7_Va6bljpbviXsDgEvKLjLA
SAVE THE DATE:
Fri Aug 20 - 1st Capitol Dinner
The St. Charles County Democrats yearly gala dinner is back this year! Save the date, because you won’t want to miss this fabulous evening with guest speakers, raffles, auctions, lots of good food and drink, and fun with your Democratic friends!
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? JOIN A COMMITTEE! St. Charles County Democrats are working hard to build our infrastructure for success in 2022 and the future. You are invited to be a part of this process by joining one or more of the sub-committees that are supporting this Blue Wave in St. Charles County: Communications Sub-committee Fundraising Sub-committee Candidate Recruitment Sub-committee If you are interested in being a part of this movement, email email@example.com
New CDC guidelines: Apr 2 CDC Travel Guidelines
Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that even though fully vaccinated individuals are at lower risk of infection, travel is still not recommended due to the rising number of cases in the United States and globally.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky cautioned in a White House briefing Friday that while fully vaccinated people can now travel at low risk to themselves, “I would advocate against general travel overall. Our guidance is silent on recommending or not recommending fully vaccinated people travel. Our guidance speaks to the safety of doing so.”
Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling – wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently. Due to the large number of Americans who remain unvaccinated and the current state of the pandemic, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take COVID-19 precautions, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands frequently and avoiding crowds when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19.
MISSOURI COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES
ST CHARLES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
For questions about COVID-19 or assistance with registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,
please call the Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon-Fri.
Whatever phase you are in, you can sign up NOW to be placed in a virtual queue. The registration survey is accessible in a red box marked “Register for COVID-19 Vaccine” following this link:
Area hospitals which also have sign-up sites for vaccines are:
St. Lukes: https://lukesvaccine.com/
Vaccine Spotter - https://www.vaccinespotter.org/MO/ is a search tool for vaccines statewide
For those who need or prefer to schedule by phone:
St. Louis Public Radio has a hotline to help with scheduling an appointment for vaccination. Call 314-516-6430 and select your geographic area (STL City, STL County, St. Charles, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin, Warren, Metro East, & Polk). They will give you numbers to call to schedule a vaccine appointment in your area.
Sign up here: MO Vaccine Navigator or call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 for assistance in connecting with additional avenues in which to receive a vaccine.
MISSOURI MASS VACCINATION EVENTS MAP
This map shows Missouri by region, with vaccinators identified, and scheduled mass events where available. Click here for the map: MO Mass Vaccination Events .