Decency has returned to the White House. Momentum toward social justice and equity is building in our country. Let's see what we can do to help drag Missouri in the direction of decency, social justice, and equity.
From the Missouri House Democratic Legislative Network (DLN):
Without remote testimony, and with in-person testimony still being a risk due to the pandemic, legislators aren’t hearing from constituents at the same rate. This particularly impacts committees where partner organizations in the past have been able to organize a room full of citizens to testify in support or in opposition to legislation. Right now bad legislation is able to move with little public testimony against it, and that makes the work harder for our electeds.
This week we are asking for your help in the following calls to action:
1. Call Rep. Vescovo (573) 751-3607 and ask that EVERY committee room has remote testimony abilities so Missourians can safely testify. Share this with your networks, and when posting use the hashtags: #YouWorkForUs #moleg
2. Call your state senators. The Second Amendment Preservation Act (HB 85) passed the house, and we need to stop this dangerous legislation in the senate. This bill allows the state of Missouri to effectively ignore federal gun laws. Rep. Jered Taylor is the sponsor. The bill is unconstitutional. This bill doesn’t make Missouri a Second Amendment sanctuary state, it makes Missouri a sanctuary state for domestic abusers. Click here to look up who your senator is: Senator Lookup
3. Call Gov. Parson (573) 751-3222 and demand he forgive the unemployment overpayments. Missourians across the state filed for assistance in good faith, because they needed help. They shouldn’t have additional struggles because the government made a clerical mistake. The Federal government has recommended that these be forgiven, and Gov. Parson has the power to do so.
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Join in on the DLN Monthly training on Sat Feb 20th, 10:30-11:30am. You can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYocOmopzMpH9RECIjzD2hWSZtiK-Wbw1kM?emci=9538a6bd-f55c-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=28f48ded-075d-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=15867974
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Want to know when hearings on bills in Jeff City are scheduled, including details and links for the live feeds? Link to the Jeff City Hearing schedule https://house.mo.gov/AllHearings.aspx
UPDATES ON COVID-19 VACCINE REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITIES
Per St. Charles Co Dept of Public Health:
Whatever phase you are in, you can sign up NOW to be placed in a virtual queue. We urge you to also sign up through your health care provider’s hospital affiliation (such as SSM, Mercy or BJC) so that you can receive a vaccination in the timeliest manner.
To get information about the county’s response, and to access the sign-up survey, follow this link. The registration survey is accessible in a red box marked “Register for COVID-19 Vaccine.” https://www.sccmo.org/2162/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information As of February 4, 2021, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is authorized by the State to administer COVID-19 vaccine to: Phase 1A Phase 1B - Tier 1 Phase 1B - Tier 2 When your phase is reached and enough vaccine has been allocated to the DPH, you will receive an email or automated voice message telling you that you can schedule an appointment for a vaccine. Please check your email (inbox and spam folders) and phone messages daily for notification. It is important for you to understand that appointment time slots are limited. Respond quickly. The message will include information about the appointment, the vaccine administered, and how to contact the DPH if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Area hospitals which also have sign-up sites for vaccines are: BJC: https://www.bjc.org/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Vaccines Mercy: https://www.mercy.net/forms/vaccinations/ SSM: https://mychart.ssmhc.com/mychart/ St. Lukes: https://lukesvaccine.com/
LET'S KEEP HAMMERIN THE DEMAND TO REMOVE HAWLEY AND HILL!
Call Governor Parson: and urge him to remove Senator Hawley from office. Call: (573) 751-3222
Call Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Rob Vescovo: ask him to remove Rep. Justin Hill from office immediately. Call: 573-751-3607 Email: Rob.Vescovo@house.mo.gov
Call Sen. Josh Hawley: (202) 224-6154
Call State Rep. Justin Hill: (573) 751-3572
Sign this petition calling for the resignation of Sen. Hawley for his role in the incitement of insurrectionists against the United States: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/josh-hawley-resign?emci=8a6665f0-d951-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=be91f1de-0952-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=15867974
What Else is Going On in St. Charles County?
Mon Feb 8 – Missouri Voter Protection Coalition Weekly call – 10 a.m.
Virtual event on zoom
Learn more about our campaign to Ensure Voting in Missouri Amid the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond. Read the campaign document here: Voter protection during Covid-19
Join the meeting here: https://wustl.zoom.us/j/92149884120#success
Wed Feb 10 – Planned Parenthood Volunteer Patient Greeter Training – 11 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Want to make a difference in the patient experience at Planned Parenthood? Become a volunteer patient greeter! As the first friendly face visitors see when they arrive at our health centers, patient greeters are essential for creating a safe environment for our patients, staff, and visitors. This virtual training is for supporters interested in volunteering for a weekday shift outside Reproductive Health Services in Central West End or the health center in Fairview Heights, Illinois. RSVP here:
Wed Feb 10 – St. Charles Moms Demand Action Monthly meeting – 7 p.m.
Virtual event on zoom
We will hear updates on current Missouri legislation and welcome guest speaker Sal Martinez, who will talk about his work with Cure Violence in St. Louis. We'll also reflect on National Gun Violence Survivors Week and honor survivors of gun violence. We will also preview our virtual Advocacy Day, March 2nd.
Register here to receive the zoom link for the meeting: Register Here
Thu Feb 11 – ACLU Townhall – How to Advance Racial Justice – 3 p.m.
Virtual event on Youtube
A national reckoning on race continues amidst a global pandemic and in the wake of a violent insurrection led by a mob of white supremacists. So what must come next?Join the ACLU’s Executive Director Anthony Romero and our panel of experts next week as we dive into that question at our special Town Hall event. Visit the ACLU's YouTube page* at the time of the event – it will be the first video to play: ACLU You Tube
Thu Feb 11 – League of Women Voters St. Charles monthly meeting – 6:30
Everyone is invited to attend our February meeting where our topic will be redistricting.
Follow the Facebook event page for updates on the zoom link:
Fri Feb 12 – Bingo Night – Valentine Edition! – 7-8 p.m.
Virtual Bingo on Zoom
Hosted by the St. Charles County Central Committee
with guest Bingo judge - Elad Gross!
Grab your ticket and be our Valentine for Bingo Night on Friday, Feb. 12th!
You chip in $10 (or more!) and we'll supply the camaraderie, a reusable virtual Bingo card, and prizes that support St. Charles County restaurants and merchants (or generic gift cards for players from outside the area)! After you purchase a ticket, you will receive an email on the event day with instructions on accessing your Bingo card and the link to the zoom event.
Space is limited! The deadline to sign up is Thursday Feb 11th!
Get your ticket here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bingo-2-12
Click “GOING” on Face Book and share: https://www.facebook.com/events/846354112882514
Sun Feb 14 – Ethical Society of Mid-Rivers – 10:30
Recurring virtual zoom event
Guest speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Teresa Mithen Danieley, an Episcopal priest for 17 years, who serves as the St. Louis Champions Organizer at Missouri Jobs with Justice. She will speak of the work she is doing with MJWJ.
Click here to watch: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85201499945?pwd=ZEJRcUE1NWZmeldDYktVeStpMHRZZz09
Wed Feb 17 – St. Charles County Progressive Democrats Monthly Meeting – 7 p.m.
Join your local Progressive friends and guest speaker Elad Gross. Elad is a civil rights attorney, educator, and former Assistant Attorney General of Missouri fighting to return our government to the people of Missouri. He will talk about the activist organization, Take Back Missouri.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 831 8674 6654
Click “GOING” on Face Book and share: https://www.facebook.com/events/797832424103992
Sat Feb 20 – Democratic Legislative Network monthly activist training – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Learn new skills in engaging, motivating and activating fellow Democrats, become a leader or a supporter! The February training will focus on creating and operating phone banks.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? From Indivisible: We have officially launched our new Indivisible Guide!
If you’re reading this, you’re part of that movement. Maybe you formed an Indivisible group. Maybe you showed up at a town hall, or a protest, or a congressional office. Maybe you knocked doors, raised money, or ran for office yourself. Whatever you did, you’re a part of history. Together, we’ve defeated Trump. Now, it’s time for us to defeat the forces that allowed him to rise—and that continue to threaten our democracy. Now, we have a short window to save our democracy. Getting it done depends on all of us, and this new Indivisible guide provides a blueprint. Get it here: https://indivisible.org/democracy-guide
AND THIS ISSUE STILL NEEDS OUR ATTENTION
Missouri's COVID-19 voting provisions expired on Dec. 31, 2020. This law allowed voters over 65 and those with certain chronic health conditions - such as diabetes or lung disease - to vote absentee, and allowed Missouri voters to cast ballots by mail. With upcoming municipal elections in early 2021, please join the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition's campaign to urge Missouri Governor Mike Parson to use his emergency authority to extend Missouri's COVID-19 safe voting provisions so that all Missourians can vote safely. LWV of Missouri and Metro St. Louis have signed on as signatories to the letter. Take Individual Action now by signing the petition to Governor Parson at: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-gov-parson-to-extend-covid-voting-provisions?source=direct_link&
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