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At the 39th Annual First Capitol Day Banquet
Congratulations to our award winners:
Honorable Ted House – Lifetime Achievement Award
Gina Walsh and Daniel Kandlbinder – 2021 Robert J Kelley Labor Hero Awards
Dawn Banks – 2021 James C. Kirkpatrick Award
From the St. Charles County Department of Public Health:
You wouldn’t use just one tool to build a house. Don’t rely on just one tool to protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19.
Together, these healthy habits can keep you safe:
*Wear a mask.
*Practice social distancing.
*Stay home if you’re sick.
“We now have a fully approved COVID-19 vaccine ... If you have been waiting for this approval before getting the vaccine, now is the time to get vaccinated and join the more than 173 million Americans who are already fully vaccinated,”
- CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
Covid-19 Update: Booster Shots
The Center for Disease Control has begun the process of authorizing booster shots for those fully vaccinated with the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, potentially to begin in September. This authorization is not currently addressing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
From the Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots: “We have developed a plan to begin offering these booster shots this fall subject to FDA conducting an independent evaluation and determination of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issuing booster dose recommendations based on a thorough review of the evidence. We are prepared to offer booster shots for all Americans beginning the week of September 20 and starting 8 months after an individual’s second dose.”
For more information, and for the full statement, visit the Center for Disease Control website: https://www.cdc.gov/
Some local medical facilities are already offering the booster to those who are immunocompromised.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN JEFFERSON CITY?
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What you can do for Missourians this week:
Call Gov. Parson (573) 751-3222 and tell him to pardon wrongfully convicted Missourians Kevin Strickland and Lamar Johnson. The story of these wrongfully convicted Missourians has made national news, as Governor Parson prioritized the pardon of the McCloskeys, the gun-toting couple who pleaded guilty to assault just recently. Meanwhile, Kevin Strickland has maintained his innocence for 43 years. We cannot stop advocating for Mr. Strickland and Mr. Johnson’s freedom.
Call Gov. Parson (573) 751-3222 and tell him that LGBT history is MO history, and to return the KC LGBT history display to the Capitol Museum. The Parson administration's removal of an exhibit on LGBT history from the Missouri Capitol Museum was disappointing. That the governor lied about his reasons for doing so is indefensible. The statutory procedure the governor says wasn't followed for approving exhibits does not exist. State law authorizes the Board of Public Buildings to allocate space to the museum but gives the board no power to determine the content of exhibits and there is no evidence the board has ever done so. The governor had no justification for removing this exhibit and no excuse for not restoring it.
Join us, and invite others to join, as we gear up for voter registration drives this fall. With redistricting on the way there is a lot we don’t know about campaigning in 2022, but we do know that a concerted effort to register voters before the 2022 elections is a benefit to our candidates. If you would like to be a voter registration organizer or volunteer, Click Here.
Join us at our Veto Session Fundraiser on Tues, Sep 14, 2021 at 6 - 9 p.m. CDT at the Millbottom in Jefferson City. More info HERE
Diversity in the Classroom – a virtual town hall
Why is diversity important in the classroom? How does inclusion benefit everyone in the learning environment?
The MO Equity Partnership will hold its "Diversity in the Classroom" townhall, sponsored by In Purpose Educational Services. Led by Heather Fleming, it will feature several educators who will discuss what diversity looks like in the classroom and why it's important for our students.
September 8th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Register using this Google Forms document to make sure you receive the link and documents you can use to join this townhall and fully participate.
DEMOCRATS ARE DOING GREAT THINGS
Stay up-to-date on what is happening with the Democratic Party in St. Charles County by liking the Face Book Page: https://www.facebook.com/stcdems and the St. Charles Co Progressive Democrats Club: https://www.facebook.com/SCCProDems
Ever thought about running for office?
Know someone who might be interested in being a candidate?
The St. Charles Dems are ready to help!
Call St. Charles Co Democratic Central Committee
Candidate advisory committee at 636-345-0256
From the Candidates
We have invited Democratic Candidates (or, at the county level, “friendly” candidates) affecting St. Charles County to share some of their thoughts here. Each week we will try to include submissions from candidates at the county, state and federal level. Order of publication is based on order of receipt of the submission. Disclaimer: This is for the benefit of voter engagement, and does not represent an endorsement of any candidate by the St. Charles Co Democratic Central Committee.
From Jessica DeVoto, Candidate for MO House District 104 (pending redistricting)
“One of my top priorities when I get to Jefferson City will be education. Education is our foundation. It’s how we enlighten the next generation and prepare them for the world. We need to ensure that education is fully funded, and by that, I mean fully funded by pre-2016 standards. Missouri ranks 49th in the country for teacher pay, and teachers are burning out faster than new ones can be hired. Many schools have also had to cut back to four days a week because they can't afford to keep the lights on or run buses, which sets the school-aged generation up to be less competitive in the job market. The pandemic has only accelerated these trends, and yet, the Republican-controlled House continues to cut funding for education in favor of handouts to their special interest friends. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders. The best way to ensure that we have good leaders and productive citizens for years to come is to vote for Democratic candidates who will prioritize education. I'd love to hear your questions, comments, and concerns about education or other important issues. For contact and other information, please visit my website: jessicadevoto.com.”
From Dr. Gena Ross, MO candidate for US Senate
“WE THE PEOPLE…. Does that even mean anything anymore? In my opinion that should never be a question that one should ever have to ask or one that anyone would have to ponder in their mind. There are so many issues that could really be taken care of if DEMOCRACY was a priority (People First). I believe in Restoration, Reconciliation, Reformation, Cooperation, Communication and Collaboration. I have written and copyrighted a quote “If you lost your focus, refocus by redefining your purpose.” I wrote that to myself as I was a divorced mother of three, raising my children, balancing life, taking them to extracurricular activities, working a job, working on a master’s degree, continuing on to earn my PhD, and volunteering at a church. My Quote was my reminder to keep moving forward no matter what obstacles or opposition I faced in life. I want America to refocus to Meeting the needs of people! Democracy, Economic Justice, Social Justice, Healthcare, Affordable housing, Childcare, Voting Reform and so much more! Paving the way for Change! It’s time to make that change. Business as usual is no longer acceptable.
Dr. Gena L. Ross #unbossed #unbought #unbiasedRossforussenate.com
What Else is Going On in & around St. Charles County?
A Lot of Exciting Things!
Ongoing right now -
Indivisible We Will Persist St. Charles – Post Card Campaign
A NEW POSTCARD CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED!
CA HAS AN ELECTION 9/14 TO RECALL DEM GOV GAVIN NEWSOM. Indivisible We Will Persist is writing postcards in support of Newsome.
Here’s how this insane system works: The ballot has only two questions: (#1) Do you want to recall Newsom – Yes or No. (#2) Who do you want to replace him?
If Newsom gets less than 50% of the “NO” vote on Question #1, he loses his seat. Then, whoever wins on Question #2 becomes governor. There are 46 candidates on the ballot for Question #2!! It is literally the case that Newsom could get 49% of the vote and still lose to a Republican who got 20% of the vote.
And the leading contender is Larry Elder, a conspiracy-loving, Big Lie-believing MAGA guy. This has ramifications for the whole country.
Postcards must be mailed by 9/7 or earlier because mail in voting has started and election day is 9/14.
Instructions, very short script and 25 addresses will be emailed to you.
During these financially stressful times, if you need assistance with postage costs, we can help.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Linda Scroggin, Co-Leader Indivisible We Will Persist, at Lescrog@aol.com.
Now through Sep 17 - Afghan Refugee Supply Drive – 1-6 p.m.
6 S Old Orchard Ave, Webster Groves, MO
Hosted by Spence Toder for Senate
We're collecting supplies for Afghan Refugees resettling in St. Louis and across Missouri. Supplies will be delivered from this collection site to the International Institute of St. Louis. You can find a list of needed supplies, ways to donate money, and opportunities to volunteer at https://spencertoder.com/refugeedrive/
Face book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/541232283846510/
Mon Sep 5 - TEAMKIEHNE Labor Day Telethon – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Free – Face Book Live
Hosted by John Kiehne for Missouri, MO Senate District 26
Event to promote John Kiehne's campaign to be the next State Senator for Missouri's 26th Senate District! Join in here: https://www.facebook.com/events/864834527764937
Wed Sep 8 – Virtual Town Hall – Diversity in the Classroom – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Free online event
Hosted by MO Equity Education Partnership
Why is diversity important in the classroom? How does inclusion benefit everyone in the learning environment?
Join In Purpose Educational Services and MO Equity Education Partnership as we examine these questions and more in a virtual townhall discussion.
To register, please do so at: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSe1oTKbHnkKXB.../viewform
Face book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/203546971654096
Thu Sep 9 – League of Women Voters St. Charles Unit meeting – 6:30 p.m.
Virtual meeting via zoom
Thu Sep 9 – Townhall with Sen Jill Schupp & Rep Tracy McCreery – 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Frontenac City Hall, 10555 Clayton Rd – and streamed on Face Book Live
Learn more about the work of the General Assembly during the 2021 Legislative Session and the policies that will impact you. Let Sen. Schupp and Rep. McCreery know what issues are on your mind and in need of legislative solutions. There will be time for audience Q & A.
RSVPs requested, call 573-751-9762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event will be streamed and recorded on Facebook Live.
Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/137078905206606
Fri Sep 10 - Tracy Grundy for State Representative Launch Party! – 5-8 p.m.
Free · Good News Brewing Company, 2886 S. MO 94, Defiance MO
Hosted by Tracy Redlin Grundy
Join me as I launch my campaign for Missouri State Representative in HD102! Pizza and cash bar!
To get your tickets:
Tue Sep 14 - Veto Session Fundraiser for MO House Dems 6-9 p.m.
The Millbottom, 400 West Main St., Jefferson City MO
Hosted by the Missouri House Democrats
If you are a follower and supporter of our Democratic Heros in the MO House, The Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee along with special guest Representative Butz & His Band: ZTUB will be hosting our annual Veto Session Fundraiser. Join us for a night of music, dancing, and fun ahead of Veto Session! Please see the RSVP here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/vetosessionfund
...and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions at email@example.com!
*NOTE: This will be an outdoor event, however masks are required while indoors!*
Tue Sep 14 - News from the Missouri ACLU: MOLEG, the courts, and more – 7 p.m.
Free online event – registration required to receive the link
Hosted by Chesterfield Township Democrats
Guest speaker Nicole Rainey is the director of development at the ACLU of Missouri, and uses she/her pronouns. Prior to the ACLU, she worked for St. Louis nonprofits College Bound and Catholic Charities. Nicole is also active in the St. Louis arts community. She co-founded the St. Louis Small Press Expo, a showcase of independently published literature, comic books, and art books. She is also active in Maplewood municipal politics and co-founded the group Maplewood Community Builders to address issues of discriminatory policing in her neighborhood. Watch the face book event page for the registration link, TBD: https://www.facebook.com/events/437932877488345
Thu Sep 16 – Indivisible We Will Persist Virtual get-together – 7-8 p.m.
In-Person event has been cancelled in favor of safe Covid-19 protocol, and switched to Zoom.
The Zoom information will be forthcoming, so save the date.
At this informal gathering, you’ll be able to meet other Indivisible members “virtually” from our area and provide input on future program needs.
Fri Sep 17 4 p.m. – Sun Sep 19 5 p.m. - 26th Annual Mosaics Fine Art Festival
Main Street, St. Charles
Hosted by MOSAICS Fine Art Festival Association
A professional exhibition to show case the local and regional artists, while also stimulating and educating the community. The MOSAICS Fine Art Festival has an interesting diversity of artwork produced by a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists in all media. The MOSAICS Fine Art Festival is unique in its approach to educating children and adults in how art can enhance their lives. To the community, our program offers cultural advantages and great places for families to live, learn, and play, free of charge. For more information, please visit our website at stcharlesmosaics.org
Fri Sep 17 – Meggie’s Judge Jams – 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Broemmelsiek Park, 1795 MO-DD, Defiance MO
Hosted by Meggie Biesenthal for Judge
Meggie is running for Associate Judge in St. Charles County. #TeamMeggie will be at Broemmelsiek park for a fundraiser featuring live music by "Fresh Rain", complete with a taco & Margarita truck from Hacienda Mexican Restaurant. Bring the family, a friend, a chair, and your jammin' shoes! Bronze Jammer $25 per adult, Silver jammer $50, or Diamond jammer $100, mini jammers 5 and up are $10 per child. For tickets: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=GWLSY59W7MLRN&Z3JncnB0=
Event page: https://www.meggiebforjudge.com/events
Sun Oct 24 – Golf Tournament – noon-9 p.m.
Saint Peters Golf Course, 200 Salt Lick Road, St. Peters, MO
Hosted by Meggie Biesenthal for Judge
Gather your family and colleagues and join #teammeggie for a fundraiser golf tournament. Shotgun tee time 12noon, reserve your spot by sending your RSVP. Ticket price is $125 per player, hole sponsor is $100.
Are you a digital artist, or someone handy with digital graphics?
Would you like to donate some Democratic themed work for display on the St. Charles County Democrats newly redesigned website? If so, please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Graphic Art.”