CALLS TO ACTION

Here is where you will find our weekly calls to action as they happen! 



The President of the United States was impeached last week for a second time for his role in inciting the violent mob insurrection at the Capitol that resulted in destruction, five deaths and endangered more lives including VP Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. As we try to process the darkness of the past couple weeks perhaps there is no better time to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and lessons we can learn from the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice.

In his remarks at the dedication of the MLK Jr Memorial on the National Mall, President Obama said of Dr. King--

“His life, his story, tells us that change can come if you don’t give up. He would not give up, no matter how long it took, because in the smallest hamlets and the darkest slums, he had witnessed the highest reaches of the human spirit; because in those moments when the struggle seemed most hopeless, he had seen men and women and children conquer their fear; because he had seen hills and mountains made low and rough places made plain, and the crooked places made straight and God make a way out of no way.

And that is why we honor this man –- because he had faith in us. And that is why he belongs on this Mall -– because he saw what we might become. That is why Dr. King was so quintessentially American -- because for all the hardships we’ve endured, for all our sometimes tragic history, ours is a story of optimism and achievement and constant striving that is unique upon this Earth. And that is why the rest of the world still looks to us to lead. This is a country where ordinary people find in their hearts the courage to do extraordinary things; the courage to stand up in the face of the fiercest resistance and despair and say this is wrong, and this is right; we will not settle for what the cynics tell us we have to accept and we will reach again and again, no matter the odds, for what we know is possible.

That is the conviction we must carry now in our hearts. As tough as times may be, I know we will overcome. I know there are better days ahead. I know this because of the man towering over us. I know this because all he and his generation endured -- we are here today in a country that dedicated a monument to that legacy.

And so with our eyes on the horizon and our faith squarely placed in one another, let us keep striving; let us keep struggling; let us keep climbing toward that promised land of a nation and a world that is more fair, and more just, and more equal for every single child of God.”

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2 Days - The Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris January 20, 2021

Our journey together over the past 4 years has been long and difficult. Our hearts are filled with emotion and we can only imagine yours are too. In two days Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office and be sworn in as President and Vice-President of the United States.

Here’s where and when you can take it all in starting today!

The Biden-Harris Inauguration Site https://bideninaugural.org


Check out all the ways you can watch the historic inauguration on this highlights video https://bideninaugural.org/watch/


January 18 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

“United We Serve” National Day of Service https://bideninaugural.org/day-of-service/

January 19 at 4:30pm (Central), 5:30pm (Eastern)

Light a candle in the window or ring a bell at 4:30pm for the National Covd-19 Memorial

January 20 at 8:00 pm

Kansas & Missouri Democratic Party Celebration--Tickets $10

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bidenkdpmdp

January 20 Inauguration

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MO COVID UPDATE

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the state, the Missouri House will shut down next week due to rising cases among legislators. Some have tested positive for the virus while others are quarantined following exposure. Although some senators have also tested positive, the senate will be in session and hearings will be held. Masks are not required inside the statehouse. Despite the rising numbers of cases, the House voted against following CDC guidelines for controlling the spread of the virus, including the recommendation to wear masks. The Missouri Independent reports, “During a House floor session Wednesday, large numbers of members, mainly on the Republican side, could be seen without masks.”

According to the MO Dept of Health and Senior Services as of Sunday January 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri rose to 437,549, an increase of 14,222 new cases since Jan 10. Note the New York Times database for Missouri covid data: “As of Sunday evening, there have been at least 468,106 cases and 6,647 deaths in Missouri since the beginning of the pandemic.” Despite the numbers discrepancies, both sources are reporting a decrease in total case numbers. This is far from over so please stay safe and always wear your mask in public.

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Are you interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Jackson County Residents Fill out this survey on the Jackson County Health Department website https://form.jotform.com/203524953651153 Based on availability, and guidance from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (MO DHSS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Jackson County Health Department will be providing the COVID-19 vaccine based on a pre-determined tier system. Individuals will be identified to receive the vaccine based on risk status and occupation.Once the vaccine is made available for your tier, the JCHD will use your information from the survey to contact you with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination.

Kansas City Residents Fill out this KCMO Health Department survey: https://hipaa.jotform.com/210117358088152 If you don't have access to fill out digitally, call the Health Dept. at (816) 513-6152 and someone will assist you.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Unforgivable

This week held both celebration and terrible trauma. We witnessed with relief when Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock were both elected to the U.S. Senate, and we celebrated the phenomenal accomplishment of Stacey Abrams and countless volunteers who helped break the hold of systemic voter suppression.

But we also watched in horror as an armed mob of domestic terrorists vandalized and dishonored our Capitol, endangering lives and resulting in five deaths. This unforgivable attempt to overthrow our government was the fruit of the dangerous rhetoric and actions of those men who have fed lies and misinformation to the American public in an attempt to further their own ambition. Unfortunately, one of those leaders is our own Missouri senator, Josh Hawley. He and his cohorts have continued to incite supporters with their vicious lies and attempts to overturn a fair and legal election. Both the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Dispatch have called for his resignation or removal. In spite of Hawley’s actions, he cannot be recalled. Senators can only be removed by resignation or a 2/3 vote of the senate.

What can we do to hold Sen. Hawley accountable?

Help spread the word to remove Josh Hawley now through social media by using the hashtag #RemoveNow.

Sample message:

This attack by a vigilante mob in our Capitol is happening because of the direct incitement of some Republicans and the silence of others. We demand all Republicans who incited these acts of violence resign or be removed from office. #RemoveNow

Send a direct message to Josh Hawley

Sample tweet: @hawleyMO By inciting this violent attack on our Capitol, you’ve betrayed your office, our country, and the will of the people. I am calling on you to resign immediately. #RemoveNow

Send a direct message to your representative:

Sample demand tweet @ legislators (add in your Member): .@RepXXX Republican Members of Congress who incited this mob attack on our Capitol betrayed their office, our country, and the will of the people. I call on you to support @RepCori’s resolution to remove them from office. #RemoveNow

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2021 Missouri Legislative session begins, GOP Secy of State continues election fraud lies

In a speech last week to the MO House on the first day of the Missouri General Assembly 2021 session, Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft doubled-down on the President’s lies about election fraud in states won by Biden. Ashcroft said, "Public access to and public confidence in the integrity of our elections are fundamental components of enduring freedom. Unforeseen challenges of 2020 disrupted the sacred democratic process in many settings across the country. Missouri was able to conduct elections in a manner that was able to reinforce, rather than undermine confidence of citizens. Even as we look back on our seamless election process, our country remains in turmoil over how other states' elections were run." He criticized government officials who would "embrace and mimic election processes that we have seen in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. He continued with the President’s false claims, “These states fail to conduct their elections in such a manner that neither successful nor unsuccessful candidates can demonstrably verify the results” never acknowledging all the states verified their results and nearly 60 court challenges were thrown out. News Tribune Jan 6

Take action! Tell Secretary of State Ashcroft to stop spreading the President’s dangerous election fraud lies in order to:

1. Undermine confidence in vote by mail

2. To justify keeping an unsafe and complicated system in place that puts obstacles in the way of Missouri voters!

Office: (573) 751-4936

Email: info@sos.mo.gov

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Help protect the right to vote in Missouri with the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC)!

*The Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) is a nonpartisan statewide network working to protect the right to vote in Missouri, promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting.

*Text MOVPC to 66866 to sign up for email updates! Check out this MOVPC email packed with important information and calls to action https://mailchi.mp/2ab050459666/stand-up-for-democracy

*The next MOVPC meeting is TODAY MON JAN 11, 2021 at 10am, kicking off DEMOCRACY WEEK, a week of action in support of H.R. 1 - For The People Act which will get big money out of politics, break down barriers to voting, and hold public officials accountable. There will also be a training by Laura Williamson, Senior Policy Analyst at Demos on A Racial Equity Analysis of H.R. 1, and we will hear from folks under the dome in Jefferson City about what we can expect in this year's Missouri Legislative Session.

*Sign the MOVPC Petition Urging Gov. Parson to Extend Safe COVID-19 Voting Protections! With the municipal elections coming up in March and April 2021 and the pandemic at record levels, Gov. Parson should exercise his emergency authority under 44.100 RSMo to extend safe voting options such as absentee voting for those at high risk, remote voting options for all Missourians! SIGN THE PETITION AND PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! https://actionnetwork.org/.../tell-gov-parson-to-extend…

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Although we mourn the losses and the tragedy we have witnessed this week, we must also acknowledge that we have begun a new chapter in our nation’s history. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated as President and Vice President on January 20. This we can celebrate! Let us celebrate through service to others.

YOU'RE INVITED to join Kansas City area volunteers for the Joseph R. Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee's Together We Serve national day of action to lift up our communities and serve our neighbors. Our "event" will take place over the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Weekend, January 16-18.

Sign up via this link and you will be contacted with detailed information about how you can help with the Rose Brooks Domestic Violence Shelter Toiletry Drive

If you live in the Kansas City area, your contributions of toiletry items for Rose Brooks can be picked up at your house, you can deliver them to the host, or you can contribute directly to Rose Brooks Center, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Biden Inaugural Committee's National Day of Action.

We'll have an Appreciation Zoom Celebration on Monday, January 18, at 6:00 pm, for those who have helped with this very important cause.

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MO COVID UPDATE

According to the MO Dept of Health and Senior Services as of Sunday January 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Misouri rose to 423,327, an increase of 21,566 new cases since Jan 3. This is far from over so please stay safe and always wear your mask in public.

Jackson County Residents - Are you interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine?Fill out this survey on the Jackson County Health Department website https://form.jotform.com/203524953651153 Based on availability, and guidance from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (MO DHSS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Jackson County Health Department will be providing the COVID-19 vaccine based on a pre-determined tier system. Individuals will be identified to receive the vaccine based on risk status and occupation.Once the vaccine is made available for your tier, the JCHD will use your information from the survey to contact you with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination.

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Happy New Year and welcome back to Missouri Mondays! There is so much at stake this week so here’s your ShowMe actions to make a difference!

The Missouri General Assembly 2021 legislative session starts this Wed Jan 6 and we will need your help with CALLS TO ACTION in the coming months as we continue to make our voices heard, holding our electeds and Governor Parson and the majority GOP accountable to the people of Missouri.

*Take a look at the pre-filed House bills at house.mo.gov/LegislationSP.aspx and

Senate bills at senate.mo.gov/21info/BTS_Web/BillList.aspx?SessionType=R. We normally suggest searching pre-filed bills by subject to find those of greatest interest and concern to discuss with your elected officials but this feature is not yet available on their website.

*Find contact information for your legislators go to senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/default.aspx and enter your street address. In some cases the website information may not yet be up to date particularly for newly elected officials.

*Listen to a brief 2021 session preview on the Senate website here: senate.mo.gov/this-week-in-the-missouri-senate-for-jan-1-2021-session-preview/.

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Help protect the right to vote in Missouri with the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition!

The Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) is a nonpartisan statewide network working to protect the right to vote in Missouri, promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting.

*Sign the MOVPC Petition Urging Gov. Parson to Extend Safe COVID-19 Voting Protections! With the municipal elections coming up in March and April 2021 and the pandemic at record levels, Gov. Parson should exercise his emergency authority under 44.100 RSMo to extend safe voting options such as absentee voting for those at high risk, remote voting options for all Missourians! SIGN THE PETITION AND PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! https://actionnetwork.org/.../tell-gov-parson-to-extend…

*Text MOVPC to 66866 to sign up for email updates! The next MOVPC meeting is TODAY MON JAN 4, 2021 at 10am to learn more about their campaign to Ensure Voting in Missouri Amid the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond.

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ShowMe Support For Must Win Georgia Elections Tues January 5th!

*There is so much at stake with the outcome of the two runoff elections in Georgia tomorrow TUES JAN 5TH. These elections will determine control of the U.S. Senate affecting legislation and judicial appointments that will have an impact for generations to come. Volunteer or make a donation all safely from home for Jon Ossoff at https://electjon.com and Rev. Raphael Warnock at https://warnockforgeorgia.com

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Tell Senator Josh Hawley what you think of his attack on our democracy!

*By now you have seen this story all over the national news that Senator Hawley is endorsing Trump's ridiculous unfounded conspiracy by announcing he will contest certification of electoral college vote this week on January 6. Josh Hawley is willing to undermine a legitimate election and 81 million votes for his own political gain. If you haven't done so already call or write Senator Hawley and tell him what you think.

DC office: (202) 224-6154

KC office: (816) 960-4694

Email: Senator@hawley.senate.gov

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MO COVID UPDATE

*According to the MO Dept of Health and Senior Services as of Sunday January 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri rose to 401,761 an increase of 36,575 new cases since our last email on Dec 20. The New York Times nationwide database ranks Missouri 23rd in the highest number of total coronavirus cases reported per capita (population of about 6.5 million). This is far from over so please stay safe and always wear your mask in public.

*Jackson County Residents - Are you interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine? Fill out this survey on the Jackson County Health Department website https://form.jotform.com/203524953651153 Based on availability, and guidance from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (MO DHSS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Jackson County Health Department will be providing the COVID-19 vaccine based on a pre-determined tier system. Individuals will be identified to receive the vaccine based on risk status and occupation.Once the vaccine is made available for your tier, the JCHD will use your information from the survey to contact you with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination.

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