CALLS TO ACTION

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

Push back on MO GOP voter suppression, attacks on Medicaid funding, public education and more!


The Missouri GOP is ignoring the will of the people refusing to fund Medicaid Expansion and is moving full speed ahead with legislation, putting obstacles in the way of our voice and our vote, funding private education with public tax dollars, allowing concealed carry guns on public transportation, and more. WE MUST FIGHT BACK!

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE ACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK!

MEDICAID EXPANSION

  • TELL MO SENATORS TO FULLY FUND MEDICAID EXPANSION! The House Republican Budget Committee voted down HB 20 that would have funded Medicaid expansion and then the full House passed a $32 billion state operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 without funding allotments for expansion of Medicaid. This blatant move to block a constitutionally mandated expansion of the program’s eligibility threshold CANNOT STAND! CALL and WRITE your Senator today and DEMAND they honor the people’s voice! Find your Senator HERE: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx AND CALL the following Senators on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund Medicaid expansion: Sen. Dan Hegeman (573) 751-1415, Sen. Lincoln Hough (573) 751-1311, Sen. Lauren Arthur (573) 751-5282, Sen. Justin Brown (573) 751-5713, Sen. Mike Cierpiot (573) 751-1464, Sen. Sandy Crawford (573) 751-8793, Sen. Bill Eigel (573) 751-1141, Sen. Karla Eslinger (573) 751-1882, Sen. Denny Hoskins (573) 751-4302, Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (573) 751-2183, Sen. Karla May (573) 751-3599, Sen. Jeanie Riddle (573) 751-2757, Sen. Barbara Washington (573) 751-3158, Sen. Brian Williams (573) 751-4106

  • Sign up to phone bank with Jobs with Justice to connect Missouri voters with their Senators to demand they protect Medicaid. SIGN UP HERE: https://www.mojwj.org/blog/call-to-protect-medicaid

EDUCATION

  • Tell your Senator to VOTE NO on School Voucher Bill SB 30! SB 30 would allow parents to donate to a “scholarship fund” that would pay their child’s tuition to a private or relgious school and consequently give the parents a tax credit for the amount of the “donation” (tuition). This is a tax cut that gives approximately $100 million per year in tax money to private institutions that are not accountable to the state. Studies have shown that voucher programs tend to favor affluent families rather than those most in need. Act NOW as SB 30 is again on the Formal calendar for Perfection this week! Find your senator HERE: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

VOTER SUPPRESSION

  • CALL NOW! Tell your Senator to vote NO on SB 282 Voter ID bill!. Since this bill is now on the Formal Calendar for Perfection it will probably be debated this week. This bill would require a photo ID, and although voters without proper ID could vote after signing an affidavit, they must return to the polling place on the same day with their proper photo ID. In addition, the Secretary of State is not required to notify the public of ID requirements, a blatant effort to ensure voter confusion!

  • Call your Representative NOW! to vote NO on ANY attempts to change the initiative petition process! HJR 26 is STILL on the House Formal Calendar for Perfection this week and could be debated any time. The Missouri GOP wants to change this honored process that has served the people well for over 100 years to make it almost impossible for the people to influence their democracy! Similar bills include House bills HJR 5, HJR 2, HJR 9, HJR 15, HJR 14, HB 333, HJR 20, HJR 25, HJR 26, HJR 27, HB 556, HJR 22 Senate Bill SB 149 is still on the Informal calendar for Perfection. Tell your electeds to reject any attempt to make it harder for the people to have a voice through the initiative petition process!

PREVENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ACTIONS

  • Call NOW! Tell your Representative to vote NO on HCS HB 602, which has moved to the Formal Calendar for Perfection. And tell your Senator to vote NO on HB 75. Procedures required by these bills could prevent necessary actions by local governments to protect their citizens during public health emergencies that require immediate action.

GUNS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION / SECOND AMENDMENT PRESERVATION ACT / ESTABLISH MINUTEMEN OF THE STATE

  • TELL YOUR SENATOR TO VOTE NO ON HB 52, HB 85, SB 528. HB 52 which would allow concealed guns on public transportation, was voted DO PASS out of committee. Sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor, HB 85 (replaced HB 310) “Establishes the Second Amendment Preservation Act which creates additional protections to the right to bear arms.” It “seeks to empower “Missouri’s ability to self-govern without control by the federal government.” HB 85 has passed in the House and is awaiting further action in the Senate. No further movement has occurred on SB 528 which would establish the minutemen of the state.

BILL WATCH LIST--UPDATES ON PREVIOUS ACTIONS

VOTER SUPPRESSION

  • Tell your Senator to vote NO on HB 334 Photo ID bill! HB 334 remains in Senate committee after passing in the House. The State’s own data shows that HB 334 stands to burden more than 200,000 Missouri voters who do not have a current state-issued photo ID and would face barriers getting one, disproportionately voters of color, seniors, voters with disabilities, young voters, and low-wage workers.”

  • We must STOP voter suppression in Missouri!! Tell your Senator to vote NO on attempts to make it harder to vote in Missouri!. Both HB 738 and HB 842 would eliminate electronic voting machines and require paper ballots, which could hamper voting efforts for the disabled as well as delay election results. HB 1065 is still in the House but if passed would establish no-excuse absentee voting but for in-person voters only beginning three weeks before Election Day rather than the current six weeks. It would require a state-issued photo ID to vote. The courts have already found the requirement of a photo-ID to be unconstitutional.

Upcoming Events - REGISTER NOW!




TONIGHT Monday, April 12, 2021

6:00-7:00 pm

Heartland Alliance for Progress / co-hosts Indivisible MO & Indivisible KC

“Following and Influencing Missouri Lawmaking”

REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom link to join the meeting: bit.ly/3uECiMw

Join Heartland Alliance for Progress and co-hosts Indivisible Missouri and Indivisible KC for this online discussion and learn how you can have the greatest impact on the MO legislative process from communications professional Rachel Potucek and former MO State Rep. Judy Morgan.

Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus

Campaign School

Keynote speaker Celinda Lake, Political Strategist Lake Research Partners

May 1, 2021

9:00am - 2:30pm

Cost: GKCWPC Members - Free; General Admission $25

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greater-kansas-city-womens-political-caucus-campaign-school-tickets-148850322321

Are you ready to run for office, but need some help kicking off your campaign? Or would you just like to be more active politically, but don't know where to start? Then GKCWPC's Campaign School is for you! With two tracks, one for candidates and another for volunteers, this training has something for everyone.




MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC) MEETING

MON APRIL 12

10am CT

Join Missouri Voter Protection Coalition Zoom meeting TODAY to learn more about the campaign to Ensure Voting in Missouri Amid the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond.

Text MOVPC to 66866 to sign up!

COVID VACCINE RESOURCES

Vaccine Eligibility

  • ALL Missourians age 16 and up are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Register here: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator/

  • You can also call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 for registration assistance.

Missourians Vaccinated - as of April 11, 2021 The New York Times

  • 20% of Missourians are fully vaccinated

  • 30% have received at least one dose.

Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri

THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and sign up for Indivisible Missouri and this Missouri Mondays email at indivisiblemo.com/signup

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Under the pretense of baseless and racist voter fraud claims, Missouri GOP lawmakers are moving quickly to pass restrictive voting laws like those introduced or already passed in Republican majority legislatures in Georgia, Texas, Arizona and 44 other states. We must fight back against voter suppression and attacks on our democracy! As John Lewis said, "The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy." Let’s make our voices heard loud and clear this week in Jefferson City and at the ballot box this TUESDAY APRIL 6!

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE ACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK!

MEDICAID EXPANSION

  • TELL MO SENATORS TO FULLY FUND MEDICAID EXPANSION! Last week the House Republican Budget Committee voted down HB 20 that would have funded Medicaid expansion and then the full House passed a $32 billion state operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 without funding allotments for expansion of Medicaid. This blatant move to block a constitutionally mandated expansion of the program’s eligibility threshold CANNOT STAND! CALL and WRITE your Senator today and DEMAND they honor the people’s voice! Find your Senator HERE: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx AND CALL the following Senators on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund Medicaid expansion:

Sen. Dan Hegeman (573) 751-1415, Sen. Lincoln Hough (573) 751-1311, Sen. Lauren Arthur (573) 751-5282, Sen. Justin Brown (573) 751-5713, Sen. Mike Cierpiot (573) 751-1464, Sen. Sandy Crawford (573) 751-8793, Sen. Bill Eigel (573) 751-1141, Sen. Karla Eslinger (573) 751-1882, Sen. Denny Hoskins (573) 751-4302, Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (573) 751-2183, Sen. Karla May (573) 751-3599, Sen. Jeanie Riddle (573) 751-2757, Sen. Barbara Washington (573) 751-3158, Sen. Brian Williams (573) 751-4106

EDUCATION

  • Tell your Senator to vote NO on School Voucher Bill SB 30! SB 30 would allow parents to donate to a “scholarship fund” that would pay their child’s tuition to a private or relgious school and consequently give the parents a tax credit for the amount of the “donation” (tuition). This is a tax cut that gives approximately $100 million per year in tax money to private institutions that are not accountable to the state. Studies have shown that voucher programs tend to favor affluent families rather than those most in need. Act NOW as SB 30 is again on the Formal calendar for Perfection this week! Find your senator HERE: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

VOTER SUPPRESSION

  • Tell your Senator to vote NO on SB 282. This bill would requre a photo ID, and although voters without proper ID could vote after signing an affidavit, they must return to the polling place on the same day with their proper photo ID. In addition, the Secretary of State is not required to notify the public of ID requirements, a blatant effort to ensure voter confusion!


  • Call your Representative NOW! to vote NO on ANY attempts to change the initiative petition process! HJR 26 is on the House Formal Calendar for Perfection this week. The Missouri GOP wants to change this honored process that has served the people well for over 100 years to make it almost impossible for the people to influence their democracy! Similar bills include House bills HJR 5, HJR 2, HJR 9, HJR 15, HJR 14, HB 333, HJR 20, HJR 25, HJR 26, HJR 27, HB 556, HJR 22 Senate Bill SB 149 is still on the Informal calendar for Perfection. Tell your electeds to reject any attempt to make it harder for the people to have a voice through the initiative petition process!

  • We must STOP voter suppression in Missouri!! Tell your Senator to vote NO on attempts to make it harder to vote in Missouri!. Both HB 738 and HB 842 would eliminate electronic voting machines and require paper ballots, which could hamper voting efforts for the disabled as well as delay election results. HB 1065 would establish no-excuse absentee voting but for in-person voters only beginning three weeks before Election Day rather than the current six weeks. It would require a state-issued photo ID to vote. The courts have already found the requirement of a photo-ID to be unconstitutional.

  • Tell your Senator to vote NO on HB 334 Photo ID bill! HB 334 Photo ID bill is in the Senate after passing in the House but there was no movement last week. “The State’s own data shows that HB 334 stands to burden more than 200,000 Missouri voters who do not have a current state-issued photo ID and would face barriers getting one, disproportionately voters of color, seniors, voters with disabilities, young voters, and low-wage workers.” Tell your Senator to vote NO on HB 334!

BILL WATCH LIST--UPDATES ON PREVIOUS ACTIONS

GUNS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION / ESTABLISH MINUTEMEN OF THE STATE

  • TELL THE SENATE GENERAL LAWS COMMITTEE TO VOTE NO ON SENATE BILL SB 528 AND HOUSE BILL HB 52! SB 528 creates the minutemen of the state. Sen. Bill White’s bill establishes the Minutemen of the state. House Bill HB 52 would allow concealed guns on public transportation.

PREVENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ACTIONS

  • Tell your Senator to vote NO on HB 75 and tell your Representative to vote NO on HCS HB 602. Procedures required by these bills could prevent necessary actions by local governments to protect their citizens during public health emergencies that require immediate action.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR APRIL 6 ELECTION!

ELECTION DAY THIS TUESDAY APRIL 6, 2021

Polls Open at 6:00 a.m.

Polls Close at 7:00 p.m.

IN PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING NOW UNTIL 5PM APRIL 5, 2021




MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC) MEETING

MON APRIL 5

10am CT

Join Missouri Voter Protection Coalition Zoom meeting TODAY to learn more about the campaign to Ensure Voting in Missouri Amid the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond.

Text MOVPC to 66866 to sign up!

COVID VACCINE RESOURCES

Missourians in all Tiers of Phase 1 and 2 are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. ALL Missourians will be eligible on April 9, 2021. You can view the tier levels here - https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/. If you would like to get your vaccine, call your primary care provider, your local pharmacy, reach out to one of the health systems that has been deemed a high throughput allocation site, and sign up on all wait lists. Please be patient, continue to keep distance from others, wear your masks, and wash your hands.

COVID VACCINE NAVIGATOR REGISTRY https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator/ is a secure registry tool to assist Missourians in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. You can also call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 for registration assistance. COVID TESTING IN KC METRO https://www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19-kcmo-information-and-response/covid-19-testing-location MO COVID UPDATE As of Sat April 3 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services reports confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri rose to 490,927 and 8,504 confirmed deaths. The New York Times database reports as of April 4 at least 587,144 total cases and 8,988 deaths in Missouri since the beginning of the pandemic. Please sign up to be ready to get your COVID-19 vaccine when you qualify, continue to social distance, wash your hands, and ALWAYS wear your mask in public! THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and sign up for Indivisible Missouri and this Missouri Mondays email at indivisiblemo.com/signup

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Last week, while Republicans in Georgia’s state legislature shocked the country by making it illegal to provide food and water to voters standing in line at the polls, among other measures to suppress the vote and take power over the process if they don’t like the results. The Missouri GOP is also moving forward with a number of voter suppression bills and legislation making the initiative petition process more difficult, and last week blocked funding for voter approved Medicaid Expansion leaving the MO HealthNet program underfunded when thousands more become eligible for the first time. It’s a packed Missouri Mondays and we are so grateful you are here to find out what you can do to make a difference this week!

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE ACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK!

MEDICAID EXPANSION

  • TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO FUND MEDICAID EXPANSION! House Republicans BETRAYED the people of Missouri this week when they chose to ignore our vote to expand Medicaid. They made national headlines with their refusal to honor the result of a state election. The Kansas City Star got it right with their editorial entitled “Missouri legislature to voters: Drop dead. We won’t do as you told us on Medicaid.” The article went on to say, “Republicans in the Missouri legislature continue to reject reason, logic, the law, empathy and common sense regarding Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides health insurance for the poor.” Republican House Budget Committee members voted down HB 20 this week that would have funded the expansion. THIS CANNOT STAND! CALL and WRITE your Representative today and DEMAND they honor the people’s voice! Find yours HERE: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

GUNS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION / ESTABLISH MINUTEMEN OF THE STATE

  • TELL THE SENATE GENERAL LAWS COMMITTEE TO VOTE NO ON SENATE BILL SB 528 AND HOUSE BILL HB 52! SB 528 creates the minutemen of the state. Sen. Bill White’s bill establishes the Minutemen of the state. Any Missouri resident legally able to carry a firearm could volunteer to join the Missouri Minutemen and would provide defense in a state of emergency when called by the governor and two-thirds of the legislature. House Bill HB 52 would allow concealed guns on public transportation. A hearing for SB 528 and HB 52 is scheduled at noon Tuesday March 30 in the Senate General Laws Committee. SUBMIT A STATEMENT OF OPPOSITION TO THE COMMITTEE by registering and uploading your comments at https://www.senate.mo.gov/senatewitnesssystem/ OR call these Senators and tell them to vote NO: Sen. Bill Eigel 573-751-1141; Sen. Holly Rehder 573-751-2459; Sen. Lauren Arthur 573-751-5282; Sen. Rick Brattin 573-751-2108; Sen. Eric Burlison 573-751-1503; Sen. Elaine Gannon 573-751-4008; Sen.Greg Razer 573-751-6607

EDUCATION

  • Tell your Senator to vote NO on School Voucher Bill SB 30! SB 30 would allow parents to donate to a “scholarship fund” that would pay their child’s tuition to a private or relgious school and consequently give the parents a tax credit for the amount of the “donation” (tuition). This is a tax cut that gives approximately $100 million per year in tax money to private institutions that are not accountable to the state. Studies have shown that voucher programs tend to favor affluent families rather than those most in need. Act NOW as SB 30 is on the Formal calendar for Perfection this week! Find your senator HERE: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx

UPDATES ON PREVIOUS LEGISLATURE ACTIONS

PREVENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ACTIONS

  • Tell your Senator to vote NO on HB 75 and tell your Representative to vote NO on HCS HB 602. HB 75 has been referred to the Senate Health and Pensions committee for a hearing at 1:00 Wednesday, March 31. Please submit a statement of opposition to the committee by registering and uploading your comments at https://www.senate.mo.gov/senatewitnesssystem/. Procedures required by these bills could prevent necessary actions by local governments to protect their citizens during public health emergencies that require immediate action.

VOTER SUPPRESSION

  • Call your Representative NOW! to vote NO on ANY attempts to change the initiative petition process! HJR 26 is on the House Formal Calendar for Perfection this week. Missouri voters have used the Initiative Petition process to place important issues on the ballot such as expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical marijuana, and raising the minimum wage. Now the Missouri GOP wants to change this honored process that has served the people well for over 100 years to make it almost impossible for the people to influence their democracy! Similar bills include House bills HJR 5, HJR 2, HJR 9, HJR 15, HJR 14, HB 333, HJR 20, HJR 25, HJR 26, HJR 27, HB 556, HJR 22 Senate Bill SB 149 is on the Informal calendar for Perfection. Tell your electeds to reject any attempt to make it harder for the people to have a voice through the initiative petition process!

  • We must STOP voter suppression in Missouri!! Tell your Senator to vote NO on attempts to make it harder to vote in Missouri! HB 738, passed the House and is now in the Senate. Bills HB 842 and HB 1065 (bill summary here: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills211/sumpdf/HB1065I.pdf) did not move further last week. Both HB 738 and HB 842 would eliminate electronic voting machines and require paper ballots, which could hamper voting efforts for the disabled as well as delay election results. HB 1065 would establish no-excuse absentee voting but for in-person voters only beginning three weeks before Election Day rather than the current six weeks. Vulnerable citizens such as the elderly or those with chronic health conditions could vote by mail only if they met one of six conditions. It also denies caretakers the right to vote absentee unless they reside in the home of the individual they care for, and it would require a state-issued photo ID to vote. The courts have already found the requirement of a photo-ID to be unconstitutional.

  • Tell your Senator to vote NO on HB 334 Photo ID bill! HB 334 Photo ID bill is in the Senate after passing in the House but there was no movement last week. “For fifteen years, MO lawmakers have attempted to implement discriminatory photo ID requirements to vote in Missouri. Last year the MO Supreme Court made clear that such measures are unconstitutional and violate our fundamental right to vote. The State’s own data shows that HB 334 stands to burden more than 200,000 Missouri voters who do not have a current state-issued photo ID and would face barriers getting one, disproportionately voters of color, seniors, voters with disabilities, young voters, and low-wage workers.” Tell your Senator to vote NO on HB 334!

CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH!



Explore the biographies featured in the monthly “Fab Five” roundup!

March: Activism and Civic Engagement https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/fab-five

Our monthly Fab Five round-up seeks to highlight women that have, and continue to make, history. Presenting women’s stories that have been traditionally overlooked, NWHM museum educators feature five historical pioneers and contemporary newsmakers each month that inspire us to help make the world a better place. ​​​​​​​


Find more events celebrating the vital role of women in American history:



Explore the biographies featured in the monthly “Fab Five” roundup!

March: Activism and Civic Engagement https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/fab-five

Our monthly Fab Five round-up seeks to highlight women that have, and continue to make, history. Presenting women’s stories that have been traditionally overlooked, NWHM museum educators feature five historical pioneers and contemporary newsmakers each month that inspire us to help make the world a better place. ​​​​​​​


Find more events celebrating the vital role of women in American history:


THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and sign up for Indivisible Missouri and this Missouri Mondays email at indivisiblemo.com/signup