CALLS TO ACTION

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

Tell your Senator to take a stand against attacks on our most vulnerable Missourians--vote NO on HB1443 & SB561!

Over 900,000 Missourians were living in poverty in 2016 and nearly 290,000 are children. Two bills in the Senate, HB 1443 and SB 561 would punish these Missouri children who have no control over their circumstances. HB 1443 prohibits temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefit cards from being used at ATMs or to access cash, and further limits the items that may be purchased with TANF or SNAP benefits. SB 561 changes the requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by punishing people who fail to meet federal work requirements for SNAP by cutting off benefits and, if they are the head of household, cutting of the entire household as well.

Indivisible Missouri opposes HB 1443 & SB 561 because children shouldn't be punished for the acts of their parents! 

HB 1443--

  • HB 1443 places further restrictions on purchases using SNAP and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.  Under HB 1443, an individual who purchases a prohibited item or makes a purchase in a prohibited establishment using SNAP or TANF funds could lose TANF benefits for a period of five years. TANF funds help families in poverty pay for essential living expenses. Children should not have to suffer the traumatic consequences of losing this necessary benefit due to a parent’s ill-considered action.

  • Children would be punished for their parents’ actions and forced to go without benefits for three to six months or permanently through no fault of their own.  Under HB 1443, if a disqualified individual is the head of a household, the household would then be ineligible to receive TANF benefits for a period of three months, six months, or five years. To withhold these benefits as punishment is utterly unconscionable.

  • Families should not be cut off from accessing much needed cash for essential items. HB 1443 would prohibit using a SNAP or TANF EBT card at an ATM or from receiving cash back on a purchase. Not every item a family needs can be purchased with an electronic card. Cutting off access to cash can devastate an already needy family. Some need cash to pay rent, transportation, school expenses, or other necessities.

SB 561--

  • SB 561 changes the requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by punishing people who fail to meet federal work requirements for SNAP by cutting off benefits and, if they are the head of household, cutting of the entire household as well.  In other words through no fault of their own, children will be at risk of having less food or going without food due to the actions of their parents.  For families living in extreme poverty meeting these requirements can be incredibly difficult if not impossible. Employers can cut hours, employees can be ill or need to care for sick children, all of which could reduce work hours. To withhold food benefits as punishment is utterly unconscionable.

  • Children could go without nutritional benefits for up to 180 days by no fault of their own. SB 561 would punish children for their parents’ actions. This is unacceptable as the SNAP program serves 378,373 households and 810,000 Missourians per month.  If a disqualified individual is the head of a household, the household would then be ineligible to participate in SNAP for up to 180 days.

  • Hunger causes stress and stress is harmful for a child’s mental and physical development.  If a child lives with the stress of food insecurity, it can lead to lasting damage to health, learning, and behavior. “The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation.”*  We must insure that all Missouri children have the nutrition they need.

References:

http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/why-snap.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=https://t.co/emfAjfFTOa

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/toxic-stress/

https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/ops/Missouri.pdf

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/01/25/missouri-senator-calls-for-food-stamp-crackdown

https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/1-23-18kstanf.pdf

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/02/26/new-evidence-that-work-requirements-do-not-work/?utm_term=.c9a0f03b19fd

https://rewire.news/article/2018/03/05/work-requirements-bad-womens-health/

http://www.communityaction.org/poverty-reports/

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/programs/tanf/about

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columnists/guest_columnists/sb-would-deepen-poverty-and-hunger-in-missouri/article_94540baa-faeb-11e7-b726-1b611f71b52e.html

http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/why-snap.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=https://t.co/emfAjfFTOa

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/missouri-house-supports-bill-adding-welfare-program-restrictions/article_09c6f19c-270e-11e8-a220-73953d2a405e.html

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Senator ________to vote NO on HB 1483 and SB 561 because _____________.” 

Twitter: @MOIndivisible  *** https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleMO



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Tell your Senator to take a stand against attacks on our most vulnerable Missourians--vote NO on HB1443 & SB561!

Over 900,000 Missourians were living in poverty in 2016 and nearly 290,000 are children. Two bills in the Senate, HB 1443 and SB 561 would punish these Missouri children who have no control over their circumstances. HB 1443 prohibits temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefit cards from being used at ATMs or to access cash, and further limits the items that may be purchased with TANF or SNAP benefits. SB 561 changes the requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by punishing people who fail to meet federal work requirements for SNAP by cutting off benefits and, if they are the head of household, cutting of the entire household as well.

Indivisible Missouri opposes HB 1443 & SB 561 because children shouldn't be punished for the acts of their parents!

HB 1443--

  • HB 1443 places further restrictions on purchases using SNAP and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits. Under HB 1443, an individual who purchases a prohibited item or makes a purchase in a prohibited establishment using SNAP or TANF funds could lose TANF benefits for a period of five years. TANF funds help families in poverty pay for essential living expenses. Children should not have to suffer the traumatic consequences of losing this necessary benefit due to a parent’s ill-considered action.

  • Children would be punished for their parents’ actions and forced to go without benefits for three to six months or permanently through no fault of their own. Under HB 1443, if a disqualified individual is the head of a household, the household would then be ineligible to receive TANF benefits for a period of three months, six months, or five years. To withhold these benefits as punishment is utterly unconscionable.

  • Families should not be cut off from accessing much needed cash for essential items. HB 1443 would prohibit using a SNAP or TANF EBT card at an ATM or from receiving cash back on a purchase. Not every item a family needs can be purchased with an electronic card. Cutting off access to cash can devastate an already needy family. Some need cash to pay rent, transportation, school expenses, or other necessities.

SB 561--

  • SB 561 changes the requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by punishing people who fail to meet federal work requirements for SNAP by cutting off benefits and, if they are the head of household, cutting of the entire household as well. In other words through no fault of their own, children will be at risk of having less food or going without food due to the actions of their parents. For families living in extreme poverty meeting these requirements can be incredibly difficult if not impossible. Employers can cut hours, employees can be ill or need to care for sick children, all of which could reduce work hours. To withhold food benefits as punishment is utterly unconscionable.

  • Children could go without nutritional benefits for up to 180 days by no fault of their own. SB 561 would punish children for their parents’ actions. This is unacceptable as the SNAP program serves 378,373 households and 810,000 Missourians per month. If a disqualified individual is the head of a household, the household would then be ineligible to participate in SNAP for up to 180 days.

  • Hunger causes stress and stress is harmful for a child’s mental and physical development. If a child lives with the stress of food insecurity, it can lead to lasting damage to health, learning, and behavior. “The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation.”* We must insure that all Missouri children have the nutrition they need.

References:

http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/why-snap.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=https://t.co/emfAjfFTOa

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/toxic-stress/

https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/ops/Missouri.pdf

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/01/25/missouri-senator-calls-for-food-stamp-crackdown

https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/1-23-18kstanf.pdf

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/02/26/new-evidence-that-work-requirements-do-not-work/?utm_term=.c9a0f03b19fd

https://rewire.news/article/2018/03/05/work-requirements-bad-womens-health/

http://www.communityaction.org/poverty-reports/

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/programs/tanf/about

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columnists/guest_columnists/sb-would-deepen-poverty-and-hunger-in-missouri/article_94540baa-faeb-11e7-b726-1b611f71b52e.html

http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-blog/why-snap.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=https://t.co/emfAjfFTOa

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/missouri-house-supports-bill-adding-welfare-program-restrictions/article_09c6f19c-270e-11e8-a220-73953d2a405e.html

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Senator ________to vote NO on HB 1483 and SB 561 because _____________.”

Twitter: @MOIndivisible *** https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleMO

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Greitens' time is up!

Tell Speaker Richardson and your Representative to begin impeachment now!


For this week’s Missouri Mondays, Indivisible MO asks that you write or call House Speaker Richardson and your Representative to demand impeachment proceedings for Governor Greitens begin immediately!

Once again this week the Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, has made national news headlines for all the wrong reasons. On Friday, April 20, Governor Greitens was charged with a second felony, this time for computer tampering relating to the misuse of his charity donor list, and he could face up to four years in prison if convicted. As has been widely reported, the Governor is also facing felony invasion of privacy charges for allegedly taking a nude photo of his mistress without her consent and threatening revenge porn blackmail. Greitens’ has called the invasion of privacy charges a “witch hunt,” has denounced the House Special Investigative Committee report as lies and is refusing to step down. Greitens’ trial on invasion of privacy charges is set to begin in St. Louis on May 14.


Indivisible MO demands Governor Greitens’ be impeached because:

  • The Governor’s legal matters are distracting our elected officials from doing the job they were sent to Jefferson City to do. Our state is facing serious problems including budget shortfalls, funding for public education, repairing our roads and infrastructure, taking care of our seniors, and many other critical needs and only a few more weeks left in the Session. Until the Governor resigns or is impeached, our legislators will be distracted from addressing these important issues facing our state. Greitens could even use the power of his signature as a quid pro quo in exchange for support. We cannot allow this to happen!

  • Sworn testimony about Greitens’ abusive and threatening behavior is deeply disturbing and unacceptable for any elected official, especially the Governor. The allegations against Governor Greitens are shocking and disgraceful. We should expect nothing less than good moral character, honesty, and integrity from all of our elected officials and especially from the leader of our state. Greitens alleged reprehensible criminal behavior is bringing shame and embarrassment to the office of governor and to Missouri yet he refuses to step down, so we must begin impeachment proceedings now!

  • There are a growing number of Republicans who have joined with Democrats in calling for Governor to resign yet so far he has refused. Legislators who have already called on Greitens to resign include: Kevin Kehoe (Senate Majority Leader), Gina Walsh (Senate Minority Leader), and Gail McCann Beatty (House Minority Floor Leader), Attorney General Josh Hawley, State Auditor Nicole Galloway, and Senator Claire McCaskill. Even a top Greitens donor, David Humphreys, has also called for his resignation.

  • We deserve a law-abiding governor who values constitutional protections for all Missourians! The Governor asked to delay the release of the House committee’s report until after his day in court at his upcoming trial, yet would deny the right to a jury trial to other Missourians. Last year Governor Greitens signed SB 43 into law, which made it easier for employers to discriminate against their employees and weakened Missouri’s human rights laws. This year another bill, SB 578, would give employers the right to force employees into secret arbitration, denying them the right to a jury trial and hiding discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace. We deserve leaders who will fight for constitutional protections for all Missourians and not just for themselves when it’s convenient.

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Speaker Richardson/Representative________to begin impeachment proceedings today because _____________.”

References:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-missouri-governor/missouri-governor-charged-with-felony-computer-data-tampering-idUSKBN1HR383

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/20/604489073/missouri-gov-eric-greitens-charged-with-second-felony-computer-data-tampering

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article208866399.html

https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article208375284.html

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-greitens-wants-his-day-in-court-but-seeks-to/article_882be829-b2a7-5591-a84c-b1fdeee7455e.html

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article208633839.html

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article208614359.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/us/eric-greitens-missouri-scandal.html

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article208621159.html

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article209422724.html

Twitter: @MOIndivisible *** https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleMO *** http://www.indivisiblemo.com/

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