CALLS TO ACTION

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12/26/17-Missouri Mondays

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Last week in stunning news a St. Louis grand jury indicted Gov. Eric Greitens on one count of felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a semi-nude photo of the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair and then threatened that he would publish the photo if she revealed their relationship.  


Our existing invasion of privacy law in Missouri only addresses whether someone has given their initial consent to be photographed and doesn’t address whether they gave consent for sharing it.  HB 1558 would make non-consensual distribution of a private sexual image a class D felony. It also makes threatening to distribute such an image in return for some gain or some action or inaction a class E felony. Civil action would remain an additional option for the victim of such a crime.


Indivisible MO supports HB 1558 because:

  • We must not tolerate invasion of privacy and threats of blackmail that could have enormous and life-altering repercussions. We have recently seen the exploitation of countless women and some men revealed through the Me Too movement. Revenge porn can cause irreparable harm by destroying careers, damaging relationships, and ruining lives. We must not allow it to go unpunished!  

  • Missouri must join the majority of the country in reducing the prevalence of revenge porn by enacting tough laws like HB 1558.Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia now have laws against Revenge Porn. Some are more severe than others. We must discourage this practice with harsh criminal consequences.

  • To be effective, revenge porn laws must contain important elements such as harsh punishments and no need to prove motive. HB 1558 contains these key elements.  Not all revenge porn laws are created equal. In some states revenge porn is a misdemeanor, HB 1558 makes it a felony. Victims in Missouri deserve these protections!

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Representative/Senator ________to vote for HB 1558 because _____________.”

References:

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-statutes-clearly-outlaw-non-consensual-photos-blackmail-issue-is/article_dfe9b34d-6a97-5fec-a877-c33f492796e8.amp.html

http://krcgtv.com/news/local/revenge-porn-bill-back-before-state-lawmakers

http://fox4kc.com/2018/02/21/missouri-lawmakers-considering-bill-to-make-revenge-porn-a-felony/

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/22/588163633/missouri-gov-eric-greitens-indicted-on-a-charge-of-felony-invasion-of-privacy

https://www.cybercivilrights.org/anatomy-effective-revenge-porn-law/

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Tell your Representative to restore MO Rx for over 60,000 Missourians!

  • Write your Representative here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/020518mm

  • Don’t know your State Representative? Find out here: http://www.house.mo.gov/legislatorlookup.aspx

Over 60,000 Missouri senior citizens lost a crucial state prescription drug benefit known as MO Rx when the legislature allowed the program to expire in July of 2017. However, in a nearly unanimous vote of 30-1 last week, the Senate passed SB 563 that would restore MO Rx assistance for low-income seniors with incomes between 85% and 185% of the federal poverty level.

Indivisible MO supports SB 563 because:

  • The MO Rx program provides low-income seniors with 50% of the cost of their prescriptions.Without this assistance they have been faced with double the cost for their medications and perhaps having to go without them in order to pay for other necessities like groceries or utilities.

  • Cuts to MO Rx funding left some of Missouri’s most vulnerable seniors scrambling to come up with the extra costs of medications they depend on to function with only two weeks notice. This impacted seniors with incomes just above the cutoff of 85% of federal poverty level or $10,000 per year. Many of these seniors, who are on a fixed income, were unable to make up the additional costs for their medications without this program.

  • Balancing the state budget by taking prescription benefits from low-income seniors in order to continue tax giveaways for wealthy corporations is unacceptable. Low-income seniors in Missouri shouldn’t have to go without medicine that they depend on to live so that wealthy corporations can pay less in taxes.

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Representative ________to vote YES for SB 563 restoring MO Rx benefits for 60,000 seniors because _____________.”


References:http://www.therolladailynews.com/news/20170628/morx-program-changes-to-affect-over-60000-missourians

http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Cut-to-prescription-drug-assistance-program-affects-thousands-of-Missouri-seniors-429744133.html

https://www.missourinet.com/2017/09/28/missouri-democratic-party-rolls-out-healthcare-plan/

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-senate-votes-to-bring-back-prescription-drug-assistance-program/article_00b0449c-2054-5c0c-9b00-da3361308dfd.html

https://www.missourinet.com/2017/06/27/60000-missourians-to-lose-prescription-drug-subsidies-in-days


Tell Speaker Richardson & your State Rep. 20 years is long enough, it's time to pass MONA (MO Non-Discrimination Act - HB 2100)!

  1. Call Speaker Todd Richardson’s office at (573)-751-4039 and tell him “20 years has been to long, please put HB 2100, the MONA bill, on the floor!”

  2. Then email or call your state Representatives and ask them to support MONA, it is time for Missouri to stop discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


The Missouri Non-discrimination Act or MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories of the Missouri Human Rights Act. Currently the law prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations based on race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, disability, age (in employment), familial status (in housing) and national origin--but does not protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people.

  • No one should be denied employment, housing, or public accommodation based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In Missouri an individual can be fired from a job, denied housing, or denied service in a business based on these factors. This is unacceptable.

  • Twenty years is enough. MONA has been filed every year for twenty years. There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in Missouri. Missouri must support the rights of ALL its citizens NOW.

  • Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies prohibit this kind of discrimination. The idea that non-discrimination would hurt business is wrong. These companies recognize that not only is non-discrimination the right thing to do, it is also profitable.*

  • Missouri must align with Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Federal agencies, the Supreme Court, and other recent courts have ruled that gender identity and sexual orientation are protected classes in employment.

References:

https://promoonline.org/news/the-missouri-nondiscrimination-act-is-introduced-in-the-house-senate-for-the-19th-year-in-a-row/

https://www.freedomforallamericans.org/missouri-legislation-anti-lgbtq/

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article145831509.html

https://labor.mo.gov/discrimination

*Sara Baker, legislative and policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri

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