CALLS TO ACTION

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




This week, possibly as early as today, the Missouri Senate is expected to debate SB 55, a bill that would profoundly impact public schools. Senate Bill 55 (sponsored by Republican Senator Cindy O’Laughlin) would direct funds away from public schools toward private and charter schools, expand the number of charter schools, and change the Missouri Course Access Program into a virtual charter school.

Call your state senator TODAY and demand a NO vote on SB 55! Senate bill 55 would create the following:

Charter School Expansion: Up to 61 more charter schools could be authorized in Missouri, including districts that are already recognized for their excellence.

  • Charter schools do not need an elected governing board. Board members are appointed and are not required to live in the state.

  • These schools drain funds away from the home district. Public schools have difficulty maintaining needed staff and facilities when students move to charter schools, but the public school must accept the students back if they decide to leave the charter school.

  • Charter schools can set requirements and programs and do not have to accept all students.

Education Scholarship Account/Vouchers: Tax credits would be issued for donations to a “scholarship fund” that could be used for attendance at private schools, for-profit virtual schools, or home schools.

  • Vouchers drain an already under-funded system of necessary revenue. It is estimated this bill would cost the state $100 million per year with an annual increase of 10%. Parents can currently divert taxable income into a 529 account that can be used for private schooling. An additional voucher program is completely unnecessary.

  • Vouchers do not lead to an increase in student performance. (Center for Tax and Budget Accountability)

  • Vouchers primarily assist those least in need. A higher percentage of students that use vouchers come from more affluent families.

  • State tax money is allowed to flow to schools with no accountability and no regulation to avoid discrimination.

  • Vouchers under this bill would create open districts, allowing a student to attend another school district.

Turning MOCAP into Virtual Charter Schools: For-profit virtual schools could be established and paid for with tax dollars.

  • Virtual schools could charge much more than the current cap, going beyond market expenses, profiting from school tax funds.

  • Virtual schools could simply disenroll under-performing students, sending them back to their local district

Other provisions include requiring all districts to allow home-schooled students to participate in MSHSAA activities, allowing school board members to be recalled, and limiting state board of education members to only one term.

Contact your state legislators TODAY about SB 55, covid, other issues of importance to you and be sure to sign up for their newsletter!

  • Be sure to click the “Capitol Report Sign up” on your state representative’s webpage to receive their newsletter and stay up to date.

  • Let your state lawmakers know if you or a loved one qualify for the covid vaccine but have been unable to obtain an appointment or experienced other obstacles to receiving the first dose.

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 up for MOVPC's mailing list for information and links to join meetings: https://movpc.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=90d5fdc569e873a58aff5887a&id=cf802f0c87 or by texting MOVPC to 66866

Join Zoom meeting TODAY MON FEB 8 at 10am to learn more about the campaign to Ensure Voting in Missouri Amid the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond.

MO COVID UPDATE

  • For comparison the New York Times database reported as of Feb 7 at 8:37pm ET at least 502,363 cases and 7,558 deaths in Missouri since the beginning of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Vaccine interest survey for 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.


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





Governor Parson insisted on an in person State of the State address on Jan 27 despite a covid outbreak shutting down the House the week before and additional lawmakers testing positive and others isolating after exposure in the Capitol to someone infected. Parson and the GOP majority continue to play a dangerous game of ignoring even their own covid safety recommendations by refusing a mask mandate in the Capitol putting everyone at risk of the deadly virus.

What the Governor didn’t say about State of the State

  • MO House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee had a meeting scheduled last week with Dr. Randall Williams, Director of MO Dept. of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and also with the MO COVID team but without explanation the meeting was cancelled.

We deserve answers! Take action!

Tell MO House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee Chair, Rep. Mike Stephens to make sure DHSS Director Williams appears before this committee to answer questions about Missouri’s failure to roll out the COVID vaccine and what steps will be taken for improvement to protect and save Missouri lives!

Rep. Mike Stephens

573-751-1347

mike.stephens@house.mo.gov

Connect with your state legislators on covid and other issues of importance to you, sign up for their newsletter!

  • Let your state lawmakers know if you or a loved one qualify for the covid vaccine but have been unable to obtain an appointment or experienced other obstacles to receiving the first dose.

  • Be sure to click the “Capitol Report Sign up” on your state representative’s webpage to receive their newsletter and stay up to date.

  • Connect with your state senator by using the “Email the Senator” link on their senate member webpage.

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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.

*Sign up for MOVPC's mailing list for information and links to join meetings: https://movpc.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=90d5fdc569e873a58aff5887a&id=cf802f0c87 or by texting MOVPC to 66866

Join Zoom meeting TODAY MON FEB 1 at 10am to learn more about the campaign to Ensure Voting in Missouri Amid the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond.

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MO COVID UPDATE

  • For comparison the New York Times database reported as of Jan 31 at 2:04 pm at least 493,340 cases and 7,175 deaths in Missouri since the beginning of the pandemic.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine interest survey for 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.


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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We breathed a sigh of relief and cried out with joy as we witnessed the peaceful transition of power that we had always taken for granted in the past. We were so inspired by the words of 22 year old poet laureate Amanda Gorman, “Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished” adding “We are striving to forge a union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man” and it is reassuring that President Biden and Vice-President Harris wasted no time getting to work on our nation’s unprecedented challenges on day one.

We also face many serious challenges right here at home. As the Missouri legislature returns to session this week, we need to make sure our voices are heard and we are urging immediate action on this bill of concern in the MO Senate:

HELP FIGHT MO SENATE BILL (SB) 66 ”STAND YOUR GROUND” EXPANSION BILL!

Today at 1:30pm, the MO Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will have a hearing on SB 66, a dangerous bill that will expand “stand your ground” in our state.

SB 66 SUMMARY:

Would encourage use of force against protestors and would make it easier to sue local governments for injuries related to the government failing to prevent an “unlawful assembly.”

Creates a new “unlawful traffic interference” felony, creates a new “conspiring to cause a riot” felony and makes state funds unavailable to localities that reduce their police budgets by a certain amount

Would also provide civil liability to motorists who injure people who are blocking traffic in connection with a protest

Would discourage localities from allowing lawful protests and encourage people to physically harm protestors, would make it easier to use lethal force against protesters.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. Call committee members to OPPOSE SB 66!

MO Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

Sen. Tony Leutkemeyer - 573-751-2183 - tony.luetkemeyer@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Bob Onder - 573-751-1282 - bob.onder@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Bill White - 573-751-2173 - Bill.White@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Holly Rehder - 573-751-2459 - Holly.Rehder@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Karla May - 573-751-3599 - karla.may@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Steve Roberts - 573-751-4415 - Steve.Roberts@senate.mo.gov

2. Submit written testimony BEFORE 1:30PM TODAY JAN 25!

Use this link https://www.senate.mo.gov/senatewitnesssystem/ to the senate website where you can create a “witness account” and submit a witness form for any bill being heard in the Senate this session. When you create your account it will ask for a Lobbyist ID, just click “I am not a lobbyist” and it should push you past that question.

3. Document your actions (emails, phone calls, written testimony) here: https://secure.ngpvan.com/FKKNPLG0_U-eyjyrkzXn8w2

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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.

*Sign up for MOVPC's mailing list for information and links to join meetings: https://movpc.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=90d5fdc569e873a58aff5887a&id=cf802f0c87 or by texting MOVPC to 66866

Join Zoom meeting TODAY MON JAN 25 at 10am to learn more about the campaign to Ensure Voting in Missouri Amid the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond.

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JOIN HEARTLAND ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS TONIGHT MON JAN 25 at 6PM! RSVP HERE: http://bit.ly/3sNKyK9

Our friends with HAP are hosting a Zoom meeting “Take Action: Gerrymandering, Voting Rights, Workers’ Rights and Ballot Initiatives” with guest Speaker Richard von Glahn, Policy Director with Missouri Jobs with Justice discussing what we can do to deal with the gerrymandering aspects of Amendment 3 that overturned Clean Missouri, and will talk about other ballot initiatives as we go forward.


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MO COVID UPDATE

According to the MO Dept of Health and Senior Services as of Sunday January 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri rose to 449,535 an increase of 11,986 new cases since last week on Jan 17. 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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