03/01/21 - Missouri Mondays - Another week of important work and advocacy!
It’s another week packed with important work and advocacy! We need YOU to TAKE ACTION and CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR about the following bills moving through the MO legislature! Find your electeds by entering your address here: https://house.mo.gov/legislatorlookup.aspx
Tell your state electeds to vote NO on any bill changing the Initiative Petition Process! 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
would make harmful changes to the initiative petition process drastically eroding the ability of citizens to take part in and influence their democracy. Call your state electeds and tell them to vote NO to any bills changing the initiative petition process!
NO to House Bill HB 52 allowing concealed carry of firearms on public transportation and “transporting nonfunctional or unloaded firearms on public buses”. Tell your Representative to vote NO on this irresponsible bill!
NO to HB 334 Photo ID bill! HB 334 passed the House last week and is now in the Senate. “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!
Join Missouri Moms Demand Action for Advocacy Day Event on March 2nd
WHEN: March 2nd - Live programming starts at 10:00am
WHERE: Advocacy Day is virtual this year! No getting up before the sun to drive to the capitol in Jefferson City or worrying about winter weather!
DETAILS: All the action can be accessed from your computer. Live programming starts at 10:00 am and runs throughout the morning. Can't join on the 2nd? Sessions and speakers will be recorded so you can watch at your leisure through March 5th.
RSVP: To be a part of the action you MUST RSVP here: bit.ly/MOadvocacy2021
Important dates April 6 Election
Election Day: April 6, 2021
Polls Open: 6:00 a.m.
Polls Close: 7:00 p.m.
LAST DAY TO REGISTER: MARCH 10, 2021
In Person Absentee Voting Begins: February 23, 2021
Military & Overseas Portal opens: February 19, 2021
Applications mailed to permanently disabled: February 9, 2021
Help protect the right to vote 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 sign up by texting MOVPC to 66866
Join Zoom meeting TODAY MON MARCH 1 at 10am to learn more about the campaign to Ensure Voting in Missouri Amid the COVID-19 Crisis and beyond.
March is Women’s History Month!
Find events and more celebrating the vital role of women in American history:
MO COVID VACCINE UPDATE from State Rep. Patty Lewis
Governor Parson announced last week that Missouri will transition to Phase 1B, Tier 3 in its vaccine distribution plan starting March 15. This tier includes "critical infrastructure" classified as those people that are a part of "keeping the essential functions of society running." https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/Phase1b/#phase1b-2 The good news is that teachers, educators, childcare employees, and grocery store employees will be able to start receiving vaccines. However the reality is that the urban areas of the state are not receiving doses proportionate to their populations which means they are still working on Phase 1B, Tier 2. There are not any mass vaccination events scheduled in Jackson County at this point. All Missourians can receive a vaccine from any county mass vaccination event. Our neighbors to the north, Clay County have one March 3rd from 8 am - 5 pm and you can sign up here: https://modhss.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_231d5TxZxkGedCt Here in Kansas City the majority of vaccines will be distributed to some of our major health systems including HCA, Saint Luke’s Health System, and Truman Medical Centers. The Biden administration will be sending additional doses directly to select pharmacies - some Walmart/Sam’s and Health Mart Systems pharmacies may receive the vaccine. If you are in Phase 1A, 1B Tier 1& 2, you currently qualify for the vaccine. If you would like to get your vaccine, I recommend calling your primary care provider, your local pharmacy, and reaching out to one of the health systems that has been deemed a high throughput allocation site. For more information on the states vaccination plan, please visit https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/. Please note that many of the vaccination distribution sites have not received vaccines or do not have contact information. Right now they are only vaccinating Phase 1A, Phase 1B - Tier 1, Phase 1B - Tier 2. You can view the tier levels here - https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/. The state has an estimated 2 million Missourians left to offer the vaccine to before they move on to the next tier, hopefully by April. Please be patient, continue to keep distance from others, wear your masks, and wash your hands. COVID NAVIGATOR - 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. TRUMAN WAIT LIST SIGNUP - https://www.trumed.org/forms/covid-19-vaccine-wait-list/ 816-404-CARE HCA WAIT LIST SIGNUP - https://researchmedicalcenter.com/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information/covid-19-vaccine-distribution.dot WALMART WAIT LIST SIGNUP - https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302 SAM’S CLUB WAIT LIST SIGN UP - https://www.samsclub.com/pharmacy HY-VEE SIGN UP - https://www.hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy/covid-vaccine CLAY COUNTY SIGN UP (NKC & LIBERTY HOSPITALS) -https://clayhealth.jotform.com/210138520201032 MASS VACCINATION EVENTS SIGN UP: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/events/. SAMUEL U. RODGERS HEALTH CENTER COVID-19 VACCINE WAITLIST - https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WYw-ckSF30ei2eXLBBAfJSZy6fvP_mhBpLKAX9-FudlUNko2VDFBWEtMSVIyQlo0NUJXTko2RlZUTCQlQCN0PWcu PROVIDERS WHO CURRENTLY HAVE VACCINES ON HAND - You will be able to view a map and look up local, approved vaccinators - https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/map/. The MO Advisory Committee on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution meets weekly on Thursdays @ 1 pm virtually. The meetings are open to the public and posted on the DHSS site here: https://health.mo.gov/information/publicnotices/meetings.php Please continue to contact your state representative or senator, the Governor, and the MDHSS if you have concerns with the vaccine roll out or issues with scheduling your vaccine: Governor Michael L. Parson Telephone: (573) 751-3222 Email link: https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us Randall W. Williams, MD, FACOG, Director Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Telephone: (573) 751-6400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Upcoming COVID testing sites in our area can be found here: https://www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19-kcmo-information-and-response/covid-19-testing-locations
MO Dept of Health and Senior Services reports as of Sat Feb 27 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri rose to 478,224 and the total confirmed deaths rose to 7,919. The New York Times database reports as of Feb 28 at least 517,036 cases and 8,381 deaths in Missouri since the beginning of the pandemic.
Although new COVID-19 cases are decreasing this is far from over. Please sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine to be ready 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!
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