05/03/21 - Missouri Mondays - Make good trouble to protect healthcare, food benefits, voting rights!
Last week the GOP majority Missouri Senate joined the House in refusing to fully fund the constitutionally mandated Medicaid expansion that voters approved to provide healthcare coverage to nearly 300,000 Missourians. Unless something unexpected happens before the legislature’s May 7 budget deadline, time and taxpayer dollars will be wasted in a court battle that the state will lose, or as the KC Star Editorial Board suggests Governor Parson could take action enrolling those who are now eligible and call a special session to approve the funding. Parson already included the funding for Medicaid expansion in his budget saying, “I have to represent all Missourians and they voted for it.” KCStar Editorial Board May 2
TAKE THESE NECESSARY ACTIONS THIS WEEK!
TELL GOVERNOR PARSON TO ENROLL THOSE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION AND CALL A SPECIAL SESSION FOR FUNDING IF THE LEGISLATURE DOESN’T ACT BEFORE MAY 7!
Gov. Parson Office: (573) 751-3222
TELL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE NO ON THE FOLLOWING BILLS:
FOOD ASSISTANCE WORK REQUIREMENTS--Taking food from families is cruel and unnecessary. HCS HB 217 requires any individual receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) funds to comply with work requirements or lose food assistance for 3 months, 6 months, or permanently. This bill would punish entire families. If one family member does not receive assistance, the family, including the children will suffer. Tell your Representaive to VOTE NO ON HCS HB 217.
VOTER SUPPRESSION--We must STOP voter suppression in Missouri!! Tell your Senator to vote NO on attempts to make it harder to vote in Missouri!. HB 842 would eliminate electronic voting machines and require paper ballots. There has been no evidence of voter fraud or compromised voting machines. This bill would create further delays in the voting process and tabulation and incur unnecessary costs. Tell your Representative to VOTE NO ON HB 842.
FIND YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE HERE: https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx
SAVE THE DATE AND REGISTER FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS!
MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC) MEETING
MON MAY 3
Join Missouri Voter Protection Coalition Zoom meeting with statewide advocates working to protect the right to vote in Missouri.
Text MOVPC to 66866 to sign up!
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS KC
THE FIGHT FOR FAIR MAPS
TUESDAY MAY 4
REGISTER HERE TO JOIN ON ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZIqde6prjotE9aaecTGLEzQl2gnS
OR LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK HERE: www.facebook.com/LWVKC.
Please join LWVKC on Tuesday, May 4 at 7pm for The Fight for Fair Maps in Missouri: A Presentation by Sean Soendker Nicholson
Sean Soendker Nicholson of Fair Maps Missouri coalition was instrumental in every aspect of the Clean Missouri Amendment campaign. He knows redistricting in Missouri inside and out. Redrawing political maps every ten years is a fraught issue in all states, but special circumstances here in Missouri make 2021 extraordinarily onerous. Learn how this year is so difficult and what we can do about it!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL JOHN LEWIS VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACTION DAY MAY 8
KC MO RALLY & VOTERCADE
SATURDAY MAY 8
1:00 - 3:00 PM
BRUCE R. WATKINS CULTURAL CENTER
3700 Blue Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64130
REGISTER HERE: https://www.mobilize.us/publiccitizen/event/385787/
The voting rights of America’s Voters of Color and Youth Voters are under attack nationally by state legislators introducing and passing laws to suppress their participation in elections. Meanwhile, big business and billionaires are able to spend unlimited amounts of funding to buy our elections.
Join us as we mobilize on May 8 in the name of John Lewis as part of 100 events across the nation to pass the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), D.C. Statehood and address the filibuster to do so.
Together, we can build a better nation and a stronger democracy.
In Kansas City, we'll kick things off with a Press Conference and rally at 1pm at the Bruce R Watkins Cultural Center, followed by a votercade. JOIN US!
HEARTLAND ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS
FIGHTING BACK AGAINST GERRYMANDERING IN MISSOURI
Guest speaker Sean Soendker Nicholson with GPS Impact
MONDAY, MAY 10, 6:00-7:00 PM
RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3gxZ70D
Sean will provide an update on REDISTRICTING and how you can fight back against gerrymandering by engaging in the development of COMMUNITY MAPS, after Missouri voters were tricked into returning to unfair and noncompetitive state house and senate districts with Amendment 3 in November 2020.
Vaccine Eligibility - SIGN UP TODAY!
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 Sun May 2 The New York Times
28% of Missourians are fully vaccinated
38% have received at least one dose.
Total COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Missouri
503,078 total cases and 8,745 deaths as of Sat May 1 MO Dept of Health and Senior Services
601,785 total cases and 9,250 deaths as of Sun May 2 The New York Times
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