Bi-Weekly Briefing 2018 Session #3 Feb 15

Empower Missouri Briefing Webinar

Thursday, February 15, 2018

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM


To view a recording of the webinar, click here, you will be asked to register, if you have not already, prior to viewing.

Some documents have been updated after the webinar to make corrections.


Empowering You February 2018 Newsletter

We’re hiring in KC! Guest Columns from the MO Workforce Housing Association’s Jeff Smith and the Campaign for Youth Justice’s Brian Evans, and exciting new features we’re implementing at Empower Missouri like our bi-weekly briefing calls – one happening at 4:30pm Today February 1.

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Bi-Monthly Briefing 2018 Session #2 Feb 1


Call-in: 515-603-3103
passcode- 167856#

On Today's Call:

  • Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive DirectorEmpower Missouri
  • Joey Lindstrom, Manager for Field OrganizingNational Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Invited legislative champions.
    • Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-88)
      • supports HIV Modernization and plans to file a model bill
      • filed/supports Youth Mental Health Preservation Act HB 2141 (ban on so-called "conversion therapy" used on LGBTQ+ youth) not yet assigned to committee
      • opposing Sen. Emery's SB 564 regarding utility companies

Find supporting documents to the right in the "Documents" Section.

Click to Vote on the best day/time for future briefings.

From Joey Lindstrom:

  1. Our most recent sign-on letter regarding housing finance reform:
    1. Organizations can add their names to the letter by filling out this form:
  2. Background on the HTF:
  3. NLIHC response to President Trump’s State of the Union address:

You can reach out to Joey with additional questions or comments: 

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February 22

Human Rights: Meeting

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dial: 515-603-3103
Passcode: 167856#
Phone-in & Online
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March 9

HIV Justice Coalition Monthly Call

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Conference Call:

March 22

Human Rights: Meeting

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dial: 515-603-3103
Passcode: 167856#
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We’re Hiring! Kansas City Organizer!

Can you organize and collaborate with people of different races, backgrounds, economic status, and even political party to work for a better Missouri for all of us?

Do you want to build people power to impact legislators in Jefferson City?

 Are you willing to put your skills and resources behind every day Missourians to empower everyone to be an advocate?

Will you help plan and execute events like educational chapter forums, legislative happy hours, and press conferences?

If so, keep reading, or download this PDF of the job description.  


Job Description

Kansas City Regional Organizer


To facilitate and promote the mission of Empower Missouri in Kansas City and the surrounding region, with particular emphasis in Criminal Justice and Safety Net Programs.


  • Coordinate Empower Missouri’s Kansas City area activities within existing coalitions, with existing collaborative partners, and reach out to potential additional partners and coalitions in the region (including Kansas-based organizations). At this time, the position will focus heavily on support of criminal justice reform and protecting/enhancing safety net programs.
  • Coordinate, promote, publicize and support sponsored (or co-sponsored) public forums and other events in the Kansas City region, working with the Kansas City Chapter, staff, and other interested parties.
  • Work with headquarters staff to maintain and update membership database, including volunteer information, members, and community leaders.
  • Directly support the work of the Kansas City Chapter by attending meetings and events of the chapter, ensuring the minutes of the meetings are taken and distributed, and providing general logistical assistance.
  • Represent Empower Missouri at meetings in the region.
  • Coordinate advocates and groups to take part in & support actions at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City along with Kansas City House and Senate Districts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Reports to

Assistant Director


  • Bachelor’s Degree in field closely related to public policy. Any combination of education and relevant experience can substitute.
  • Experience working with volunteer organizations and volunteer boards, nonprofit, advocacy and/or grass-root entities – a strong preference for experience with criminal justice and/or safety net programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Good clerical, organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and similar software. Prior experience with EveryAction or the Voter Access Network (VAN) is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently from home while staying in touch with supervisor and other staff.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.


The Kansas City Regional Organizer will be based out of Kansas City with some responsibility for regional support on the western and northwestern portions of Missouri. Limited travel around the state may be required on occasion.


The Kansas City Regional Organizer position is a full-time position and salary is negotiable based upon experience.   Empower Missouri offers health/dental/vision insurance, vacation & sick days, with options for a retirement savings plan after one year of employment.

To Apply

Please send a resume with cover letter to and include a salary requirement and references. No phone calls, please.

Bi-Monthly Briefing 2018 Session #1 Jan 18

January 18, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Conference Call # & Passcode:
(515) 603-3103; 167856#

  • Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director, Empower Missouri
    Brian Colby, Policy Director, Missouri Budget Project. Brian will speak about SB 611 and SB 617, which could reduce General Revenue by $464 million to $1 billion, and this year’s budget process.
  • Joey Lindstrom, Manager for Field Organizing, National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Representative from the Missouri Workforce Housing Association (invited)
  • See documents here.

Bi-Weekly Briefings

Add to google calendar
February 22

Human Rights: Meeting

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dial: 515-603-3103
Passcode: 167856#
Phone-in & Online
Show in Google map
March 9

HIV Justice Coalition Monthly Call

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Conference Call:

March 22

Human Rights: Meeting

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dial: 515-603-3103
Passcode: 167856#
Phone-in & Online
Show in Google map

View All Upcoming Task Force Events

 01 18 2018 Comprehensive List

01 18 2018 AHH Report

01 18 2018 CJ Report

01 18 2018 EJ&H Report

01 18 2018 H&MH Report

01 18 2018 HR Report

Empowering You December Newsletter

Upcoming United Way/Empower Missouri Preview Event of the 2018 Legislative Session in KC, Farm Bill watch, the laws that feed America, and updates from our national partners in addressing poverty.

Download printable PDF of newsletter.

Empower Change on this #GivingTuesday

Members and Allies,

The Thanksgiving Holiday is time to remember our connections – people, places, and events that have benefited our lives. This year my Thanksgiving had a “prequel” – the vacation trip that my wife Dorothy and I took to Selma and Montgomery, AL in October.

At a time in U.S. history when injustice and cruelty are very visible, Dorothy and I needed inspiration. We started at the excellent National Parks Service Interpretive Center located next to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. There we followed the historical path from the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson to the beating of John Lewis and other protestors on the bridge and the march from Selma to Montgomery.

In Montgomery, we visited the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University, a church Dr. Martin Luther King Junior had pastored and the parsonage in which his family had lived. We went to the Civil Rights Memorial and dipped our hands in a fountain marked by the names of many martyrs who gave their lives to end legal discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and voting.

When we listen to the news today, we can easily slide into despair, focusing on injustice, hate speech, and current attacks on past civil rights victories. Let us never forget what our ancestors have done to move us forward to our current situation, fraught with danger, but also pregnant with possibilities. The spirit of justice that enabled John Lewis, Amelia Boynton and others to move toward their goal, despite the wall of state troopers ahead of them, is still moving among us.

That spirit has mobilized Empower Missouri for more than 115 years. Founded in 1901, as the Missouri Conference on Charities and Corrections, we have operated under four names, but always as our state’s conscience around basic human needs and fairness.

Re-branding as Empower Missouri in 2014, we continue our relentless pursuit of justice, most recently securing legislation in St. Louis City to protect renters from illegal lockouts. We are actively working on furthering our defined goals for 2018, which include protecting the safety net, finally passing “Raise the Age” (thereby increasing the age an adolescent can be charged as an adult to 17), and modernizing how HIV is viewed under the law.

On this #GivingTuesday, please take a moment to offer thanks for the history of justice advocates, locally and globally. Donations to Empower Missouri – and your advocacy with us – place you squarely in that line of justice champions, moving Missouri and our world toward equity and healthy communities for all.

In gratitude and justice,

Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director


Poverty and Progress: The State of Being Poor in Missouri and New Threats Ahead

On November 6, 2017 Empower Missouri and the Coalition for Human Need released a report entitled Poverty and Progress: The State of Being Poor in Missouri and New Threats Ahead. The whole report can be found here As the report states:

We Can – and Must – Continue to Make Progress for the Millions Still Struggling

We can – and should – do more to further reduce poverty for the millions of Americans still struggling. To achieve this goal, Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs recommend the following actions for Congress and President Trump:

  • Reject cuts to proven anti-poverty programs; instead, protect and expand funding for programs including SNAP, Medicaid, housing subsidies and others.
  • Reject tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations that will lead to further cuts in domestic programs. Paying for tax cuts for the rich while cutting programs for the poor, infrastructure investments, and public health protections is simply wrong. Corporations and the wealthy need to pay their fair share.
  • Lift sequester caps for domestic discretionary programs to boost investments in education and many other programs. A bipartisan deal, similar to those reached in past years, is needed to lift the austere sequester-level spending caps for FY18 and beyond.
  • Increase federal funding for housing subsidies and child care subsidies. As Congress continues its FY18 appropriations process, it should increase funding to provide millions more Americans in need with access to safe, stable housing and quality, affordable child care.
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to workers not raising children and expand the Child Tax Credit to families making less than $3,000 a year. A bipartisan group of members of Congress have previously shown support for expanding the EITC, so helping workers without dependent children should be a top priority for Congress. Congress should also act to ensure all low-income children benefit from the CTC.
  • Reject harsh time limits and work requirements for SNAP, Medicaid, and subsidized housing recipients. Congress should end the harsh time limits on SNAP benefits for certain jobless adults willing to work.
  • Congress should once and for all abandon efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and instead stabilize the law’s insurance markets. And Missouri and other states that haven’t yet expanded health coverage to workers with low incomes by drawing down federal Medicaid dollars should do so. Governors of states that have continued to deny health coverage to residents with low incomes should end this costly failure to take advantage of federal dollars on the table and provide necessary health care to those who can least afford it.
  • Congress should enact the Dream Act, providing legal status and a path to citizenship for the young people brought to this country as children. Their freedom to work, learn, and serve in the armed services contributes to economic growth.

Read the full report:

Click for press release.