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
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March 9

HIV Justice Coalition Monthly Call

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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March 22

Human Rights: Meeting

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Passcode: 167856#
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Empowering You November Newsletter

WOW! What a great POW! Conference. Thanks to all those who attended. See what you missed and share in the great pics. This issue also includes updates on the case of Michael Johnson who was convicted under MO’s outdated and stigmatizing HIV criminal laws, the illegal lockout bill in STL city, and a welcome to our new board chair! Take a look.

Click for downloadable/printable PDF.

Empowering You – October Newsletter

Check out Empowering You- newsletter from Empower Missouri.

In this issue:

  • Preview our workshops and meet our Superhero Awardees for the 116th Annual Conference: Persisting & Organizing to Win – POW! October 5-6th! Register NOW!
  • Veto Session: were any of Gov. Greitens’ vetoes overridden?
  • How will you honor World Food Day?

Download a PDF.

POW! 2017 Annual Conference

Persisting & Organizing to Win! Putting the POW in EMPOWER!

October 5-6, St Louis, MO

Online Registration is NOW OPEN!

Empower Missouri is dedicating the 2017 Annual Conference to the role of labor organizing. With continued attacks to reduce the reach and influence of the labor community, now is the time to focus on building strong alliances across the broad social justice spectrum.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Nancy Cross: Opening Keynoter, Vice President SEIU Local 1
  • Tiffany Dena Loftin: Closing Keynoter, Senior Program Specialist, NEA
  • Rev. Traci Blackmon & Rabbi Susan Talve: Dinner & Awards Speaker

>>>Preview our complete POW! Conference program booklet, with descriptions of workshops, bios of presenters and awardees, and final schedule. <<<


Thursday, October 05, 2017

9:00 - 10:00


Registration Opens - remains open throughout conference

Pre-Conference Session Presented by Missouri Jobs with Justice



11:45- 1:15

Conference opens with Welcome 

Buffet Lunch Available

Keynote: Nancy Cross 




Session 1 Breakouts.  See below for list.




Session 2 Breakouts. See below for list.


Break and Awards Dinner check-in.


Networking Happy Hour with Cash Bar.

6:00-8:00 PM

Dinner and guest speakers Reverend Traci Blackmon & Rabbi Susan Talve.

Presentation of annual awards winners.

Friday, October 06, 2017



Breakfast buffet

Annual Business Meeting




Keynote Presentation - Tiffany Dena Loftin 


Response Panel 

11:45 AM-Noon

Call to Action, Thank You’s & Safe Travels


Subject to change, more details to follow.

Breakout Session #1 1:30-3:00 PM   Breakout Session #2 3:15-4:45 PM
Housing & Food Insecurity Among Low-Wage Workers (AHHTF & HTF)   Housing & Food Insecurity Among Low-Wage Workers (Repeat) (AHHTF & HTF)
Justice in the Workplace (HRTF)   Faith/Labor Alliance
MO Budget Project (EJTF)   Ban the Box - Fair Chance Hiring Policies (CJTF)
Impact of Trauma on Low-Wage Workers (H/MHTF)   Minimum Wage and #FF$15 (EJTF)


10% of the total tickets sold are available at a Scholarship Rate of 10% of the conference price. Click here to apply for a scholarship. If selected, you will receive registration instructions.


You and/or your organization can show your support for worker's rights and grassroots organizing by sponsoring our conference and contributing to our scholarship fund for low-wage workers. 

Thank you to last year's Sponsors. 2017 Sponsors include:

Bob Fox & Maxine Clark
Center for Budget & Policy
Clark-Fox Foundation
CWA Local 6355
David Bohnett Foundation
Dowd Bennett, LLP
Lutheran Children & Family Services
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Missouri Faith Voices
Missouri Jobs with Justice
Missouri Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Council of Jewish Women
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Painters & Allied Trades, District Council 58
Places for People
Representative Deb Lavender
Schuchat, Cook & Werner
Second Chance Freedom Foundation
Service Employees International Union Local One
Senator Jill Schupp
Sts Joachim & Ann Care Service
Vision for Children at Risk
Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice
15th Ward Democratic Club

When & Where

October 5-6, 2017

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, St. Louis

7730 Bonhomme Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63105

(Special hotel rate of $109/night is available under "Empower Missouri October 2017" RATE EXPIRES 9/12)





Central Chapter Annual Dinner

The Central Chapter of Empower Missouri invites you to attend our 2016 Annual Dinner & Election of Officers. 

Dr. Patsy Carter, Director of Children’s Clinical Services at the Missouri Department of Mental Health, will be keynote speaker on August 25th as the Central Missouri Chapter of Empower Missouri gathers for their annual dinner. The event will be from 6-8 p.m. at 1810 E. Elm Street (MNEA office), Jefferson City, MO.

Members are asked to donate $20 as a fundraiser for Empower Missouri, but potential members will be admitted for free so that they may learn about the mission and accomplishments of the organization.  So make sure to save the date, make your reservation and bring a friend!

There is no charge for prospective members to attend the dinner, but reservations must be made by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 22, by calling Susan Cook at 573-634-2901, x 303, or emailing her at

Members may make their donation at the dinner registration table, but should also call to make a reservation by August 22. Lee’s Chicken is catering the meal, and 50-50 raffle tickets will also be available for purchase.


Central Chapter Public Forum

Central Chapter Public Forum:  The Sunshine Law

Tuesday, May 31st at 11:30 am
Coca-Cola Bottling Company, 604 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City

Guest speaker: Tom Durkin, Education Director at Missouri Attorney General’s office
How does Missouri’s Sunshine Law compare with other states’ laws?

How will new ethics legislation impact existing Sunshine Law?

What are the penalties for breaking the Sunshine Law?
This event is FREE and open to the public.  You are welcome to bring your lunch with you.

Co-sponsors include Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, Missouri Association for Community Action, Missouri Municipal League, Jefferson City NAACP, Lincoln University chapter of Empower Missouri and Missouri Association of Counties

Central Chapter Public Forum May 31 2016

Central Chapter Annual Dinner & Officer Elections


The Central Chapter will hold their Annual Dinner and Officer Elections this year at the Truman Hotel in Jefferson City on Tuesday, November 3rd at 5:30 pm.

This year’s keynote speaker is the well-known journalist and former news director of Missourinet, Bob Priddy.  Mr. Priddy will give his address at 6:30 entitled ““Forty Years of Missouri Government: A Journalist’s Reflection”.

Mr. Priddy wrote many of the the first drafts of state political history during his forty years as news director of The Missourinet, a statewide radio network that specializes in covering state government and politics.  He remains a Contributing Editor, continuing his “Across Our Wide Missouri” program that recounts things that happened on specific dates in Missouri history, covering motorsports for the Missourinet sports webpage, and covering occasional events for the news department. During his long career, Mr. Priddy pioneered several efforts at opening state government to the people of Missouri.  Until the Missourinet was created, Missourians had never heard debate from the House and the Senate and had never heard the voices of their townspeople testifying before legislative committees.

All Empower Missouri members and potential members are invited! Tickets are $35 and may be reserved by emailing or calling (573)634-2901 ext 303.  Members are asked to donate a new or like-new item for the silent auction that will be held that evening.  The Central Chapter will also hold elections that evening for new Chapter Officers and Members-at-Large.


Central Chapter Meeting



Join the Central Chapter for their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 19th at 11:30 am.  We will meet at the Empower Missouri headquarters at 308 E. High Street Suite 100 in Jefferson City.  Our agenda will include discussing our annual dinner coming up on October 1st and the Empower Missouri conference on October 22.

All Central Chapter members and potential members are welcome!