POW! 2017 Annual Conference

116th 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

 

Workshops:

Workshop titles and times 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)

Scholarships:

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.

Sponsoring:

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:

Missouri Jobs with Justice

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")

 

Sponsors

 

Documents

Criminal Justice Task Force to Meet 6/22/16

Please join us for the

Empower Missouri Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting on Wednesday, June 22

It will go from 10:30am-1:30pm.

In Person: Empower Missouri Offices, 308 E. High St., Ste 100, Jefferson City, MO

On the Phone: 712-432-1500 passcode: 167856#

GUEST SPEAKER: Michael Barrett, Director, Missouri State Public Defender System. He will talk about his work on the Sentencing Advisory Commission as well as other issues important to the Missouri Public Defender System.

The task force will also discuss the work of the past Legislative Session:

  • Ban the Box
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Expungement of records
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
  • Death Penalty

Lunch will be available for $6.

Please RSVP to Christine Woody at christine@empowermissouri.org or 573-690-7662

Take Action! Criminal Justice Reform

ACTION ON FEDERAL SENTENCING REFORM NEEDED!!!!!!

Criminal Justice Task Force Members,

There is an opportunity for us to make an impact on an important piece of Federal Legislation related to federal sentencing reform.

Our National Partners, the Coalition for Human Need and the Sentencing Project, are asking us to call on the Senate to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123), a bill that would scale back some of the harshest mandatory penalties that contribute to mass incarceration and racial disparities in the federal system. In October, the Judiciary Committee advanced this legislation to the Senate floor on a bipartisan vote. The next step is to bring it up for a vote in the full Senate.

You can help today by calling our U.S. Senators  ( Blunt and McCaskill) at (202) 224-3121 and urging them to support the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) and to push for its passage this month.  

Learn more about the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act here.

Additionally, put on your calendar our next Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 10:30-2:00pm

In Person- Empower Missouri Office- 308 E. High St., Ste 100, Jefferson City, MO

Conference Call- 712-432-1500 #167856

Thank you

Criminal Justice Task Force to meet on 3/16

Please join us for the

Empower Missouri- Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting on Wednesday, March 16th.

It will go from 10:30am-1:30pm.

In Person: Empower Missouri Offices, 308 E. High St., Ste 100, Jefferson City, MO

On the Phone: 712-432-1500 passcode: 167856#

The task force will discuss what things related to the Criminal Justice System are happening in the Missouri Legislative Session especially work around these topics:

  • Parole Board
  • Ban the Box
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Expungement of records
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
  • Death Penalty

Lunch will be available for $6.

Please RSVP to Christine Woody at christine@empowermissouri.org or 573-690-7662

 

JOIN US! Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting

Please join us for Empower Missouri’s Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting on Wednesday, September 16th.

The Task Force will be meeting from 10:30am-2:00pm at the Empower Missouri Offices located at 308 E. High St., Ste. 100, Jefferson City, MO 65101. ** This is our  new office location! We can not wait for you to see it!!!

Parking on the street near the office or in the public garage a couple blocks away.

If you can not join us in person please call in by dialing- 712-432-1500, passcode: 167856#

 

Agenda includes:

  • Publication and dissemination of the Missouri Parole Board Report and possible Legislation addressing the issue
  • Update on the work of the Second Chance Coalition regarding passing Fair Chance Policies ( also known as ban the box) in the State Legislature
  • Update on the Mandatory Minimum Sentences Bill
  • Update on the work addressing Juvenile Justice in Missouri
  • Update on the city of St. Louis’ bill addressing abuse in the city jail

Lunch will be available at the meeting.  Carpools from St. Louis and Kansas City might be available. Please ask Christine if you need to carpool.

 

Please RSVP to Christine Woody at 573-690-7662 or Christine@empowermissouri.org

Empower Missouri joins in lawsuit

Out of concern that a potentially illegal process is being used to supply drugs for executions in Missouri, leaders from Empower Missouri have joined a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court challenging Missouri’s lethal injection protocal. Signing on as plaintiffs are our executive director Jeanette Mott Oxford and Mary Ann McGivern of our Criminal Justice Task Force. Additional plaintiffs presently include former state senator Joan Bray and Rev. Elston McCowan of the NAACP.

Empower Missouri’s Criminal Justice task force has been working to abolish, put a moratorium on and study the death penalty for many years. Being a part of this lawsuit, which addresses the lethal injection protocol for the death penalty in Missouri, is something Empower Missouri leaders feel is a necessary step in the death penalty advocacy process. For more information contact Jeanette Mott Oxford.

 

 

Ban the Box Strategy Meeting

Empower Missouri’s Criminal Justice Task Force along with many of its allies in the “Second Chance Coalition” worked very hard in the 2015 Legislative Session to move Senate Bill 44 forward. SB 44 was dubbed “Ban the Box” by some and also “The Second Chance Bill.” It would remove the questions about felony convictions from job applications to give ex-offenders a greater chance to be interviewed. Additional job interview process changes were called for to make hiring more fair for those who had served their time and who were qualified for a job.

This Second Chance Coalition thanks Sen. Jamilah Nasheed for her valiant attempt to get this bill passed. Our coalition will continue to work on this bill in the 2016 Legislative Session. To be ready for pre-filing season in our State Capital, the time to come together is now, so we are convening a strategy meeting on:

Monday, July 27th from 10:30 am-3:30pm

At Second Presbyterian Church

4501 Westminster Place

St. Louis, MO 63108

Lunch will be provided!

RSVP to Christine Woody- Christine@EmpowerMissouri.org

Nicole Porter from The Sentencing Project in DC will be joining us in person, and Michelle Rodriguez from the National Employment Law Project in NY will be joining us via Skype.

Do you belong to an organization that should join the Second Chance Coalition? Send an email describing who you are and why you would like to join us to Christine@EmpowerMissouri.org.