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 This issue also includes updates on the case of Michael Johnson who was convicted under MO’s outdated and stigmatizing HIV criminal laws, the illegal lockout bill in STL city, and a welcome to our new board chair!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.

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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?

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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)





This Is Hunger

Empower Missouri is happy to be teaming up MAZON as well as with other Missouri partners to bring The This Is Hunger Exhibit to Missouri!
This interactive exhibit is stopping first in St. Louis July 5-7, and then will be in Overland Park, KS in the Kansas City area July 9-13.
STL: Tickets required for this free event. Click here.
KC: Tickets required for this free event. Click here.


Stories about hunger. In their own words.

This Is Hunger is a powerful and interactive exhibit, housed in a big rig, that takes individuals on a journey—one that that will challenge their beliefs about who in America struggles with hunger and why, and inspire them to take action.

*Please Note: This Is Hunger is a 45-minute timed-entry experience for 30 guests, and we will begin promptly at the scheduled time.

Visit thisishunger.org to learn more about the program. Don’t see a time that works for you? Visit this page to see all of our tour stops.

STL: Please call Cori Neidenberg at (314) 469-0700 or email cneidenberg@unitedhebrew.org for help with registration or questions about the schedule while This Is Hunger is at United Hebrew Congregation.

KC: Please contact Farrah Udell at (913) 647-7282 or fudell@bethshalomkc.org for help with registration or questions about the schedule.

STL Public Radio’s Don Marsh of St. Louis on the Air interviewed our ED Jeanette Mott Oxford, as well as Michelle Stuffmann of Mazon and Leslie Yoffie, president of United Hebrew Congregation. If you missed it or want to listen again, click here.

Download a Flyer to hang up in your local coffee shop or break room.

National Day of Action 11/29/16

Empower Missouri joins Missouri Jobs with Justice, Stand Up KC, and the Fight for $15 in support of the 64 million hardworking Americans who make far too little to secure basic human needs. We reject the politics of divisiveness that tears America apart by race, religion, ethnicity and gender.

That’s why this Tuesday, November 29th, we’re joining tens of thousands of workers to send a clear message that we won’t back down.
Join us in St. Louis on November 29th:
6:00 AM – Corner of Tucker St. and Carr St
11:30 AM – Airport Action departing 5585 Pershing Ave, STL 63112
5:00 PM – March meet up at Carpenters Union Hall Hampton and Roberts
And in St. Louis for Walkbacks* on November 30th:
meet at 2725 Clifton, 63139 park in rear – to to basement entrance
9a-12p – First WB timeframe
12p-3p – Second WB timeframe
Join us in Kansas City on November 29th:
5:30 AM – Mobilize at Main & Linwood, action at 6:00 AM
5:00 PM – Mobilize at 63rd and Paseo, march at 5:30 PM

And in KC for Walkbacks* on November 30th:
6:00 AM – 8:00PM.  Jobs with Justice office at 4526 Paseo Blvd, KCMO, 64110.
Contact Sean Fleming at seanmflem@gmail.com.

We say unequivocally – any efforts to block wage increases, gut workers’ rights, deport immigrants, or support racism or racist policies, will be met with unrelenting opposition.

Stop the Debt Trap!

Empower Missouri has been fighting the debt trap of predatory lending for several years, testifying in hearings of the General Assembly and even participating in a petition campaign for a ballot initiative. Unfortunately  that failed despite the more than 200,000 signatures that we helped gather when the Payday Loan industry used their deep pockets to tie us up in a legal challenge.

Now we have a chance to influence payday lending reform through a national field hearing of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in Kansas City on Thursday, June 2. You may recall that the CFPB was proposed by Elizabeth Warren and established as part of the response to the 2007-08 financial crisis and recession.

The agenda for June 2 includes:

  • Kick Off Action at Barney Allis Plaza at 12th & Wyandotte  – 9 a.m.
  • Hearing Begins at KC Music Hall, 13th and Central (in the Convention Center) – 10 a.m. and continuing for several hours
  • National Rally for Reform, again at Barney Allis Plaza – 12:30 p.m.

Here are the different roles you can play:

  • Testify at the hearing. RSVP’s are necessary at http://stopthedebttrap.org/takeaction/ndoa/ (Buses are coming from many locations in MO. Check with Molly Fleming at Molly@movemo.org as to whether there is a pick-up point near you.)
  • Attend the hearing to support those who are testifying to protect Missouri families. The Payday Loan Industry is likely to turn out their employees in full force to pressure the CFPB to keep the same oppressive rules in place. We need to be there in large numbers!
  • Phonebank to increase attendance – calls may be made from home. Volunteer with Molly Fleming, Molly@movemo.org.
  • Attend the 9 a.m. and/or 12:30 p.m. action and rally

For more background on this issue and the full agenda for the day, see the flyer here:  stop the debt trap flyer.

This is our best chance to make progress on this issue in 2016. Please stand up to Stop the Debt Trap.

Kansas City’s January First Friday Forum

The Kansas City Chapter of  EMPOWER  MISSOURI

announces that because of the New Year’s Day Holidays, the first 2016 “First Friday” forum will be held ON THE SECOND FRIDAY

 JANUARY 8, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 featuring our statewide executive director Jeanette Mott Oxford who will be discussing

*accomplishments in 2015

*top priority justice goals in 2016

*strategies for achieving them





(Enter the Buffalo Room directly from rear parking lot)

Buffet lunch available for $10;  1.5 CEU’s free.


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Questions?  Contact Ann Johnson, 816-520-3377, acjohnson.4550@yahoo.com