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

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.

DESCRIPTION

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

 

 

WESTPORT FLEAMARKET BAR & GRILL

817 WESTPORT ROAD

(Enter the Buffalo Room directly from rear parking lot)

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

 

Empower Missouri  |  Established 1901 |  www.empowermissouri.org

“THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE SHALL BE THE SUPREME LAW”

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

Kansas City 2016 Legislative Preview Session

United Way of Greater Kansas City and Empower Missouri invite you to

2016 Legislative Preview Session: Missouri Public Policy Forum on Friday, December 4th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am.  

The forum will be held at the Unity Temple on the Plaza Small Theatre located at 707 W. 47th Street in Kansas City, MO 64112.

 

The panel of lawmakers include:

The Honorable Ryan Silvey, Missouri Senate
The Honorable Gail McCann Beatty, Missouri House of Representatives
The Honorable Jeremy LaFaver, Missouri House of Representatives
The Honorable Jeanie Lauer, Missouri House of Representatives
The Honorable Nick King, Missouri House of Representatives

 

Reservations are not required.  Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Val Sanders at val@empowermissouri.org 

 

Women’s Equality Week is being celebrated in Kansas City from August 23rd-30th

 

Empower Missouri is thankful for all who secured the right for women to vote and each policy change toward equality between the sexes. We will co-sponsor an event hosted by Stand Up KC’s Fannie Lou Hamer Women’s Committee as a way to celebrate women’s suffrage and all progress toward equality. Join us for a free film screening of Union Maids, followed by a special guest speaker, on Saturday, August 29th.

Today, the women who struggle to raise their kids, win a voice in their workplace and receive equal pay in low-wage jobs are carrying on the fight for equality that women leaders undertook as they fought to win the vote. Women’s rights are workers’ rights!

Please join working women on Saturday, August 29th at the Tivoli KC Theaters, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave, for this special event. There’s a meet and greet at 11:30 a.m., and the screening of Union Maids begins promptly at 12 noon.

Immediately following the film, we will hear from women leaders of the Fight for $15 movement and special guest speaker, MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina AFL-CIO.

The film is free of charge. Suggested donation is $5. Space is limited! Please RSVP by emailing info@standupkc.org

In the words of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, our history shows us that “Nobody is free until everybody is free.”