St. Louis Chapter Friday Forum– 8/18/17

Friday Forums are Back!

St. Louis Chapter Friday Forum:

The Corrupting Power of Money in Policymaking:

And what we can do about it

Friday, August 18, 2017 * 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Highlands Golf Course Inside Forest Park
5163 Clayton Avenue in Forest Park
FILM Viewing: 

Big Pharma: Market Failure

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Petition Education and Training: 
Learn what the CLEAN Initiative is and what it does
 as well as a Training to learn how to collect your own signatures.
Buffet lunch available for $12   * 1.5 hours of CEU credits available

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



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)


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:

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")





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 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 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 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.

STL Annual Dinner SOLD OUT!

2017 Annual Awards Dinner
WHEN: May 25, 2017 at 5:30pm
WHERE: Il Monastero, SLU, 3050 Olive St.
SPEAKER: Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation

If your organization reserved a table but still needs to pay, please contact AJ Bockelman at Local: (573) 634-2901, Toll Free: (888) 634-2901

Empower Missouri- St. Louis Chapter 2017 Annual Dinner Awardees

The Mickey Rosen Community Advocate Award
Susan Talve

Media Award
Joe Kenny

Community Organization Award
Metropolitan Congregations United- Breaking the
School to Prison Pipeline Initiative

Emerging Leader Award
Kayla Reed

Elected Official Award
Alderwoman Cara Spencer

Champion of Justice Lifetime Achievement Award
Fr. Rich Creason

Call Coordinator Christine Woody @ 314-503-7277
RSVP by- May 12, 2017

We will be voting on the new slate of leadership.

Proposed 2017-2018
St. Louis Chapter
Board of Directors

Officers: (Terms expire June 2018) Members-at-Large: Members-at-Large
Chapter officers: (Term expires June 2017) (Term expires June 2018)
President: Sabrina Tyuse Pat Dougherty Rachel Cramsey
Vice President: Alison Dreith Courtney Stevenson Christine Dragonette
Secretary: Gary Busiek Matt Swango Leticia Sites
Treasurer: Rich Hennicke Erica Vogler Susan Sneed
Past President: Michael Klein Theresa Washington Derek Wetherell

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STL Chapter Forum: Criminalization of Poverty

Criminalization of Poverty:

Municipal Courts, Laws Targeting the Homeless, HIV Criminalization


WHEN: Friday April, 21, 2017 from 12-1:30pm

WHERE: The Highlands Golf Course Inside Forest Park

WHO: John Ammann- SLU Law Clinics

             Teka Childress- Winter Outreach

              Lawrence Lewis- The SPOT

Buffet lunch available for $12

CEU’s available for Social Work

RSVP to Christine Woody-




St. Lous Chapter March 10th Forum

Make note of the different date!!!! Its MARCH 10th

Policing: Creating a Change

WHEN: Friday, March 10th at 12pm (This is a week early due to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th in Dogtown)

WHERE: The Highlands Golf Course inside Forest Park, 5163 Clayton Ave.


Representative Brandon Ellington: State Rep from Kansas City

Representative Shamed Dogan (Invited): State Rep from Ballwin

 Metropolitan Congregations United

 Mustafa Abdullah: ACLU

CEU’s Available for Social Workers

Lunch Available for $12

RSVP to Christine Woody


STL Legislative Happy Hour

2017 Annual Legislative Happy Hour!

Join the St. Louis Chapter for Drinks and Discussion with Local and State Legislators and other Empower Missouri Members.

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 5-7pm

WHERE: Schlafly’s Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, MO

Free Appetizers will be served   *  Cash Bar will be available

Please call your State Representative, State Senator and City/County Council Members and invite them to attend. Each one has already received a flyer and an email invite to the event!

RSVP to:

February 17th St. Louis Chapter Forum

Great Expectations: New Year, New Players

What to expect in the 2017 Missouri Legislative Session

Friday, February 17, 2017 from 12:00p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Highlands Golf Course at 5163 Clayton Avenue in Forest Park


Mike Sutherland: Missouri Budget Project

Frank Flotron: Flotron & MacIntosh

Sara Topp: Missouri Community Action Agency


The Forum is Free

There is an optional Buffet Lunch available for $12

CEU’s available for Social Workers