Bi-Weekly Briefing 2018 Session #3 Feb 15

Empower Missouri Briefing Webinar

Thursday, February 15, 2018

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM


To view a recording of the webinar, click here, you will be asked to register, if you have not already, prior to viewing.

Some documents have been updated after the webinar to make corrections.


St. Louis Chapter Forum: Missouri Budget

St. Louis Chapter February 2018 Friday Forum

How Would You Spend Missouri’s $28b Budget?: Policies and Priorities

Speakers: Amy Blouin: Executive Director Missouri Budget Project
                 Representative Marsha Haefner
                 Representative Michael Butler
Friday, February 16 from 12-1:30pm
The Highlands Golf Course inside Forest Park
Lunch Buffet Available for $12.
CEUs available for social workers
We hope you can join us and please share these details with co-workers and friends!
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Empowering You February 2018 Newsletter

We’re hiring in KC! Guest Columns from the MO Workforce Housing Association’s Jeff Smith and the Campaign for Youth Justice’s Brian Evans, and exciting new features we’re implementing at Empower Missouri like our bi-weekly briefing calls – one happening at 4:30pm Today February 1.

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We’re Hiring! Kansas City Organizer!

Can you organize and collaborate with people of different races, backgrounds, economic status, and even political party to work for a better Missouri for all of us?

Do you want to build people power to impact legislators in Jefferson City?

 Are you willing to put your skills and resources behind every day Missourians to empower everyone to be an advocate?

Will you help plan and execute events like educational chapter forums, legislative happy hours, and press conferences?

If so, keep reading, or download this PDF of the job description.  


Job Description

Kansas City Regional Organizer


To facilitate and promote the mission of Empower Missouri in Kansas City and the surrounding region, with particular emphasis in Criminal Justice and Safety Net Programs.


  • Coordinate Empower Missouri’s Kansas City area activities within existing coalitions, with existing collaborative partners, and reach out to potential additional partners and coalitions in the region (including Kansas-based organizations). At this time, the position will focus heavily on support of criminal justice reform and protecting/enhancing safety net programs.
  • Coordinate, promote, publicize and support sponsored (or co-sponsored) public forums and other events in the Kansas City region, working with the Kansas City Chapter, staff, and other interested parties.
  • Work with headquarters staff to maintain and update membership database, including volunteer information, members, and community leaders.
  • Directly support the work of the Kansas City Chapter by attending meetings and events of the chapter, ensuring the minutes of the meetings are taken and distributed, and providing general logistical assistance.
  • Represent Empower Missouri at meetings in the region.
  • Coordinate advocates and groups to take part in & support actions at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City along with Kansas City House and Senate Districts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Reports to

Assistant Director


  • Bachelor’s Degree in field closely related to public policy. Any combination of education and relevant experience can substitute.
  • Experience working with volunteer organizations and volunteer boards, nonprofit, advocacy and/or grass-root entities – a strong preference for experience with criminal justice and/or safety net programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Good clerical, organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and similar software. Prior experience with EveryAction or the Voter Access Network (VAN) is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently from home while staying in touch with supervisor and other staff.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.


The Kansas City Regional Organizer will be based out of Kansas City with some responsibility for regional support on the western and northwestern portions of Missouri. Limited travel around the state may be required on occasion.


The Kansas City Regional Organizer position is a full-time position and salary is negotiable based upon experience.   Empower Missouri offers health/dental/vision insurance, vacation & sick days, with options for a retirement savings plan after one year of employment.

To Apply

Please send a resume with cover letter to and include a salary requirement and references. No phone calls, please.

Bi-Weekly Briefings

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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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Empowering You December Newsletter

Upcoming United Way/Empower Missouri Preview Event of the 2018 Legislative Session in KC, Farm Bill watch, the laws that feed America, and updates from our national partners in addressing poverty.

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Empower Change on this #GivingTuesday

Members and Allies,

The Thanksgiving Holiday is time to remember our connections – people, places, and events that have benefited our lives. This year my Thanksgiving had a “prequel” – the vacation trip that my wife Dorothy and I took to Selma and Montgomery, AL in October.

At a time in U.S. history when injustice and cruelty are very visible, Dorothy and I needed inspiration. We started at the excellent National Parks Service Interpretive Center located next to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. There we followed the historical path from the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson to the beating of John Lewis and other protestors on the bridge and the march from Selma to Montgomery.

In Montgomery, we visited the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University, a church Dr. Martin Luther King Junior had pastored and the parsonage in which his family had lived. We went to the Civil Rights Memorial and dipped our hands in a fountain marked by the names of many martyrs who gave their lives to end legal discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and voting.

When we listen to the news today, we can easily slide into despair, focusing on injustice, hate speech, and current attacks on past civil rights victories. Let us never forget what our ancestors have done to move us forward to our current situation, fraught with danger, but also pregnant with possibilities. The spirit of justice that enabled John Lewis, Amelia Boynton and others to move toward their goal, despite the wall of state troopers ahead of them, is still moving among us.

That spirit has mobilized Empower Missouri for more than 115 years. Founded in 1901, as the Missouri Conference on Charities and Corrections, we have operated under four names, but always as our state’s conscience around basic human needs and fairness.

Re-branding as Empower Missouri in 2014, we continue our relentless pursuit of justice, most recently securing legislation in St. Louis City to protect renters from illegal lockouts. We are actively working on furthering our defined goals for 2018, which include protecting the safety net, finally passing “Raise the Age” (thereby increasing the age an adolescent can be charged as an adult to 17), and modernizing how HIV is viewed under the law.

On this #GivingTuesday, please take a moment to offer thanks for the history of justice advocates, locally and globally. Donations to Empower Missouri – and your advocacy with us – place you squarely in that line of justice champions, moving Missouri and our world toward equity and healthy communities for all.

In gratitude and justice,

Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director


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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