Press Releases

2017

7.10.17

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri……….In the wake of recent events in Charlottesville, VA, patterns of racial discrimination are being closely examined in many municipalities. Missouri was recently declared a “travel advisory state” by the NAACP due to racial disparities in police stops reported by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office on June 1 and a new law making it harder to prove employment discrimination that goes into effect on August 28. Now patterns of racial discrimination in jury selection are also being noted by prominent Cole County leaders, and that will be the topic of a dinner meeting on Thursday, August 31.

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7.10.17

ST. LOUIS, Missouri…….. Missouri ranks second in hunger and seventh in food insecurity nationally, but hunger remains hidden and unrecognized all around us. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is working to build hunger awareness and advocacy to end hunger through This Is Hunger, a traveling, museum-quality interactive display. The display was in St. Louis from July 5-7 and now moves on to Kansas City for July 9-13.

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6.13.17

Jefferson City, MO……2017 — Missouri ranks number 42 on a new report, Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC, a national anti-hunger advocacy group). The report ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs

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5.23.17

Jefferson City, MO – Anti-poverty advocates in Missouri are calling for federal officials to reject deep cuts to health, nutrition, and social programs, proposed by the Trump Administration.

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2016

12.7.16

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Policy directors from two Missouri health advocacy organizations testified on December 6, 2016 before the Missouri HealthNet Oversight Committee to challenge current plans to expand managed care statewide as illegal and to signal that they will ask Governor-Elect Greitens to halt the expansion.
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11.29.16

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Missouri HIV Justice Coalition is eager to announce our statewide launch of our efforts to reform, repeal, or modernize Missouri’s outdated and stigmatizing HIV criminal laws. We launch on the eve of World AIDS Day, which occurs December 1st of each year.
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11.3.16

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – With less than a week until the November 8th General Election, the Board and staff of Empower Missouri today contacted their members statewide to share positions the organization has taken on several ballot measures. Jeanette Mott Oxford, executive director of Empower Missouri, said, “Those concerned about poverty and hunger in Missouri must study the ballot carefully and vote to protect those with low incomes. A no vote on Amendment 6 is especially crucial.”
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10.11.16

KANSAS CITY, MO – On October 6 and 7, 2016, more than 120 Missourians gathered in Kansas City to hear from nationally-recognized speakers about the impact of trauma and how being trauma-informed can positively impact the quality of life in Missouri, including health care delivery, public policy and news reporting.
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08.22.16

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Despite claims of elected officials about the success of Missouri’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the facts show otherwise, Missouri advocates said on today’s 20th anniversary of federal welfare reform.

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07.11.16

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Today a diverse group of advocates for health sent a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) Director Brian Kinkade requesting that they halt the process currently in motion that would implement managed care statewide.
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06.16.16

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Empower Missouri has been selected to receive a 2016 grant from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
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06.14.16

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Only one in nine children who needed summer meals received them in Missouri, according to a national report, Hunger Doesn’t Take A Vacation, released today by the Food Research & Action Center.

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06.02.16

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri…..Empower Missouri has studied the Vehicle Stops Report (VSR) data annually since 2009, focusing especially on categories of actions that occur after a vehicle is stopped, for example consent searches and resisting arrest charges.

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2015

4.07.2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – One in six people – almost 17 percent of respondents – in Missouri reported in 2014 they struggled to afford enough food for their households,
according to a new report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

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3.26.2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is holding a field hearing on payday lending in Richmond, VA. At the hearing, Director Richard Cordray will unveil a new proposal to regulate the industry.

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03.19.2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Empower Missouri finds the Heartland Institute Report Card on Welfare in Missouri to be flawed.

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2014

10.01.2014

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Missouri Association for Social Welfare will – host documentarian Susan Cook, creator and founder of Little Wolf Productions, and special guest U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, to screen her new documentary Hope Road.

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08.03.2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) was encouraged by today’s solid defeat of Amendment 7 (59% No – 41% Yes with about 95% of precincts reporting).

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07.04.2014

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) today decried the decision by Cole County Circuit Court not to grant Missouri voters relief in the matter of the ballot language for Amendment 7.

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06.12.2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) today filed an action in the Circuit Court of Cole County challenging the Secretary of State’s summary statement for a statewide ballot measure that could create an additional three-quarters of one cent state sales and additional threequarters
of one cent state use tax to fund transportation projects.

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06.02.2014

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs continues to fall short in Missouri, with only 28,090 low-income children receiving summer meals on an average day in July 2013, according to a new national report released today.

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05.26.2015

KANSAS CITY, MO — The Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) will host their annual dinner on May 29 and will feature keynote speaker, Reverend Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr. A Kansas City native, Rev. Dr. Howard has appeared on MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, What’s Up Kansas City, and in The Kansas City Star.

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05.09.2014

WEBSTER GROVES, MO – The Eden Theological Seminary community and student body on May 5 presented the Shalom Award to the Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW).

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04.03.2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) celebrates the 29-4 passage of Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 680 (SCS SB 680) on April 2 and expresses appreciation to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls (D-Kansas City), and to each senator who voted yes.

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03.04.2014

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — In spite of endorsements from political power houses such as the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri is currently one of 24 states that have not chosen to expand income eligibility for Medicaid.

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02.19.2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) today received word that supporters of a petition initiative for a funding scheme dedicated to transportation projects have withdrawn their petition from the Secretary of State’s Office.

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02.18.2014

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) today expressed concern for the estimated 850,000 U.S. households who will have an average of $90 less per month for food due to provisions of the Farm Bill signed into law by President Barack Obama today.

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02.12.2015

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW), a statewide anti-hunger and social justice organization, with headquarters in Jefferson City and chapters in several Missouri cities, is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

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02.07.2014

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) today expressed concern for the estimated 850,000 U.S. households who will have an average of $90 less per month for food due to provisions of the Farm Bill signed into law by President Barack Obama today.

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01.17.2014

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — Because of concern about the persistence of high poverty rates in counties in southeastern Missouri, Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) has launched a new campaign, based in Cape Girardeau.

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2013

11.25.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) today filed an action in the Circuit Court of Cole County challenging the Secretary of State’s summary statement for a statewide ballot measure that could create an additional 1-cent state sales and additional 1-cent state use tax to fund transportation projects.

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10.28.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW), founded in 1901, has announced opposition to a one-percent sales and use tax that has been filed as a petition initiative with the office of the Secretary of State.

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09.18.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The recession has meant that high numbers of all types of households have been struggling to purchase adequate food, but households with children suffered extraordinarily high rates, according to a new national report released today.

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10.19.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted by the slim margin of 217-210 to cut $40 million from the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).

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09.11.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) thanks all House members who voted today to sustain Gov. Nixon’s very wise veto of HB 253.

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08.21.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — With a lively and conflict-ridden Veto Session anticipated to begin in our State’s Capital on September 11, the Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) is hosting a “Veto Session Preview” at Bones Restaurant, 210 Commercial Avenue, Jefferson City on Thursday, August 29, beginning at 6 p.m.

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07.11.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — We were disappointed to see the U.S. House pass a partial Farm Bill today that left out adequate funding for essential nutrition programs.

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06.10.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs continues to fall short in Missouri, with only 28,425 low-income children receiving summer meals on an average day in July 2012.

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05.22.2013

KANSAS CITY, MO — Stephene Moore, HHS Regional Director, Region VII (IA, KS, MO, NE) will be keynote speaker for the Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation of the Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) on May 30, 2013.

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04.05.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — In a decent society, all workers would have access to affordable health care.

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04.03.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO –Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW), a proud member of the Missourians to End Poverty coalition, is pleased to endorse and participate in the 2013 Poverty Summit on April 9 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, Missouri.

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01.30.2013

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Like most state tax systems, Missouri takes a much larger share from middle- and low-income families than from wealthy families, according to the fourth edition of “Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States,” released today by the Washington-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).

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