Advocating for Justice

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Safety Net

Increase the supply of affordable, accessible housing, and food.

Criminal Justice

Healing not vengeance. Community not prison. Prevention. Remorse and Restitution. 

Our Mission

Empower Missouri works to secure basic human needs and equal justice for every person in our state through coalition-building and advocacy.

We envision a Missouri in which all people have food, shelter, and justice.
Empower Missouri

About Us

Our guiding principles are:

Basic Needs

All people in Missouri should have true access to quality healthcare, decent housing, adequate nutrition and appropriate education.  Our state should fully fund, fully implement and/or fully supplement, as appropriate, state and federal programs for health and mental health services, housing and homelessness services, food assistance programs, and all levels of public education.

Basic Fairness

All people in Missouri should be treated with dignity and fairness, and share on a just basis in the responsibilities and benefits of the prosperity of our society.  Our state should emphasize restorative alternatives to our punitive corrections system, build a welcoming and inclusive 21st Century social climate free of hate and prejudice, fully support policies that empower people to overcome their economic circumstances, and require all to pay their fair share in support of the common good.

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Among our other major achievements in our first century:

  • Missouri Commission on Human Rights
  • Missouri Public Defender Commission
  • School Nutrition Program
  • Missouri Housing Trust Fund
  • Medicaid Expansions
  • Repeal of State Sales Tax on Food
  • Family Development Accounts
  • Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Corrections Department Reforms

So far in our second century as Missouri’s voice for social justice:

  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Mental Health Parity legislation
  • Quality Jobs Act (Enactment and Expansion)
  • State Minimum Wage Increase
  • Department of Corrections Reforms:
    • Visitation Policy Improvements
    • Sentencing Reforms
    • Waiver of First 90 Days of Intervention Fee
  • Prevented Major Increase in Electric Rates
  • Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance

What drives us everyday

Why Missouri needs empowerment

Of people living below the poverty line


National partners


Discriminatory vehicle stops


Missouri’s national rank for food insecure states