By
Conner Kerrigan

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – State Senator Shalonn “Kiki” Curls and State Representatives Holly Rehder and Tracy McCreery, along with Lynne Meyerkord, Executive Director of AIDS Project of the Ozarks; Cale Mitchell, Executive Director of Spectrum Healthcare; David Dandridge, Administrative Assistant at Williams & Associates; and Chloe Owens, Justice Organizer at Empower Missouri & Missouri HIV...
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On Monday, December 1st, pre-filing began for the Missouri State General Assembly. This means that, if they wanted to, legislators could begin filing the bills that they will be working to pass through the legislative process and turn into law during the 2020 session.  The pre-filing period is an exciting time for organizations like Empower...
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Today, the Trump Administration published a final rule that would disallow hundreds of thousands of individuals from utilizing SNAP to reduce their food insecurity. The individuals – SNAP participants ages 18 through 49 who aren’t raising minor children in their homes – are among those whose financial situation is the least able to handle such...
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On Nov. 27th, 2019, Empower Missouri submitted a comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding their proposed change to how SNAP benefit allocations are calculated. Please use the link below to download or view our comment. Empower Missouri USDA Comment – State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility AllowancesDownload
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The St. Louis City Police Department covers one of the largest and most racial diverse jurisdictions in Missouri - roughly half of the city’s population is Black, and the other half is White, according to census data from 2010, the most recent available.
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Each year, the months of September and October seem to serve as conference season. In the last 60 days, each staff member from Empower Missouri has attended at least one summit, gathering, or conference on a variety of topics. JMO, our executive director, and Christine Woody, our Senior Policy and Advocacy Lead, recently attended a...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 23, 2019Contact: Conner Kerrigan, Communications Director815-263-1261 (cell)conner@empowermissouri.org  (JEFFERSON CITY, MO)…On Nov. 9th, Empower Missouri will be holding their Annual Conference, entitled Building Blocks for Missouri’s Success, at Hickman High School in Columbia, MO. Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs, Food Research and Action Center in Washington, DC. will serve as the keynote...
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On Tuesday, October 8th, The Subcommittee on Health Care Reform held a hearing for “Discussion on Medicaid and Medicaid expansion.” Rep. Helms from District 135 in Springfield is the chair of the committee. I testified on behalf of Empower Missouri, and you can find a copy of my testimony here. You can find our full...
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10/1/2019Contact: Conner Kerrigan, Communications Director815-263-1261 (cell)conner@empowermissouri.org  At 6:23pm on October 1st, 2019, the state of Missouri carried out the cruel and unusual execution of Russell Bucklew. This will serve as a stain on our state for the rest of its existence. Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director of Empower Missouri, issues the following statement in response....
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On November 9th, we’ll be holding our annual conference, “Building Blocks for Missouri’s Success” in Columbia, MO.
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