By
Conner Kerrigan

Happy New Year from everyone at Empower Missouri! As we enter the new calendar year, it’s a perfect time to set intentions or resolutions for the next twelve months. This is especially true for those of us who work in the government and advocacy space in Missouri – Legislative Session starts in just five days...
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Curating, formatting, and publishing the “Empowering You” newsletter has been a really enjoyable part of my job since I started with Empower Missouri in April of 2019. As I’ve worked on it with my colleagues, we’ve been trying to find ways to make it as beneficial for our followers as possible. Through a lot of...
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Our core belief around hunger is very, very simple – you cannot have life or liberty or be allowed to pursue happiness if you are unsure of where your next meal comes from. Our communities cannot be strong if there are food-insecure members living in them. Nourishment, the simple act of being able to feed...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 13, 2019Contact: Conner Kerrigan, Communications Director815-263-1261 (cell)conner@empowermissouri.org JEFFERSON CITY, MO…On December 11th, 2019, Representatives Holly Rehder (R – Sikeston) and Tracy McCreery (D – St. Louis) filed HBs 1691 & 1692, respectively. Both bills aim to modernize Missouri’s outdated and medically inaccurate criminal statutes concerning HIV.  Currently, Missouri and more than 30...
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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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