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Empower Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Following a year-long search, Empower Missouri announced today that it has selected Mallory Rusch to serve as its next Executive Director. Mallory will lead the non-profit’s efforts in strategic planning, development and coalition building to build on the successes of the nonprofit devoted to advocating for basic needs and equal justice...
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As I scroll through my inbox in these final days of 2020, I’m bombarded with emails loaded with reflections, roundups, and other recollections of the last 363 days. It’s an odd moment to start in a new position and to join an organization in ruminating on its past and planning for its future.  And yet,...
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The Empower Missouri Board of Directors announced today that Jeanette Mott Oxford (“JMO”) departed the organization last week. JMO played a key role in the evolution of Empower Missouri, first as Executive Director and then as Director of Policy & Organizing. We are grateful for zir leadership both within this organization and as a Missouri...
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Media Advisory November 25, 2020 What: On World AIDS Day, a press conference will be held with Senator-elect Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), Senator-Elect Greg Razer (D-Kansas City), Representative Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Peters), the Missouri HIV Justice Coalition, and other allied groups. Legislation will be pre-filed that morning and later in December that would modernize our state’s...
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Platinum Level Co-Sponsors: Registration for the Racial Equity Summit is free to all, thanks to a generous Platinum Level Co-Sponsorship from Maxine Clark and Bob Fox and the Deaconess Foundation. Maxine Clark and Bob Fox established the Clark-Fox Family Foundation in 2004 to promote regional growth and prosperity by lifting up those populations that have been...
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In the spring of 2020, we saw the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, a pandemic unlike anything since 1918. The pandemic forced the closure of cities, packed emergency rooms, and claimed the lives of thousands. Spring also served as the backdrop for the civil rights movement’s resurgence after the tragic death of George Floyd, and,...
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Today’s report from Missouri’s State Auditor shows that Missouri is continuing to decline in the revenue strength needed to withstand stresses like the current COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. It is time that legislators take a serious look at Missouri’s unfair, outdated and inadequate personal income tax system. When “the common good” is inadequately funded, our state is...
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As social justice advocates, our relationship with “Independence Day” is “complicated” to say the least. Clearly the liberty and justice promised in founding documents of the U.S. have never been realized, and those same documents contain structural inequality. So much has been written about this. This year some of us will be revisiting Langston Hughes’...
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Registered voters in Missouri have an opportunity on Election Day August 4 to vote Yes on Amendment 2 to expand Medicaid in our state and improve Missouri’s health and economy. Most importantly, Empower Missouri believes it is a moral and human right for all to have access to healthcare coverage. This was true even before...
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To combat the racial disparities, the Coalition is calling not only for an end to racialized policing but also for the passage of the Fourth Amendment Affirmation Act to move beyond data collection to consequences for officers who engage in racial profiling. JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — On Friday, May 29, 2020, Attorney General Eric Schmitt...
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