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Empower Missouri

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 It is time that legislators take a serious look at Missouri’s unfair, outdated and inadequate personal income tax system.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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It is time to elect new members to Empower Missouri’s Board of Directors. We would like to seat seven new Board members at our July retreat, so applications are due by June 30. Go to this link to complete an application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kJmsAewxtOz02YtNmrB3BtIpFZ-bcF4hupjTYzk_UPw/edit?ts=5eb9b883  The Nominations Sub-Committee of our Governance Committee wishes to enrich our Board by...
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As a statewide advocacy organization, Empower Missouri is keeping an eye on what the state is doing or not doing regarding the issues we work on as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Empower Missouri has always done, we continue to work in coalition around these issues and advocate for evidence-based public policy wherever...
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As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of Missourians, it is important now that our federal lawmakers take action to help the most vulnerable populations during the outbreak and that our state officials hear from you. It is urgent that a state response match the needs of our neighbors with low incomes, those displaced from...
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Please download the full .pdf version of the newsletter by clicking here, or browse the articles below: Dangers and Opportunities in the 2020 Legislative Session: Our Advocacy for Justice Will Make a Difference – JMOCriminal justice will continue to see bipartisan progress in 2020 – Christine WoodyHow we’re working to increase affordable housing in Missouri...
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Hunger is not a partisan issue. This is one of the messages that was interwoven throughout the Building Blocks for Missouri's Success Conference that was held last weekend in Columbia. It was a conference full of hope and plans of action to move us forward in our fight against hunger in our state!
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