By
Jeanette Mott Oxford

More Than 3.1 Million Could Lose SNAP If The Trump Administration Has Their Way Just months after Congress and the Administration debated and reauthorized the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the Farm Bill, the Trump Administration is now proposing to implement, through executive action, a second SNAP benefits cut. This is unacceptable as it would...
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To my ear, “sequester” is a lovely word. Despite what the dictionary says about its synonyms like segregate, seclude and withdraw or its chemical meaning related to binding and absorbing carbon dioxide, it has a certain lyrical quality. I almost expect it to be a dessert wine (“I’ll take a glass of the Sequester, please”)...
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Question: Does click-through advocacy work? As a social justice advocate, you, like me, probably belong to several groups that ask you to click on a link so that they can send an automatic email from you to an elected official. You may wonder: Does this method work to influence legislators? The answer is yes and...
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With the General Assembly adjourning the 2019 Legislative Session on May 17, social justice advocates in Missouri now have more opportunity to focus on important federal issues. Unfortunately there are many situations where policy changes are being promoted that would lower the quality of life in Missouri communities and reduce safety net funds available to...
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When there is an emergency, it is important that we respond in a timely and appropriate manner. If you are having dinner with someone, and they begin to choke and gasp for air, it is time for the Heimlich maneuver or asking “is there a doctor in the house?!” If one pulls out a cell...
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The racial disparity between stops of drivers is at its highest level since publication began in 2000.
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The major take-away for me from the 2019 Legislative Session is the importance of working in coalition with others for evidence-based public policies.
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In last week’s Perspective, we talked about the roadblocks our HIV policy modernization bill hit and how we’ll persist and organize for future success. Today, though, we want to tell you about a few truly unmistakable wins that Empower Missouri saw this week.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2019 For More Information: Sara Baker, 314-809-0658 Jeremy Cady, 417-597-3838 Jeanette Mott Oxford, 314-775-3261 Jefferson City – Yesterday, the Missouri Legislature approved HB 192, a proposal that would reform Missouri sentencing law and allow eligible individuals to have earlier parole hearings.  HB 192 requires the parole board to evaluate those currently serving...
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Reformed theologian and ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr (born in Wright City, MO in 1892) began sharing a prayer in 1934 that was published in this form in 1951: ….give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the...
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