By
Jeanette Mott Oxford

At Empower Missouri, we subscribe to a daily political newsletter that lists who has recently registered as a lobbyist. A quick search on the Missouri Ethics Commission of “principles” shows that more than 2300 people and/or companies have someone lobbying for them. This list is incredibly diverse. It includes organizations such as auto dealers, grocers,...
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As our Missouri General Assembly convenes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are outraged to see some lawmakers pushing to pass voter suppression measures. Many of our ancestors suffered and died to secure the right to vote, so we must take action immediately. Voter suppression language was amended to the House Committee Substitute...
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One of the most positive trends that I have seen during our public health emergency is a robust discussion around what we mean by “essential workers.” Many have asked whether our public policies live up to the “you’re a hero” accolades now heaped on grocery store cashiers and housekeeping staff at nursing homes. Rev. William...
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Even though the final two weeks of the 2020 Legislative Session tempts us to focus all attention on Jefferson City just now, social justice advocates in Missouri cannot afford to do so. We must keep one eye focused on DC, because the first half of May is a crucial window of time in which we...
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The Empower Missouri advocacy family experienced a heart-breaking loss last week. Reverend Theodore (Ted) William Schroeder was tragically killed in a traffic accident on Wednesday afternoon, April 15, 2020. He was 83. His wife Linda was also injured in the accident and was briefly hospitalized, but has been released. Ted and Linda have been very...
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The four highest ranking Majority Party leaders issued a joint statement on April 15th, saying that the Missouri General Assembly will reconvene in late April in a way that will balance the health and safety of lawmakers, employees and Capitol visitors during COVID-19 public health emergency with the legislature’s constitutional obligation to pass the state...
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Empower Missouri Advocacy Family, Midday last Friday, Gov. Mike Parson declared a State of Emergency as the first cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Missouri. Life has significantly changed for most of us during the past eight days. Many are working from home, with the pleasure and challenges of having children home with us. Some...
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Today’s Weekly Perspective will be a bit different. We normally drill down into a priority public policy area, but some big changes are in progress here at Empower Missouri, and we’d like to share our vision as well as concrete progress that our Board of Directors and staff are making in implementing a new strategic...
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Empower Missouri is seeking a candidate for a contract position as Interim Executive Director. This is an opportunity to help set up our 119-year-old organization for enhanced success. The ideal candidate will work with the Board of Directors to position the organization for continued growth and collaborate to identify our next full time Executive Director....
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In 2017, Empower Missouri’s annual conference theme was Persisting and Organizing to Win. During the week of February 10, 2020, coalitions staffed by Empower Missouri demonstrated determination to make that theme reality by taking meaningful action for social justice on each day, Monday-Friday. On Monday, February 10, the Affordable Housing Coalition met to review the...
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