Gov. Mike Parson Must Act Now to Protect the Most Vulnerable Missourians

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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On March 19th, Empower Missouri held a webinar to talk about the first half of Missouri’s legislative session and Clean Slate Expungement. The webinar started with Empower Missouri’s Executive Director Jeanette Mott Oxford (“JMO”) discussing important social justice updates from the General Assembly. She was then joined by Ellen Suni from UMKC School of Law and...
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Ellen Yankiver Suni is Dean and Professor Emerita of Law at UMKC School of Law, where she served as dean from 2004-2017. She officially retired from the faculty effective September 2019 but continues to teach on an as-needed basis. Her “retirement project” is the CMR Expungement Project, which blends her long-term interests in criminal law,...
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Use this link to Sign up for the Smart Sentencing Coalition. Access the meeting on your computer https://zoom.us/j/194570677 Meeting ID: 194 570 677 Access the meeting on your phone DIAL: (929)205-6099 Meeting ID: 194570677# Further Reading: Parson signs bevy of criminal justice, public safety bills: ‘We have to do a better job’ – By Kaitlyn Schallhorn at...
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On Tuesday, March 3, HB 1691 was heard in the Judiciary Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder, this bill would modernize our outdated and harmful HIV-specific statutes that criminalize people for acts that pose no risk of HIV transmission. The hearing was scheduled for 4 p.m. or “upon adjournment” of floor debate. With the floor...
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(Jefferson City, MO)….. Missouri lawmakers, health professionals and long-term HIV survivors are calling for the state legislature to change Missouri’s HIV criminalization laws which they believe are outdated and medically inaccurate.  On March 3, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on House Bill (HB) 1691 to address the state’s criminal codes dealing with the...
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Use this link to Sign up for the Smart Sentencing Coalition. Access the meeting on your computer https://zoom.us/j/194570677 Meeting ID: 194 570 677 Access the meeting on your phone DIAL: (929)205-6099 Meeting ID: 194570677# Further Reading: Parson signs bevy of criminal justice, public safety bills: ‘We have to do a better job’ – By Kaitlyn Schallhorn at...
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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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Many Missourians are familiar with the term “State of the Union” address, and may tune in or bother to read news coverage of the annual speech by the President of the United States. Many are also familiar with the “State of the State” address which we received from Gov. Parson on January 15. Many fewer...
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