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Empowering You May 2019 Newsletter

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The House Committee Substitute (HCS) of House Bills 167 & 166 was debated on the House floor on Tuesday afternoon. You know from our Weekly Perspective and Call to Action last Friday that the version voted out of committee needed some significant improvements. The floor debate was an opportunity to hear several amendments offered, get...
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If you follow our work, you are likely aware that one of our policy priorities this year is to modernize Missouri’s outdated, medically inaccurate, stigmatizing HIV-specific criminal codes. You may remember a Weekly Perspective from the first week of February after an energizing committee hearing. If you haven’t paid that close of attention because you feel like...
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Remembering, Commemorating, and Memorializing: An Interdenominational Prayer Breakfast Honoring the Life of Robert Rayford and Recognizing Caregivers, Service Providers, and People Affected by HIV/AIDS Hosted by The Griot in partnership with Empower Missouri and the Missouri Foundation for Health. Robert Rayford, an African American teenager from St. Louis, passed away in May 1969 of causes...
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Missouri children rely on Medicaid and CHIP for health insurance. Medicaid and CHIP coverage is beneficial to children’s health and has positive economic impacts. Healthy kids are more likely to graduate from high school and find the kind of jobs that contribute to the economy. Recently, Missouri has seen a significant drop in child enrollment...
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I really couldn’t have imagined the hearing going any better. The room was packed, standing-room-only in the gallery, nearly every one of the 19 (!) committee members were present. A Republican from the rural bootheel sat next to a Democrat from the big city of St. Louis, and together Reps. Holly Rehder and Tracy McCreery...
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January 11, 2019 Dear Advocate, What does it take to pass improved public policy in Missouri, including reforming old laws that were ill-conceived that have been harming the quality of our common life? It is a lot like gardening. We must be persistent in researching what kinds of seeds can work on our particular piece of...
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Saint Louis University Cross-Cultural Center, Empower Missouri, and the MO HIV Justice Coalition present: HIV is Not a Crime Featuring Rep. Rehder (R) & Rep. McCreery (D) Moderated by Sidney Watson Change the Law, End the Stigma. January 18, 2019 | 6:00 PM Anheuser-Busch Auditorium, Cook Hall, Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University, 3674 Lindell...
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