Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CALL 866-338-5720 and Demand that Senator Blunt and McCaskill VOTE AYE for Loretta Lynch


On Feb. 26, 2015, the U. S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary voted, by a margin of 12 yeas to 8 nays, to send the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as the next U.S. Attorney General to the floor of the full U.S. Senate for a final vote.
A final vote by the full U.S. Senate is expected the week of March 16.
On November 8, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General of the United States.  If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, we are confident that with Ms. Lynch's well-established legal reputation and demonstrated commitment to civil rights protection will lead to strong and judicious leadership to the U.S. Department of Justice. She will also make history as the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General.
On January 29, the Senate Judiciary Committee completed two days of confirmation hearing on Ms. Lynch’s nomination.  It should be noted that Ms. Lynch is no stranger to the Senate confirmation process, given that the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed her to her current position as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York twice. During the hearing’s first day, Lynch pledged to “protect and defend our Constitution, to safeguard our people, and to stand as the leader and public servant that they deserve,” and answered questions on a host of issues, including immigration, voting rights, and criminal justice reform.
In her current position as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ms. Lynch has earned praise for her work fighting sex trafficking, police brutality, terrorism, and religious and racial hate crimes. In fact, throughout her 30-year career, she has distinguished herself as a tough, fair, and independent lawyer who has twice headed one of the most prominent U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country.  She also traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014 as part of the U.S. official delegation before the United Nations Covenant to Eradicate Racial Discrimination.  At that time, her mastery of the issues as well as her ardent support and understandings of the challenges of the U.S.'s justice system was impressive.
After a careful review of Ms. Lynch’s record and reputation, the NAACP is more convinced now more than ever that she will make a stellar and effective U.S. Attorney General. 
We now must urge every US Senator to support this well-qualified nominee and to vote in favor of her confirmation when it comes before them on the floor of the US Senate.
ON WED. AND THURS. 3/11/-3/12/2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Support HB 44 so women can be paid the same for equal work call Phone: 573-751-9801 or E-Mail and tell him "Missouri needs best practices cause the law is not working. Pass HB 44 into law."

Women earn less than men for doing the same work.  Like racial profiling, too much research has been done that has resulted in very little action.  Look at any of the links and see for yourself:

Even Obama is standing up for your Mama -

And the list goes on and on - and for the Committee on Workforce Development to here from people that they 'are not sure the gender pay gap is an issue' or that they think 'it is caused women chose not to work so they can stay at home' is just - incredible, fare fetched and like someone in the audience of the hearing whispered today "part of the problem?"  Hold a hearing on it!  Wait you did and a couple of members refuted the evidence taken - without having any different facts.

It's been that way for long time. That helps explain why retirement investment savings for women are much lower than they are for men nationally and within our own state.

But how can this be? It is well known that men and women are entitled to equal compensation for equal work. To pay a woman less simply because she is a woman when doing the same work as a man would be discrimination. That discrimination is specifically prohibited by the Constitution as well as state and local laws.

And every body ignores the reality –  Women earn less than men when doing the same work.

Today Sen. Steven Webber – I mean Rep. Webber took a bold step in proposing legislation that would require the Department of Labor and industrial relations for the state of Missouri to develop and share with the public best practices to ensure that women aren't discriminated against by  receiving lower pay than men who are in the same job and have the same qualifications.

Representative Bob Burns earned a salute as a war veteran who says he supports equal pay for equal work as an American value.

Thank you representative Burns.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce came out and said that it has not ever studied the issue of the gender pay gap and would not back the measure because they are not sure what it would do.  The corollary to that statement then must be that the Missouri Chamber of Commerce doesn't care about women in the workplace – they never studied the issue but still show up to stand in opposition to a simple measure that would assist Missouri businesses and employees alike in following the Constitution and eliminating discrimination.

Discrimination is still a sin – even if you try to ignore that it's happening.

Other groups like organized labor including the AFL-CIO and many unions took time to demonstrate the power employees have when we stand together. Mike, the new president of the AFL-CIO said it best ' if there is a woman and a man working on the same  jobsite in the same position – they get paid the same.'   it turns out that organized labor has considered the necessity of having our constitutionally protected rights defended in such a way that it ensures employers and employees have a fair exchange.

Next time you look at yourself in the mirror, look at your mother, look at your daughter, look at your sister, or your wife and ask 'who is protecting their civil rights?'   We hope the answer is you. Join the NAACP in standing up for workers rights. Join a union.  Stand Up.  Equal pay for equal work.

What if you couldn't sue your employer? If Representative Kevin Corlew has his way your employer can drag you into expensive arbitration and you WOULD LOOSE YOUR RIGHT TO GO TO COURT.

Crooked employment situations need to be reviewed by the courts.  Thats American.  Why would anyone want to stop a person from going to court to right a wrong?  Let us suggest it is not to help working people that face injuries on the job, discrimination and mistreatment or even bosses that want them to do something illegal.

In this hearing today we will tell the Missouri Legislature - NO THANK YOU to mandatory arbitration thats takes judges and juries out of the legal system and replaces them with HIRED ARBITRATORS that working people can't afford and don't know.


Committee:Workforce Standards and Development
Chair:Lant, Bill - (Rep-159)Vice Chair:Dohrman, Dean-(Rep-51)
Date:Monday, March 09, 2015
Time:12:00 PM
Location:House Hearing Room 5
Executive session may be held on any matter referred to the committee.

Public Hearings will be conducted for the following bills:
Sponsor: Webber, Stephen (Rep-046)
Requires the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to create best practice guidelines in gender pay equality for state and local government and private businesses
Sponsor: Corlew, Kevin (Rep-014)
Changes the Uniform Arbitration Act regarding agreements between employers and at-will employees

Lant, Bill, Chair
Dohrman, Dean, Vice Chair
Brattin, Rick
Burns, Bob
Fraker, Lyndall
Gosen, Don
Hurst, Tom
Kelley, Mike
Lynch, Steve
Smith, Clem
Walker, Nate
Webber, Stephen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri Feb 26, 2015 at 7 PM - Don't Miss it!

James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center

Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri
(In Recognition of African American History Month)

February 26, 2015, 7 p.m.

Over the past four decades, State Historical Society of Missouri Executive Director Gary Kremer has written extensively about the African American experience in Missouri. Fourteen of his articles on the subject are now available in one place with the publication of Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri. Kremer combines the articles into one detailed, chronological account that addresses issues such as the transition from slavery to freedom for African Americans in Missouri, all-black rural communities and the lives of African Americans seeking new opportunities in Missouri’s cities. His talk will focus primarily on stories set in central Missouri, including that of Lake Placid, a recreational area for African Americans in Morgan County; the Missouri Industrial Home for Negro Girls in Tipton; and a number of people and events connected to Lincoln University in both the 19th and 20th centuries. Join us, as Kremer shares just a portion of his prolific research spanning much of African American history in Missouri.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Kenneth Cooper - Tribute to Leadership book signing and discussion

Pulitzer Prize winning new reporter Kenneth Cooper will be signing his new book at Progressive Emporium tomorrow Saturday, Feb. 21st from 2-4pm
The title of his book is:  Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership.  His book presents the profiles of 127 social change agents. Please read his description below. 
Mr. Cooper is a graduate of Washington University and was active with us during his years in St. Louis.  He will discuss his book and it will be available for purchase and signing by Mr. Cooper.  Mr. Cooper has worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe.  (Please google him for more info)  
Please spread the word by forwarding this email and support this program by Progressive Emporium. 

Progressive Emporium is located at 1108 North Sarah (north of Delmar, but south of Page)  Thanks, Slow 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD - The Impact of Community and Police Interactions on Individual Civil Rights in Missouri

As the Chair of the Missouri Advisory Committee (MOSAC) to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, I would like to invite you to participate in a public meeting on February 23, 2015 and spread the word.  

MOSAC is one of fifty committees tasked with investigating and providing a report to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on issues that need further examination and action.  Given the events in Ferguson, MO and the widening gap of trust between communities of color and law enforcement often, but not exclusively, based around the use of force, the Committee will be holding a public meeting to hear testimony from various stakeholders – academics, government officials, community organizations, and the public.    

TOPIC:                 The Impact of Community and Police Interactions on Individual Civil Rights in Missouri

WHEN:                MONDAY, FEBRURAY 23. 2015

WHERE:              J.C. Penny Conference Center Auditorium
University of Missouri St. Louis, 1 University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63121

TIME:                  8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

For those who are unable to attend, there will be a comment period following the meeting for individuals to submit testimony.  I hope that you will be able to join us and I ask that you share this information with those who are interested.  The Press Release for the event can be found here (



S. David Mitchell, JD, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Missouri
School of Law
318 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65203
Ph:  (573) 882 – 8113
Fax: (573) 882 – 4984

Scholarship availaible on SSRN Author Page
Scholarship profiled on Profile on Syndicate Mizzou

Call MO State Rep Dugger 573-751-2205 and tell him NO JIM CROW VOTING BILL

So is a little bit of Jim Crow ok - this Missouri State Representative Dugger  says that a discretionary Jim Crow law is okay.  According to courts accross the country it is another thing - discriminatory and racist.  Please call Dugger and demand that he stop supporting Jim Crow laws in 2015.

Tell Representative Tony Dugger you don't want Jim Crow voting laws in Missouri - Phone: 573-751-2205
Toll-Free: 417-259-1915

Address: MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Room 300
Jefferson City MO 65101
Legislative Assistant: Maura Gray
Phone: 573-751-2205
Toll-Free: 417-259-1915