Saturday, November 30, 2013

Did you miss the Nazi Invasion in Kansas City? Wasn't that long ago it was Jefferson City - NAACP Supplant Nazi Nexus Again

Members & Supporters,

See the attached flyer about the Neo-Nazi Rally.  We need as many people as possible to attend our rally. 

We will gather at 2:30p this Saturday on the southeast corner of the Liberty Memorial.  Wear yellow shirts or any NAACP paraphernalia.  If you have the NAACP banner(s), there are (3), we take to voter registration and you do not plan to attend the rally, bring it to the office tomorrow after 1p. 

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Mary Ann
Branch Secretary
NAACP Kansas City, MO Branch

Rally on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 3:00 pm
SE Corner of Liberty Memorial Park

Say No!!   to the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement
Say No!!   to racism, anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant                                    nativism, and bigotry
Say Yes!!  to civil rights and human rights

Stand Up and Be Counted

On November 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial, a wide variety of civil rights and human rights organizations, city officials and concerned individuals will gather to say No! to the National Socialist Movement and Yes! to human rights.  The National Socialist Movement and their racist, anti-Semitic and bigoted friends are coming to downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  They will rally on 12th Street.  We will stand together at Liberty Memorial.  Organizers of the Liberty Memorial event are planning a non-violent, non-confrontational rally, a place where people of all types can gather.  We are aware that Nov. 9, 2013 is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and we will remember those who died at the hand of Hitler’s Nazis, those Jews who were burnt out of their synagogues, homes, and shops; and taken to concentration camps. 

Among those organizations supporting this effort are the NAACP, the Jewish Community Relations Bureau, El Centro, Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation,, SCLC, LULAC and the Greater KC Inter-faith Council.  Thank you to Amber Versola.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ryan Ferguson Freed - highlights inadequacy of criminal justice system

Good news first! Ryan Ferguson was released yesterday after serving nearly 10 years of a 40-year sentence for murder. Ferguson was accused of the beating death of Kent Heitholt. This case, like many other wrongly incarceration cases, was flawed from the beginning. Said Ferguson,"To get arrested and to get charged for a crime you didn't commit is incredibly easy...but to get out of prison, it takes an army." 

Execution of Joseph Franklin
The execution date for Franklin is November 20. Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will hold a vigil on Tuesday, November 19 from 8:30-9:00 pm at St. Xavier Church, Grand and Lindell Blvd. Voice your concerns about the use of the death penalty to Gov. Nixon at 573.751.3222.

Jamala Rogers, Coordinator
JUSTICE for Reggie Campaign
P. O. Box 5277  St. LouisMO  63115
(314) 367-5959

Monday, August 19, 2013

Scholarship for travel to the March on Washington-email us at and go!

A local benefactor who knew Dr. King . . . wants people in this generation to experience to power that will be generated at the March on Washington.

The march is this Saturday.

There is a bus leaving Mid-Missouri and you can ride for free thanks to a kind scholarship that will cover the cost of travel for this historic American event.

Travel details - leave this Friday at noon and return Sunday in time to be at work on Monday.  More details if you email.

Get on the bus.  Email us at

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Racial Profiling Press Releases - The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law | Lawyers' Committee Praises Federal Court Ruling NYPD's Stop and Frisk Practices Unconstitutional

Press Releases - Newsroom - The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law | Lawyers' Committee Praises Federal Court Ruling NYPD's Stop and Frisk Practices Unconstitutional

Now that we have a ruling saying racial profiling is illegal, can we admit that whats happening in MO is not right and get on the path to getting better policing?  Jefferson City is the only jurisdiction in the entire state that saw a decline and the Cole County Sheriff is near perfect in terms of stops being representative of the state's make up.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Who Supports Justice and Equality for All?

2013 Freedom Fund Dinner

Thank you to all of our sponsors!  Without your help, we could not function and appreciate your willingness to stand in the gap as we work for the protection of American Values for all.

Platinum Sponsorship  
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Missouri National Guard

Gold Sponsorship
ABB, Inc.
Go Partners Health Care Solutions

Silver Sponsorship
Central Bank
Dr. William F. Symes and Shelia Symes
Jefferson City Public School District
St. Mary’s Health Center
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Ameren UE
Jefferson Bank
Lincoln University Foundation

NAACP's chapter president, Rod Chapel Jr., on KRCG 13 Live at noon August 1

Monday, August 5, 2013

Looking for lawyer work? Be a law clerk!

Judge Thomas H. Newton has an opening for an Appellate Law Clerk.

Any interested applicant should send a resume and writing sample by Tuesday, August 6, 2013to Judge Thomas H. Newton,  MO Court of Appeals 1300 Oak K.C, MO 64106 or via email  

Sunday, August 4, 2013

You will need this if you intend to prove coverage - Dept of Insurance Working for You

Consumers have another tool when shopping for homeowners, auto insurance
Policies of Missouri’s top insurance companies are available online
Jefferson City, Mo. — Consumers shopping for insurance coverage for their homes or vehicles now have the opportunity to view insurance policies and mandatory endorsements from some of Missouri’s largest insurance companies before they buy. The Missouri Department of Insurance announced today that consumers can view free, sample homeowners and auto insurance policies from major insurance companies on the department’s website.
“When shopping for insurance coverage, consumers can benefit from having additional resources about the products they are considering buying,” said John M. Huff, director of the Missouri Department of Insurance. “I commend the insurance companies participating with us in giving consumers another effective tool to use when searching for insurance coverage that best suits their needs.”
Missouri becomes the second state in the country to help enhance the overall transparency of the insurance industry by giving consumers the opportunity to view the policies and mandatory endorsements in a digital format from insurance companies selling homeowners and auto policies in the state. Nevada was the first state in the country to provide its residents with these informational resources.
The companies on their respective pages are listed in the order of their market share in Missouri, using 2012 data from the department’s Market Share Report. The policies and endorsements for each company can be found by clicking or touching the (+) icon on the left side of the page or by clicking or touching the company’s name. In an effort to create a one-stop shopping area for consumers looking for homeowners and auto policies, the department provided the websites and toll-free phone numbers of the companies listed, as well as additional consumer information about the companies complied by the department.
The homeowners insurance companies listed accounts for more than 80 percent of the market share selling homeowners insurance coverage in Missouri, while the auto insurance companies listed make up nearly 80 percent of the private passenger policies in the state. Additional companies may be added in the future.
Huff encourages consumers to read their policies and declarations pages carefully to make sure they have the right amount of insurance coverage. Insurance policies may contain exclusions, which are things that won’t be covered by the policy. A declaration page tells you the specific coverages you purchased and how much coverage you have on your home or vehicle. Consumers with questions about their coverage may want to contact their agent or insurance company.
Consumers can file a complaint or ask general insurance questions by calling the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or by visiting

Saturday, August 3, 2013

GO to work for the State as a Statistical Research Analyst

Statistical Research Analyst

Starting Salary: commensurate with education and experience

Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP) is seeking a Statistical Research Analyst for the collection, analysis, and reporting of statistical data and other related information.  To apply, submit an application, cover letter, and resume to Human Resources, P.O. Box 104355, Jefferson City, MO 65110 or via email to by close of business on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

Essential Functions/Examples of Work

  • Extracts data from large data warehouse provided by contracted vendor to assemble summary and/or detailed information; checks data for consistence and aberrations through data mining; makes comparative analyses and projections
  • Interprets, analyzes, and presents cost and utilization data for medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, wellness, disease management, and employee assistance programs using sophisticated, complex data analysis tools.
  • Prepares scheduled and special reports in rough draft and final form, including summary tables, graphs, charts, and explanatory text; distributes reports to various constituencies including actuary and internal staff.
  • Provides interpretation and analysis of report results to management for use with various constituencies, including the Board of Trustees.
  • Responsible for routing and tracking all fiscal notes for MCHCP during legislative session; reviews all fiscal notes and determines the potential fiscal impact of proposed legislation to MCHCP; responsible for communicating to key internal staff information regarding fiscal notes that could have a potential fiscal impact.
  • Assists in Requests for Proposal (RFP) development and evaluation of responses as it relates to data reporting, network, and cost analysis.
  • Researches and obtains necessary data from internal sources, consultants, and/or other outside sources as required.
  • Monitors and interacts with health care contractors to ensure their efficient operation, reviews their compliance with the applicable contract provisions, analyzes data they may provide, and determines the overall impact on the operation of the Plan.
  • Maintains documentation of processes and archive of deliverables.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of statistical and mathematical methods, principles, theories, and practices.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relational databases; geographic information systems; Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; and Cognos Business Intelligence;
  • Considerable knowledge of research methods and practices and knowledge of health care.
  • Basic understanding of the economic and social issues surrounding the provision of health care benefits.
  • Ability to anticipate/predict appropriate deliverable characteristics while working through evolving and/or generalized analytic projects.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and to present analysis and conclusions with clarity and precision in written and graphic form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with MCHCP management, MCHCP staff, MCHCP members, health plan representatives and general public.
  • Ability to make independent decisions in accordance with established policies and procedures; and ability to prioritize, organize and perform work independently and under pressure.
  • Ability to project a professional image through oral and written communication and appearance.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major specialization in business or public administration, mathematics or statistics, economics or related area. 
  • Minimum of one year statistical experience required.  More extensive experience (2-6 years) performing statistical work preferred.  (Technical and professional experience in the field of statistical analysis and research may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required education.  Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas including statistics or quantitative research methodology may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 24 earned graduate credit hours for one year of experience.)

Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan is an equal opportunity employer: M/F/D/V
MCHCP employees enjoy the same benefits as other State of Missouri employees. These benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, basic and optional life insurance, annual and sick leave accruals, paid holidays, deferred compensation, cafeteria plan, employee assistance program and a retirement plan under MOSERS. Contact MCHCP at for more information related to this job vacancy announcement, recruitment, benefits, etc.

9th Annual Heartland Diversity Job Fair


KCMBA to Hold 9th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair Attracting Diverse Legal Talent to Kansas City

The Ninth Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will take place Aug. 9 and 10, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Mo., and remains to be the only diversity legal job fair in the area. This job fair is different from other minority-focused job fairs because it focuses on the city and encourages diverse law students to make their careers in Kansas City. Recent graduates, 2Ls and 3Ls from across the nation have been invited, and a weekend full of opportunity and fun for everyone is anticipated. Currently, nearly 100 students and recent graduates are registered to attend from cities such as Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; Cleveland; Fayetteville, Ark.; Houston; Nashville, Tenn.; New York City; Norman, Okla.; San Diego; Seattle; St. Louis, Mo.; and Washington, D.C.

The HDLJF was created by Kansas City law firms, organizations and law schools for one particular purpose: more diverse lawyers in Kansas City. The job fair is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to internships, externships, summer associate positions and full-time employment to both the traditional and non-traditional legal employer. The event will highlight Kansas City as a fantastic place to live and work; in addition, it will provide great job opportunities for students from all over the nation.

The job fair will start with a welcome reception on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. On Saturday, the day will begin with a continental breakfast for students and employers before interviewing begins at 8:30 a.m. A keynote luncheon open to students, sponsors, employers and invited guests will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Judge Alok Ahuja.

Hon. Ahuja [who was born in Raipur (Chhattisgarh), India] was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in December 2007 and assumed office in November 2010. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas, majoring in philosophy and English. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1988 from Yale Law School.

Prior to his appointment, he was most recently an associate and member of Lathrop & Gage LLP, and associate at Shea & Gardner, in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was a law clerk under Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.

Judge Ahuja is a member of the American Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, KCMBA (Board of Directors, 2007-2008 and chair of the Appellate Court Committee, 2006). He is also a member of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2007; Co-Chair, Programs Committee, 2006).

Judge Ahuja plays an active role at the Whatsoever Community Center where he is on the Board of Directors, as well as Lawyers Encouraging Academic Progress (LEAP) (Board of Directors, 2008-present). He was listed among the Lawyers of the Year for 2007 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and as Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Practice, 2007. He has been recognized as an Outstanding CLE Contributor Award in 2006 by KCMBA and was honored with the Vanguard Award in 2012 by the Asian-American Bar Association of Kansas City.

After the keynote luncheon, the students will return for more interview sessions that will conclude at 4:30 p.m. The interview process will be conducted on a 50/50 basis. Employers will pre-select half of the students who they wish to interview. The remaining half of the interview schedule will be filled based on lottery.

The 2013 HDLJF continues to build on its past successes by welcoming students from a variety of backgrounds and geographic locations to showcase Kansas City and its legal community.

Various Law Schools Represented By Attending Students Include:
Albany Law School of Union University
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Charlotte School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Cornell Law School
Drake University Law School
Duke University School of Law
Emory University School of Law
Florida Coastal School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Hamline University School of Law
Hofstra University School of Law
John Marshall Law School
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Michigan State University College of Law
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Notre Dame Law School
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Penn State The Dickinson School of Law
St. Louis University School of Law
Syracuse University College of Law
The George Washington University Law School
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
The University of Mississippi School of Law
The University of Texas School of Law
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Tulane Law School
University of Arkansas School of Law
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
University of Oklahoma College of Law
University of Richmond School of Law
University of Tulsa College of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
University of Washington School of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Vanderbilt University Law School
Wake Forest University School of Law
Washburn University School of Law
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Washington University School of Law
Wayne State University Law School

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair press opportunities:
Friday, August 9
4:30–5:30 p.m. Diversity Panel
5:30–7 p.m. Welcome reception
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Please check in at the Registration Desk

Saturday, August 10
Noon–1:30 p.m. Keynote luncheon                     
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Starlight Ballroom
Please check in at the HDLJF Resource Room 2525

Thank you,

Kim Elrod
Director of Sections & Committees

P: 816.474.4322
F: 816.474.0103

Two Pershing Square
2300 Main St., Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64108

The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association serves approximately 5,000 members in the nine-county Kansas City metro area: Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri. The mission of this Association is to serve our members and our community by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Need a job? Want a Change? MCHCP could be for you

MCHCP is looking for 2 people to join their team - 

Statistical Research Analyst

We are currently recruiting and accepting applications for a Statistical Research Analyst.  Below is the link to the webpage with information about the position.  Please share this information with anyone you may know that would be interested in joining MCHCP.  

Wellness Program Nurse

We are currently recruiting and accepting applications for two Wellness Program Nurses.  Below is the link to the webpage with information about the positions.  Please share this information with anyone you may know that would be interested in joining MCHCP. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

763 People Arrested on Moral Mondays - today will be the 13th and 100 more will be arrested - where are you?

The North Carolina Delegation is at the National Conference.

Reverend Barber is likely on the way to jail soon if not now.  He is in North Carolina today with the state's delegation of women leaders - its important to stand with your people.

Moral Mondays are consistent opposition to Jim Crow voter suppression themes to voters advances and other issues that were present in North Carolina.

  • Congressional districts were gerrymandered to dilute voting capacity of those seen as progressive.  Now voters who voted for specific leadership are being ignored.    
  • Same day voter registration has been stopped.

For months people in North Carolina have been arrested for trespassing in the state's capital.  Teapartyers have not been arrested for throwing teabags on to the legislative floor.  NAACPers stand in the hall and we get arrested.  

Its not a new story that those who have been disenfranchised are treated different and often worse than those in power or at times the majority.  But when that poor treatment is encoded in law rather than norms it gets a new name - Jim Crow and that what we have to fight now.  


 . . . and get ready to join Moral Mondays in North Carolina and at home.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

NAACP 50th Freedom Fund Dinner set for Friday, August 9th, 2013 - Join us at the 49th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner and Silent Auction August 9, 2013

Justice and Equality for All
Friday, August 9, 2013
Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 W. McCarty St.
6:00 PM Silent Auction and Reception, 7:00 PM Dinner

From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged the NAACP and maintain its status as a champion of social justice, fought long and hard to ensure that all Americans are heard. 

For over 50 years, the Jefferson City NAACP has annually saluted civil rights achievements and related concerns at its largest fundraiser.  
Please join us this year as Senator Claire McCaskill lends her talent and insight as our keynote speaker.  As a Missouri native that has held leadership positions as a Missouri legislator, the Jackson County Prosecutor, the State Auditor and now Missouri’s first female United States Senator we are in for a treat!  Get your ticket today.

Individual Ticket Prices

Ticket                                      $50

Students                                  $15

Children (up to 12)                   $10

If you are not interested in being a sponsor for the dinner, please consider making a silent auction donation to the Jefferson City NAACP.  We also encourage you to purchase tickets to the dinner for your staff.  Any combination of these efforts will be greatly appreciated.

NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner Ticket Form
Address: _______________________________
City/State/Zip: _________________________
Phone: ________________ Fax: ____________
Please Return To:
Jefferson City, MO NAACP

P.O. Box 104221 

Jefferson City, MO 65110-4221

573-690-1097   ~

573-230-6424  ~

For tickets, make checks payable to:
Jefferson City NAACP

Send to:

Jefferson City Branch NAACP
P.O. Box 104221
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4221

Ticket Sales: Glenn 573-690-1097 or
Nimrod 573-230-6424

We welcome Senator McCaskill as she returns home from Washington DC.  Her good leadership matters and we are happy to have her example of character, innovation and reasoned resolve on this occasion.
The Freedom Fund Dinner is the primary fund-raiser to support branch activities and operation expenses. The Jefferson City, MO NAACP supports Equality and Justice or All by supporting voters’ right, providing scholarships, ensuring access to legal information, supporting prisoner reentry, and facilitating local and national civil rights advocacy.  We would appreciate your support as an attendee, sponsor, or benefactor.