Friday, May 31, 2013

Do you know Executive Order 10-24 - it says we are all equal and have the ability to work!

WHEREAS, the Constitutions of the United States and of the
State of Missouri afford to all persons equal protection under the law; and
WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States and the General Assembly of the State of Missouri have enacted legislation prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations, housing and employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, and disability; and
WHEREAS, personnel practices and procedures within the executive branch of the State of Missouri should not discriminate, through disparate treatment or disparate impact, against anyone, in violation of any federal or state civil rights statute, executive order, rule, regulation, or judicial decision; and
WHEREAS, the employment practices of the State of Missouri and the operation of its services and facilities should serve as a model for business, industry, and labor; and
WHEREAS, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Missouri Human Rights Act prohibit employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, and disability.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, Governor of the State of Missouri, in recognition of the obligations of the State of Missouri and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri do hereby promulgate the following Code of Fair Practices for the Executive Branch of State Government.


The executive branch of the State of Missouri shall ensure that all present and prospective employees are afforded equal opportunity at all levels and phases of employment within state government with respect to, but not limited to, hiring, recruiting, training, benefits, promotions, transfers, layoffs, demotions, terminations, rate of compensation, and recalls from layoffs. It shall be the responsibility of the State Office of Equal Employment Opportunity to monitor all departments of the executive branch of state government and assist them to ensure equal employment opportunity. The State of Missouri shall work to ensure that there will be no vestiges of discrimination against persons on account of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability; not only in employment practices but in the provision of services and the operation of facilities.


State Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
The Governor shall designate a State Officer, hereinafter referred to as the State Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer. The State EEO Officer shall report to the Governor and the Commissioner of Administration. He or she shall have primary responsibility for assisting in the coordination and implementation of workforce diversity programs throughout all departments of the executive branch of state government, and for advising the Governor on issues regarding equal employment opportunity, workforce diversity, and efforts to administer workforce diversity action goals and timetables for implementation throughout the departments of the executive branch.
The State EEO Officer shall be the state's chief compliance officer for the executive branch of state government to ensure that the State of Missouri is complying with all federal and state laws concerning equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity.  He or she shall assist each department in developing a Workforce Diversity Plan. Additionally, the State EEO Officer shall review progress reports of the departments and shall meet biannually with each department director to evaluate departmental results and determine the course of future workforce diversity goals, timetables, recruiting, planning, and implementation. The results of each meeting shall be reported in writing to the Commissioner of Administration.
Not later than January first of each calendar year, the State EEO Officer shall provide a report to the Governor and the Commissioner of Administration that summarizes the activities of each department pursuant to this Order and that contains recommendations for additional programs to accomplish the purposes of this Order.
Subject to appropriations, the Commissioner of Administration shall provide the State EEO Officer with such facilities, staff, resources, equipment, and supplies as are necessary to carry out the duties set forth herein. The State EEO Officer shall submit a proposal each fiscal year to the Commissioner of Administration, detailing the needs of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity.


Workforce Diversity Council
Each department director shall designate an individual with sufficient experience and authority within the department to be able to communicate on behalf of the department and to implement recommendations of the Council, to serve on the State Workforce Diversity Council, hereinafter referred to as the "Council."
The Council shall:
  • Meet quarterly and be chaired by the State EEO Officer;
  • Work to ensure that all employees of the state are educated on issues involving diversity;
  • Make such recommendations as it believes necessary to the State EEO Officer to assist in the implementation of this Order; and
  • Assist the State EEO Officer in formulating policy and issues that affect workforce diversity in the executive branch of state government.
The Council designee shall be the chief liaison to his or her department concerning equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity issues and shall make recommendations and report any changes, trends and new occurrences with respect to workforce diversity to their respective departments.


Workforce Diversity Program
The Workforce Diversity Program will demonstrate the State of Missouri's good faith effort to eliminate any potential discriminatory barriers to employment, while enhancing the state's effort to provide equal employment opportunity and improve workforce diversity.
The Program shall:
  • Ensure awareness of workforce diversity before hiring decisions are made;
  • Prohibit the departments in the executive branch from engaging in unlawful discriminatory practices; and
  • Place a strong emphasis on recruitment, retention, and upward mobility as methods to enhance the State of Missouri's work force through equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity.


Workforce Diversity Plan
Each department of the executive branch shall submit a revised Workforce Diversity Plan to the State EEO Officer by September 30th of each year. The primary responsibility for developing the Workforce Diversity Plan will rest with each department director. The State EEO Officer shall review and approve each submitted plan to ensure it significantly complies with the provisions and purposes of this Order.
Each Workforce Diversity Plan shall contain the following items:
  • A departmental policy statement on Equal Employment Opportunity and Workforce Diversity;
  • Identification of individuals who will be responsible for implementation of the Workforce Diversity Plan within the department;
  • A utilization and availability analysis presented in a form and manner as determined by the Office of Equal Opportunity;
  • Identification of problem areas and proposed actions and timelines;
  • A statement on how progress will be monitored and reported;
  • A description of departmental recruiting practices that will be used to diversify the department's work force;
  • Procedures used to ensure all tests for employment and promotion are nondiscriminatory; and
  • Identification of diversity training needs within the department and plans to address those needs.
All state agencies shall require participation by all employees in periodic training that cover the topics of:
  • Discrimination;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Cultural and work force diversity; and
  • Other appropriate human relations training as determined by the Office of Administration, Division of Personnel. The Division of Personnel shall approve all Workforce Diversity Training provided by state agencies.
If the State EEO Officer determines that a department's Workforce Diversity Plan does not meet the requirements of this Order, he or she shall report the same to the Commissioner of Administration and the Governor, who shall take such actions and offer such assistance as they deem necessary to ensure that the department develops and files a Workforce Diversity Plan which meets the requirements of this Order.


State Employment Services
All departments which provide employment referrals or placement services to public or private employers shall provide these services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability, and shall not engage in any unlawful acts in violation of federal or state discrimination laws. No job orders designed to exclude persons as mentioned above shall be filled unless by reason of a bona fide occupational qualification.


State Services and Facilities
Every department shall offer its services to the public without discrimination. No state facility shall be used to promote any discriminatory practice, nor shall any department become a party to any agreement which permits any discriminatory practice prohibited by this Order, state or federal law.


Public Education
All state institutions of public education shall promote nondiscrimination in the provision of services and fairness in employment practices.


Financial Assistance
Neither race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status,  disability, nor any other criteria in violation of federal or state discrimination laws shall be considered as a limiting factor in state administered programs involving grants, loans, or other distribution of funds to applicants for benefits authorized by law.


Health Care Service
All health care facilities licensed by the State of Missouri shall comply with all federal and state laws regarding discrimination in public accommodations including patient admissions and health care services as a condition of continued participation in any state program or eligibility for any form of state assistance or licensing.


Training and Job Opportunities
All educational and vocational counseling, apprenticeship, and training programs involving state participation shall encourage the development of an individual's fullest potential in a nondiscriminatory fashion. Job training programs will be administered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability, and shall not engage in any unlawful acts in violation of federal or state discrimination laws.


State Licensing and Regulatory Agencies
No department, board, commission, or agency shall grant, deny or revoke any license, permit, registration, certification, charter or other regulatory instrument on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability, and shall not engage in any unlawful acts in violation of federal or state discrimination laws. Any test administered as a prerequisite to licensure by any board or licensing or regulatory agency shall be designed to preclude any discrimination.


Employee Organizations
Employee organizations that exist in whole or in part for the purpose of dealing with employers in the executive branch of state government concerning employee grievances, labor disputes, or terms of employment shall not, on account of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability:
  • Exclude or expel from membership or otherwise discriminate against any individual;
  • Limit, segregate, or classify members or applicants for membership in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of any benefit, advantage, or privilege; or
  • Directly or indirectly create any condition which adversely affects the status of any employee.


Publication and Posting
Policies, procedures, and communications relating to this Order shall be distributed to all departments. Each department shall make the Workforce Diversity Plan accessible to all of its employees.


Other Governmental Bodies
All local governments and instrumentalities of government in Missouri are requested to cooperate with this endeavor to address fair and equal employment opportunities within the state.


This Order shall take effect immediately and shall supersede paragraph one (1) of Executive Order 05-30.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 9th day of July, 2010.
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
Robin Carnahan
Secretary of State

Missourians for Alternative to the Death Penalty (MADP) has news to share

We wanted to share this information with you.  MADP gave a special presentation to the Jefferson City NAACP at a spring meeting this year.

Amidst the busy-ness of this lovely Spring day, we wanted to share with you, blossoms for your consideration, some good news, along with opportunities for action and progressive involvement.  In this post you will find info about:1)    The Annual Meeting of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP), Saturday, 1 June in Springfield;2)    Colorado Governor Halts Execution, seeing system as ”broken”& a means for us to thank him; 3)    Next monthly meeting of the Columbia MADP Chapter: June 134)    Bank on Student Loans Fairness Act—Supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s efforts to bring college loan interest rates to same level enjoyed by banks; 5)    Striving to halt Wall Street oil speculation/profiteering—Sen. Bernie Sanders and another of his progressive struggles;6)    Wildlife Photos (just publicly released) from China of the Giant Panda and other area creatures—a reminder of the immense value of conservation efforts
May you find joy, meaningful labors and time in this day and those to follow. In solidarity, hope and with other best wishes,
Jeff Stack, coordinator                                                                                                                                       
Mid-MO Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)  573-449-4585

1)  June 1, Saturday: Attend the Annual Meeting of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty in Springfield  
The MADP Board of Directors cordially invites you to our annual meeting and Public Panel Presentation: “The Death Penalty: Does Justice Demand Vengeance?” in the Headquarters of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks 627 North Glenstone Avenue Springfield, Missouri Meeting. 
Car-pooling from Columbia, 7:00 am, Eastgate IGA parking lot E. Broadway & Old Hwy. 63.
Board meeting to begin at 10:00, followed by public meeting and panel presentation at 2:00- pm
with presenters: Dr. Martin Mittelstadt, Evangel University Tom Carver, Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Representative Charlie Norr 132nd District. It will be a full day of information and organizing toward abolishing the death penalty.

We hope you will join us. Call 573-449-4585 ASAP to confirm your attendance for car-pooling and so we can inform Springfield organizers. 

2) Thank Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for Halting Execution & Casting Death Penalty as Broken
On Wednesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper indefinitely delayed the execution of Nathan Dunlap. Equal Justice USA, reports the Governor stated: “’If the state of Colorado is going to undertake the responsibility of executing a human being, the system must operate flawlessly. Colorado’s system of capital punishment is not flawless.’ In stopping this execution, the Governor has questioned the use of the death penalty in its entirety. He calls it an unfair failure that is “not making our world a safer or better place.” He cites the states that have repealed the death penalty in recent years and notes that the people of Colorado themselves have been considering the possibility of repeal.Applaud the Governor for having appropriately high standards when it comes to life and death – and for his willingness to call the death penalty like he sees it.”

Log on (copying and pasting the following link):, 

3)  Attend the Next MADP Columbia Chapter Meeting 13 June 7:00 pm
All are welcome to join us in the lower level of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, located at 2615 Shepard Blvd. Participants will plan public education efforts, discuss both developments regarding individuals living under a death sentence and your concerns.  Scroll to the bottom of this note to read notes from our last meeting.
4)  Urge Senators that Student Loan Interest Rates Be Fixed at Level Enjoyed by Banks           
Millions of US citizens “who took out loans to pay for college could face a major crisis this summer if Congress doesn't act to stop interest rates from doubling,” notes the group Progressives United. “But progressive champion Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a brilliant solution: Keep student loan interest rates at the same low level Wall Street banks have to pay. This is exactly why so many progressives like you worked to bring Sen. Warren to the Senate.” Help support her and this compassionate, sensible position by signing the CREDO Action petition—urging your senators to support the Bank on the Student Loans Fairness Act.
The petition reads: “The U.S. government should lend money to students at the same low rates it gives Wall Street banks. Support Senator Elizabeth Warren's Bank on Student Loans Fairness Act, which provides a one-year fix to the impending doubling of students' rate by setting the student loan interest rates at 0.75%.   

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5) Support Efforts to Investigate & Stop Wall Street Speculation on Oil Causing Prices at Gas Pumps to Soar
“The average price for a gallon of gas has gone up by more than 41 cents in the past five months. Supply and demand? Hardly,” retorts Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) in his “Bernie’s Buzz” report. “The price hikes come at a time when U.S. oil inventories reached a three-decade high while demand for gasoline is lower than four years ago when prices averaged only $2.30 a gallon. So Bernie is pushing for an investigation into oil price manipulation like one already underway in Europe. He also would set a 30-day deadline for federal regulators to use emergency powers to curb excessive speculation in crude oil markets. Both ideas were offered as amendments to a bill now before the full Senate.”  His perspectives, sadly particularly not in the mainstream of congressional thinking, resonates powerfully with most US citizens, we suspect. 

To add your voice to a poll he’s taking, log on to<>

6) A Portfolio of Hope: Wildlife Photos from China, a Reminder of Nature’s Beauty and the Importance of Conservation
Earlier today, we received a post from the World Wildlife Fund, which noted they have been working with Chinese officials over the past several years to monitor and help conserve the Giant Panda and other animals living in the wild in various regions.  Check out the photos they have shared—flesh and blood fortification for us to support ongoing efforts of good stewardship of this precious planet we share with so many amazing life forms. Log on at…

Notes from the 8 May 2013 MADP Columbia chapter  
Present:  Jeff Stack (facilitating), Wylie Miller, Andrew and Sarah Twaddle, Margaret Tyler (note-taking), Steve Meyerhardt, Laird Okie,  Bill Easley and Winifred Scott.

Meeting Highlights
Men Living in Missouri under Death Sentences:
Reggie Clemons
 (report on the judge’s examination of his appeal/ wrongful conviction claim expected June 1), waiting on news of court decision of Reggie Griffin and his claim of wrongful conviction.
Mark Woodward (had been convicted of murder, given life sentence): waiting to hear from AG Koster to see if the state will re-try him (currently free).

Public Education Update (Ryan Ferguson & Wrongful Convictions):The program at the Law School was very successful—about 100 people attended.  It was reported that 11 people in MO had been wrongfully convicted of murder and exonerated.

Summer/Monthly Meeting Schedule:Will meet in June, but not July and August.

Missouri Legislative Update:  Missouri Legislative Session Update:  Nothing is happening.  (Cost Study Committee Chair offered a substitute for private sources of funding.)   SB 61 on calendar, but it won't be brought out for a vote.

National News.
a.  Mississippi executions stopped.
b.  Maryland’s governor signed a bill repealing the death penalty.   It was said that cost was an important issue.   Kevin Scruggs, originally from Columbia, was a leader with state group.

MADP State Meeting-Springfield June 1:Panel Discussion, 2:00 – 3:30:  “The Death Penalty:  Does justice Demand Vengeance?”
Everyone is encouraged to go and to carpool.  Bill would like to go.  Jeff will check on a van.

Murder Victim Family Support Group Meeting  --Sunday, October 6
This is a statewide MADP and FOR meeting for a stand-alone support group.
Jeff is helping to bring people together along with Val Brown, whose daughter was murdered.  Potluck lunch and gathering at the Rock Quarry House off Grindstone  Pkway.
 Columbia MADP FundraiserSuggestions:
Bring in Kevin Scruggs for a fall program or fundraiser.  Andrew Twaddle will give Jeff his e-mail address.  Program timing could be set up for a time that Kevin would be visiting home in Columbia.

Possible Fund-raiser/ Future Public program  Film being currently being worked on of 12 wrongfully convicted men around the USA, by two independent producers utilizing a mobile studio.

Future Legislative Strategy:
Working on ABA-inspired reform bill, working with former Kansas City police chief.

Organizational Suggestion: Perhaps we could use a Phone Tree to make calls for future meetings, other actions.

Next Meeting: 7:00 pm, Thursday, 13 June, Unitarian Universalist Church, Lower Level
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PUBLIC HEARING On HUD Funding for Jefferson City - we need you there RSVP at


The City of Jefferson will hold a public hearing on Monday June 10, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 320 E. McCarty Street, to receive public input regarding the 5 Year Consolidated Plan for expending Community Development Block Grant Funds through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

A Needs Assessment Survey is available online until July 31, 2013 at

City Hall is a handicap accessible facility. Individuals should contact the ADA Coordinator at (573) 634-6570 to request accommodations or alternative formats as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please allow three business days to process the request.

Please direct questions and/or comments to:
Planning & Protective Services
320 E. McCarty Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573/634-6410 or 

Go to Harvard and be somebody! For free if you have need.

                 Harvard University Announcement

Harvard University has announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence  H. Summers said, "When only ten percent of the students in elite  higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in  bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income  distribution."

If  you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor  student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The  prestigious university recently announced that from now on  undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for  free... no tuition and no student loans!

To  find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making  less than  $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: <><> or  call the school's financial aid office at
(617)  495-1581 .

Thursday, May 23, 2013

St. Louis County Freedom Fund Dinner is Set for June 4, 2013 - will you?

You Do NOT want to Miss the Event of the Summer:
Mark Your Calendar for the St. Louis County NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner
Tuesday June 4, 2013
Clayton Ritz-Carlton Hotel
"We Shall Not Be Moved"
For info call our office at 314-389-1552

"Courage will not skip this generation"
Roslyn M. Brock
Chairman NAACP National Board 

Will Justice Ever Find Reggie? Will It Come on June 1st?

Imminent Decision by Special Master
Judge Michael Manner announced at the March oral arguments that he'd make his recommendations to the Missouri Supreme Court on or by June 1, 2013. That's next week so the Campaign is poised to hold a press conference as well as get the news out to supporters as quickly as possible. We will email you but we also ask that you help us get the word out via social media: Post and re-post on Facebook, tweet and re-tweet on Twitter and please do text your contacts.
Webby Awards Nominee
Kudos to Ed Pilkington from The Guardian-UK. Ed was recently nominated for a Webby Award for his series on Reggie's case, Death Penalty on Trial. Although he didn't get the award, his extensive coverage of Reggie's case has given it international attention.
Death Penalty News
Our sources tell us that none of the death penalty bills were passed in the Missourilegislative session. The good news is that Maryland became the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.

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