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 (http://www.usccr.gov/press/2015/press-release_1-27-15.pdf).



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.  http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-gives-first-round-approval-voter-photo-id-amendment

Tell Representative Tony Dugger you don't want Jim Crow voting laws in Missouri - Phone: 573-751-2205
Toll-Free: 417-259-1915
E-Mail: Tony.Dugger@house.mo.gov

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

*Duke Law seeks Director of Clerkship Programs

*Duke Law seeks Director of Clerkship Programs
The Director of Duke Law’s Clerkship Programs, Judy Hammerschmidt, will soon be leaving the Law School to head across campus to launch the Duke Futures Program, a new initiative to connect Duke students and alumni to meaningful internships and job opportunities. 

During her time at the Law School, Judy has been a tireless advocate for our students, bringing her considerable talents and energies to bear on helping them identify and secure clerkships that offer invaluable experience and an advantage that will benefit them throughout the remainder of their careers.  She has strengthened our institutional relationships with judges at both the federal and state levels, and the results—including Duke Law alumni clerking on the Supreme Court and in meaningful, substantive clerkships throughout the country—speak for themselves.

Judy will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace. I hope you will help the Law School in our attempts to do so by spreading the word about the open position, and forward along to friends and colleagues the short job description attached to this email. If you have any specific questions, you may contact Amanda Lacoff (lacoff@law.duke.edu; 919-613-8527), who will be chairing the search committee. 

2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition

2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition
The Jackson County Bar Association invites high school juniors and seniors to submit an essay regarding the topic presented below.  The essay should not exceed 1000 words in length.  The essay should address the following question: 

In March 2014, The U.S. Department of Education released a survey of civil rights data showing that despite comprising only 18 percent of preschool children, African-Americans represented 42 percent of preschoolers suspended and nearly half of those preschoolers were suspended more than once.  Some argue that these students are funneled into the “pre-school to prison” pipeline.

If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, would he argue that school’s “zero-tolerance” policies fuel the “pre-school to prison” pipeline?  Would Dr. King say the “zero-tolerance” policies have gone too far? 

Please discuss why or why not.  

Participants will be competing for savings bonds/cash awards at the local and regional levels and college scholarships at the national level.  The deadline for essay submission is MondayMarch 16, 2015.  Finalists will compete in the oral advocacy competition to be held on SaturdayApril 4th, 2015 at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law located at 500 E. 52nd Street, Kansas City, Missouri  64110.  For more information, please contact Shaun Stallworth at (985) 768-8806 or by e-mail at shaun.stallworth@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Legal Job Announcement

*Attorney Vacancies:  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri.  Applications must be received no later than February 12, 2015.
Job Description: The Western District of Missouri is currently accepting applications for one or more Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorneys and one or more Civil Assistant U.S. Attorneys to be assigned to the to the Kansas City Office.  All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent without further competition.

About the Office: The Western District of Missouri is considered a large district, with 57 Assistant United States Attorneys and numerous Special Assistant United States Attorneys. The district comprises 66 of Missouri's 114 counties, contains 40,251 square miles and has a population of approximately 3.1 million people based upon the 2010 Census information. Included in the district are the metropolitan areas of Kansas City, St. Joseph, Columbia, Jefferson City, Springfield and Joplin. The office has three staffed offices: Kansas City, Springfield and Jefferson City. The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and represents the U.S. government's interest in civil cases both affirmatively and defensively. The Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal cases arising from a wide array of criminal activity. The Springfield Criminal attorneys work several types of cases including Fraud and Corruption; Computer Crimes & Child Exploitation; Violent Crime; Narcotics; Terrorism and National Security; and Monetary Penalties. The Civil Division affirmatively litigates cases involving the False Claims Act and other statutes, defends the United States and its agencies and employees in a wide range of civil actions. More information about the office is available at www.justice.gov/usao/mow/.

Qualifications: Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.Preferred qualifications: Applicants must have excellent academic credentials, significant litigation experience, strong oral advocacy and legal writing skills, sound judgment, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.  United States citizenship is required.

Salary: Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $45,477 to $134,177 plus locality pay.

Travel: Occasional travel may be required.

Application Process: Interested applicants should send a cover letter which includes reference to type of litigation experience, i.e., civil or criminal, resume, transcript, and writing sample to the following email address: USAMOW.HR@usdoj.gov  
No telephone calls please.
Justice seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. There are active affinity groups for African-American; Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of background. Justice fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences may reach their full potential.
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html
*Special Counsel seeks a Director of Research Services
Littler Mendelson is working exclusively with Special Counsel to fill a Director of Research Services position for its Kansas City office.  
·         JD required
·         5 years of experience in Labor & Employment
·         7 years in library management in a law firm
For immediate consideration, please send resumes to shakea.lue@specialcounsel.com

Shakea L. Lue, Esq.
Business Development Director
Kansas City-St. Louis-Omaha 
Special Counsel, Inc.

Direct: 913.563.1719 | Main: 913.563.1700 | Fax: 913.748.3425

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Faith and Labor with Rev. WT Edmondson

Faith Voices Friends, 

We have recently partnered with some of our labor friends in Jefferson City to start a monthly Faith and Labor breakfast. Father Matthew Flatley of Vienna was one of the featured speakers at the first breakfast and shared his own personal story that led to his commitments to both Faith and Labor. Click the link below to see his conversation with our president WT Edmonson on the JCTV program FOCUS. 

Michelle Scott-Huffman

NAACP LOBBY DAY - 10AM Hearing room 4 in the basement.

The legislative issues we have are huge-

  • voting rights being tied to IDs = Jim Crow;
  • watering down consumer protection - lets businesses rip off working people;
  • allowing discrimination is immoral;
  • Right to Work is just removing worker protections and lowering wages;
  • racial profiling is out of control and people are dying; and
  • leadership has failed to properly address any of it in a meaningful way.
Its not what we like that gets the world moving - its what we won't stand for!  And we are not putting up with this second class citizenship.  Join us today or on line and we will make the changes we want to see or stand in the way of ignorance, racism and immoral legislation.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Promoting and Enhancing Good Nutrition in Food Pantries

Healthy Shelves

Promoting and Enhancing Good Nutrition in Food Pantries

Barbara Ross
Director of Social Services
CCCNM-Diocese of Jefferson City
P O Box 104626
2201 West Main
Jefferson City, MO 65110

NAACP LOBBY DAY - 2/11/15 10 AM Hearing room 1

NAACP Missouri State Conference of Branches 
Legislative Day
February 11, 2015
Hearing Room 1
10 AM