Thursday, August 17, 2017

What would you do to prevent an injustice?

We must not allow injustice - https://www.change.org/p/eric-greitens-do-not-execute-marcellus-williams?

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus and Community Faith Leaders Rally against Missouri’s “Jim Crow” Legislation

NEWS



From the Office of
Representative Steven Roberts

77th District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Aug. 4, 2017


CONTACT:  Ly Syin Lobster
                                    573-751-1400


Members of the Legislative Black Caucus and Community
Faith Leaders Rally against Missouri’s “Jim Crow” Legislation

ST. LOUIS – State Rep. Steven Roberts has joined with his colleagues in the Legislative Black Caucus and community faith leaders to strongly oppose a new law signed by the governor that makes discrimination in the workplace much harder to prove.

A recent travel ban issued by the NAACP brought national attention to the issue and warned travelers that they could be subject to “discrimination and harassment” in Missouri. Roberts and his colleagues said the “Jim Crow” bill sets Missouri back and breaks the promise made by the governor to address issues important to the black community.

“Right after the governor won his election he met with the Black Caucus and invited us to a welcoming reception. I was optimistic about developing a relationship with the governor,” said State Rep. Alan Green, D-Florissant, who chairs the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus. “Subsequently, on several occasions I attempted to meet with the governor and was ignored. In fact, since the reception photo, he has yet to meet with me or the Black Caucus. I can’t say I was surprised that he decided to sign this Jim Crow bill, but I was certainly disappointed.”

The legislation signed by the governor, SB 43, would force victims of alleged discrimination to prove that race or religion or gender was the motivating factor to the discrimination, which Roberts and his colleagues say is extremely hard to do. Missouri’s current standard only requires proof that race, religion and gender are a contribution factor.

Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould, Senior Pastor, Quinn Chapel AME Church, Jefferson City and serves as the Executive Director of Missouri Faith Voices, a federation of PICO National Network, said, “The Governor signing what amounts to a Jim Crow Bill into law is an effort to make the barriers to achieving justice so high as to legalize discrimination in the State of Missouri. When Governor Greitens was campaigning for Governor, he met with faith leaders and promised to address issues facing the black community. After his victory, we were abandoned in favor of his deep pockets donors.”

She added, “On his first day in office, I prayed with him and his staff and asked him not to use words from the sacred text if he didn't mean them. We prayed over him when he came in and we will pray and vote him out." 

Roberts said that while the governor has an impressive resume, it’s now obvious he is more concerned with his own image rather than helping Missourians in need. He said the governor has failed to protect the interests of those who are the targets of discrimination, and made an inadequate effort to address the growing crime problems in St. Louis.

“I have a great deal of respect for our governor’s service to our nation as a veteran; however, it is readily apparent that he is more interested in photo opportunities for his social media profiles than developing a relationship with the elected officials living in what he calls the ‘most dangerous [city] in the United States.’,” said Roberts, D-St. Louis, who serves as ranking minority party member of workforce development and treasurer of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.

He added, “If the governor really wanted to help, he would ask the chief prosecutor of the city, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, what tools she needs to succeed and provide them. The signing of this Jim Crow bill will become part of his legacy.”

House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, previously stated that, “By signing Senate Bill 43 into law, Gov. Eric Greitens has reversed decades of civil right progress in Missouri and relegated minorities to the status of second-class citizens. With the Missouri Human Rights Act gutted, employers who want to engage in illegal workplace discrimination will have no fear of being held accountable. While SB 43 might not quite return us to the days when businesses were free to hang “minorities need not apply” signs in the window, it certainly reinforces the sentiment.”
For more information, contact Ly Syin Lobster at 573-751-1400.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Missouri's Moral Crisis

'A moral crisis': NAACP issues unprecedented travel warning for the State of Missouri: Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel says national delegates voted last week to adopt a travel advisory that the state chapter issued in June.

Monday, July 10, 2017

NAACP Co-sponsores Surviving Healthcare Reform: A Public Forum

Subject: Surviving Healthcare Reform: A Public Forum



What impacts could proposed healthcare legislation have on you and your family? Would you be better off by fixing or by replacing the ACA? What about Medicaid block grants, pre-existing conditions, and lifetime caps on insurance payments? Should healthcare be a right or available only to those who can afford it? Who benefits from the proposed reforms? 

These are some of the questions to be addressed at a free public forum presented by Jefferson City Area Indivisible. Nationally recognized experts in their fields will speak. They, along with local medical professionals and hospital representatives, will answer audience questions. 

Monday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 PM
Lincoln University, Thomas Pawley Theater in Martin Luther King Hall, 812 East Dunklin St, Jefferson City, MO

Speakers: 
*Jay Angoff, JD former director of the MO Department of Insurance is one of the first insurance commissioners to order a Blue Cross plan to establish a health care foundation with the full value of its assets.

*Ryan Barker, MSW, MPPA, Vice President of Health Policy, Missouri Foundation for Health. His work includes research and education on the Affordable Health Care Act as well as Missouri’s Medicaid Program. 

*Dr. Ed Weisbart, MD, CPE, FAAFP, chair of the Missouri Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Care Program (PNHC), a 30-year-old non-profit research and education organization of physicians, medical students, health care professionals, and others who support a Medicare for All national health care system.

Other panel members:
*Randy Haight, MD VP of Medical Staff Affairs Capital Region Medical Center
*Stephen P. Stewart MD, MBA Regional VP Medical Affairs SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
*Nancy Howe, DO Community Health Center
*John Lyskowski, MD Psychiatrist, SSM Health
*Rebecca McClanahan, MSN, RN Missouri Nurses Association

Co-sponsored by:
Lincoln University
Capital Region Medical Center
SSM Health St Mary's Hospital
Missouri Nurses' Association
Empower Missouri
NAACP
Faith Voices for Jefferson City
Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance
Capital Area Missouri NOW

Jefferson City Indivisible is a non-partisan group of local citizens working for a more just and peaceful world. In pursuit of this goal, we advocate for access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans. 

For more information: JCAIndivisible@protonmail.com

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Chapel Speaks Aginst Jim Crow

I am delighted to have been a guest on Reverend Edmondson's TV Show - FOCUS where we talked about citizen's rights to seek redress from elected officials, the University of Missouri system's support for #JimCrow laws and why the NAACP is working with many other organizations and people to keep our civil rights safe.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Why is Representative Bill Lant Still A Committee Chair and Trying to Legalize Discrimination?

First, Missouri legislature tried to silence Nimrod Chapel President of the MO NAACP.

Then, he didn't suffer and consequences for silencing a citizen.

Legislators and citizens called for him to step down or be removed, but nothing happened to him.

Is this the Missouri you want?  

Tell Bill it is time to go home - 573-751-9801    Bill.Lant@house.mo.gov 



US NEWS AND WORLD REPORTS shares MO Legislature's epic diss to NAACP

Why are we the laughing stock of the nation again?  Nationwide again for poor race relations?  Is this the leadership you want?  If not call and say #NOJimCrow please veto SB 43

Office of Governor Eric Greitens
Capitol BuildingRoom 216, P.O. Box 720Jefferson City, MO 65102Phone: 573/751-3222Fax: 573/526-3291Governor's website



MO Civil Rights 101 according to US NEWS and World Report

Civil Rights 101 from US News says don't keep making the same mistake.



Oppose Discrimination - Individual discrimination is a sin

Our live are shaped by the decision we make - will you let the Missouri legislature enact a law that allows one person to legally - no way to bring criminal or civil prosecution - for discrimination, harassment and retaliation?



Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Jefferson City NAACP Prayer Breakfast and Founders Day MLK Celebration

Jefferson City, MO Branch NAACP
Martin Luther King Jr. 
Prayer Breakfast & Founders’ Day Ticket Information

What is the NAACP Prayer Breakfast?  The Prayer Breakfast brings people from public and private life together to celebrate our common spirituality and build bridges through a message of love, prayer and worship. The event is coordinated by volunteer staff each year. 
Who attends the event?  Participants have included the Governor, state and federal representatives, mayor, city council members, members of the judiciary, peace officers, county officials,  spiritual leaders and many other elected officials, as well as top business leaders and everyday citizens. In addition, we encourage all attendees to bring a younger family member or younger business colleague, in order to perpetuate and grow our community of faith.
How can you help?  Because the breakfast is meant to be a grassroots community event — the price of individual tickets is just $10, so that all may participate — individual ticket sales only cover part of the cost. Memberships are critical to the event’s success. Please consider supporting the NAACP nationally and locally by becoming a subscribing life member, a renewing member or purchasing a membership for your child.
Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is the pastor and co-planter of a new church in Jefferson City called Table of Grace, which was started in 2011. Michelle, alongside her wife, Stephanie, and children, Alexis and Morgan; accepted God's call after seminary to build an intentionally inclusive faith community in Jefferson City. Table of Grace aspires to be a "house of prayer for all people" (Isaiah 56:7) where all people feel welcome and experience God's love regardless of any labels that society might place upon them. Michelle's undergraduate degree is from Central Missouri State University in Business Administration and she has a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Michelle works daily to realize economic dignity and racial equity for all people as a Community Organizer with Faith Voices for Jefferson City. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

9:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Breakfast Buffet

Quinn Chapel AME 

415 LafayetteJefferson City, MO


For tickets, contact 

Glenn Bonner 573-690-1097


or Joe Ward 573-690-4033


$10 per person 




We thank Quinn Chapel AME and Reverend Gould for their generous support and encouragement of uniting the community through this Prayer Breakfast.

Let's unite to share our faith and show the world the joy of living in a faith-based community.  You may purchase tickets from Mrs. Sandi Robinson 573-636-6638, or Glenn Bonner 573-690-1097.



Jefferson City MLK Prayer Breakfast & Founders Day Committee

Friday, January 13, 2017

St. Louis Public Schools regain full accreditation

St. Louis Public Schools regain full accreditation 
On January 10th, The Missouri State Board of Education voted unanimously to grant full accreditation to the St. Louis Public School District, effective immediately. The board took its action after the district scored in the fully accredited range on its state evaluation for two straight years.
 
The state took control of the district's governance shortly after it became unaccredited in June 2007. The district regained provisional accreditation in October 2012. Despite the move to full accreditation, the district will remain under state control through at least June 30th, 2019.