ANOTHER #GOV101 —-ST. LOUIS on MARCH 2nd!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AND SHEER BEGGING!

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BE PART OF DEMOCRACY INSTEAD OF BEING DEPRESSED.  RISE UP & GET IN THE GAME.

One more #GOV101 – St. Louis on Thursday evening, March 2nd, 2017

Program at 7pm, Registration opens at 6:30pm

Clayton High School Theatre, #1 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, MO 63105

(near Maryland Ave & I-170)

$10 per person  (covers individualized materials & event fees)

YOU MUST REGISTER HERE

If registering for a guest, please email [email protected] with their name & address.

RESIST. PERSIST. GET IN GOOD TROUBLE.  REPEAT.

#GOV101 —Smashing Successes Across the State!

HOLY MOLY —We can’t keep up with the demand!

Saturday, Feb 4th in Fenton (south St. Louis) 125 packed a conference center and this past Saturday, Feb 11th, over 300 activists filled Maplewood Richmond Heights high school theatre.

Don’t forget the 200 in KC Jan. 28th!

The enthusiasm of activists of all shapes, sizes and ages from 7 Missouri Congressional districts (we only have 8) are giving up their weekends to get “demystified” about the MO State Legislature & hear from progressive organizations what is happening right now in the Capital (nothing good).

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You energized the presenters: Mary Kogut, E.D Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region/Southwest Missouri, ACLU of Missouri, PROMO (MO statewide equality group), Advancement Project’s own Denise Lieberman, Missouri Moms Demand Action, our star OB/GYN state testifier, Dr. Colleen McNicholas —including Asst. Minority Leader Gina Mitten, State Rep. Doug Beck and State. Rep. Stacey Newman (ProgressWomen director).

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And you’re begging for more…

So we’re going to ratchet up the #GOV101 machine, give up sleep, perhaps quit our day jobs (just kidding).

Stay tuned!

“GOV 101” Inaugural Event in KC = Fabulous!

Last weekend in Kansas City, we expected about 100 local activists at our very first GOV 101 at Center High School and almost double that many came out –  on a sunny Saturday morning!

Excited crowd – fabulous speakers – and a warm welcome by Center High School staff including the Center School District Superintendent who stayed for the entire event.

We finally had to kick everyone out after it was over (great problem, right?) but huge thanks to Planned Parenthood of Great Plains, ACLU of MO, PROMO and of course, thank you to progressive Kansas City colleagues, State Reps. DaRon McGee & Greg Razer.

Want to be part of a GOV 101 too? HURRY – Don’t miss out!

There’s still room for our 2nd St. Louis GOV 101 on Saturday, February 11th which is going like hotcakes (who actually says that anymore?)

You must pre-register —HERE.

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Panelists:  (l to r) Craig Yugawa, Washington University School of Medicine; Laura McQuade, E.D. of Planned Parenthood Great Plains; State Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City); Sara Baker of ACLU of Missouri; Elizabeth Fuchs of PROMO; State Rep. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City) and Host State Rep. Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis)

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MORE #GOV 101 Seminars In Kansas City & St. Louis —Sign Up Quickly!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND —Two more seminars in Kansas City and St. Louis!

Get the inside scoop how the Missouri State Legislature really works, hear from progressive organizations, learn how to testify and fight FOR progressive policies you care about and AGAINST those we know are dangerous.

If you or someone you knows would like to attend a #GOV 101 seminar, we urge you to register immediately.  Our first seminar sold out over Thanksgiving weekend in less than 48 hours, if you can believe it.

KANSAS CITY – Saturday January 28, 2017

10am to 1pm (registration opens at 9:30am

Center High School, 8715 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131

Class Fee = $10.  Purchase your seat HERE —you MUST register in advance because space is limited.

SOUTH ST. LOUIS – Saturday February 4, 2017

10am to 1pm (registration opens at 9:30am)

TheHive44 Business Center, 1730 Fenpark Drive, Fenton, MO 63026 (near I-44 & I-270)

Class Fee = $10.  Purchase your seat HERE —you MUST register in advance because space is limited.  Please also include your guest’s name and address when signing up.

Co-hosted by ProgressWomen, MO State Rep. Stacey Newman & Craig Yugawa, President of the American Medical Association Washington University School of Medicine Chapter.

BEING PASSIVE NO LONGER WORKS.  

Skipping this class is not an option, if you care about your future.

Protecting civil rights and standing up for those who are most at risk is our responsibility. Especially now.

“GOV 101” – Sat. Jan 14, 2017 : How You Can/Must Play a Vital Role with the MO State Legislature

SEATS ARE FILLING VERY FAST —ACT NOW BEFORE THE CLASS IS FULL.

Sign up for this vital seminar: the inside scoop how the Missouri State Legislature really works, how to testify & fight FOR issues you care about and AGAINST those we know are dangerous.

Hosted by MO State Rep. Stacey Newman & Craig Yugawa, President of American Medical Association Washington University School of Medicine Chapter.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 —10am to 1pm

Washington University School of Law, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, Room #301, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130

Parking details HERE.

Class Fee = $10.  Purchase your seat HERE —you MUST register in advance because space is limited.

Bring your own pencils, paper, laptops and a few friends to a 3 hour action packed seminar designed to de-mystify the workings of the Missouri state legislature and how you can/must play a vital role in fighting/advancing policy.

SKIPPING THIS CLASS IS NOT AN OPTION —-IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR FUTURE.

Being passive no longer works. Protecting civil rights and standing up for those who are most at risk is our responsibility.  Sign up now.

YOU MUST DO THIS RIGHT NOW

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Under the covers?

Or back out to fight for those who will be hurt the most?

Our friend Sarah, a Georgetown University junior, gave her friends a social justice to-do list for the week.  We liked it so we made one too:

 

#1 – FIND OUT TODAY WHO YOU ELECTED

Learn exactly who represents you in the state legislature, Congress and at the local level.

CLICK HERE TO START.

Remember our elections have not yet been certified by the Missouri Secretary of State so check back for updates.  If you live out of Missouri, the same thing applies with YOUR state director of elections.

#2 – NEED HELP?

Please contact my legislative assistant, Adam Speak at [email protected] or call him at my Capitol office – 573.751.0100. He will help you – regardless of where you live, even out of state.

#3 –  WRITE DOWN YOUR ELECTEDS CONTACTS

Write down their names, email and phone number and stick them on your refrigerator & computer desktop.  Use bright colored post-it notes so you can see them every time you reach for a snack or get on Facebook.

I could not be more serious with these first 3 steps.

Most people have NO IDEA who represents them in the state legislature.  Many in my own district think I work in Washington D.C.  I am not kidding you.  We don’t call ourselves “Congress” —we are your state legislatures.  Most of us were on your ballot in November —and are who YOU put in charge to represent you.  You must contact us repeatedly in 2017 – stay on our backs – make sure we fight for you.

Conservatives now control 66 out of 99 state chambers.  In Missouri the GOP is in charge with super-majorities in both the House and Senate and have all but one statewide office. It is going to be very rough.  GUESS WHERE MOST POLICY ACTUALLY GETS PASSED?  Yep, in your state.

#4 – MARK THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR

January 4, 2017 —Missouri Legislative Session Begins.  

Most other states also begin 2017 sessions in January. SEE EVERY STATE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR HERE.

#5 – FIND YOUR LOCAL MAYOR & SCHOOL BOARD 

They are meeting regularly RIGHT NOW and many will be up for election in the spring.  Attend city council and school board meetings.  Run for office yourself.

Policy decisions that effect your family are being made each month, decisions on which you may or may not agree.  Pay attention – even if your children aren’t old enough to attend or if you’re an empty nester.

Extremist policy begins locally—and is where extremist candidates are groomed.

CLICK HERE FOR ST LOUIS COUNTY GOVT & SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

#6 – DECIDE RIGHT NOW WHAT ISSUES YOU CARE MOST ABOUT

Reflect where you can put your time and resources.  Decide your focus right now.

Our impulse is to open up our wallets to every group immediately which is not practical. Step up for those for which you are truly passionate – and remember state organizations, not just national ones.

#7 – FORWARD THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO EVERY FAMILY MEMBER AND FRIEND

BEING PASSIVE IS NO LONGER AN OPTION.

We’ve seen much of this before in our history.

Protecting civil rights and standing up for those who are most at risk is our responsibility.

Join with me.

What I Know

Like you, I woke up today after going to bed at 2am with fear, revulsion and a stomach ache that won’t go away.

My progressive sisters across the country texted me all last night, including my wise daughter. These souls were my lifelines as we watched our country succumb to hate and bigotry. My husband & I talked of leaving the country, even our state, after Missouri went bright blistery red with the NRA/anti-woman sentiment ensconced now in every branch of our state government.

But then I realized that he & I will probably be ok. Our immediate lives won’t change much. But how on earth can I go back to Jefferson City in January to work with these hateful people?

In despair I read posts from my friends & mentors – Denise Lieberman who wrote, “No words. More determined than ever.” Inspiring words from Professor Jason Purnell, who is an eloquent master of hope. And then a lightbulb moment.

I haven’t been working for social justice just for me. I work for you.

It is not all horrendous. Good people across the country were elected, including my progressive GOP friend, Barbara Bollier to the Kansas State Senate, who cares as deeply about gun violence and reproductive rights as I do. A Facebook group of mostly progressive women, Pantsuit Nation ballooned to over 3 million in the last few weeks and is still exploding. People are writing me for next steps, encouraging my leadership, reaching out for answers. As a legislator, I work for you, not for me.

I realized this after a long hot shower.

More kids are going to be shot & killed. More women are going to be attacked on all levels even more openly. Voter rights STILL need to be protected. Sexism, racism, bigotry, homophobia, anti-semitism all need to be fought against on a much heightened level.

The fight doesn’t end. In my total disgust, I’m hearing those in the past quietly whisper, “keep moving.”

So I decided this morning to finally get out of bed.

I’m taking your passion, encouragement and wise words and putting them back into my pocket. Putting on my hot pink oxfords which give me magic powers. Do what I know how to do. Going to fight with all the strength I have.

Please join me.