Good News for a Change —And Events for You

WHAT’S NEXT?

Missouri Veto Session is old news.  Thanks so much, GOP-controlled Legislature for the horrific gun and voter suppression bills = NOT.  But hey, you finally stood down on our reproductive rights after Sen. Schaefer’s nonsense, right?

GREAT NEWS ON WOMEN VOTERS

A recent poll commissioned by American Women, a research arm of Emily’s List, confirmed what we already thought we knew about women’s concerns this year.

The evidence is overwhelming: Despite their varied circumstances, independent women voters, young women, and women of color all rank gun violence as a top concern in this election, as recently noted by Elle Magazine.

And by no surprise,  two thirds of men and three fourths of women surveyed believe we MUST protect access to reproductive health services.

BOOM!  Just like we have surmised through ProgressWomen’s own unscientific findings, the majority of women (and a lot of men) rank gun violence as well as reproductive health protections as their major concerns.

So we will keep informing you and GETTING YOU OUT THE DOOR on Election Day to vote with gun violence prevention and reproductive justice as top priorities!

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HEY, WANT TO DO SOMETHING FUN FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION?

On Sunday September 25th, be part of the Kool Kids Club across the country.  Add your voice.  Show up to one of the 350 concerts nationwide in over 40 states.

Organized by my close friend, Donna Dees Thomases (Million Mom March founder) – musicians, artists, activists and everyday people (is that a song?) are joining hands for concerts and faith-based events of all kinds everywhere across the country.  Big towns, small towns, church choirs, even a small prison faith sing-a-long of peace and hope.

CLICK HERE for events in your neck of the woods including across Missouri.

This is a BIG DEAL (we used to call it “yuge” before you know who).  Rolling Stone featured it yesterday and James TaylorPearl JamBonnie RaitChelsea HandlerMarc CohnSam Harris from XAmbassadors and Carnie Wilson are tweeting about it.

Join me at the St. Louis concert Sunday night September 25th, 6-8pm at Central Reform Congregation (5020 Waterman Avenue).  

 Free tickets HERE (you must reserve your seat) with favorite St. Louis performers offering “poignant, passionate, funny, funky  and folky songs” including:

Liz Murphy, Angie Nicholson, Anna Blair, Debra Schuster, Christy Simmons, Bob Gerchen, Charlene Reiman, Michele  Isam, Kay Martin Love, Donna Weinsting, Dionna Raedeke, Ken Haller, Jeffrey M. Wright, Bob Becherer, Matt Anderson,  Chuck Lavazzi and Norm White.

Donations for the CRC concert accepted to cover musical costs – and also to the Brady  Campaign.

Produced and directed by St. Louis favorite Katie Dunne McGrath with musical direction by Carol Schmidt.

Great people rehearsing like mad!

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REMINDER – TICKETS GOING FAST!

 Want to do something good for reproductive justice in Missouri….and have hysterical fun with fierce women?

Join me & pals – Sunday October 2nd in St. Louis 

6:00pm- 9:00pm at COCA- Center of Creative Arts, 524 Trinity Ave.

Oscar-style red carpet Golden Probe Awards Watch Party – streamed live from NYC with presenters Samantha Bee, Sarah Silverman, our terrific friend & comrade Lizz Winstead, former TX Sen.  Wendy Davis and more from Lady Parts Justice League.

TICKETS HERE = So dig out your “Red Carpet Vagina Attire”

* Photo booth- dress as the golden probe award, pose with your favorite MO nominee

* Feather boas, uterus glasses, beads… we got it all

* Food and drinks included in your price of admission- valet too!
* Hear from the clinics we are funding and legislative warriors
* Golden Probe cupcakes from Sweetology
* Champaign toast to the legislator of the year
 (regretfully it is the first night of Rosh Hashanah for those who observe, but we didn’t set the date)
Thanks to our good old pal, Sen. Kurt Schaefer, Missouri is nominated for several categories:

*Best Acting Like You Care About Women in a Non-Supportive Role

*Best Original Science

*Best Adaptation of Reality in an Elected or Non-Elected Role

*Outstanding Performance in an Unscripted Outburst

*Best Newcomer and/or Breakthrough Performance

*Outstanding Writing Using Sharpie, Hobby Lobby Supplies and/or Microsoft Paint

*Outstanding Underachievement By a Legislator in a Leading Role

*Legislature of the Year  (you think Missouri just might win??)

Proceeds to benefit the Gateway Womens Access Fund (for MO women who cannot afford the full cost of abortion care) and Lady Parts Justice League.

Join Me for the “Golden Probe Awards” – Oct 2nd

Want to do something good for reproductive justice in Missouri….and have hysterical fun with fierce women just like yourself?

Join me!

Sunday October 2nd in St. Louis 

6:00pm- 9:00pm

COCA- Center of Creative Arts, 524 Trinity Avenue

 

Oscar-style red carpet Golden Probe Awards Watch Party – streamed live from NYC with  presenters Samantha Bee, Sarah Silverman, Lizz Winstead, former Sen. Wendy Davis and more from Lady Parts Justice League

Hosted in St. Louis by Gateway Women’s Access Fund with special choice-themed cocktails & appetizers (you have to be there in person to see what they are!)

Celebrating outstanding achievement in the fields of sexism and anti-choice extremism

Thanks to our good old pal, Sen. Kurt Schaefer, Missouri is nominated for several categories:

*Best Acting Like You Care About Women in a Non-Supportive Role

*Best Original Science

*Best Adaptation of Reality in an Elected or Non-Elected Role

*Outstanding Performance in an Unscripted Outburst

*Best Newcomer and/or Breakthrough Performance

*Outstanding Writing Using Sharpie, Hobby Lobby Supplies and/or Microsoft Paint

*Outstanding Underachievement By a Legislator in a Leading Role

*Legislature of the Year

Tickets are Going Fast so Dig out your “Red Carpet Attire” —- RSVP HERE

Lizz Winstead and “Eunice the Uterus” love Missouri —we have a chance of actually winning this year!

(above) with Dr. Colleen McNicholas & myself lobbying our very best earlier this summer for an award

Proceeds to benefit the Gateway Womens Access Fund (for MO women who cannot afford the full cost of abortion care) and Lady Parts Justice League.

YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO THIS TRUMP BULLY?

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Holy moly.  Have you ever seen a presidential convention in such disarray with it’s extreme anti-sexism?  Even GOP advisors are calling it a “Hot Mess” – with the only unity among the GOP simply based on “hatred”.

IF YOU’RE NOT PLANNING TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER, LET ME KNOW NOW SO I CAN COME RIGHT OVER TO YOUR HOUSE… RIGHT NOW.

Reproductive freedom, gun violence, voting rights, equality protections, equal pay, healthcare access, family medical leave, child care, labor protections, the environment, foreign policy…the list is endless.

Click HERE to see how Toxic Trump would be.

This very dangerous man is being nominated tonight as the GOP presidential candidate.  Seriously, our lives and those of our loved ones is on the line if Mr. Trump is actually elected in November.

Hate, racism, sexism, bigotry and much more is being marketed by Trump and his party.  Don’t be sidetracked by his daughter Ivanka or any others trying to convince America that Trump will be good for us or that he doesn’t really believe any of the hateful things he spews.

I’M NOT GOING TO BE SILENT FOR THE NEXT 108 DAYS.

I’m off to Philadelphia this weekend for the DNC Convention which begins Monday July 25th.  I vow to keep YELLING and SCREAMING until every progressive women in Missouri is motivated to show up on Election Day in November.  As Sen. Ted Cruz said last night – “VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE”!

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LIZZ WINSTEAD & “LADY PARTS JUSTICE LEAGUE” at our VAGINA BRUNCH

Lizz (Daily Show co-creator, MSNBC regular & comedian) and her wonderful crew of comics stopped by my overflowing home this past Sunday. You try hosting 135 people for brunch AND keeping a straight face while hanging out with Lizz!  We ended up raising over $4K to benefit Missouri’s Gateway Women’s Fund, which helps Missourians with expenses for abortion care.  It was a fun filled brunch – complete with Eunice the Uterus (LPJ’s hand puppet) and even a life size Uterus in costume from Columbia.

  

1) Lizz Winstead, her Lady Parts Justice League comics with Dr. Colleen McNicholas & myself 2) The brunch crowd 3) Winning the prize for the youngest – Emma Wood Hummel with Lizz. 4) Planned Parenthood”s Tim Williams with Sen. Schaefer 5) Dr. Colleen McNicholas (Sen. Schaefer’s favorite target) 6) Vagina-inspired attendees

Check out Lizz’s video which she made especially for Missouri’s Sen. Schaefer (part of her 50 state series in calling out bad electeds who love to attack women’s reproductive rights) – HERE.  Right now she & her crew are at the GOP Convention in Cleveland – raising a ruckus among those who think we’re just all subservient nincompoops.

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GIRLS FOR PRESIDENT

Have you seen anything cuter?  Eloise invited me to her #6 Birthday Party this week which was all about Running for President – Girls, that is.

She and 25 pals (girls and boys) made their own real yard signs to take home, voted in Eloise’s handmade voting booth, decorated cookie White Houses and listened to me read the popular book, “Grace for President”.

And what’s a party without red white & blue bomb pops?  Everyone there raved about her fabulous party with others (of all ages) begging to have one of their own.

To top it off, Eloise received “She Should Run” brand new President & Vice President Barbies (which were given to every woman in Congress).  READ HERE.

The best is that Eloise gets it!

And she’s only 6. She gets the absence of women on the list of U.S. Presidents  and the importance of women being in leadership – everywhere.

THIS is the birthday party EVERY SINGLE GIRL/WOMAN needs to have!

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108 DAYS UNTIL NOVEMBER 8TH

If you CAN’t handle the thought of a Trump presidency…

A Trump Supreme Court.

A Trump Congress, Trump State Legislatures…  READ MORE HERE.

1) You AND Every Single member of your family over the age of 18 MUST be registered to vote (deadline to vote in Missouri’s General Election = October 12th).

2) Going to be out of town November 8th?  Vote Absentee.  Don’t forget about those college kids away from home in the fall.  Tape this to the refrigerator NOW – Missouri Absentee Ballot Direction

3) Get ready to PHONE BANK YOUR HEART OUT – the General Campaign will kick off after the conventions all over the country.

4) Forward this to EVERY friend you have who cares about: reproductive justice, gun violence prevention, voters rights, equality rights, pay equity, family medical leave, minimum wage, labor protections, childcare….

We’re having a “Vagina Sunday Brunch”!

Yes – you read that right.  We’re having a  “VAGINA SUNDAY BRUNCH”  and you’re invited to come!

Co-Hosts – Dr. Colleen McNicholas & Rep. Stacey Newman

With very special guests: 

THE LIZZ WINSTEAD & HER LADY PARTS JUSTICE CABAL OF COMEDIANS!

 

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

11am – 1pm

Home of Rep. Stacey Newman, HiPointe Lofts – 6340 Clayton Road, #206 in St. Louis

Tickets – $25 – to benefit the Gateway Womens Access Fund (for Missouri women who cannot afford the full cost of abortion care)

Please RSVP HERE

Space is limited – “vagina” attire is most certainly welcome!

Lady Parts Justice is a cabal of comics & writers exposing creeps hellbent on destroying access to birth control and abortion. 

“Our name is an homage to Lisa Brown, a former Michigan state rep who when in office was banned from the statehouse floor for using the word vagina when arguing against a transvaginal ultrasound bill.  When she asked what she SHOULD say they suggested something less provocative like “lady parts”.  The offensive nature of men uncomfortable with the word vagina but perfectly comfortable legislating it inspired us to use it as our name.”

IF YOU CARE ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE – DO THIS TODAY ASAP

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DON’T WAIT —BOTH SIDES ARE COUNTING THE CALLS.

SENATE VOTES EXPECTED TODAY -MONDAY, JUNE 20 – 5:30 EST.

Please call the Capitol Switchboard TODAY to be connected to your Senators – 202-224-3121.

“Hello, I’d like to leave a message for the Senator. Please tell Senator _________to vote YES on the Feinstein “Terror Gap” amendment and the Schumer Background Checks bill and NO on the dangerously weak Cornyn and Grassley substitutes. Thank you and have a nice day.”

MO Senator Claire McCaskill: 202-224-6154
MO Senator Roy Blunt: 202-224-5721

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Swing senators WHO MAY AFFECT THE VOTE

Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH) – 202-224-3324
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND) – 202-224-2043
Senator Rob Portman (OH) – 202-224-3353
Senator Richard Burr (NC) – 202-224-3154
Senator Dean Heller (NV) – 202-224-6244

“History Made” – Now It’s Up to Us

 

Earlier this week a progressive woman achieved something never ever done before. In case you missed it, Hillary Clinton clinched the nomination by a major party for president.

A few hours before the expected achievement she launched a powerful new video, “History Made” – WATCH HERE.  One of the exciting parts is the voice of a young current day suffragette, my North Carolina activist friend, 14 year old Madison Kimrey.  She received the news the day before that her parts of her voting rights speeches would be included with others including Shirley Chisholm, Gloria Steinem, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Ann Richards and more.  Can you even imagine being included with these powerhouses?  In the middle of final exams, term papers and trying to finish up your school year?  I am SO PROUD of Madison!

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Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to run for president.

Victoria Woodhull ran in 1872 from the Equal Rights Party, supporting women’s suffrage and equal rights, even though women could not yet legally vote and she was only 34 years old.  Her platform included “free love”, the freedom to marry, divorce and bear children without government interference = our kind of gal!

Two women have won vice-presidential nominations of major parties – Geraldine Farraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008.

To date (1 more primary left), Hillary Clinton has 15.8 million actual votes for president and 2784 pledged delegates (2383 needed to win). This week President Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave her their full endorsement.  Glass ceiling broken…ready for full smashing.

It’s completely up to US to defeat “a racist bully & loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud” (Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s words).  

We women generally vote 20% more than men do.  However, in this election, we women could set an all time record – could be the largest gender gap in over 60 years.

We have the most at stake.  We have the most to lose. This is serious stuff, womenfolk.

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SHE’S WITH US ON ABORTION & REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
Speaking today at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund event in D.C., Hillary Clinton said:

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SHE’S WITH US ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

She said this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Lady Hillary Clinton meeting privately with Josh Stepakoff, a 6 year old shot by in the 1999 Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting, and his family. Josh is now a recent college graduate and works closely with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 

Read this powerful piece by 4 women survivors and activists around the country (now good friends) – each impacted by Hillary Clinton and gun violence – HERE.

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SHE’S WITH US ON VOTING RIGHTS

She’s for MORE voting access, not less = HERE.

Access to the ballot is UNDER THREAT right here in Missouri – with a constitutional amendment on our November 8th ballot allowing for “Photo ID” (ruled unconstitutional in 2006 & a form of “poll tax” by the Missouri Supreme Court).

Stay tuned as a statewide voting rights coalition gears up to fight the ultimate VOTER SUPPRESSION so the GOP can try to shrink the electorate. We will NEED your help. Stay by your phone.


NEED TO KNOW MORE?

This disclaimer by the editors on every Huffington Post Donald Trump feature should tell you everything you need to know:

NOW WHAT?

149 days until November 8th.  We have to get through the GOP (July18-21 in Cleveland) and the DEM (July 25-28 in Philadelphia) conventions when both parties officially nominate their presidential candidates before the General Election kicks off with full force.

What can you do RIGHT NOW… if you… like ProgressWomen & Sen. Warren, CANNOT handle the thought of a Trump presidency, a Trump Supreme Court, a Trump Congress?

 1) You AND Every Single member of your family over the age of 18 MUST be registered to vote (deadline to vote in Missouri’s General Election = October 12th).

2) Going to be out of town November 8th?  Have college kids away from home in November?  Tape this to the refrigerator NOW – Missouri Absentee Ballot Directions

3) Forward this to EVERY friend you have who cares about: reproductive justice, gun violence prevention, voters rights, equality rights, pay equity, family medical leave, minimum wage, labor protections, childcare….

4) Refer to us your friends who care about….see #3 above. You have friends, we know you do.  


Who is PROGRESSWOMEN?

ProgressWomen began as a project December 2014 through my office after women kept asking me “What can I do to get involved?”  We are now a collective of over 3000 women statewide who are sick and tired of the attacks on women/children/families in Missouri = www.progresswomen.com.

Please open up your address book & refer to us every progressive woman you know.  Follow us on Twitter @ProgressWomen16 & friend us on Facebook @ProgressWomen16.

You in?

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman, Director/Founder of ProgressWomen 

[email protected] – 573.751.0100 Capital office

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Thank the Gods! Missouri Session is OVER.

The Missouri Legislature came to a halt last Friday at 6pm on the dot. Thank our lucky stars – not a day too soon.

GUNS

On the very last day, the GOP rammed through an extremely dangerous gun bill with little warning.  SB656, an omnibus gun bill, contains “Stand Your Ground” aka “Shoot to Kill” (which has not passed any state since the 2012 Treyvon Martin and Jordan Davis Florida murders) and Permitless-Carry, which would not require a permit or training to carry concealed weapons.

Rep. Kim Gardner spoke Friday during the House floor debate of being stopped – with a gun at her face – for “driving while black” as a young law student. She took my breath away. Listen HERE.

I stood to be recognized for the entire debate but the Speaker refused to call on me (seems to be a pattern).  After the GOP cut off debate and passed SB656 (114-36 with 3 Dems in favor: Anderson, Harris & Webber/5 Dems absent), they immediately brought up Senate Resolution 50 naming September as Suicide Awareness Month.

Rep. Tracy McCreery had enough. With tears streaming down her face, she blasted them for their hypocrisy and caring about suicides but NOT about gun violence fatalities.

Listen HERE.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer, Christian Gooden caught what happened next on the  floor (at left).  His photo, which perfectly captioned the emotion we felt after the horrendous  gun debate, was published in last  Sunday’s edition.

 

Rep. Michael Butler and I, with Reps. Jeanne Kirkton & Jon Carpenter comforting Rep. Tracy McCreery after her impassioned denouncement of GOP hypocrisy.

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE & ABORTION

Senator Kurt Schaefer (yes, THAT candidate for Attorney General) wasn’t able to get his & Rep. Diane Franklin’s  “WitchHunt” bills over the finish line.  He had additional “Witch Hunt” failure on May 11th when U.S. District Judge  Nanette Laughrey ruled that Missouri’s attempt to revoke the abortion license of the Planned Parenthood clinic in  Columbia violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. So there.

 However, Sen. Schaefer as the Senate Appropriations Chair did attempt to defund Planned Parenthood of $300,000 in  Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion healthcare services by turning away $8 million in federal funds from our  state.  

It’s unclear whether this is legal and we’re awaiting word from the Governor’s office.  We do know it’s unethical.

VOTER SUPPRESSION

It took the GOP 10 years AFTER the Missouri Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional but they finally passed Voter ID proposals. Missouri voters now get to decide whether to the change the state constitution to allow for photo voter IDs at the polls.  The Nation said it best:  One of the Most Racially Divided States in the Country Just Passed a New Voter-ID Bill.

The Major Problem?  By changing the rules of what is needed to vote, almost 230,000 current voters will be out of luck.  They do not have a state issued photo ID for many reasons (they do not use it in their daily life) —and many won’t be able to get one (don’t have the require documents or will have to spend $$$ trying to get them).

Is Voter ID necessary?  Absolutely NO.  GOP says “Voter Fraud” and “Voter Integrity”.  There is NO Missouri in person voter fraud and integrity in MY book is not denying citizens the right to vote —just so you can attempt to win elections.  AND the Missouri Supreme Court in 2006 referred to Voter ID laws as “a poll tax”.

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Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould, E.D. of Missouri Faith Voices (my friend & constituent) said Sunday at a press event announcing “Freedom Summer ’16”, a voter rights coalition campaign to oppose Voter ID & educate voters:

 

When we know which ballot Voter ID is on, we will need YOU to help us defeat this ugly voter suppression.  Stay tuned.

WAIT….NOT EVERYTHING HORRIBLE WAS SUCCESSFUL

* Legalizing discrimination against LGBT Missourians?

NOPE, SJR39 failed, down the tubes in a House committee.  We danced in our offices, yelling with joy after Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Frankford) tearfully cast the deciding vote in opposition.  He said in a passionate speech in the hearing that his religion would not allow him to judge others, including his own family members who would be discriminated against.  THIS WAS HUGE – WE COULD HAVE BECOME THE NEXT NORTH CAROLINA.

* Cells are People?

NOPE, HJR98 by Rep. Mike Moon, which would grant personhood to developing cells, died in the Senate.  This very dangerous proposal would outlaw some forms of birth control and put infertility clinics in our state out of business.  No, No, No.

* Paycheck Deception?

NOPE, HB1891, designed to weaken labor unions including teachers, nurses & caregivers, was stopped by a bipartisan vote in the Senate.  Finally.

But never fear! We won’t give up, won’t back down and won’t allow bullies in the legislature to  threaten us.

Missouri women made their voices heard. Patient privacy as well as access to reproductive care won out!

 

WATCH HERE.

YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING TO RELAX NOW?  HEARD OF THIS MAN?

DONALD TRUMP.  YES, THAT MAN.

The legislative session is in the rearview mirror but we have another giant mind-boggling fight looming.  Donald Trump, yessiree.  You want HIM as our next president???  WATCH THIS.

They are counting on women to be un-informed.  HAH!

I am going to pound on you the importance of showing up to vote in August & November.  No more laziness, no more saying “my vote doesn’t count”, no more excuses.  We know who you are.  Enough allowing these nuts to be elected without your vote to the state legislature…. and now the White House. 

I can’t keep fighting for you in Missouri against these nonsense women attacks…. if you don’t do your part.

Stay tuned!  There will be much more…

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THINGS YOU MUST DO RIGHT NOW:

1.  Make sure you (AND your best girlfriend, your mom, your daughter, your book club, your yoga comrades) are registered to vote in Missouri.  You go to school here?  You live here temporarily?  Then Missouri needs your vote.  Check out IMMEDIATELY if you are registered at the address where you’re living – HERE.  We are going to be checking on you.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES:  July 6th to vote in Missouri’s Primary Election on Aug 2nd & Oct 12th in General/Presidential Election on Nov 8th.

2.  How to register to vote —HERE.  If you live in Columbia or Boone County, you are able to register online HERE (other counties hopefully soon).  PLEASE NOTE: We do not register by party in Missouri.

3.  Forward this email to every progressive friend you have in Missouri —including on Facebook and Twitter.

You have friends, we know you do.  This must be a collective effort because THEY think we’re not paying attention. The stakes for us are high.

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Who is PROGRESSWOMEN again?

ProgressWomen began as a project December 2014 through my loffice after women kept asking “What can I do to get involved?”  We are now a collective of over 2500 women statewide (and growing) who are sick and tired of the attacks on women & families in Missouri. Check us out online. Open up your address book & refer to us every progressive woman you know.  And please follow us on Twitter @ProgressWomenUs & friend us on Facebook @ProgressWomen16

 

“It’s going to take a village”.  You in?