How Many have to be Shot before Democrats Stand Up to the Gun Lobby?

The St. Louis Post Dispatch headline above the fold today is glaring as the legislature prepares to debate HB630 next week (guns in churches, day care centers, hospitals, polling places, etc).

They say that nothing will change until everyone is affected. So exactly how many have to be shot???

Missouri was #1 in toddler shootings & little kids keep unintentionally shooting others or themselves but my party remains silent.

Democrats in the legislature voted for “Stand Your Ground” in 2016 and numerous gun bills before that. Missouri Democrats voted for legalizing assault weapons in our state, including some you know.

The Missouri GOP? Each one of them has already been bought by the gun lobby.

Domestic violence shootings, usually killing of an entire family, are up. Suicides by gun are rising, particularly of veterans. Gun violence is not just in “bad neighborhoods” but is in every single Missouri zip code. Most shootings however fail to make front page headlines.

Missouri no longer requires licenses to buy guns or permits to carry concealed guns & doesn’t require background checks on gun purchases. You can buy as many guns and ammunition you want online, no questions asked.

Our doctors are tasked with saving those who don’t go directly to the morgue & our surgeons suffer PTSD because of the gun trauma they have to treat over and over and over and over.

I’m sad, mad & can’t handle one more “thoughts and prayers”.

You want to keep your family alive? INSIST every elected official fight back instead of trying to rationalize supporting gun lobby profit. INSIST every candidate campaign on gun violence prevention. INSIST Democrats (and even Republicans) start caring about people instead of cowering.

You voters are in charge of this.

Missouri “Vagina Bills” on the Move —Not April Fools!

“VAGINA WEEK” IN THE MISSOURI LEGISLATURE.  WE ARE NOT JOKING.

It may be April Fools Day but seriously —but interfering with women’s reproductive rights is not funny.

We need your help to stop this year’s ugly mess of “vagina bills”.  But first, a bit of inspiration…

MISSOURI WOMEN TELL THEIR ABORTION STORIES

   

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE.

Monday, April 3rd is the HBO documentary premiere of “Abortion: Stories Women Tell”, by director Tracy Droz Tragos, a Missouri native.  If you have not yet seen this powerful film (during select screenings last summer), then get ready.

Featuring our very own Dr. Erin King Eisenberg, executive director of Hope Clinic of Granite City, IL  along with intimate real life stories told by very courageous Missouri women.  I HIGHLY recommend you don’t miss this.

I was fortunate to spend some time with Tracy Droz Tragos during her many hours filming in Missouri and during a screening last summer at Netroots Nation in St. Louis  (above l-r, Tracy Droz Tragos, Dr. Erin Eisenberg and me).

See Jezebel’s Conversation with Abortion: Stories Women Tell Director Tracy Droz Tragos on Judgment and Choice  – HERE.

Or Glamour Magazine’s feature this week HERE or the feature in Teen Vogue HERE. 

MORE MISSOURI WOMEN are speaking out —stories which will break your heart but sadly sometimes happen in the real world.  I’m proud of our dedicated advocates, physicians and women who are like you & me, including Robin Utz of St. Louis, whose personal pregnancy story was part of Senate hearings in opposition of the Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.  READ IT HERE.

MISSOURI GOP BELIEVES THEY ARE OB–GYNS…or JUST “GYNO-TICIANS”?

My knitted uterus along with my manual of vagina bills and medical information – in preparation for floor debate.  Little did I expect I’d have to know EVERYTHING about the gestational age of a fetus, when fertilization occurs in a pregnancy, the difference between a zygote and a fetus —-to be a Missouri legislator.  Thank goodness for Web Doc on Google – saved me a bundle of money instead of attending medical school.

MISSOURI VAGINA BILLS ON THE MOVE:

HB174 – Protections for Fake Pregnancy Resource Centers & Attacking St. Louis Anti-Discrimination Ordinancesponsored by Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter).  PASSED THE HOUSE March 30th by a vote of 118-36 (with an emergency clause even).  Bill now moves to the Senate.  FACT SHEET HERE. Similar bill in Senate (SB41, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) – ON THE SENATE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now.

HB194 – Omnibus Abortion Bill Based on Phony Anti-Parenthood Video, sponsored by Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton).  More unconstitutional TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers), Fetal Tissue Ban & other unnecessary  ON THE HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now. FACT SHEET HERE.  Similar bill in Senate (SB67, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) – ON THE SENATE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now.

HB908 – “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau).  This bill wants to move pregnancy determination dates REGARDLESS OF HOW REAL DOCTORS ARE TRAINED.  No joke. ON THE HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now.  FACT SHEET HERE.

HB326 – Two Parent Notification for a Minor to Obtain an Abortionsponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller (R -Lake Ozark).  NO exemptions for rape or incest – this bill would put minors in grave danger if they were forced to notify both custodial parents – no credible medical organization is in support.  ON THE HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now. FACT SHEET HERE.  Similar bill in Senate (SB375, sponsored by Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg – READY FOR THE SENATE FLOOR CALENDAR any day now.

HB182 – Tranporting Minors Across State Lines to Obtain an Abortionsponsored by Rep. Tom Hurst (R-Meta).  VERY unconstitutional.  ON THE HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now.  FACT SHEET HERE.

HJR18 – Proposing a Constitutional Amendment regarding the Right of Life, sponsored by Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove).  We call it “Zygotes are People” which would outlaw most forms of birth control and infertility treatments.  READY TO BE PUT ON HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR any day now. FACT SHEET HERE.

SB96 – Abortion Ban in cases of Down Syndrome or for gender selection, sponsored by Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville). ON THE SENATE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now. FACT SHEET HERE. 

There are MORE 2017 bills filed – see the whole list and fact sheets HERE.

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT VAGINA BILLS RIGHT NOW:

1.  Call your state representative and state senator and tell them exactly what you think.  DO NOT BE SHY. DEMAND DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS FIGHT THESE HORRENDOUS BILLS.  DEMAND THEY GET OUT OF THEIR SEATS AND DEBATE.  LOOK UP YOURS HERE IF YOU’RE NOT SURE.

2.  Attend a Reproductive Rights Lobby/Rally day in Jefferson City and MAKE SOME NOISE:

    Tuesday, April 4th – MISSOURI WOMEN’S NETWORK EQUITY ACTION DAY – RSVP HERE.

    Wednesday, April 26th – MORAL MISSOURI LOBBY DAY – RSVP HERE.

    Thursday, May 4th – FREEDOM OF CHOICE COUNCIL LOBBY DAY – RSVP HERE. 

3.  Inform YOUR Reproductive Rights friends —those who care about government staying out of doctor offices.  USE YOUR NETWORK.

4.  REMEMBER to insist every candidate who knocks on your door or who wants your vote soon —you demand a fighter for Reproductive Rights.

Our 5th #GOV101 —April 6th Springfield MO

RISE UP, RESIST & BE PART OF DEMOCRACY!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

6:30pm Registration opens    7pm Program

National Avenue Christian Church – 1515 South National, Springfield, MO 65804

 

Learn how YOU can be part of policy making in the Missouri State Legislature.

Featuring House Progressive Caucus Chair – State Rep. Stacey Newman, Springfield’s State Rep. Crystal Quade, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri, PROMO, Empower Missouri, NAACP-Missouri, Moms Demand Action – Springfield, Jobs With Justice, MO Healthcare for All, NAMI – Southwest Missouri and more.

$10 per person  (covers individualized materials & event fees) – Sponsored by Progresswomen.

YOU MUST REGISTER HERE

If registering for a guest, please send us their name & address = [email protected]

RESIST.  PERSIST.  GET IN GOOD TROUBLE.  REPEAT. RESIST. PERSIST…

Next #GOV101 —-ST. LOUIS March 2, 2017

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AND SHEER BEGGING

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BE PART OF DEMOCRACY INSTEAD OF BEING DEPRESSED.  

Our next #GOV101 – St. Louis on Thursday, 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.