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To mobilize, energize and inspire ourselves and others to action

To work as individuals and in community for social justice

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Women's Voices
444 Clemens Ave
Kirkwood MO 63122

The Melanie Shouse Memorial Advocacy Fund has been established to honor the memory of one of our most effective members. Melanie was an active participant in Women's Voices' health care and environment focus groups, as well as in many other local, state and national initiatives. Contributions to this fund, which are tax-deductible, will be used to support Women's Voices' advocacy work for social justice.

Who We Are

We are a group of ardent, progressive St. Louis area women who finally got fed up.

We became so concerned about the direction of this country and where its priorities seem to be that we decided we must do something. From our frustration and determination, Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice was born.

We are the only multi-issue social justice organization in St. Louis that is not affiliated with a religious tradition. We partner with many other groups in our work, and we try not to re-invent the wheel. We study many different issues and take action for a variety of causes.

Our members are curious, creative, competent and caring.

We believe in doing something meaningful in support of our values, and we have great fun and camaraderie in doing so. If you would like to add your voice to ours, we welcome you to join us.

Next Meeting: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lessons Learned:
Challenges & Opportunities for Missouri's Schools

Dr. Chris L. Nicastro,
Missouri Commissioner of Education

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6:30 for coffee, 7:00 program
Ethical Society of St. Louis - 9001 Clayton Rd, 63117 (Directions)

October 8: Deadline for Voter Registration

September 15, 2014

If you are not registered to vote, you have until October 8 to do so in order to vote in the November 4 election. In addition to Voter Registration Drives in the community, you can register at your city/county Board of Elections:

St. Louis County Board of Elections
12 Sunnen Dr., Ste 126
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 615-1800
FAX (314) 615-1998
Website: http://www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/Elections

St. Louis City Board of Elections
300 N. Tucker
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 622-4336
FAX (314) 622-3587
Website: http://www.stlelections.com/


Paula Gianino, Mary Ann Tipton

72-Hour Waiting Period is "Difficult and troubling…"

September 14, 2014

A crowd of nearly 100 women and men gave Paula Gianino a standing ovation at the conclusion of her remarks, which launched the 10th year of monthly educational programs provided by Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice. Speaking just hours after the Missouri legislature overturned the Governor's veto of a bill that triples the waiting period before a woman can get an abortion, Gianino described recent actions of Missouri legislators as "difficult and troubling." Read more ...

PSC To Restrict Utility Bill Payments at Payday Lender Offices

September 6, 2014

Women's Voices president and director of advocacy submitted a letter to the Missouri Public Service Commission stating support for a new rule keeping utilities from using payday lending offices as "authorized pay stations" for utility bills. Several Women's Voices members also sent similar letters to the PSC.

A majority of the Missouri Public Service Commission expressed support for the new rule.

Measures on November 2014 Ballot

August 13, 2014

Four Constitutional Amendments will be on the November ballot. Watch this space for more information.

Amendment 2 - Criminal Trials
Renders prior criminal acts admissible in court during child sexual abuse trials

Amendment 3 - Labor
Implements performance evaluation for teachers tied to pay, raises, etc.

Amendment 6 - Elections
Establishes a six-day long early voting period

Amendment 10 - Gov't Finances
Prohibits the governor from estimating available state revenues when making budget recommendations under certain legislative circumstances

Praying With Our Feet, a website developed by the Clergy Coalition of St. Louis, includes information on actions you might take in response to the situation in Ferguson.

Keep abreast of activities or be placed on a list for long-term volunteer opportunities at www.stl.unitedway.org/helpingferguson

Is America Ferguson?
By Beverly Rehfeld - August 22, 2014

"Show Me" Collaboration
By Amy Hunter - August 21, 2014

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September 28
Community Against Poverty
Volunteer Fair

Women's Voices Education Programs

Quote of the Week

"Passing legislation to bring more guns into schools, into retail establishments, in the streets, into the hands of babes is horrendous public policy. To do so in the wake of Newtown and Ferguson is tone-deaf. It's shameful. It's dangerous.

"Missouri is on the wrong side of an increasingly violent historical narrative being written in a country that has bastardized the vision of its founders. "

St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial 9.12.2014

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Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Awards
to Missouri legislators who overrode the Gov's veto of the 72-hour waiting bill for an abortion and the bill that would permit guns in schools and open carry on all our streets.
to U.S Attorney General Eric Holder for launching a probe into whether the Ferguson police department's policies and practices have resulted in a pattern of civil rights violations.
to Centene Corporation for opening a new claims center in Ferguson that will bring up to 200 jobs to the area.
to Missouri voters, who defeated a transportation sales tax proposal that would have unfairly impacted low-income households
to Missouri voters, who approved a constitutional amendment backed by the NRA that will make it more difficult for law enforcement agencies to do their jobs
to the state of Missouri, the only state in the union that has declined to keep a prescription drug database, the primary tool the other 49 states use to identify people who acquire excess prescriptions for addictive painkillers and tranquilizers, as well as the physicians who overprescribe them.
to the University City School District reversing its earlier decision and now allowing Normandy transfer students to stay in the district.
to Gov. Jay Nixon for vetoing legislation allowing specially trained teachers to carry concealed guns in public schools saying the legislation would have jeopardized student safety.
to Gov. Jay Nixon for vetoing legislation re-writing Missouri's payday loan laws describing the newly proposed limits as an industry-backed "sham" that fell short of "true reform."

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