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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, November 13, 2014
Budget Blues and Other Sad Songs from Jefferson City
Amy Blouin, Executive Director Missouri Budget Project
6:30 for coffee, 7:00 program
Ethical Society of St. Louis - 9001 Clayton Rd, 63117 (Directions)
Post-Ferguson: Time to Stop Studying...Time to Act
October 30, 2014
Women's Voices has a 10-year track record of acting for social justice. Former President and current Board Member Mary Clemons said it clearly in her Commentary published October 30 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"We don't need another commission and we don't need any more studies. We know the problems. Let's listen to the professionals who have already studied them and made thoughtful recommendations." Read the full article ...
Shop for the Holidays Wednesday, December 3, 6-9 pm
October 20, 2014
A portion of sales will be donated to Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice
Plowsharing Crafts, University City
6271 Delmar (University City Loop)
Wide selection of jewelry, accessories, home décor, musical instruments, office and stationery; and holiday items (ornaments, Nativity sets).
The crafts are handmade by artisans, 70% of whom are women, from over 45 developing countries across the globe. Marketing their crafts at Plowsharing provides vital income for these people, income that is used to put food on the table, to provide healthcare, and to clothe and educate children.
Plowsharing Crafts is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Nicastro Recounts Challenges for Normandy Schools
October 14, 2014
Missouri Supreme Court ruling in June 2013 launched sweeping and confusing changes in schools and communities throughout the St. Louis area. The decision, which allowed students to transfer out of the unaccredited Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts, raised many questions, some of which still remain unanswered. As Missouri's education commissioner, Chris Nicastro was in the eye of the storm that broke shortly before the school year began. She gave us an eye-witness account of what happened then and how the unaccredited districts are now responding to the challenge of becoming accredited. More ...
Recommendations on November Ballot Measures
September 30, 2014
Women's Voices members voted to approve the recommendations of the Advocacy Committee regarding three of the proposed Constitutional Amendments that will be on the November ballot. Women's Voices opposes Amendments 3, 6 and 10.
Amendment 10 - Gov't Finances Prohibits the governor from estimating available state revenues when making budget recommendations under certain legislative circumstances
Summary and Reasons to Oppose
Amendment 10: In Search of a Problem
October 13, 2014
Following is information from the Missouri Budget Project:
In November, Missouri voters will decide on Amendment 10, a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would essentially shift the authority over and responsibility for maintaining a balanced budget from the Governor to the General Assembly. Unfortunately, the measure would create systemic problems that would make it harder for Missouri to maintain balance between state revenues and state spending. More ...
Gearing up to Promote Medicaid Expansion
October 13, 2014
The Health Advocacy Committee is getting ready for the 2015 legislative session. We'll continue our work with the Medicaid Expansion Coalition to advocate for access to health care for all Missourians. If you are interested in joining the committee, e-mail email@example.com.
A recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch story focused on Medicaid expansion. For those who make too much - and too little - for health insurance, the options are limited. Beverly Jones, a 51-year-old St. Louisan with custody of her three grandchildren, is supposed to get her blood tested every few months to make sure the medicine she takes daily isn't harming her kidneys. But she can only afford to make the trip to the doctor two times a year because she lacks health insurance.
"It's hard for me to accept that I put in so much work and so much time and now that I get sick there is no one that can help me," she said. "That doesn't seem fair to me." Jones isn't alone. She is one of nearly 300,000 Missourians who would qualify for government-funded health insurance if they lived across the Mississippi River in Illinois or in 26 other states that have decided to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act.
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." More ...
November 4 - General Election
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"The relentless challenge of gun violence has prompted prosecutors from 30 major cities to form a new coalition to advance a cause on which Congress has failed miserably: treating the tens of thousands of gun casualties each year as an urgent public health and safety issue. It is a crisis that district attorneys confront on a daily basis, far from divisive debates about the Second Amendment.
"Instead of focusing on proposals that have failed in Congress, like gun buyers' background checks and ammunition limits, the new group, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, is intent on exchanging expertise and tactics they have developed against gun violence by gangs, in domestic abuse situations, in tracking black-market gun runners, and in dealing with mental health issues and guns.
"For now, the coalition aims to build on ... is a common denominator: 'Everybody believes that people should not be victimized by gun violence.' That simple statement is accepted as indisputable by anyone outside the halls of Congress, whose indifference to the national tragedy of gun violence remains a source of amazement and dismay.
New York Times editorial 10.29.14
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Awards
to members of the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force, who have been working for several years to decrease the number of "unbanked" families in the St. Louis region. According to a new report, in 2013 the number of savings accounts increased by 9.42 percent in the St. Louis metropolitan area, while in the rest of Missouri the increase was just .6 percent.
to Walmart, which is planning to enter the banking business and provide checking accounts for their low-income customers. This move is opposed by the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force, which includes community groups that are trying to motivate individuals to use banks or credit unions in order to save money and build equity.
to Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs who ruled that Missouri must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states.
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.