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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, January 8, 2015
Investing for Good: Changing Corporations through Shareholder Engagement
Speaker: Brian Reavey, Director for Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation - Marianist Province
6:30 for coffee, 7:00 program
Ethical Society of St. Louis - 9001 Clayton Rd, 63117 (Directions)
Working for Medicaid Expansion in 2015
December 15, 2014
Medicaid expansion is a matter of fairness, economic growth and community well-being. In this period of unrest we need stability - the stability provided by having insured, healthy individuals who can work and be productive members of their communities.
You can help! Missouri Health Care for All and the Missouri Medicaid Coalition have made plans for lobby days and days of action in Jefferson City. No experience is necessary; all are welcome and invited to join in these group activities.
Dates for upcoming lobby days: Tuesday, January 13; Tuesday February 10 and Wednesday February 25 from 10:00 am-2:30 pm. In-Capitol days of action: Wednesday January 8 and Wednesday February 4. Email email@example.com if you, your partner and your friends can join us in any of these group events. Even if you are a "maybe" let us know. We will send further details when available.
A Sweet Way to End 2014
December 15, 2014
Thanks to Jeanne Bubb for organizing our Sweet Celebrations event on December 11 at Sweetology. After hearing Beth Brockling's inspiring story of birthday parties for kids living in homeless shelters, Women's Voices members and guests donated enough to fund 17 Sweet Celebrations parties in 2015. Read more ...
Women's Voices Supports Call for Police and Court Reform
December 5, 2014
Women's Voices signed a petition to County Executive Steve Stenger to "hold a summit for St. Louis County mayors, police chiefs and other law enforcement officials to: reform the debtor prison system trapping low-income people and people of color in prison for traffic violations, court fees and other minor violations; and institute or increase community policing procedures throughout their jurisdiction. Read more ...
Turning from Hurt to Hope
November 25, 2014
We hurt today for Michael Brown's family and for all those whose lives have been lost to injustice. We hurt for St. Louis as we try to cope with the anxiety, anger, and tensions in our community. And we hurt for our nation which was founded on the principles of justice, peace and the rights of all Americans…but which has failed to live up to this promise.
We also have hope. Hope that our community can come together to seek solutions to longstanding social justice issues. Women's Voices stands committed to efforts that move us forward. We will continue to advocate for civil and human rights, economic justice, quality public education, access to health care for all and many other social justice issues.
We pledge to continue our work in collaboration with other organizations in our community to make our collective voices heard. And to make a difference.
We will redouble our commitment to Margaret Mead's belief "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Adding Our Voice on Several Social Justice Issues
November 18, 2014
Working in coalition with other organizations strengthens the voice of advocates. Women's Voices is often asked to join in calling for change or to take action. "Like" our Facebook page to get timely updates. Here are the recent examples:
We joined with Missouri Health Care for All to advocate for support of subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments which challenge access to health insurance subsidies in 36 states, including Missouri. If upheld, as many as 129,000 Missourians could lose the subsidy that allows them to have affordable health insurance.
We signed on to a letter from the Missouri Children's Leadership Council asking our US Senators and Representatives to extend federal funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Without the extension, an estimated 37,000 children will likely be uninsured.
We signed on to the Missouri Community Leaders statement Supporting Respectful and Just Work Places and a statement opposing "right to work and paycheck deception" legislation in Missouri
We signed on to a letter supporting the "Protection from Abuse in Jail Act" to be introduced to the St Louis Board of Aldermen. Drafted by the St Louis Committee for Prisoner's Rights the bill's aim is to guarantee that appropriate health care, safety, and good governance exist in Saint Louis city jails. In Missouri's state prisons, staff are required by law to report illegal activity and abuse they see take place. The "Protection from Abuse in Jail Act" would require that the St Louis City jail also meet this standard of reporting.
"The gun lobby would have Americans believe that gun massacres are solely a problem of discovering and containing mental illness. But the Connecticut report noted that severe mental illness is roughly stable around the world---schizophrenia, for example, occurs in 1 percent of developed countries---while gun violence varies.
"'The conclusion that access to guns drives shooting episodes far more than the presence of mental illness is inescapable," the report's summary stated. "Those countries that have tight gun controls in general experience less overall gun violence and have fewer episodes per capita of mass shootings.'
New York Times editorial 12.04.14
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Awards
to members of the Kirkwood city council, who formally declared that they are "outraged" at the state legislature's enactment of a law permitting the open carry of firearms throughout Missouri. Kirkwood was forced to repeal its ordinance prohibiting open carry of weapons because local law cannot contradict state law. The city council members said the legislators were forcing them to enact a "dangerous and irresponsible" law that benefits no one in Missouri.
to Emerson, the latest corporation to confirm it has ended funding for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), joining a notable wave of recent corporate defectors (i.e. Microsoft, Google, Facebook). ALEC has been plagued by controversy regarding its role in promoting Voter ID laws, NRA-sponsored lax gun laws, and legislation designed to increase corporate profits by privatizing services and eliminating regulations. Most recently, ALEC has been exposed for teaching state legislators climate change denial at its conferences.
to ArchCity Defenders for receiving the New Leaders in Advocacy Award from the National Legal Aid & Defense Association which honors the accomplishments of rising attorneys who exhibit extraordinary leadership early in their careers as civil legal aid or indigent defense
to St. Louis Judge Rex Burlison who ruled Missouri's marriage ban unconstitutional. St. Louis City is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
to voters in Washington state, who overwhelming passed a referendum to require common-sense background checks on those who purchase firearms in the state.
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.