Many of our members frequently write letters to the editor or commentary articles, and many regularly communicate with local, state and national representatives. Whether they do it as individuals or as members of Women's Voices, our members are speaking out, and their voices are being heard. Here are some other events our members have attended, and efforts undertaken by the whole group:
April 20, 2013
A chilly April morning found Women's Voices members and friends among approximately 100 people who showed up in Clayton to protest the vote cast by Missouri Senator Roy Blunt in the debate on gun control legislation. Sen. Blunt was among those who voted "no" and thus ended debate on a number of proposals designed to help curb gun violence in this country.
Photo by Stephanie Cordle email@example.com
A large contingent of members and friends of Women's Voices joined with other activists at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis to demand an end to gun violence in this country. The rally was sponsored by Moms Demand Action and featured a number of prominent St. Louisans, including Mayor Francis Slay, Police Chief Sam Dotson, and State Representative Stacey Newman.
The Rev. James T. Morris, pastor of the Lane Tabernacle CME Church, held the crowd spellbound as he recounted the harrowing days, weeks and months that followed the shooting of his young son, Damien, who was severely wounded in a drive-by shooting. Damien sat nearby in his wheelchair as his father spoke.
Dr. Bo Kennedy from St. Louis Children's Hospital and Dr. Robert Flood of Cardinal Glennon Hospital for Children, both emergency room physicians, recounted stark statistics about the number of guns in America and the damage they routinely see in the course of their daily work. "I believe gun violence in this country amounts to child abuse," Dr. Flood said. "We must do whatever we can, whatever it takes, to put an end to this madness."
40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade - Jan. 24, 2013
Members of Women's Voices and other pro-choice supporters in St. Louis gathered at Central Reform Congregation to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, which made abortion legal in the United States.
Speaker at the event was the Rev. Traci Blackmon, pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant and member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood.
"For many women, Rove v Wade is an instrument of peace," she said. "Abortion will always happen. The issue is whether it will be safe and legal."
Women's Voices is a member of the Freedom of Choice Council, which sponsors the yearly event to raise money to provide buses for lobby days to Jefferson City in the spring.
"Now Is The Time" Forum on Gun Violence - Jan. 17, 2013
Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice and Central Reform Congregation co-sponsored this forum, which was hosted by State Representatives Jeanne Kirkton of Webster Groves and Stacey Newman of Richmond Heights.
A near-capacity crowd filled the sanctuary to listen to comments by two physicians, a former police chief, a rabbi, the two state representatives, and St. Louis Journalist Ray Hartmann, who moderated the proceedings. The event followed the publication of President Barack Obama's recommendations to control gun violence in America, and those attending left with a variety of suggestions about how to advocate for a safer, saner America.
Medicaid Expansion Campaign Kickoff - January 16, 2013
On Wednesday morning, January 16, over 20 Women's Voices members and friends joined nearly 200 St. Louis area residents at a Press Conference to kick-off the campaign to advocate for expansion of Medicaid in Missouri. Organizers of the press conference were members of a state-wide coalition representing over 20 organizations, including Women's Voices. Similar events were held in Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri.
Read a summary of the press conference here.
You can also follow the coalition on Facebook.