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To identify, research and discuss critical issues

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


Speaker:
Dr. Chris L. Nicastro,
Missouri Commissioner of Education


More ...

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


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 3 - Labor
Implements performance evaluation for teachers tied to pay, raises, etc.
Summary and Reasons to Oppose

Amendment 6 - Elections
Establishes a six-day long early voting period
Summary and Reasons to Oppose

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


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/

http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx




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 ...


Ferguson
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


Upcoming ...

October 10
World Day Against the Death Penalty
For information: www.madpmo.org

October 16 - 5:00 p.m.
Faces Not Forgotten: Remembering Young Lives Lost to Gun Violence

Women's Voices Education Programs


Quote of the Week


"Gunmakers know how to build firearms that could end child tragedies…and render obsolete gun burglaries, strong-armed gun struggles, straw sales and running of nonworking guns having little use or value. In 1997 then-Colt CEO Ronald Steward urged production, saying: 'If we can send a motorized computer to Mars, then certainly we an advance our technology to be more childproof.' Smith and Wesson built prototypes. Mossberg trademarked the term 'SmartGun.' "The National Rifle Association organized boycotts that nearly bankrupted S&W and undermined budding design competition among gunmakers ... "An industry that knows technology exists to lessen the tragic toll of the machine it produces but does nothing deserves the regulation it eventually gets. "

Ronald M. Wielkopolski, op-ed in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9.3.14

Sign Language

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.

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