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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, September 11, 2014
The Unraveling of our Reproductive Rights
Paula Gianino, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.
6:30 for coffee, 7:00 program
Ethical Society of St. Louis - 9001 Clayton Rd, 63117 (Directions)
August 22, 2014
Is America Ferguson?
The following article by Women's Voices member Bev Rehfeld was published on her blog "Beverly's Notebook" on August 19.
On August 8 I celebrated my 85th birthday in the well-appointed Florida home of my brother and sister-in-law. I was toasted with good food, and music performed by my children, daughter-in-law grandchildren and nieces and nephews and their spouses. I spent several days catching up on family news and family myths and stories. I marveled at how much children had grown and listened to what they wanted to do next. That light-hearted atmosphere lasted until my grandchildren used their tweeters to tell us the news of the murder of Michael Brown gunned down on a small street in Ferguson. Read more ...
August 21, 2014
"Show Me" Collaboration
The following article by Women's Voices member Amy Hunter was published on essence.com on August 20.
Here in St. Louis, because of a series of tragic events, we are getting a chance to reinforce the need for organizations like the YWCA. The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and empower women. In Ferguson and the metropolitan St. Louis area, there are committed people looking for social, systemic and institutional change.
We have been asked, "Where is the leadership in St. Louis"? Our response: "It is everywhere, in places and spaces where some may not be used to seeing it." The young people in the community are among the leaders! You have seen the news coverage that characterizes the daytime protests as mainly peaceful and the after-dark protests as violent. This issue has touched the lives of people throughout the community, country, and world and within various "pockets" of people.
Read more ...
Rally to Sustain Governor's Veto of 72-hour Waiting Period
August 19, 2014
Women's Voices members Mary Ann Tipton and Ann Ross joined in a "filibuster" on the Missouri state capitol steps opposing a bill mandating a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking a safe, legal abortion. We then asked Governor Nixon to veto the bill. Now we need to see that the veto is upheld when our legislature meets in special session. Join women from across the state at a rally September 10 in Jefferson City to show our support for the veto and urge our legislators to let the veto stand. RSVP and learn about bus transportation here.
Fund to Help Ferguson Businesses and Schools
August 15, 2014
The St. Louis Regional Business Council has organized a fund to provide relief to small businesses affected by the unrest in Ferguson. The Reinvest North County Fund, which received an initial $10,000 donation from the RBC, will also provide school districts in the area with "appropriate resources," according to a statement from the group. Donations can be made to North County Regional Development Association, 350B Village Square Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042.
Sustain Governor's Vetoes of Two Bills
August 13, 2014
The Missouri Legislature veto session begins September 10 in Jefferson City. Women's Voices will be watching closely two bills Governor Nixon vetoed following the regular session that ended in May. We advocate that the legislature sustain the vetoes on:
HB1307 which would require a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion…a dangerous and unnecessary burden for women. The existing minimum waiting period is 24 hours.
SB656 which would permit certain educators to carry concealed weapons on school property. "Arming teachers will not make our schools safer," the governor said. "I have supported and will continue to support the use of duly authorized law enforcement officers employed as school resource officers, but I cannot condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids."
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
Condolences to Michael Brown's Family;
Support for Investigation and Due Process
August 11, 2014
We are profoundly saddened by the death of Michael Brown and stand with others in our community calling for a thorough and transparent investigation.
Members of Women's Voices are committed to racial justice and protecting the civil rights of all citizens. We acknowledge the many ways that our society discriminates, sometimes intentionally, sometimes thoughtlessly, in housing, education, employment, healthcare, and within the justice system. We believe that individually and collectively we must raise our voices to oppose discrimination in all its manifestations.
Court Rulings Differ on Subsidies Under the ACA
July 24, 2014
Contradictory court rulings issued July 21 on the Affordable Care Act are leaving millions of low- and middle-income people wondering whether federal subsidies for health care premiums will continue.
Women's Voices is a member of Missouri Health Care for All, which issued this news release:
"Subsidies are critical to coverage for moderate-income Missourians"
Today, two federal Courts of Appeals issued rulings relating to the availability of Affordable Care Act tax
credit premium subsidies for low- and moderate-income families purchasing health insurance in states
In a 2-1 split decision, a three-judge panel of the federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled families
should be denied these subsidies in states using a Federally Facilitated Marketplace, including Missouri.
Just hours later, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the subsidies should remain
available to consumers in all states.Read more ...
A 21-Lock Salute ...
July 21, 2014
to members of the Campaign for Common-Sense Gun Solutions, who distributed 21 free cable gun locks to owners of firearms at the July 20 Back To School Store! Many thanks to Lt. Janice Bockstruck and Maj. Rochelle Jones of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, who provided the locks and demonstrated how they should be used in order to keep kids safe. This event was the first in our "Lock It For Love" campaign, which focuses on gun violence as a public health problem.
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.
Women's Voices Education Program More ...
Quote of the Week
"That 212,994 more Americans lost their lives from firearms in the last 45 years than in all wars involving the US is a staggering fact, particularly when you place it in the context of the safety-conscious, 'secondary smoke' obsessions that characterise so much of American life.
Harry Porter, The London Observer, 9.21.2013
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Awards
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."
to St. Louis Public Schools and KIPP charter schools for partnering to open KIPP Victory, an elementary school. It will open August 7 in the district-owned Mitchell School that closed in 2008.
to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who vetoed the proposed 72-hour waiting period for abortions in Missouri.