Budget Blues and Other Sad Songs from Jefferson City
Speaker: Amy Blouin, Executive Director of the Missouri Budget Project
Amy Blouin, the Founder and Executive Director of the Missouri Budget Project (MBP), will give us an expert's look at our state's current budget and explain how it affects the quality of services we can provide our citizens. She'll explore such questions as:
What is the human impact of Missouri's budget?
How does it reflect our values?
Is it possible under our current budget to adequately fund education, health care, the arts, transportation, and provide quality programs for children, the elderly and our veterans?
Blouin will also talk about the role MBP plays in informing public policy decisions and how the state could increase revenues to ensure that we meet the needs of everyone in the state. Finally, she'll help us understand how an organization like Women's Voices can help influence budget decisions.
If you have a few minutes before this meeting, you might want to review the Missouri Budget Primer on MBP's website. It will give you an excellent grounding in the issues Blouin will be discussing and will make our Q&A period after her talk more productive.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Sweet Celebrations! Birthday Parties for Kids in Shelters
Beth Brockling and her helpers have thrown 95 birthday parties for homeless children in 11 St. Louis shelters...all in one year! They are now averaging about 20 birthday parties a month! Wow!
Come hear Beth tell us about her wonderful organization, Sweet Celebrations, how it started, and how it has grown. Best of all, we will hear the kids' stories and see pictures of them having a great time...all kids who would not have had a party without Beth and her group.
Let's see how many birthday parties Women's Voices members can help fund ... your donation of any amount to the nonprofit Sweet Celebrations will be much appreciated! This is our annual holiday event at Sweetology ... a fun place featuring creative sweet treats!
Join us for wine, soda, appetizers and sweets followed by the Sweet Celebrations program.
9214 Clayton Road (just west of Price Road)
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Shareholder Advocacy: Changing Corporate Culture
Thursday, February 12, 2015
White Privilege: Have We Learned Not To Look?
Speakers: Amy Hunter, Director of Racial Justice, YWCA
Robert Good, Ph.D., Social Studies teacher, Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Come join us to learn, share and ask questions about white privilege and its racial implications. Our speakers will address white privilege and the purpose of understanding race:
to bridge gaps,
to build close and authentic relationships with others
to work toward healing the hurts of racial disparities which we have witnessed all too much in our community.
In so doing they will explain how the benefits of working toward social change assist with our own need for peace, humanity and citizenship in our community.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Stolen Childhoods: The Emotional Toll of Gun Violence
Speakers: Valerie Carter-Thomas, principal, Northwest Academy of Law
Ajuma Muhammad, licensed psychotherapist who provides mental health services for "at risk" adolescent boys
TBA: child psychiatrist
A teacher who works in an inner-city school has said: "Most middle-class Americans have no idea about the trauma these kids experience living in their neighborhoods." This program will help educate us about what violence, especially gun violence, is doing to children who don't feel safe. The goal will be to give us a better understanding of these children, so that we may develop some empathy and work to eliminate the criminalization of black youth.
This program is a follow-up to the Women's Voices "Safe and Sound: Smart Strategies to Protect Children from Gun Violence" forum held in April, 2014, and is coordinated by members of the Campaign for Common-Sense Gun Solutions committee.
The Justice Gap: the Poverty-Prison Connection
Thursday, May 14, 2015
A Decade of Making A Difference! Celebrating Women's Voices 10h Anniversary
The first Womens Voices meeting was held in May, 2005 at the University City library. As we begin our 10th birthday year, we're ready to celebrate! We're planning a party and you are invited.
food and drink to enjoy
a chance to mingle with old and new WV members
live professional music to make your heart sing!
So bring a friend, spouse, or partner and party with us. Place to be announced at a later date.