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** ENDORSEMENTS **

MOPAG has endorsed the following candidates
for the August 7th Democratic primary:

Mark Osmack for 2nd House District representative

Mark Mantovani for St Louis County Executive

Wesley Bell for St Louis County Prosecutor


MISSOURI PROGRESSIVE ACTION GROUP

MEETING AGENDA FOR SATURDAY, July 7, 2018

VENUE CHANGE! The July meeting will be held at:

Grant’s View Library, 9700 Musick Avenue at Gravois Road


Join our meeting and be informed!

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF LOCATION:
Grant’s View Library, 9700 Musick Avenue at Gravois Road

Musick Road will be closed at Gravois Road starting April 16, 2018, for road construction.
The library recommends accessing the Grant’s View Branch via Tesson Ferry Road. 

From the intersection of Musick Ave. and Tesson Ferry Road:


Turn north on Musick Ave. (about 1.2 miles) then turn east onto Richmond Calvary Dr. The entrance to the library parking lot will be on your left.

However, if you come to the library via Gravois Road you will find a marked detour using Baptist Church Road which leads to Tesson Ferry Road (see above). A SHORTCUT from Gravois Road is to take Baptist Church Road, make the first left on Cosmos, right on Clearwater, then left on Larkspur which goes to Musick, then make a left to the library.​



On the web at MOPAG.ORG, St Louis Meetup Missouri Progressive Action Group, and on Facebook. See also Gatewayadvocacynetwork.com which brings together several groups within the website and provides a consolidated calendar of events for the activist regional community. Things you can do reduce your energy use, support renewable energy, and raise general awareness of climate change.

Things you can do reduce your energy use, support renewable energy, and raise general awareness of climate change:

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR FAMILY,FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS.

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR GOVT. REPS AT ALL LEVELS
COMMUNICATION WITH MEDIA AND USE SOCIAL MEDIA

Letters to the Editor. Challenge misinformation in the media. https://climatefeedback.org/

TELL AMEREN -MORE RENEWABLES https://www.ameren.com/missouri/contact-us

JOIN ADVOCACY GROUP-SIERRA CLUB, CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY, MO COALITION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, ETC<

EDUCATE YOURSELF skepticalscience.com is an excellent site
http://www.carbonliteracy.com/top-5-climate-change-websites/
https://sustainabilityhub.com/climate/ gives videos; NOAA.GOV, The Great Transition (Brown)

MAKE OUR BUILDINGS MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT - TELL YOUR ST LOUIS COUNTY REP TO DISAPPROVE A PROPOSED AMENDED RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CODE 2015 IECC THAT WASTES ENERGY AND IMPACTS HEALTH DUE TO INCREASED EMISSIONS.
District 3 Colleen Wasinger 314-615-5438 cwasinger@stlouisco.com

SUPPORT POLITICAL CANDIDATES WHO RECOGNIZE THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE
nofossilfuelmoney.org

LOBBY FOR CLEAN ENERGY & GREEN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES IN YOUR CITY.
Continue to work with your alderman and community to get your mayor to sign 100% renewable pledge like mayors of Chesterfield, Maplewood, U City, Dellwood, St. Peters, Wentzville
ilsr.org and communitypowernetwork.com

REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT http://www.globalstewards.org/reduce-carbon-footprint.htm<

green transportation, more fruits and veggies, less wasted food/water, energy efficient appliances and home

CONSIDER SMART ENERGY UPGRADES TO YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

PACE program provides affordable long-term financing
Sethepacestlouis.com Federal Tax Incentive Program saves 30% on solar system.

Support/donate to organizations like Climate Science Legal Defense Fund.org (rated 4 out of 4 stars)and Natl Center for Science Education- works climate change and evolution in the schools: ncse.org<

ST LOUIS ART MUSEUM DIVESTMENT?

MISSOURI COLLEGES DIVESTMENT? FossilfreewashU (FFWU)



Minutes of the June 2, 2018
MOPAG General Membership Meeting

Opening:

The meeting was held at the Grant View Library 9700 Musick Ave., St. Louis, MO 63123.

The meeting was convened at 1:35 p.m. by MOPAG Chair Steve Reed.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Marty Walsh gave a financial report for the month of May 2018. The opening balance was $1,635.82. The closing balance was $1,650.82.

Minutes of the May meeting were approved as posted.


Announcements:

Democratic Candidate Forum for the Missouri 2nd House District candidates will be this evening, Saturday, June 2, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., at the Ethical Society. MOPAG is co-sponsoring and Ellen Wentz will be handling the logistics.

2nd Congressional Candidate Forum, being held Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m., at the St. Louis County Library/Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Road, will be hosted by the Chesterfield Township Democrats.

Democratic Candidate Forum will be held Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., at the Cuivre River Electric Co-op, 8757 Highway N, 63367. This forum is hosted by Indivisible and will feature the candidates running for office in St. Charles County.
Claire McCaskill’s Campaign Kick-off is being held today at her various campaign office locations.

The 2018 Truman Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall. This year’s keynote speaker will be Jason Kander.
MOPAG July monthly meeting will again be held at the Grant View Library, 9700 Musick Ave., 63123. Starting in August our meetings will again be held at the St. Louis Public Library Headquarters.


Speakers

Jean Pretto, candidate for the 94th house district, talked about her early life growing up in a middle-class union family in South County. She worked as a teacher and is currently on the Mehlville School Board. Pretto is strong on worker’s rights (her husband is also a union member) and noted that we have been fighting to maintain the same worker’s rights for decades. On education, Pretto explained that while the Missouri legislature says it is ‘fully funded,’ the reality is that the legislature keeps cutting the budget and lowering the bar for what ‘fully funded’ actually means. Passionate on women’s rights, Pretto supports a woman’s right to choose abortion. There will be a fundraiser for Pretto on June 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at Café Telegraph.

Wesley Bell, candidate for St. Louis County Prosecutor, stated that he is currently a councilman and worked directly with the Department of Justice focusing on community policing and court reform in the City of Ferguson in the time following the shooting of Michael Brown. Bell is a former judge and public defender and currently is a municipal court prosecutor. As the son of a policeman, Bell believes that one can be an advocate for both Black Lives Matter and the police since he has experience on both sides. Positing that 80-85% of those who come into contact with the police are in need of drug treatment, not jail, Bell said he will work to see that treatment is available along with job readiness training. This reduces recidivism drastically which saves incarceration costs, lowers crime, and allows people to become productive citizens. As County Prosecutor, he feels he can help push the Missouri legislature toward healthcare for all, and quality and affordable education. Anyone who wishes to help canvass are welcome! You can follow Bell on Facebook at Wesley Bell for St. Louis County Prosecutor – Democrat.


Discussion

Bylaws. The members were asked if they had any issues or revisions to make to the bylaws that they received. There was no dissension. It was noted that the board members were working on standard operating procedures which would allow for continuity when board membership changed.

Communication Policy.
Due to low attendance at the meeting, this topic was shelved until the August meeting.

Speakers.
The Chair emphasized that invitations MOPAG makes to guests to speak at meetings is not an endorsement of the speaker or their views.

Donations.
Members approved the motion made by Diane Kasten and amended by Susan Turk, that we donate $300 to ‘It Starts Today-Missouri.’

Candidate Support.
Members approved the motion made by Susan Turk that, on a case by case basis, MOPAG can decide to support candidates during primary elections by a majority vote of a quorum of the membership. Support can include endorsement and a campaign contribution.


The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Diane Kasten.



Township Guide

Want to get involved but not sure How/Where? Here's a link to the St. Louis County Democrats Township Guide.



Winner Takes All

View Jeff Dickler's presentation of the atrocious Winner Takes All polotics we're fooled into thinking is a democracy. Documentation is found HERE.



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