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MISSOURI PROGRESSIVE ACTION GROUP

MEETING AGENDA FOR SATURDAY, October 6, 2018

LOCATION: HQS ST LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY AT 1640 S. LINDBERGH


This will be the last meeting prior to the election - Don't miss it!

  • 1:30 - Convene: Announcements, treasurer, minutes, post card collection

  • 1:45 - Nancy Price of LWV on 2018 MO/St Louis county ballot measures

  • 2:45 - Candidate endorsements

  • 3:00 - Use of MOPAG funds for 2018 election

  • 3:29 - Announcement of raffle winner!

  • 3:30 - Adjournment

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 October 6, 2018
MOPAG General Membership Meeting

The meeting was convened at 1:30 p.m. by MOPAG Chair Steve Reed.

Free Rides to the Polls. Steve Reed announced that Uber is offering free rides for voters.

Ballot Issue Information. Diane Kasten shared LWV information sheets on state and county ballot issues, and a list of actions to be taken prior to the November election to advance the Democratic cause. Kasten also informed that the 2018 ballot will be the longest one in Missouri history, so voters should check out the ballots they will be receiving from the BoE prior to voting. To learn more, visit https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/petitions/2018BallotMeasures.

Farm Bill. Glen Koenen of Empower Missouri shared information about this bill, stating that the most recent version of the bill will deduct money for the school lunches for each student whose family is in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

Speakers
:

Nancy Price,
of the League of Women Voters Metro St. Louis, spoke about several statewide and county ballot issues. Amendment 1 (Clean MO), which the league endorses, will lower lobbyist gifts to $5, lower campaign donations to candidates, enforce the sunshine laws, create a two-year waiting period before legislators can become lobbyists, and will create fair and impartial re-districting (end gerrymandering). To learn more, visit www.cleanmissouri.org. Prop B (Raise Up Missouri), also endorsed by the league, would increase the minimum wage to $12 by 2023. To learn more, visit www.raiseupmo.org. Price discussed the three medical marijuana measures, all of which require a doctor’s prescription. Two of the measures are proposed constitutional amendments and one is a proposition (new law). Proposals that become law are more easily overturned than amendments. Prop D (Gasoline Tax Increase) would increase the gas tax 2 ½¢ per year for four years with one-third of the revenue going to roads and two-thirds going to the highway patrol. While there is a recognized need for road and bridge repair, this is a regressive tax and concerns that the legislators would find this additional income fungible.

Bonnie Boime spoke in support of Amendment 2 (New Approach Missouri), one of the three medical marijuana measures. She stated that the estimated $18 million tax revenue would go toward veterans’ health programs and be administered by a non-profit organization. Under Amendment 3, the revenue would be overseen by a private non-elected individual. Under Proposition C very little of the revenue would go toward health and senior services, and there are concerns about how, and whether, the Legislature would implement the new law. To learn more, visit https://cannaoutsider.com/comparison-chart/.

A representative for Prop 2 encouraged the group to support this proposition requiring voter approval before St. Louis County park land is sold or used for commercial purposes.

Genevieve Steidtmann, candidate for House District 101, said her five priorities are: focusing on healthcare for all, fully funding education, raising the minimum wage, passing MOMA, and protecting the environment. She also stated that her campaign money is coming from individual donations while her opponent’s money is largely from PACs.

Endorsements / Donations:

Discussions were held on the pros and cons of the ballot issues and MOPAG endorsed the following: Amend. 2, Amend. 1, Prop B, and St. Louis County Prop 2 (parks). 

MOPAG endorsed candidates Helena Webb (HD 100) and Genevieve Steidtmann (HD101).

MOPAG voted to donate $500 to Cort VanOstran’s campaign and $400 to the Missouri House Victory Committee.


The winner of the monthly raffle was Sue Flanagan!

The November 3 MOPAG meeting has been cancelled because we may arrange for a post-election informal get together.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 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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