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MISSOURI PROGRESSIVE ACTION GROUP

MEETING AGENDA FOR SATURDAY, April 6, 2019

NOTE LOCATION:
GRANT'S VIEW LIBRARY, 9700 MUSICK AVENUE, 63123

(For the next six months, MOPAG will be meeting at the Grants View Branch of the St. Louis County Library, at Gravois and Musick Rd)


April 6th Agenda:

Join us at 1:30pm to hear speaker Elad Gross on the effects of Dark Money in Missouri and the fight to gain greater transparency on our elected officials in Jefferson City! You'll get the interesting backstories the news media either doesn't know about, or won't print. Elad Gross is former Assistant Attorney General at Missouri Attorney General's Office, and is a candidate for Missouri Attorney General. MO Legislative Update will also be provided.

Please note:

Musick Road is be closed at Gravois Road for road construction. The library recommends accessing the Grant’s View Branch via Tesson Ferry Road.

From Musick and Tesson Ferry Road:

Turn north on Musick (about 1.2 miles

Turn east onto Richmond Calvary Dr.

The entrance to the library parking lot will be on your left.

Click on the map below for directions to the library:

Map showing location of Grant's View 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)



MOPAG Minutes for March 2, 2019
MOPAG General Membership Meeting

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 February 2019. The opening balance was $537.57, and the closing balance was $461.82. Members were reminded that their dues of $15 can be paid.

Minutes of the January meeting were approved as posted.

Announcements


2020 Census
. Glenn Koenen spoke about the issues with the upcoming census. As the Census Bureau is underfunded, they are unable to appropriately plan, develop outreach strategies, or complete sufficient testing to support a comprehensive count. This will be the first time the internet is used as a primary response method, creating significant barriers for rural and low-income communities. Additionally, many poor or immigrant families fear that the information they give will be shared with other governmental departments or even their landlord. This leads them to underreport the number of people living in the household. The Missouri Foundation for Health will be doing non-partisan grassroots work to promote the census and educate citizens.  Koenen said that at this time the citizenship checkbox will not be part of the survey.

Board of Freeholders Petition
. Diane Kasten encouraged attendees to sign her petition stating that the Board of Election Commissioners of STL County form a board of freeholders/electors. This board would work on a plan to merge the city and county that would be transparent and would be voted on by the city and county residents.

Jefferson Township Democratic Club
. Ron Zager reminded the group that the club meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Webster Groves Library, 7 p.m.

Gravois Township Committeeman Appointment.
Steve Reed has been elected by the St Louis County Democratic Central Committee (CDCC) as the new committeeman for his township, Gravois. Reed is looking forward to building the club and strengthening the CDCC.

Fast Democracy.
Steve Reed went over the navigation of this robust site which allows one to track bills moving through the state legislature and notifies users of changes in bill status. https://fastdemocracy.com/

Speakers


Anne Marshall
, candidate for the STLCC Board of Trustees, Subdistrict 3. Marshall said she will stand up for teachers, students and the community. She believes the students and faculty should be empowered to change lives and that decision making should be centered on their needs. She feels that this is not presently happening. When asked about her vision for the schools, Marshall said she sees value in focusing on vocational classes, apprenticeships, and traditional students.

Al Gerber
, Gravois Township Committeeman, made a presentation entitled ‘Missouri Democratic Party Structure & Function.’ This presentation will be shared on MOPAG’s website. Gerber explained how the various committees and clubs fall under the umbrella of the Democratic National Committee. He explained that in recent history the philosophy was ‘top to bottom’ but that the prevailing wisdom is to build our party over by working from ‘bottom up.’ This involves getting quality candidates for the lower offices (school board, fire department, etc.) so they can gain experience and name recognition, allowing them to advance up to higher offices. To this end, it is Gerber’s hope that we can strengthen the CDCC. Doug Beck, 92nd district representative, said that the DNC needs to create a strategic plan which would include building a bench so that people can be groomed for state seats. It is Beck’s suggestion that the township clubs work together and run forums for local races.

Susan Turk
provided a legislative update by sharing information on various bills which are being submitted to the Missouri legislature. Details of her report follow, will be shared with the google group, and will be posted on MOPAG's FB page.


The next meeting will be held on April 6, 2019, 1:30 p.m., at Grant’s View Branch Library. Our featured speaker will be Elad Gross, 2020 candidate for Missouri Attorney General. Gross will be speaking about the corrosive influence of dark money.

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

Minutes submitted by Diane Kasten.


Legislative Update


SB126 Schroer: Would make all abortions illegal after a fetal heartbeat is detected which is at about 8 weeks, has no exception for rape or incest, has a trigger provision that would make abortion illegal in MO if Roe v Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, requires both parents to be notified if a minor seeks an abortion.  It has triggers for a full ban at ANY stage, with subsequent bans at 6 weeks), 8 weeks, 14 weeks, 20 weeks ("pain-capable") and other stages depending on what the Supreme Court will accept if they overturn or "reinterpret" Roe and in all cases penalties are imposed on the doctor and woman.
Has passed the house with all Rs and 3 Ds supporting.
2/27/2019 - Reported to the Senate and First Read (S)
State Senator Jamilah Nasheed has stated that she will do everything possible to kill this bill.

HB1026
Merideth: Requires campaign committees to report the names of all original donors.  If a contribution comes from another committee, the original donor of that contribution has to be reported. This bill in effect ends dark money.
2/25 Second Read

SB 51
Eigel: Allows charter schools to be operated in all charter cities and counties with a population greater than 30,000 even if there are no underperforming schools in their school districts.
Last Action: 1/22/2019 - Second Read and Referred S Education Committee

HB130 
Carter: Allows requires the state board of education to terminate the transitional school district in the city of St. Louis if the district is provisionally or fully accredited.
1/10/2019 - Read Second Time (H)

HB361
Roeber: Allows candidates for the legislature and all elected officials to run for school board, allowing voters to know their party affiliations and potentially destroying the non-partisan nature of school boards.  It also moves all school board elections to November of even years.
1/30/2019 - Public Hearing Completed (H)

HB 629
Quade: Gives the voters in a school district where a charter schools is scheduled to open  the opportunity to vote on whether to allow the charter school to open in their district.
1/23/2019 - Read Second Time (HB424 Franks allows the voters in a district where a charter school is located and up for renewal to vote on whether the charter school should be renewed. And prevents an entity which sponsors an underperforming charter school from sponsoring new charter schools.
1/10/2019 - Read Second Time (H)

HB42
Burnett: Would require a waiver of counsel for juveniles to be made in writing and in open court, not the juvenile justice system.  Many juveniles, especially in rural MO waive counsel. Juveniles without representation more often do not have their records sealed which makes it harder for them to find employment or enter higher education making it more likely they will wind up in the adult correctional system.
2/26/2019 - Public Hearing Completed (H)

HB686
Schroer: Would end the practice of posting public notices of auctions of public property and sales of realty.
2/20/2019 - Public Hearing Completed (H)

HB445
Dogan: The House also passed a bill to apply all of the CLEAN standards to local governments, but used the bill as a Trojan Horse to essentially end Missouri's sunshine laws and exempt virtually everything we do (or any other government entity does) from transparency.
2/11/2019 - Reported to the Senate and First Read (S)


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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