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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 September 1, 2018
MOPAG General Membership Meeting

The meeting was held at the St. Louis Public Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131.

The meeting was convened at 1:40 p.m. by MOPAG Chair Steve Reed.

Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer Marty Walsh gave a financial report for the month of July 2018. The opening balance was $1,350.82. The closing balance was $1,324.82.

A motion was made and passed to update the name on the MOPAG bank account to Martin Walsh and to add Steve Reed’s name.

Minutes of the June meeting were approved as posted.

Announcements


Steve Reed informed the group that, after a formidable blowback from the public, the Missouri Democratic Party re-voted and decided to NOT include the verbiage which supported acceptance of pro-life stances. MOPAG, under our two co-chair’s signatures, sent a letter to Stephen Webber expressing that our group supported the original language supporting reproductive rights.

Reed reminded everyone to support Democrats by donating through ‘It Starts Today-Missouri’, and by taking home a yard sign for Claire McCaskill and/or Erica Hoffman.

September 8,
Rise for Climate with be holding thousands of rallies around the WORLD to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. The St. Louis event will begin at Harris-Stowe. See: riseforclimate.org.

September 16,
opportunities to canvas for Cort VonOstran are available.

September 29,
plans are being made for a Missouri State Progressive Summit to be held in Columbia, MO.

All Tuesdays prior to Nov. 6,
people will be gathering at Deb Lavender’s to make phone calls and clean up the VAN database.

Ongoing Events.
Sue Flanagan discussed the 100K Stronger postcard GOTV effort. Packets of postcards were handed out to willing members and they were asked to return them to Flanagan or Diane Kasten at the October MOPAG meeting (stamped preferred but optional). THEY ARE NOT TO BE MAILED OUT! Kasten said she would pick them up from individuals if they had no way of returning them. We will then deliver to Indivisible St. Louis who will mail them en masse in mid to late October. VAN cleanup (including phone calling) will be held every Tuesday prior to the election at Deb Lavender’s office.

Speakers


Pat White,
of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, spoke about the council’s effort to diversify and educate its members. (Some apprentices, White said, do not know how to read a ruler.) Speakers are present at their monthly meetings for education and also to encourage members to get politically involved. The unions raised $17 million for the ‘Vote No on Prop A’ campaign, and the national AFL sent staff and helped with outreach into the African American community, Bosnians, and Latinos.  They also have a BUD (Building Union Diversity) program which is an eight-week program to educate and train new people from minority communities. There are numerous active constituency groups, such as LGBT, women’s, and Latino’s, who meet monthly and do reporting. In addition, they engage with veteran’s organizations and the clergy. The council has endorsed CleanMO. In regard to a resurgence of ‘right to work,’ White said that he believes that while the Governor and Mike Kehoe said they are not interested, there will probably be an attempt to pass it through the House but it will most likely die in the Senate.

Bill Otto
, candidate for MO HD 65, talked about his campaign. He has knocked on 5,000 doors as he believes people need to get to know the person who might be their state representative. He supports labor, working families, marijuana ballot initiatives, believes that CleanMO is good, but not a panacea, and wants to educate the people about how Jeff City spends their money.

Mike LaBozzetta
, candidate for MO HD 99, an attorney for small startups, said that he believes small businesses should have a fair shot at success - which does not necessitate the elimination of all regulations. As the unions are urging their members to stay involved in the political system, he wants to let them know that if ‘right to work’ re-appears on the MO House floor, his opposition will support it. In addition, he explained how Jeff City has lowered the standards of the school system requirements in order to pass what they can call a ‘fully funded’ school budget.


The first ever MOPAG raffle was held and $90 was raised. The winner of $10 worth of Missouri lottery tickets was (drumroll, please…) Susan Turk!

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:40 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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