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MEETING AGENDA FOR SATURDAY, June 2, 2018

VENUE CHANGE! June & July meetings will be held at:

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


Join our meeting and be informed!



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 May 5, 2018
MOPAG General Membership Meeting

Opening:

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

The meeting was convened at 1:30 p.m. by MOPAG board member Tom Flanagan.

Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer Marty Walsh gave a financial report for the month of April 2018. The opening balance was $1,736.82. The closing balance was $1,635.82.


Announcements:

Democratic Candidate Forum
for the Missouri 2nd House District Candidates will be on Saturday, June 2, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., at the Ethical Society. MOPAG is a sponsor and will have a table in the lobby.

MOPAG June and July monthly meetings
will be held at the Grant View Library, 9700 Musick Ave., 63123. After that time the meetings will move back to the St. Louis Public Library Headquarters.

Speakers


Lisa Clancy
, candidate for St. Louis County Council – District 5, spoke about her belief in equity and justice in government, and the negative influence of big money. For additional information visit her website: clancyforcouncil.com.

Bill Haas
, candidate for the Missouri 2nd House District, said that the issues must be addressed in a way that appeals to both Democrats and Republicans. He has a background with the school board and believes that money for college is a must. Haas posits that the two most important issues are that Ann Wagner takes money from the NRA and that the Republicans want to take away everyone’s earned benefits, such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Tom Flanagan
walked the membership through the talking points section of the MOPAG website and urged members to discuss and share the talking points with other like-minded groups.

Mark Goldenberg
, St. Charles Regional Field Director of the MDP, encouraged the group to remember that progressive candidates can win. There are many regional offices opening and there is a need for tables and chairs to be donated to furnish the offices. In addition, everyone was urged to tell any young people they know who are interested in politics to apply for the internship program. The McCaskill campaign will kick of on June 2, and while he understands that some progressives do not totally support McCaskill, is certainly preferable to any Republican. Party talking points will be localized, most frequently surrounding the issues of jobs, healthcare, and education. 

Announcements


The Clean MO and Medical Marijuana ballot initiatives have been filed with the state.

Women’s Voices Raised
monthly meeting will be Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. This month’s topic is entitled ‘Thrivers and Strivers.’

Discussion – MOPAG Future Goals and Priorities


An open discussion was held to discern what the members felt the organization should be accomplishing or striving to accomplish. It was agreed that at this time our main goal was to get progressive democrats elected and as the Republican party has big money, the best way to fight that is to run a good ground game. To that end, members were urged to support candidates by canvassing, fundraising, writing postcards, and finding ways to help ‘get out the vote.’ Anyone interested in writing postcards can contact Jennifer Slavik at Postcards4MO@gmail.comor PM her on Facebook.

The subject of MOPAG’s LISTSERV was raised, asking who should be able to post on it and what are inappropriate topics for posting. Discussion on this matter will continue on June 2.

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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