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In early 2011, a group of St. Louis area progressives met to establish a network of activists anxious to influence public debate about issues of vital importance to Missouri and the nation. Progressives traditionally have worked on behalf of the members of society with the least power and influence. At various times in American history, circumstances have led to a concentration of wealth and poltical power in the hands of a very few individuals and corporations. It is during those times when progressives must pull the country back to a more democratic representation in the political process. This is one of those times. Working and middle class families have been losing ground for over two decades while more and more wealth has shifted up the income scale. Power is never given up voluntarily. There is much work to be done.

The purpose of the organization is to educate members and engage them in actions that will strengthen the voice of working and middle class families in public discourse and decision making. To accomplish these goals, the members focus will be on the following specific strategies:


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Chair: Steve Reed, Vice Chair: Susan Turk,
Secretary: Diane Kasten, Treasurer: Marty Walsh,
Board members: Tom Flanagan, Susan Flanagan, Bonnie Boime and Don Logue.

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Unity = Victory

The Missouri Progressive Action Group supports the goals of the framers of the U.S. Constitution and works toward implementing those values in American society.

We are "PREAMBLE PATRIOTS" proudly aligning America’s values with its deeds.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We, the People of the United States,

Not “We, the corporations, lobbyists, thieves and miscreants” Our Founders challenged us, “the people,” to build a democracy and to defend it against tyrants.

In Order to Form a more Perfect Union,

We are the UNITED States and are stronger together than any state is alone. We help each other when disaster strikes. We rely on federal agencies to protect us from polluters, Wall Street gamblers and profiteers who would willingly unravel the social compact we have with each other.

Establish Justice,

This is one of the noblest goals of human endeavor, never to be achieved perfectly, but always to be in front of us as the goal. Economic justice requires that those who work and produce the wealth share proportionately in the rewards their work creates. Social justice inspires us to respect the basic human rights of all people and to treat each other fairly. The bedrock of a just and fair society is a truly independent and impartial court system, including public defenders when needed.

Insure Domestic Tranquility,

The most effective way to reduce crime and violent behavior against each other is for people to feel in control of their lives. Productive and rewarding employment, access to affordable educational opportunities and health care, and a voice in decision making, give people a sense of empowerment. Citizens with a vested interest in their community protect and defend it. That is why we must have election procedures that allow every voter equal access to the ballot box and voting equipment that cannot be compromised.

Provide for the Common Defence,

President Eisenhower warned us as he left office not to let the military-industrial complex take over our economy. The Cold War forced us to spend inordinate amounts of wealth on military machines. Now the War on Terror has replaced the Cold War as the justification for the theft of billions of our hard-earned dollars every year. We do not “support the troops” by sending them into wars that cannot be won by military means. We must break the stranglehold of the military-industrial-private contractor complex on our economy. The new threats around the world require multi-dimensional intelligence gathering, criminal prosecution, and coordination with allies, not massive troop deployments. And, of course, the best way to defend ourselves against enemies is not to make them in the first place.

Promote the General Welfare,

Healthy families and communities are intrinsically valuable. Human rights are “inalienable,” and no one class of people should be allowed to confiscate all the resources for their personal use. All American citizens and guests of our country deserve to be protected from threats to their health and safety by corporations that pollute our air, water and land. People should not have to work themselves to death in dangerous mines, factories or packing houses. Children need education and opportunities to expand their talents. Health care is a right, not a luxury.

and Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity,

We celebrate our freedom and welcome the responsibilities that freedom entails. We covenant with one other to protect and defend the strong foundation of our democracy. We must not let corporate masters control our lives and the future of our children. The enemy within is more dangerous than the enemy abroad because we willingly cede our rights in exchange for comfort and imagined safety.

Do Ordain and Establish this Constitution of the United States of America.

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

---Thomas Jefferson