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May 2, 2024
Phase 1 Complete of the Healthy Families Ballot Initiative!

Since the start of Summer 2023, MCU leaders and our statewide partners have been collecting signatures from their neighbors and community throughout Missouri in support of the Missourians for Healthy Families & Fair Wages Initiative! 🗳️ This ballot initiative campaign aims to ensure that all Missouri voters have the option to voice their opinions for Earned Paid […]

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April 30, 2024
Leader Spotlight: Brian Nikodym

Story by MCU Leader Kelly Bono For MCU leader Brian Nikodym, being an educator is a spiritual calling. His journey to the classroom began when he started working with children in his church, MCU member congregation, St. John’s United Church of Christ. At the time, Brian was working as a computer programer for the U.S. […]

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April 17, 2024
Sustainer Spotlight: Carolyn Redmore

Carolyn Redmore grew up in a farming family in Southwest Louisiana. Although she said it was a modestly privileged white middle-class family that could afford household help, her parents upheld fairness in their treatment of people regardless of status or race. She recalls how in the early 50s her mother worked with her employee to […]

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March 2, 2024
Final Signature Collection Blitz đź—“

Ensure ALL Missourians can Vote to Ensure Paid Sick Leave and Fair Wages this Fall! CALLING ALL RESIDENTS, LEADERS, & CONGREGATIONS IN #STL! We are reaching our completion of Part 2 for our 2024 Ballot Initiative Signature Campaign efforts for the state-wide Missourians for Healthy Families & Fair Wages Initiative alongside our partner the Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Collaborative (MOVE). Read about the […]

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February 26, 2024
BTP News Alert- #KeepKidsinClass!

MCU's Break the Pipeline Team (BTP) and the Advocacy Team of A Red Circle have teamed up to support education legislation this session with a "Testimony" Virtual Action on February 19th! MCU’s Break the Pipeline is a multi-system campaign to end criminalization, mass incarceration and supervision of black youth and adults in the education, police, […]

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February 15, 2024
EJ Intern Spotlight: Torrey Taylor

Torrey grew up in a small rural town in Southern Illinois in a catholic family while attending private catholic school. As long as Torrey can remember, she was always connected to nature. As a youth in a small rural town, much of the ways she connected with friends and her community was through outdoor activities. […]

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October 27, 2023
Leader Spotlight: Sonja Little-Cochren

Ms. Sonja Little-Cochren Member of New Sunnymount Missionary Baptist Church “Leadership is working with a team of people, not just yourself, and its about the mission, vision, and goals you want to accomplish collectively.” Ms. Sonja Little-Cochren Listen to why she does the work! Ms. Sonja first learned about MCU in 2015 when former Director […]

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September 27, 2023
EJ Intern Spotlight: Kelly Bono

Environmental Action is Social Action Guest blog post by Kelly Bono, Spring 2023 Environmental Justice Intern “We can improve outcomes for people by caring for our environment. We just have to dig in.” -Kelly As a social justice advocate that also happens to study ecosystems, I’m very interested in how human social systems, the natural […]

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May 10, 2023
Is the plan backed by Gov. Mike Parson the best “plan” for the youth of St. Louis, Missouri?

Should there be a new youth prison built or should there be a rebuilding of how we handle the school to prison pipeline? The facility proposed in north St. Louis will increase the city's capacity to house youth even as the Hogan Street facility sits more than half empty. Can we reimagine using some of […]

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