Members of EXPO(EX-incarcerated People Organizing) and Our Lives Matter staged a protest in front of the Missouri governor’s mansion on Thursday, October 15. They were drawing attention to Governor Parson’s disregard for the prison population suffering from COVID-19. EXPO members Tracy Stanton and Our Lives Matter founder Maria Miller called for the reasonable release of infected persons and to have CDC guidelines enacted throughout the Missouri Department of Corrections(MDOC).
Speakers cited deaths and infections of loved ones, lack of proper medical care, retaliation, denying of communication with loved ones, lack of proper PPE protocols for both staff and the incarcerated, and intentional delays in scheduled releases.
Parson has called for investigations into veteran deaths at veteran facilities (HERE), but he has blatantly ignored rampant spread and abuses in the prisons despite continued calls and actions by EXPO, Our Lives Matter and other groups advocating for those in MDOC facilities. These organizations sent a letter to the governor in March that has yet to be addressed. Read it HERE
Other speakers and where their loved once are held included:
- Paulette Stampley, wife/Pacific Correction Center
- Tamron Coleman, mother/Bonne Terre Correction Center
- Diane Lowe, mother/Moberly Correction Center
View the video of the event HERE
For more information about EXPO, email MCU-EXPO@mcustl.com