MCU’s work is organized through intentional campaigns and committee work that support the mission of the organization.
Many MCU congregations conducted Sacred Conversations on Race (+Action) in 2015. Our congregations declared that the place to begin the most effective work addressing structural and systemic racism would be in the areas of education and policing. At the same time, leadership from Liberation Christian Church was identifying a third issue: juvenile court reform. Task forces were developed and a unifying theme emerged:
the school to prison pipeline. The teams began understanding just how this system is limiting prospects for and criminalizing the lives of young people of color.
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Break the Pipeline Campaign or a Working Taskforce
Call your State Legislators:
- Go to: Legislator Lookup to find your state senator and your state representative.
- Tell them: “I am one of the 62% who voted to clean up Missouri politics with Amendment 1 and raise the minimum wage with Prop B. I knew what I was voting for. Do not steal my vote!”
The Missouri State Legislature is stealing your vote – don’t let them get away with this! 62% of voters in Missouri voted to change the way we do politics in Missouri. We voted to:
- end gerrymandering
- severely limit lobbyists’ gifts
- have more transparency
- hire a demographer to draw the district lines and not leave it up to the politicians
- get the big money out of campaigns
WE VOTED FOR and PASSED Amendment 1/CLEAN…NOW there are members of the state senate trying to overturn your vote. While Rep Dean Plocher(Des Peres) says: We’re not overturning the will of the people,” the actions of the Missouri Senate are exactly that.
All of them eliminate the demographer that would have replaced the very partisan method of district creation, hide the data used to create districts, and more. These bills in effect would make it seem like Amendment 1 never existed before it even has a chance to work.
62% of voters in Missouri voted to raise the minimum wage. We voted to raise the wage to by 85 cents every year until we get to $12 by 2023.
Now the Missouri Legislation wants to carve some people out, like those working in private/parochial schools.
Read Rep. Remole’s bill HB1559
62% of the people voted FOR the changes outlined in CLEAN/Amendment 1 and Prop B/Raise Up Missouri(the minimum wage). YOU talked to people to make sure they understood what was at stake and what they were voting for. YOU worked for change and now they want to hold to a status quo that only works for a select group and not the common good.
CALL YOUR SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!!
Tuesday, December 3 is Giving Tuesday, and here are five reasons to invest in MCU. Please consider including Metropolitan Congregations United in your seasonal giving. Either through a one-time contribution or continued giving as a Sustainer, you’ll know that your financial support will always go directly to transforming our community to help those most impacted.
MCU congregations are changing the narrative of black youth and families who are court involved. Our 2019 Public Meeting, When
They #SeeUsSTL, offers the opportunity to hold public officials accountable on three initiatives:
- Raise the Age Now Join the coalition to give this recently-passed law
keeping 17-year-olds out of adult prisons in 2021 an on-time start.
- Restore the St. Louis City Mayor’s Office Commission on Children,
Youth, and Families and hire a Commissioner of Youth Services; and
- Unlock the Vote MO, which restores voting rights to 90,000 Missouri
voters immediately upon their release from prison, and truly expunges juvenile records.
Join us on Sunday, November 3 from 3-4:30pm at Vashon High School, 3035 Cass Ave., St. Louis, MO 63106 (Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/7cr8dHjeBcsXoFiN7)
Let us know you’re coming via EventBrite at https://bit.ly/2nMsFOy
Invite all your local friends, family, and organizations via the EventBrite link (https://bit.ly/2nMsFOy) and Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/2410965682505466/), and make sure to share the Facebook event widely: on your own Facebook page, on any Facebook pages you manage, and any groups you’re in! If you are part of a congregation or organization, contact us for a toolkit to get the word out!
For more information, contact MCU at 314-367-3484 or firstname.lastname@example.org #SeeUsSTL
See you at Vashon High on Nov 3!
Thursday, August 29, 4:00pm at City Hall, 1200 Market Street
This event is open to all, please share. This is not a trivial or symbolic issue. Our communities are crying out for freedom and resources. The Workhouse steals both. The money we are spending on the Workhouse to disastrous effect can be used to fully fund effective violence prevention programs like Cure Violence; to help establish community health, education, and employment centers; to fund youth programs; to support community-based pretrial services, and much, much more.
Facebook Event Here
We are excited to announce the official statewide launch of Missouri’s Medicaid Expansion 2020 Campaign this Labor Day weekend (Friday 8/30-Monday 9/2)! YOU can be a part of this movement as we work to bring healthcare services to over 200,000 MO residents.
To get ready, come to the Volunteer Training on Monday, August 26, 6:30 pm at Peace United Church of Christ, 204 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119.
Volunteer Roles and Skills Needed:
- Signature Gatherers for Community Events
- Signature Gatherers for Congregational Services/Events
- Phone Recruiters
- Social Media Outreach
- Data Entry
Our goal is to get MCU members boots-on-the ground at a variety of Labor Day weekend events with the final roster of events to be determined at the 8/26 training. We also invite all of our member congregations and organizations to host a signature gathering event after their usual services / congregational events. Supplies and support are available for those congregations committing to this effort.
The Missouri Legislature closed on May 17 and the bills that we feared would wipe out our work on Amendment 1 and Prop B failed. That doesn’t mean our work and our votes are safe. Anti-Amendment 1 forces are gearing up for ballot initiatives that proport to “refine” even further what Amendment 1 started. Don’t fall for it! The plan is to hold on to gerrymandering for all it’s worth, to work around campaign finance restrictions but offer up zero lobby gifts as a compromise.
Demarco Davidson, the voter engagement organizer will start presenting Sacred Votes in congregations throughout the St. Louis region this summer. The goal is to knock on doors and make calls educating voters on the 2020 election and how their Amendment 1 votes may be gutted. Some legislators are saying the voters just didn’t understand what they were voting for in the first place.
How many doors did you knock on last summer? How many phone calls did you make? People went to the polls in November informed and they voted for change. And now, here we go again!
Join us on Tuesday, July 16 at 6pm at Ward Chapel AME Church, 11410 Old Halls Ferry Rd, Florissant 63033 for a couple of hours of canvassing. We’ll be talking to the neighbors about the issues that will be front and center for us all: saving Amendment 1, the school to prison pipeline, and more. We’ll train you and supply you. Come and out and meet the community!
School board elections are coming up on April 2, and there are several local school board candidate forums. Please attend your local candidate forum so you can make an informed decision about these people who want to be elected to make decisions regarding our children. Go and ask them:
- where do they stand on Memorandums of Understanding with the police?
- what do they want to do to reduce and eliminate out of school suspension?
- what will they do to keep students from falling into the School to Prison Pipeline?
Candidates for Rockwood School Board Location: Administration Annex, 500 N. Central Ave., Eureka Time: 7-8:30 pm
Candidates for Hazelwood School Board Time: 7-8:30 pm on March 7 Location: HSD Learning Center, 15955 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63031
Candidates for Pattonville School Board Time: 6:30 to 8:00 pm Location: Pattonville Learning Center, 11097 St. Charles Rock Road
Candidates for Kirkwood School Board Time: 7-8:30 pm on March 11 Location: North Kirkwood Middle School Cafeteria, 11287 Manchester Rd., 63122
Candidates for St. Louis City School Board Location: Central Visual & Performing Arts H.S. – 3125 S. Kingshighway, 63139 Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Candidates for Jennings School Board Location: Gary Gore Community Center, 2545 Dorwood, 63136 Time: 6-7:30 pm
Candidates for Mayor of Bellefontaine Neighbors Time: 2:30-4 pm Lewis & Clark Library
Candidates for St. Louis City School Board Location: St. Louis Central Library, 1301 Olive St., 63103 Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Candidates for Parkway School Board Parkway Central Middle School, 471 N Woods Mill Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017 Time: 7-8:30 pm
Every year we support a couple of bills in the Missouri General Assembly. These bills support aspects of our work on Break the Pipeline. Below are the bills we are currently supporting. We will update the progress of these bills, so check back:
HB310: Requires teacher-training institutions in this state receiving state funds to require students to demonstrate proficiency on the concepts of trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions. NOT YET assigned to committee.
This bill is sponsored by Rep. Cora Faith Walker (parts of North St. Louis County)
HB953: Establishes the Interim Joint Committee on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction and Implementation(which will help implement the new Raise the Age bill.) REFERRED to Committee on Children and Families
This bill is sponsored by Rep. Jeff Knight (parts of Southwest Missouri)
HB508: This bill allows anyone convicted of a felony who has been released from prison and is currently on probation or parole to vote. REFERRED to Committee on Elections and Elected Officials
This bill is sponsored by Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr. (parts of St. Louis City)
Call your own state rep and ask them to support these bills in moving legislation that will help decriminalize our children and restore voting rights to returning citizens.
These mass meetings incorporate task force work, training, and new participant orientation. If you’re curious, please come and see what we’re up to and how you can be a part of it!
All regular monthly mass meetings will be at 6:30pm at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd, St. Louis 63108.
November: Public Meeting; date and place TBD
Monthly Task Force meetings
Education Task Force: 4th Thursdays, 6pm @ MCU office, 4501 Westminster Pl., St. Louis, 63108
Juvenile Justice Task Force: 4th Thursdays, 7pm @ First Unitarian Church, 5007 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
St. Charles Task Force: 4th Tuesdays, 7pm @ New Hope Presbyterian, 1580 Kisker Rd, St. Peters, MO 63304
There are so many ways to be a part of MCU’s work! Your financial contribution helps us build the power necessary to develop leaders who move their congregations, organizations, and communities to change public policy for the common good. You may contribute financially via the following:Online:
Credit card: call the MCU office 314-367-3484
Check: make out to “MCU”; mail to MCU, 4501 Westminster Pl., St. Louis, MO 63108
Whichever method you choose, consider becoming an ongoing sustainer by making a monthly contribution.
Call the MCU office for more details: 314-367-3484. Thank you for being a part of this movement!