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MISSOURI PROGRESSIVE ACTION GROUP

MEETING AGENDA FOR SATURDAY, May 4, 2019

NOTE LOCATION:
GRANT'S VIEW LIBRARY, 9700 MUSICK AVENUE, 63123

(For the next six months, MOPAG will be meeting at the Grants View Branch of the St. Louis County Library, at Gravois and Musick Rd)


May 4th Meeting:

The Saturday, May 4th MOPAG general membership meeting will focus on the Better Together Plan to merge St. Louis City and County. Speakers will be St. Louis American Columnist Mike Jones and St. Louis Municipal League Executive Director Pat Kelly.

Meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and take place at the Grants View Branch of the St. Louis County Public  Library

Please renew your membership dues of $15 and send to MOPAG at PO Box 220743, St. Louis, MO 63122 or bring to the meeting.

Please note:

Musick Road is be closed at Gravois Road for road construction. The library recommends accessing the Grant’s View Branch via Tesson Ferry Road.

From Musick and Tesson Ferry Road:

Turn north on Musick (about 1.2 miles

Turn east onto Richmond Calvary Dr.

The entrance to the library parking lot will be on your left.

However, if you come to the library via Gravois Road you will find a marked detour using Baptist Church road which leads to Tesson Ferry Road (see above). A SHORTCUT from Gravois is to take Baptist Church, make the first left on Cosmos, right on Clearwater, then left on Larkspur which goes to Musick, then make a left to the library.

Click on the map below for directions to the library:

Map showing location of Grant's View Library

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)



MOPAG Minutes for April 6, 2019
MOPAG General Membership Meeting

The meeting was convened at 1:40 p.m. by MOPAG Chair Steve Reed. 

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Marty Walsh gave a financial report:

3/1/19      $461.82

4/1/19      $579.82     Increase due to membership and raffle.

Minutes of the March  meeting were approved with correction for Al Gerber as committeeman for Missouri River township.

Announcements

Trish Gunby, active with WeCAN organization, announced she is running as a Democrat for the 99th HD given that the Republican rep there, Jean Evans, has taken the position as Executive Director of the MO Republican Party. Two months have passed without the Governor calling a special election, and the law does not have a time limit for calling a special election.

There will be on April 10th a cross-partisan Show Me Integrity (SMI) coalition in Jefferson City for a day to advocate and get trained so you can go back home and help pass state and local reforms.                 
10am-1pm: Training, lunch, and rally     1pm-3pm: Advocacy  - Defend ballot initiatives and empower everyday citizens,- Protect local control (especially in light of "Better Together")- Ban dark money- Fix our broken elections by allowing ranked-choice, automatic registration. See their FB page.

Anne Marshall, previous MOPAG speaker and candidate for the STLCC Board of Trustees, won her election.

Steve Reed mentioned that Show Me Integrity has a ballot initiative for St Louis City to implement  “Approval Voting” in elections. This means voters choose as many candidates as they want in the “primary”, and the top 2 vote/approval getters then compete in a runoff. SMI needs to get 20,000 signatures by March 20th 2020.

Speakers

Elad Gross,  a former assistant attorney general in the MO AG’s office,  is running for Attorney General of Missouri. He spoke on service -501C(3) ,and political 501c(4) non-profit organizations and the laws that apply to each. Missouri did not have any 501c(4) limits for contributions to candidates, then set limits more recently. However there are no limits on money flowing from a 501c(4) to a PAC. Prior to the 2016 election A New Missouri Inc PAC received 33 million dollars, with $13 million going to Greitens and much of the balance going to 7 other organizations managed by Nick Ayers. It is extremely difficult to get disclosure on who the donors were, with the AG Missouri thwarting Elad’s efforts. Elad has also subpoenaed Senator Josh Hawley to get information on contributors to his Senate campaign, to include A New Missouri Inc. , and that is still being fought in court.

He also said that a C4 does not have to disclose donors to the IRS(where they have to register for C4 status) for nearly three years after initial filing, which means they can be created to support a campaign, then go out of existence so that the IRS never does find out who the donors are. This makes it difficult to have a good handle on foreign money coming into our elections. See more on this issue here https://theintercept.com/2016/08/03/citizens-united-foreign-money-us-elections/.  

The MO AG-Eric Schmitt- has a lot of power to get documents from C(3) and C(4) organizations, but  chooses not to do so. HB 1026- the End Dark Money Act, introduced by Rep Peter Meredith, is unlikely to get far in this House.

Susan Turk said that a person elected to the St Louis City school board on April 2nd had $20,000 in help from Public School Allies PAC in Falls Church VA. This money paid for several thousand flyers sent out to voters.

In short, here in Missouri and throughout the US, whether a Democratic or Republican PAC are involved,  we citizens have little to no accountability or transparency when it comes to Dark Money, and if elected Atty General Elad Gross intends to correct that.  See this link for more on why he is running: https://www.eladgross.org/why
 
Susan Turk
 provided a legislative update by sharing information on various bills which are being submitted to the Missouri legislature. 

HCS-HB581—This year’s charter school bill has been amended from allowing charters to open in all counties in the state with a population greater than 30,000 to just the entirety of St. Louis County. Resistance to opening charter schools in their own rural school districts in still strong among the Rs but they are being pressured by their leadership to widen the toehold charters have in the state so now the ask has been distilled down to expansion through St. Louis County.  Unless you want to kiss your neighborhood schools goodbye, I strongly recommend you contact your state reps and senators, especially those of you who have R reps and encourage them to vote No on this bill.

SB160, sponsor Libla This year’s voucher, excuse me, tuition tax credit bill is set to be perfected April 8 and them will move to the House.  Like all tax credit bills, it deprives the state general revenue fund of money impacting the state’s ability to fund everything else. Ask your reps to vote No

HB575 Sponsor  Dohrman allows institutions of higher learning to appoint one or more faculty or staff members as campus protection officers—was amended by Jared Taylor to allow everyone to conceal carry on campus. Prevents schools from restricting guns from being carried on campus, adds STEM scholarship as a honey pot..  The bill needs one more vote to pass in the House before it moves to the Senate.  Moms Demand Action is opposing this bill. Ask your reps to vote No.

HB573 sponsor Dohrman and SB 259 Romine permit those accused of sexual assault on campus to ask for a hearing before the state’s Administrative Hearing Commission which takes their procedure off campus.  Sponsors are claiming this will extend due process protections for the accused.  Opponents fear it will discourage victims from coming forward with complaints against their assailants.  The bills pit women and women’s rights advocates against African American men and civil rights advocates because a disproportionate percentage of the sexual assault complaints on campuses are made against African American male students.

The bills on allowing concealed carry on campus and allowing administrative hearing for sexual assault accusers are all opposed by institutions of higher learning in the state.

HB573 was voted do pass on March 14.  SB259 was on the informal calendar for perfection for April 8. The NAACP supports these bills.  Women’s groups oppose them.

HB 1062 Eminent Domain Steve Reed stated that HB 1062 was a proposed change to eminent domain law intended to block implementation of the Grain Belt Express wind power project and should be opposed.

SB 293 would create new felony criminal offences involving critical infrastructure. This is an ALEC inspired bill intended to discourage civil disobedience/protests at fossil fuel type installations/infrastructure by increasing protest penalties from a misdemeanor to a felony.

HB 559 Bonnie Boime stated that HB 559, perfected, would stop towns from passing ordinances to ban the use of working animals.

HB 204, perfected, which treats the rules for confiscation of animals, is opposed by the Humane Society and the ASPCA because of likely increased physical abuse of animals. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Steve Reed/Susan Turk


Township Guide

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