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MISSOURI PROGRESSIVE ACTION GROUP

MEETING AGENDA FOR SATURDAY, June 1, 2019

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

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


MEETING AGENDA FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019
Grant View Library, 9700 Musick Ave. 63123

Please sign-in and get your raffle tickets prior to the meeting.

1:30 - Welcome, Steve Reed
Approval of Minutes, Diane Kasten
Treasurer’s Report, Marty Walsh
Announcements, All

1:45 - Climate Justice Presentation
Ken Denson
of the Climate Reality Project will give an update on the unfolding climate crisis and speak to the impacts on environmental and social justice. Discussion of policies to be supported and actions members can take.

3:00 - MOPAG’s Support of Upcoming Elections, Steve Reed

3:10 - Open discussion, All
Members are encouraged to share experiences about events they have attended, future MOPAG topics, process improvements, etc.

3:25 - Raffle, Diane Kasten

3:30 - Adjournment

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.


SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

1. Educate yourself and communicate to your friends, family, and public. https://www.goodreads.com/genres/climate-change      

The science: https://skepticalscience.com/Welcome-to-Skeptical-Science.html 

The politics: https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-change

The U.S.impacts. https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/climate-impacts_.html

2. Reduce your carbon emissions. https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/consider-your-impact/carbon-calculator/
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/how-your-diet-affects-climate-change

3. Support political candidates who recognize the climate challenge. http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/  and  https://voteclimatepac.org/voters-guide/   (will be updated for 2020 election)

4. ***Support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.***  https://citizensclimatelobby.org/energy-innovation-and-carbon-dividend-act/

5. Join advocacy group.   https://billmoyers.com/2014/02/07/five-groups-leading-the-charge-to-halt-climate-change/  Participate in climate protests on-going in St Louis. https://www.facebook.com/sunrisemovementstl/

6. Donate to Climate Science Legal Defense Fund https://www.csldf.org/ and National Center for Science Education in the schools: https://ncse.com/

7. Consider climate change investing.    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/business/climate-change-funds-profit-global-warming.html

8. Engage local government. St Louis County still needs to adopt the new building standards code to reduce CO2 emissions and pollution. Contact your district council member.

This handout will be furnished with hyperlinks to mopag@googlegroups

MOPAG.org and to MOPAG facebook.



MOPAG Minutes for May 4, 2019
MOPAG General Membership Meeting

The meeting was convened at 1:30 p.m. by MOPAG Chair Steve Reed. 

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Marty Walsh gave a financial report:
4/1/19      Balance            $579.82
                Dues                $   15.00
               Library rental   -$    60.00
5/1/19     Balance            $534.82

Minutes of the 6th April meeting were approved.

Announcements:

Trish Gunby, democratic candidate for the 99th state house district spoke asking for financial and volunteer support.  She is running for an open seat in a special election on November 5th 2019.
Concord Township will hold a MOLEG wrap-up May 22th at 7 pm to assess damage done this Missouri session. Many elected officials in attendance.

Our June 1st meeting will feature Ken Denson speaking on climate change/climate justice.

Speakers:
Municipal league executive director Pat Kelly and St. Louis American columnist Mike Jones spoke on Better Together’s plan for a city-county merger.

Kelly talked about how BT claims they allowed municipalities to participate in their process when they did not. BT would take money from the municipalities to accomplish their goals. BT is using a statewide vote to effect their goals because they know a local vote would not pass. The Missouri regions outside of St Louis have 77% of the state’s voters and could vote to take away our right to local control and self-determination. This is unfair to city and county voters.  The powerful new “supermayor” would get to develop the new charter and 2/3 of the new council would have to reject it to prevent it going into effect.  It could only be changed by a 2/3 majority of voters.  It would be impossible to stop or amend. BT is taking away our right for self-determination because they know no one would want to live under this form of government.
Kelly said it was really about tax reform. It eliminates the city earnings and payroll tax. It eliminates the board of aldermen and replaces city government with a 5 member appointed council to pay down city debt and manage pension liability. The city loses 1/3 of its revenue that pays for services.  It also cuts county property taxes by half.  Currently the county needs to increase taxes or drastically cut services so cutting the property tax would result in massive service cuts. It doesn’t make financial sense. The county would have to cut 3,500 employees including 500 to1000 police.  Kelly said rather than this merger plan, having the city re-enter the county as a municipality would be acceptable. BT has an ideological agenda that has nothing to do with making government better.

Mike Jones, who was an advisor to former County Exec Charlie Dooley and chief of staff to former city Mayor Clarence Harmon, spoke about strategies to defeat BT and then where we go from there. He philosophized that we think everyone can govern in the USA.  Many can govern badly.  Few can govern well. He talked about the BT staff who he deemed unqualified to create a governance plan. No actual government leaders or people who know what the actual problems are were involved in creating the BT plan. Jones thought their presumption that fragmentation is bad is a logical fallacy that the business community is fixated on. Government structure is not responsible for our population loss and lack of growth as compared to the rest of the country. It has more to do with demographic and economic trends in our region.
Lively discussion followed.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Susan Turk/Steve Reed



Township Guide

Want to get involved but not sure How/Where? Here's a link to the St. Louis County Democrats Township Guide.



Winner Takes All

View Jeff Dickler's presentation of the atrocious Winner Takes All polotics we're fooled into thinking is a democracy. Documentation is found HERE.



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