Advocacy Alert & Update
Actions Needed NOW!

Bills are moving fast in Jefferson City, some even reaching the House and Senate Floor for debate and passage last week. Immediate actions are needed and are outlined below.

  • The Senate Emerging Issues Committee held hearings that would restrict children's ability to play sports and then moved SB 39 onto the full Senate. Here is JCRC's testimony.
  • Contact our Senator and tell them to vote no on SB 39.

And there are more hearings happening this week on many of these issues, notably on Tuesday the Senate Education and Workforce Development will hear the SB 134, "Don't Say Gay" and the Senate Emerging Issues Committee will hear two bill regarding inability to change birth certificates.

This Thursday, Feb. 9, is Education Lobby Day in Jefferson City, sponsored by the Missouri Education Equity Partnership. I have space in the minivan if you want to join me.

And lastly, mark your calendar for a Virtual Interfaith Town Hall on Feb. 23 on Clean Slate Expungement, a priority issue for JCRC. This will be followed by a Clean Slate Expungement Lobby Day on March 8.

Thank you for your advocacy.
Cheryl Adelstein
Deputy Director
For More Information

There are many great resources to keep up-to-date on the issues referenced above. Please check out these links and register for these updates based on your issue preferences.
Changes to the Citizen Initiative Petition and Voting Rights

Protect A Child's Right to Play and Access to Critical Health Care

Medicaid and Other Healthcare and Tax Issues

Upcoming Lobby Days

Lobby days are a great way to engage with legislators and staff on issues important to you, and learn your way around the Capitol.
Education Equity Lobby Day
Thursday, February 9 | 9:45 - 12:00 PM
Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
Tuition Equity Lobby Day
Wednesday, February 15 | 9 AM-3:30 PM
Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
Hosted by Missouri Immigration Policy Coalition
Clean Slate Expungement Lobby Day
Wednesday, March 8 | TBD
Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
Upcoming JCRC Programs
Virtual Town Hall - Why Faith Leaders Believe in a Clean Slate
Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30-8:00 PM
Sponsored by Clean Slate Expungement Coalition

Join Missouri faith leaders for a conversation about forgiveness, community healing, and automatic expungement. Clean Slate would offer a second chance to Missouri families who have been held back by a criminal record. Learn about the current legislation and how to support advocacy efforts at this virtual event.
Advocacy in Action: Leading through Uncertainty
March 3-5, 2023: Registration Now Open
Sheraton Westport Plaza
Presented by NCJWSTL
Co-sponsored by JCRC and the Jewish Council on Public Affairs
Join NCJW in St. Louis March 3-5, 2023 for a full weekend of workshops and speakers with plenty of time to share best practices and learn from each other. Workshops will include learning how to advocate, social media for advocacy, how to write letters to the editor, creating coalitions, reaching outside for support, and other topics that will help you move forward on the issues of importance to all of us.