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THIS WEEK! Join us for the Wine & Wisdom Book Club
When: Wednesday, July 21 | 6:30 PM CT
Where: Zoom Meeting

Come learn and socialize with other NCJWSTL members and friends as we explore fiction and non-fiction books that delve into social justice topics.

Our next book will be "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning," by Cathy Park Hong. What happens when an immigrant believes the lies they're told about their own racial identity?

The daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up in America steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. She would later understand that these minor feelings occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality. With sly humor and a poet's searching mind, Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness. A radically honest work of art, Minor Feelings, forms a portrait of one Asian-American psyche and of a writer's search to both uncover and speak the truth.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Jen Bernstein at jbernstein@ncjwstl.org.
Democracy at Work: How States Are on the Front Line of Protecting the Right to Vote
When: Tuesday, July 20 | 12:00 PM CT
Where: Zoom Meeting

States truly served as laboratories for democracy during the past year, expanding access to voting during the COVID-19 pandemic and leading the highest turnout election in a hundred years.

Election and pro-voter reforms such as mail voting, same-day registration, and early voting, have never mattered more. And yet, there are coordinated campaigns in some states to eliminate or curtail commonsense policies that helped Americans vote last year and in every election cycle. Throughout the country, voting rights are under assault.

More than 360 anti-voter bills have been introduced in state legislatures to block Americans from voting.

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund and State Innovation Exchange Action for a discussion on what is it like to be on the front lines of these attacks and what state leaders are doing to combat them. CAP Action Founder John Podesta will moderate a discussion with Stacey Abrams, followed by a panel of state legislators moderated by voting rights reporter, Ari Berman.

This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.
Identify and Respond to Sex Trafficking
When: Friday, July 30 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT
Where: Zoom Meeting

Education is the key to combating human trafficking.

Join Gateway Human Trafficking in this event honoring World Day Against Human Trafficking to learn about emerging areas of risk through a discussion designed to reduce the likelihood of being trafficked and reducing demand for trafficked persons.

Speakers include Catherine Connelly, Assistant United States Attorney - Western District of Missouri, and Derrick Wilczek, Overland Park Police Detective, Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force Officer, Kansas City Division.

Please click here to register for what should be an eye-opening event.
August Lunch & Learn:
Legislative Session Wrapup with Jason Hancock
When: Thursday, August 19 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT
Where: Zoom Meeting

NCJWSTL is thrilled to welcome Jason Hancock, editor-in-chief of The Missouri Independent, for our August Lunch and Learn, where he will provide a recap of the 2021 legislative session, including the recent special session on birth control access.  

Jason Hancock has been writing about Missouri since 2011, most recently as a lead political reporter for The Kansas City Star. He has spent nearly two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest and has a track record of exposing government wrongdoing and holding elected officials accountable

Please click here to RSVP and receive your login information. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Bernstein at jbernstein@ncjwstl.org.
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Interesting Reading
According to a report released by the Guttmacher Institute last Thursday, 2021 is already the worst year for abortion rights in the United States.

Ninety abortion restrictions have been enacted by state legislatures (including Missouri) in the first half of 2021 alone.

We need to fight harder than ever to protect and expand abortion access.

Click here to read Carrie N. Baker's article in Ms. Magazine about the all-out assault against abortion rights.