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We’re building a democracy that works for all of us – and includes all of us

Pledge to use your power to protect our democracy, take care of our neighbors, and support fellow Missourians during this election season whether that be by voting, protesting, or keeping each other safe. Make this pledge, to counter forces of bigotry, racism, and hate nationally and locally.

We have a clear vision for a better future: by coming together, we can make sure that all of us — no matter our race, income, or zip code — have all we need to thrive. By coming together, the will of people will win the day.

Sign this petition to get plugged into existing work happening across our state, led by Missourians, for Missourians. We can keep each other safe. We choose us.


Honor the legacy of John Lewis and our continued fight for Civil Rights – Vote No on 3​

Honor the legacy of John Lewis and our continued fight for Civil Rights - Vote No on 3

An important message from leaders Gwen Grant, Dr. Rev. Vernon Howard, and Rev. Rodney Williams; Members of the Kansas City Workers’ Rights Board

Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society. - quote from John Lewis

In our effort to honor the legacy of John Lewis, we must all continue to come together to fight against policies that perpetuate injustice. This year the most important fight in front of us will be at the ballot box when we come together and vote No on Amendment 3.

Missourians from all walks of life, including a majority of Black voters, overwhelmingly passed Clean Missouri in 2018.  This groundbreaking measure moved our state away from politician-controlled maps that deprived most voters of a choice or voice, and instead required legislative districts to be drawn to promote fairness and competitiveness. Clean Missouri also enshrined protections for Black and Brown voters in our state constitution — something that did not exist before this voter-approved initiative. Amendment 3 was written and put on the ballot to not just dismantle Clean Missouri, but to overturn and ignore the will of Missouri voters and diminish the power of Black and Brown communities.

The Kansas City Urban League, the Kansas City NAACP, and the Kansas City Southern Christian Leadership Conference are part of the broad coalition to vote no and defeat Amendment 3, because it would dilute the political voice of Black Missourians. Amendment 3 is a racist gerrymandering proposal written by politicians and lobbyists. It would change our state constitution to decrease the political representation of Black and Brown communities in our state government.  

As leaders of the major civil rights organizations in Kansas City, we participated in a public hearing in June with Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action.  At the hearing, we examined the specific ways Amendment 3 would further racism in our political institutions and weaken Black political power. The harm this proposal could cause would be detrimental for decades to come.

The impact of Amendment 3 is likely (or expected) to reduce the number of legislators elected from Black and brown communities.  It would also make Missouri the first and only state to NOT count its total population when drawing its legislative maps. Instead, Amendment 3 would mandate that legislative maps be drawn based on the number of eligible voters. This would effectively erase 1.5 million Missourians, most of whom are children, from representation in our state legislature. The architect of this racist proposal, the late Thomas Hoefeller, even said that it would be “advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.”

The fight to defeat Amendment 3 is part of our modern civil rights struggle.  It is the fight of John Lewis, it is the fight of C.T. Vivian, it is the fight of Martin Luther King, and it is the fight of Black Lives Matter.  In an era where the President of the United States refuses to condemn white supremacy, now more than ever we must fight for the “more fair, more just society” John Lewis called us to create.

We who believe in freedom cannot rest.  Let us not be tricked by this most recent attempt to deceive us.  Let us send a clear message on November 3rd that we will not let racist forces take away what we have all fought so hard to win and protect.  This November 3rd, we strongly encourage you to join us and vote No on Amendment 3.


Medicaid Expansion Passes!

We are overwhelmed with this victory!

We have been calling on our lawmakers in Jefferson City to expand Medicaid for nearly a decade. We’ve had family members and friends who have been forced to go without healthcare, and we have carried their stories in every lobby visit to demand Medicaid expansion, in every conversation and signature to put Amendment 2 on the ballot, and in every phone call with hundreds of Missourians to make a voting plan and claim this victory.

We saw out-of-state interests, billionaires, and the politicians they bankroll try to distract and divide Missourians with racist lies. And we showed that when we are committed to justice together, we can defeat these attacks, put our values on the ballot, and win.

Thank you for all of your support. Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you for talking to hundreds of voters to get this on the ballot and talking to thousands of voters to get us to this big victory!

It is because of our powerful movement that we were able to win tonight. We cannot slow down. Our opposition will mount even bigger attacks in November.

Our opposition has organizations fueled by corporations and deep pockets. People need powerful organizations too. Building the power we need starts with becoming a Missouri Jobs with Justice member.

Our powerful movement has raised Missouri’s minimum wage, defeated so-called “right to work” bills, and now expanded Medicaid. By building our power, we will once again come together against the politicians who want to divide us against each other. Together, we will say NO to Amendment 3 in November and all attempts by the wealthiest 1% to dilute our power or rig the rules only for themselves.

Thank you again for all of your hard work and support. We are building the better Missouri that we all deserve – together.


Medicaid Expansion on Aug 4th Ballot

Breaking News: Missourians will vote on Medicaid Expansion on August 4th!

After nearly a decade of legislative inaction the grassroots coalition anchored by Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action activists is just one step away from achieving Medicaid Expansion in Missouri. We gathered 40,000 signatures from union halls, church basements, festivals and fairs and now we will have the opportunity to vote Medicaid Expansion into law on August 4th.

This is going to be a quick campaign, but over the next 7 weeks we will have to reach out and talk to our friends, family and neighbors to ensure that the 230,000 hardworking Missourians locked in the coverage gap finally get the healthcare coverage that they need.

Sign on now to fight for Medicaid Expansion in Missouri!

One Step Closer to Medicaid Expansion

On Friday, May 1st after countless months of talking to voters and gathering signatures across the state, we turned in nearly 350,000 signatures to expand Medicaid! This is an important step in expanding care for more than 230,000 Missourians!

Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action volunteers were the rock of these campaigns, collecting more than 40,000 signatures from all across the state.

Let us know that you personally support expanding Medicaid by endorsing here.

Thank you to everyone who collected signatures, signed petitions, engaged their friends and neighbors and chipped in to make this happen! Without people like you this would not have been possible.

Especially during these turbulent times, please take a moment to celebrate this monumental accomplishment! Because of dedicated supporters like you who started this important work early, the Healthcare for Missouri campaign was able to turn-in more than twice the number of signatures needed to put this life-saving initiative on our November ballot.

We are ready to keep going to make sure our state puts people over politics and profits by expanding Medicaid to more than 230,000 of our neighbors.