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Clean Missouri Amendment

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The Clean Missouri Amendment passed a vote of the people by an almost 2-to-1 margin in 2018, after a year-long signature gathering effort by Missouri citizens and a statewide campaign. The amendment curbed the power of lobbyists in Jefferson City and stopped gerrymandering of our state legislature. Gerrymandering is the practice of protecting politicians in safe districts so voters cannot hold them accountable.
Now Jefferson City politicians have a new plan they’re sending to the ballot — to overturn the fair map rules put into law by voters in 2018, and to further gerrymander our state. It would take away transparency and due process, weaken protections for communities of color, and allow Missouri’s gerrymandering to become more extreme than any other state legislature in the country.
This is not a Zoom to be missed! Sean Soendker Nicholson has been a driving force behind the Clean Missouri coalition since 2016. He’s known statewide as a champion of democracy and a campaign guru. He lives in Kansas City, MO, with his wife, Trista, and two sons, Judah and Abram.
 
Chair of the Tzedek Team, Benj Singer, worked on the Clean Missouri campaign in 2018. He will engage Soendker Nicholson in conversation about what will be on our ballots in November. The two will take your questions. Lively conversation and debate is welcome.
 
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Nicky Rainey
Communications Chair, Tzedek Team
 
P.S. The Tzedek Team is looking for new members! Interested? Contact benjamin.d.singer@gmail.com and let us know what social action topics you are interested in--tell us here.

Medicaid expansion statement

The Kol Rinah Board has voted to endorse Missouri Medicaid expansion which is on the ballot of the upcoming state-wide election on August 4th, 2020.
 
Currently, Missouri has one of the 3 lowest income limits for state Medicaid eligibility leaving many people in Missouri without access to affordable healthcare. Someone who is childless is not eligible irrespective of their income. A single parent with 2 children who makes above $3600 a year is not eligible for Medicaid. Medicaid expansion would provide access to health insurance for around 300,000 additional people in Missouri who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level. This amounts to an income of only about $26,000 a year for a family of 3.
 
Billions of dollars that Missourians pay in federal taxes that currently are spent elsewhere would be sent back to Missouri with Medicaid expansion through federal government payments. Many of our hospitals can be helped and thousands of jobs will be both saved and created as a result of the influx of money back into the state.  

Are you interested in getting involved with Kol Rinah Social Action?

Kol Rinah Tzedek Team (Social Action) Mission
The Social Action Team builds a relational culture of pursuing tzedek, or justice, at Kol Rinah. We aim to be the rallying point for tzedek in our community. Furthermore, we seek to develop leaders within our community who can advance the cause of tikkun olam, repairing the world, locally and globally. 
Interested in being involved, Contact: benjamin.d.singer@gmail.com
 
Kol Rinah Social Action Survey
Please take a few minutes to tell us what social action topics you are interested in:
Thu, July 9 2020 17 Tammuz 5780