missouri government

Okay so in Missouri we have a heavily funded alternatives to abortion program, which in itself is okay because yeah, help out women who aren’t comfortable with abortion but can’t afford a child. They exist and deserve support.

But recently a bill was proposed that would require medical facilities to be completely honest and factual about women’s health, because this is a REALLY big issue. State funded clinics are currently pretty much under a gag order when it comes to discussing abortion services.

Republicans are fighting this as hard as they can because “ [they] looked at the bill as overstepping those bounds and discriminating against religious groups that want to express their free speech rights and freely assemble,” (Wallingford).

That’s right, folks. Requiring medical professionals to be completely honest about women’s health is infringing on religious rights and freedom of speech.

But like, somehow, people like Wallingford haven’t had much to say about other republicans literally shitting all over actual freedom of speech and assembly (18 states so far have had legislation proposed punishing peaceful protestors).

I just really hate the Missouri government guys.

Missouri Reps Might Ban Steak and Seafood for Food Stamp Recipients

Last week, the Washington Post published an essay describing first-hand the stigmatization suffered by those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or “food stamps.” The article, “The poor are treated like criminals everywhere, even at the grocery store,” explains yet another example of how we criminalize those who need government assistance.

“Want to see a look of pure hatred?” writer Jeanine Grant Lister begins. “Pull out an EBT card at the grocery store.”

Lessons to learn from Ferguson

The Police have no accountability anymore:

  • Police have repeatedly not worn proper identification, which is absolutely crucial for the accountability of individual officers, as well as the group as a whole.
  • Police are allowed to use intimidation tactics on anyone, anywhere.
  • Police are incredibly over-militarized, with full body armor, automatic weapons, tear gas, flashbang grenades, and military surplus vehicles which are often newer than those actually in use overseas. They rarely have any form of military training and as such they have no understanding of the restraint required when supplied with such power. 
  • Police can surround innocents, tell them to leave (while knowing that they are making it impossible to do so), and then use force (including teargas, rubber bullets, and flashbangs) when they “don’t comply.”
  • Police are allowed to suspend citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble by claiming ‘fear of violence’ much in the same way they can shoot innocents by claiming they 'thought they were armed’
  • Police can and do lie to protect their own from the legal system.
  • Increased oversight, including cameras both on the persons and in the cruisers of police officers, is absolutely necessary if this insanity is to stop

Corruption in Ferguson and Missouri as a whole:

  • Prosecutor Bob McCulloch was born to a cop who was later killed in the line of duty (this is precedent for not wanting to pursue the indictment of a cop in a shooting, aka conflict of interest).
  • McCulloch’s brother, cousin, and nephew are all cops (more precedent).
  • McCulloch has had several cases where a cop was involved in a questionable shooting reach his desk, and yet NONE were indicted (pretty strong evidence of a conflict of interest).
  • Missouri State Sen. Jeff Roorda is a former cop who lost his job for making a false statement about a witness. He later became CHIEF at another station in the same county.
  • Roorda has since become the loudest cheerleader for reducing oversight of police officers in the Missouri Senate, fighting legislation which would require police to have cameras in their cruisers or on their bodies while introducing bills which would hide the names of officers involved in fatal shootings unless they were being formally charged.
  • Roorda helped fundraise for Darren Wilson, who has not lost his job and has gotten over $400,000 in donations over the past 3+ months and has even gotten married.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon helped campaign for Jeff Roorda in this year’s elections. The GOVERNOR of Missouri was actively working to ensure that a man who lives to make police legally untouchable would stay in power.

Black Citizens’ lives are legally worth less than Whites’

  • Fatal encounters where the perpetrator was one or more white police officers and where the victim was both black AND not carrying a deadly weapon are practically weekly events. Just a few examples SINCE THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST below.
  • Michael Brown: unarmed when shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug 9th in Ferguson, MO: NO CHARGES
  • John Crawford: holding a BB gun when shot without warning and killed by Officer Sean Williams on Aug 5th in a Walmart in Beavercreek, OH, after a call was made claiming he was threatening civilians with a rifle: NO CHARGES
  • Ezell Ford: mentally ill and unarmed when shot in the back and killed by Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas on August 11 in Los Angeles: NO CHARGES
  • Dante Parker: unarmed when tased repeatedly, causing his death 2 days later, by multiple officers on Aug 12th in Los Angeles: NO CHARGES
  • Vonderrit Myers: fired his sandwich before being shot and killed by off-duty Officer Jason Flannery on Oct 8 in St. Louis: NO CHARGES
  • Darrien Hunt: carrying a replica sword as part of a cosplay when shot and killed by Officers Matt Schauerhamer and Nicholas Judson on Sep 10 in Sarasota Springs, Utah: NO CHARGES
  • Akai Gurley: unarmed when shot and killed for being in the wrong stairwell by Officer Peter Liang on Nov 20 in New York City: too early to know if there will be charges
  • Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy holding a TOY gun shot and killed by two as-yet unidentified officers on Nov 22 in Cleveland, OH: charges seem likely due to convincing surveillance footage

TL;DR

  • Police can currently act with impunity, effectively creating a police state.
  • The entire system is racist and corrupt and police exist to protect the system, not keep the peace
  • Prosecutor Bob McCulloch had major conflict of interest and should never have been the prosecutor in such an important case involving police violence
  • The Missouri Government is thoroughly corrupt in ways that give police even more excessive freedom from the law than other states.
  • No indictment of Darren Wilson is a public statement that the lives of black HUMAN BEINGS are worth less than others.
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Missouri Officer Dan Page Speaks on The Truth Of America’s Future

Missouri Officer Warned Of The New World Order

St. Louis County Police Officer Dan Page Suspended/Silenced

As I was discussing the what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri earlier today with my father, he said something to me that made me want to share this with everyone:

“Don’t let the outcome of this tragedy fool you. Things are going to change. Whether it will be subtle or blatant, they will change. The government is going to find ways to control us. They always do. They’ll try to scare you into giving up your rights. They’ll tell you, you have no choice. Don’t let them do that. You see, when I was around 10 or maybe 13, my dad and I would go to rallies for Mexican rights and there was so much we could do to raise awareness. Now, you can’t even step outside without a gun being drawn at you because you broke a law that no one even knew existed. Do not forget what is happening in the world to your generation. It’s going to be up to you to make this government safe. There is no justice in America. It doesn’t exist anymore. Fix that.” -My dad.

Maria Nicole Chappelle-Nadal
Missouri State Senator

(born October 3, 1974) is a Democrat from University City, Missouri, who represents District 14 in the Missouri State Senate. She is also a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives from District 72, a position which she held from 2005 to 2011. In 2010, Chappelle-Nadal was elected to the Senate to succeed fellow Democrat Rita Heard Days of St. Louis. She is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chappelle-Nadal was one of Missouri’s superdelegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Uncommitted at first, she declared her support for Democratic candidate Barack Obama on the same day that the commonwealth of Puerto Rico held its Democratic presidential primary. Chappelle-Nadal’s mother is Puerto Rican.

Chappelle-Nadal was very active during the protests over the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014. During the protests, Chappelle-Nadal was among the protesters who were tear-gassed by law enforcement officials. She was highly critical of Governor Jay Nixon’s actions and decisions during the protests, carrying a sign of the Governor with the words “MIA [Missing in Action] Again” on it.

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#ConcernedStudent1950: How protest started, spread, rocked Missouri
Grad student Jonathan Butler was prepared to die to bring change to Missouri. With help from the football team, he lived to see his hunger strike succeed. Here's how it happened.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – He penned his will on an autumn day, his 25-year-old life summed up by his three most coveted possessions. Jonathan Butler had a laptop, a stack of books and a backpack. He bequeathed each of the items to his friends.

Butler had spent more than a quarter of his life as a student at the University of Missouri, a Midwestern campus with a student population that is 77 percent white. And deep inside, he was reaching his breaking point. He’d been called the N-word, had his health benefits cut and witnessed overt acts of discrimination throughout the campus. Those acts seemed to escalate in the year since the Ferguson riots.

Every stand Butler tried to take yielded few, if any, results. On Oct. 10, Butler and his activist group Concerned Student 1950 staged a protest at the homecoming parade, blocking the convertible that carried Tim Wolfe, president of the Missouri university system. The driver revved his engine, and Wolfe eventually rode away without addressing the protesters’ concerns. (Wolfe later met with the group, but didn’t agree to any of their demands.)

Feeling frustrated, Butler, in an interview Tuesday with ESPN.com, said he started reading up on the hunger strikes staged by Cesar Chavez and Dick Gregory. He saw how they helped impact change and decided to embark on one himself. Butler, a graduate student, was convinced Missouri would do nothing and ultimately he would die.

He held off on telling his friends about the hunger strike because he knew they would worry. Butler is the type of guy who gets something in his head and doesn’t back down. When he was in high school, he was an unimpressive offensive lineman who had one final year to make varsity. So what did he do? He trained all summer, transformed his 5-foot-8 body into a rock-solid 240-pound beast and helped lead his Omaha Central High School team to a Nebraska state championship.

The situation at Missouri also motivated and consumed Butler. “For me,” he said, “it was like, ‘What else do I have to do to prove to you that I’m a human? That as a constituent of this university that I deserve to be heard and deserve to be respected?’”

Butler composed a letter to the Missouri board of curators, the school’s governing body, vowing that he would not consume food or nutritional sustenance until Wolfe was removed from office. It was Nov. 2, and a campus was about to be turned upside down.

Monday, Nov. 2

At 3 a.m., Butler knows he can’t put off the news any longer. He tells the members of Concerned Student 1950, a name derived from the first year black students were admitted to Missouri, that his hunger strike will start in six hours, and that he will call for the president’s ouster. But why Tim Wolfe? He had only been president since 2012 and wasn’t exactly perceived as a villain around campus. One person who knows Butler later wonders whether he’s taking a page from the book “Rules for Radicals,” which implores the reader to go after people and not institutions. “People,” the book notes, “hurt faster than institutions.”

Butler will later say that he hasn’t read the book. He doesn’t know Wolfe, who is 57, a former IBM executive and white. He demands Wolfe’s removal because Butler believes he was tone deaf in responding to the concerns of marginalized students. Butler compares Wolfe to an athletic director of a major football program. If the team struggles and keeps losing, the coach is at fault, and the athletic director is to blame, too.

Wolfe’s inaction during the homecoming parade may have been a catalyst, but several incidents on campus led up to that moment. In September, student body president Payton Head was walking down the street when a truck full of young people yelled the N-word at him. A few weeks later, members of the Legion of Black Collegians (the official black student government at Missouri) had racial slurs hurled at them. Then late last month, a swastika drawn in feces was found in a residence hall on campus.

When Butler announces his strike, members of Concerned Student 1950 want to do something to draw more attention to his plight: The more supporters and the more media, they figure, the better the chance they have for the school administration to act.

His friends spend $75 on a tent to pitch in the grass at Carnahan Quadrangle, near the student recreation center. They fill the tent with water and granola bars and other supplies. Six students sleep in the tent the first night.

“We have a chance to be an inconvenience to the university,” Marshall Allen would say later, explaining the group’s strategy. “Because being out there on the quad, we’re inconveniencing their public relations. To have people and visitors come through and see us camped out, you’re going to have to engage us to figure out why we’re camped out there.”

Allen serves as security guard that first night. He snores and keeps everyone up. Butler does not stay at the camp. He wants to keep his strength up.

The group, which has 11 original members, is very protective of each other to the point of almost being combative. It creates an interesting tug-of-war between wanting their message to get out to the public and carrying an enormous distrust for the media. Signs are placed in the grass ordering reporters and outsiders to stay away.

A member of Concerned Student 1950 later says that one of the reasons they put up the signs is to keep people from taking pictures of them when they’re crying.

“One of the biggest things I learned this week is to have faith,” she says. “Just to have faith and believe that whatever you believe in will come to fruition. We kept working, but we had those moments where we were like, 'You know what? Let me go cry, and then I’m going to go back and start working again.’ I prayed more this week than I probably prayed this entire semester.”

Wednesday, Nov. 4

The number of tents has grown. Concerned Student 1950 has been holding nightly prayer vigils, and more students are joining in. Butler spends part of the day at the camp. He is greeted by former Missouri All-American defensive end Michael Sam, who made news last year when he publicly came out as being gay.

Sam brings Butler some water. Though he says he never experienced racism in his time as a player at Mizzou, Sam feels compelled to stop by and lend his support for Butler.

J'Mon Moore, a sophomore wide receiver for the Tigers, also visits Butler. Moore later tells reporters that he was driving by the quad, spotted the tents and wanted to learn more. He meets Butler, goes home and talks to his roommate, safety Anthony Sherrils, and then they consult with senior captain Ian Simon and defensive end Charles Harris.

Word starts to spread throughout the team, and it surprises Butler. He didn’t know any of the football players before last week, aside from watching them on TV.

By Wednesday, the effects of the hunger strike are starting to take their toll on Butler’s body. He will eventually become weak, lethargic and short of breath.

Back in Omaha, Butler’s old coach at Central reads on the Internet that a Jonathan Butler is staging a hunger strike. Jay Ball turns to his assistant coaches and asks, “Is that our Jonathan Butler?” They find a photo of the man in Missouri and learn that, yes, it is their J.B.

Ball isn’t surprised that Butler has staged the hunger strike. “This guy has some serious mental toughness,” Ball said. “I saw it when he was 17 years old.”

Friday, Nov. 6

There are now roughly 20 tents in the quad, and hundreds of people are stopping by to lend their support. Syed Ejaz, who is running for Missouri Student Association president, decides to camp out for a night. He is accompanied by members of his campaign staff. It is three days from the start of the election.

The ground is wet from Thursday night’s downpour, and the temperature drops to 38 degrees. Wind whips through the campsite. To pass the time, the group plays a game called Two Truths and a Lie. The students sit in a circle, introduce themselves and say three things about themselves. The others figure out which one is a lie. They wrap themselves in blankets and huddle close together, black and white.

Ejaz is uncomfortable in the cold, but he calls the night inspiring. He feels as if he is part of something bigger.

“This has been bubbling for a long time,” Ejaz later says. “I think what Jonathan is doing is heroic, it’s brave, it’s inspiring. It’s very courageous. And the fact that he’s effectively putting his life on the line for this … it’s very powerful.”

Saturday, Nov. 7

A group of black football players meets Butler at a location on campus that he declines to disclose. He can’t remember everything that happened that day. He says he was in an exhaustive state. He can’t recall his emotions or reactions to things.

He thinks there were about 30 football players at the meeting. They had heard about the hunger strike and want to know why he is doing it. He gives them his story. He tells them he has encountered racism since arriving on campus in 2008. He talks about his acquaintance Sasha Menu Courey, a biracial former Mizzou swimmer who, according to a 2014 ESPN investigation, was allegedly sexually assaulted by one or more Missouri football players in 2010 and took her own life a year later.

Butler talks about mental-health and academic services and his wish that everyone were treated equally and received the same care. By the end of the conversation, the players are so moved they tell Butler they are going to stage a walkout.

Butler shakes their hands. Some of them pray together. He has no idea what kind of an impact the meeting will have.

One of the players calls Tigers coach Gary Pinkel to inform him of their plan.

That night, Sherrils tweets a statement that is also sent out by the Legion of Black Collegians that says athletes of color on the team “will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences.”

Sunday, Nov. 8

By midnight, Missouri’s 4-5 football team is the biggest story in the country. News outlets swoop into Columbia, and Butler’s phone is ringing nonstop.

On Sunday morning, Pinkel sends out a tweet. “The Mizzou Family stands as one,” it states. “We are united. We are behind our players.”

The school releases a statement that the team won’t practice until Butler ends his hunger strike. As reporters arrive on campus Sunday night, members of Concerned Student 1950 get nervous. They tell them to keep their distance. At 10 p.m., at least 100 students gather in a circle for prayer. A man in the center shouts, “Do not talk to the media!”

Monday, Nov. 9

Eric Wichmann, a senior studying information technology, is up until 1:30 in the morning studying for class. But by 9 a.m., he discovers that his classes probably won’t be held. Students and faculty are staging a walkout, and the gathering in the quad mushrooms into a mass of humanity.

Mallory Scanlan, a business management major, is standing by Wichmann and taking in the swarm of people. Scanlan agrees with Butler that changes need to happen at Missouri. Last week, she was in the student center eating lunch when a group of black students stormed in carrying bullhorns. They blocked the exits, she says, and demanded that the students listen to them.

She said one man approached her, looked at her Macbook and her clothing and barked, “White privilege,” to her. Scanlon teared up. She is at Mizzou on a biracial scholarship.

“It’s sad to say that it gets this big because the football team did it,” she says. “But because they did it, our school came together, and that’s the only good thing that’s come out of this so far. Our school has come together as one.”

Wichmann tells Scanlan that he’s all for people expressing their opinion, but he doesn’t understand what good getting rid of the president will do. Will the person they hire next do any better? Can Wolfe be held responsible for the actions and opinions of 35,000 students?

Within the hour, Wichmann’s concerns don’t matter. At around 10 a.m., Wolfe announces his resignation at a meeting of the school’s governing board in a cramped conference room inside the Old Alumni Center, not far from the football complex. Wolfe makes his announcement right after the meeting is called to order and before the board members go into closed session.

Toward the end of his announcement, Wolfe mentions his daughter, and his voice starts to break. He says she pointed out a biblical passage to him the night before, Psalm 46:1. He reads that passage and punctuates his remarks with this: “Please use my resignation to heal, not to hate.”

With Wolfe still in attendance, the board members go into closed session for more than six hours. By the end of the day, chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is out, too. “I sincerely wish it was different, but events are such that the best course of action for the university at this time is for me to resign,” Loftin says in a release from the UM system. He is reassigned to a new role overseeing renovation of the school’s research facilities.

Back at the quad, the students fill the grass and chant and sing. Members of Concerned Student 1950 grab bullhorns. Hundreds of students form a massive circle to keep the media away.

Butler emerges for a few minutes to join in the celebration. Then he goes to the hospital to get checked. His hunger strike is over after a week. His first meal, he later says, is an IV.

Butler’s hunger strike was over, but tents remained up at the site of the protest on Monday night.

A news conference for the football team scheduled for 3:30 p.m. starts 15 minutes late. When Pinkel finally emerges, he says his motivations were simple. He wanted a young man to eat and to live.

“I knew from the jump that Coach Pinkel was going to support us,” wide receiver Moore tells reporters afterward. “Coach Pinkel supports his players. We’re all his sons. I didn’t have a doubt in my mind that he was going to stand against us. There’s no way he would have done that.”

The protesters leave their tents up in the quad. They plan to stay there for another night. They want to celebrate.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

The football team does not want to talk about its boycott anymore. The players slip back into their fall routine and get ready for a Saturday game against BYU.

One of the team’s leaders declines to talk via text. He says the players decided as a team not to do interviews. He says they want to give the protesters the biggest platform so their voices can be heard.

For once in his life, everyone wants to hear what Butler has to say. It’s an unusual position for a man who was known as quiet and humble during his high school days. Butler grew up not wanting for anything. His father is an executive at Union Pacific; his mother helped found Joy of Life Ministries in Omaha. They were in Columbia on Monday to take care of their son, and whisked him away from the crowds in a white Mercedes.

“The football team stepping in. … If that wouldn’t have happened, the school truly wouldn’t have responded until after I passed.”

But by Tuesday morning, his parents are gone, and Butler is flanked by members of his group. He emerges from a car around 5 a.m. The hospital bracelet he was wearing the day before is no longer visible, and he’s bundled in a coat. He is hesitant to do interviews, but he knows he needs to get his message out.

When this whole thing started, Butler never imagined that one 25-year-old grad student could stop an entire college football team, albeit for a couple of days, or put fear in the minds of college administrators.

Butler said he was prepared to die. Whether a college football team saved him may never be known.

“I know how corrupt the system is, and I know how much they don’t value black lives,” he says.

“The football team stepping in. … If that wouldn’t have happened, the school truly wouldn’t have responded until after I passed.”

Butler walks to his car as the sun rises. By the end of the day, the university will announce the appointment of an interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity. Chuck Henson will begin work immediately, the university says. But by nighttime, there are threats of violence toward black students on social media and more tension. Butler has no plans of backing down.

“We need to look at what’s next,” he says. “It’s more than Tim Wolfe.

"So much has to happen on campus.”

ESPN’s Nicole Noren and John Barr contributed to this report.


A much more believable source on Mizzou than Clay Travis’s pathetic excuse of “journalism.”

h/t: Elizabeth Merrill at ESPN.com 

On History, Michael Brown, and the Miscarriages of Justice

Every time a white mob lynched a black person, they lynched Jesus. The lynching tree is the cross in America. When American Christians realize that they can meet Jesus only in the crucified bodies in our midst, they will encounter the real scandal of the cross. - James Cone (Via Sarah N. Moon)

The history books will write about this night, about the actions of the Missouri government in protecting its own after the death of a young black man, as the way we now read Emmett Till: as a grave miscarriage of justice, as the result of a racist and corrupt court system and police force.

I wish to God this wasn’t the legacy of my generation. As a white person, I know I benefit from this corrupt system that denies Michael Brown his due justice. Even saying “if I were gunned down in the street tomorrow” is an absurdity because the plain fact of it is that this is simply not a risk in my life. I am a white woman who will never be in a position to be gunned down by police for carrying a toy gun, for going out late at night to get skittles and Arizona, for simply existing in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We do not exist in a post-racial universe. Racism is still very alive and very real, and it is taking the lives of black people - of black children - through the actions of state violence, through the corrupt court system.

It is on us - on my generation, that “selfie-obsessed” millennial generation that older news organizations like to shit on - to change this world for the better. We are fierce; we are loud; and we will not go unheeded. We will write the history books. The Michael Browns, the Trayvon Martins, the Tamir Rice’s, the Rekia Boyd’s do not go silent to their graves. Where white supremacy uses violence to silence one, it will find millions rising up against it for justice.

My heart is heavy for Michael Brown’s family tonight. My heart is heavy for the families who have to stand by and watch these miscarriages of justice. We must walk alongside the suffering in their pain, to see the crucified Christ and the scandal of the cross. We must bear witness, as history bears witness, to these ugly, open wounds of racial injustice in our country. This is our America, festering and infected. This is our world.

Black. Lives. Matter.

People blaming President Obama for golfing and not doing anything about the Ferguson Protests…please go read the constitution. Preferably the section on state rights. President Obama can’t go into St. Louis like Superman and fix everything. He does not have that power. The Police force of St. Louis is under local and Missouri state government. The President can voice his opinion and remorse over the matter and that’s it. 

Also, I think we can allow the President to go on vacation. Especially since it was ok for former President Bush to start an unnecessary war in two countries who are still facing the repercussions of his wrongdoings then take 350 vacation days during his presidency to President Obama’s 129. 

My heart goes out to Michael Brown’s family and loved ones. I think it’s horrendous for us to call ourselves a leading and developed nation when we can allow for corruption to treat humans like animals. I believe there needs to be a lot of reform before we can proudly call ourselves a great nation.