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Voter victories in November must be defeated

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Published in the St. Louis American, April 11, 2019

Daily we see how Trump plows through our fragile American democracy – unaware or uncaring of the laws, principles, structures and protocols he tramples. While his destruction happens on a national and international stage for all to see, similar actions are also happening on the local and state levels by his Republican buddies. Under the Jeff City dome, lawmakers are doing their best to strip down the mandate of nearly 1.5 million Missouri voters.

To refresh your memories, Amendment 1 is a state constitution package that deals with lobbying limits, provides transparency in campaign finance and stops gerrymandering. Prop B raises the minimum wage to $12 by 2023. Read more

Tone deaf and stone cold

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Published March 21, 2019 in the St. Louis American

 

The March election results revealed some important insights that could be misread or ignored by elected and appointed officials, future candidates and the powers-that-be. There is an emerging electorate that is more informed and strategic. They will not be taken for granted.

One of the issues that I found troubling was the capacity of candidates and some of the elected officials supporting them was to understand and gauge voter sentiment. They were stone cold clueless about the voters’ situation and how disconnected those running for office are to that reality. A barrage of campaign mailers is no substitute for building constituent relationships. Read more

Dear White People (Part 2)

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It’s me again.

You haven’t heard from me since the Ferguson street actions ended. A lot has happened since 2014 but not a lot has happened to actualize your commitment to racial justice. We still need to create the regional transformational change called for by the Ferguson Commission Report.

A major political and cultural shift to the right came with the election of donald trump as the 45th U.S. president. We’re coming up on the 5th anniversary of the Ferguson Uprising. This year will mark the 400th anniversary of my people’s kidnapping to these shores. How are we assessing our past and applying the hard-learned lessons to our future? Read more