This is What Democracy Sounds Like is a presentation of Metropolitan Congregations United in St. Louis, MO. MCU is a community organization that brings together religious congregations, community groups, and individuals to work for a common purpose: to create a better life for all residents of the St. Louis region.
We work at the intersection of race, economy, political power, gender, and the structures of oppression at work within us individually, within our organization and within the community.
We are working towards building *people’s* control of the government, building community control of the economy, expanding the public sphere, and creating structural racial equity.
Health Care In Missouri
Missouri voters passed Medicaid Expansion this past August. Will Jefferson City follow through and implement it and benefit 230,000 Missourians? What's happened with the nearly 100,000 children that were dropped from Medicaid a few years ago? What is the status of COVID-19 and the vaccine in Missouri? We talk with Jen Bersdale and Emilia Hinckley of Missouri Health Care for All about these and other issues of health care in the state.
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Contact Emilia Hinckley at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Case of Bobby Bostic
In 1997 Bobby Bostic was only 17 years old when he was sentenced to 241 years in prison. Bobby's inhumane sentence remains in place despite his reform, a Supreme Court ruling that would seem to apply, the judge who sentenced him admitting her mistake, and bi-partisan support in Jefferson City.
Israel Collier tells Bobby's story and the details of the injustices that keep him from freedom. She also lets us know how we can advocate for Bobby.
Find your Missouri Rep. and tell them to support H.B. 636 https://house.mo.gov/
Sign a petition at:
Connect on Twitter and Instagram @FreeBobbyBostic
And learn more about Bobby Bostic at www.freebobbybostic.com/
Mom's Match 2020
In this episode, listen to the personal stories of MCU organizers about the work over the past year. This work cannot happen without the financial support of the community. You can participate by going to https://mcustlouis.org/give/
Recently, a group of mothers who support MCU heard the national call to action following the Nov election. They challenged MCU to match their donation of $20,020 and build our financial power through new sustainers, or monthly donors. Our sustainers are critically important to our work and their donations go directly to those working on one of our 4 campaigns; sacred votes, break the school to prison pipeline, ex-incarcerated people organizing and fighting for environmental justice in St Louis.
A Conversation with Rev. Darryl Gray
Direct action pushes elected officials to pay attention to issues they might ignore. But what happens when an activist enters government service? How does one bring the activist mindset to institutions that work on bargains and not upsetting the status quo? We talk with Rev. Darryl Gray about this balance and how Cori Bush used relational organizing skills to gain support in unexpected places. We also discuss the nature of the severely divided politics of Missouri.
Raise the Age Rally
This episode features highlights from the MCU Raise the Age Virtual Rally , recorded on December 10th over Zoom.
On Jan 1, 2021, Missouri becomes the latest of 45 states who have raised the age of juvenile jurisdiction! This means 17-year-olds will no longer be automatically tried and incarcerated as adults. But there is more work to be done because the Missouri Legislature has left this law unfunded. Hear from those impacted, learn about the law, and join us in calling for funding "Raise the Age." Contact Nick.Schroer@house.mo.gov, email@example.com, and David.Evans@house.mo.gov to urge them to act!
COVID-19 in Prisons & Housing Discrimination Post Incarceration
We talk with Ronnie Amiyn of EXPO about two actions coming up, Dec. 9th and Dec. 17th. On Dec. 9th, EXPO and MCU will host a virtual conference on housing discrimination of men and women returning from incarcerated. On Dec. 17th, EXPO and MCU will lead an action about the conditions at the Dismas House for those transitioning out of prison.
We also continue our discussion with Maria Millier or Our Lives Matter about the spread of COVID-19 within the Missouri Prison system.