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Loud & Clear
January 2022
Join the Vigil for Democracy on January 6
Thursday, January 6, 2022, 3:30-5 p.m. 
Southeast corner of Brentwood Boulevard and Eager Road
On January 6, 2021, a faction of elected authorities incited armed right-wing militants to attack the nation’s Capitol and nullify the results of the valid presidential election. They did not succeed this time, but our democracy is in grave danger. State election workers are facing death threats because of legislators’ lies about the election, and several states have passed legislation to allow partisan control of elections.

Join us to:

Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice is one of 10 organizations co-sponsoring vigils across the state. Join us to stand together. Signs and electronic candles will be provided at the vigil.
Healing the Heart of America: Visions for a New St. Louis
Thursday, January 13, 7 p.m.
Virtual Program

City of St. Louis Alderpersons Tina (Sweet-T) Pihl and Megan E. Greene will describe their vision for a new St. Louis. Recognizing the historical racial, economic, and social inequalities in our city, these inspiring leaders will discuss their work tackling lack of affordable housing, environmental racism, inequitable education, and high levels of violence. Topics will include the recent Equitable Development Contribution initiative designed to fund affordable housing repair and the Cure Violence program. 
December Program: Suicide Is Preventable
In the midst of celebrations, December 2021 marked the ninth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting of 20 six- and seven-year-old children and six adults. This anniversary is again a reminder of Women’s Voices vital role in preventing more gun deaths in our society. 
 
We focused our December program on the tragedy of suicide by gun. Our expert speakers, Kristen Mueller, MD, and Katie Ellison, noted that in 2019 more than half of U.S suicides involved a firearm, and over 60% of deaths involving firearms were suicides. (See full report of the program here).
 
But Mueller and Ellison offered a hopeful message: suicide is preventable. They recommended two effective ways to prevent suicide by gun:
  • By safe storage of firearms—that is, storing firearms locked and unloaded, with ammunition stored in a separate place.
  • By employing the methods of CALM (Counseling Access to Lethal Means), a free online training course that demonstrates how to approach a person who may be at risk for suicide and how to safely store firearms.

For more information on how to prevent suicide, view the entire program here. Learn about Women’s Voices Lock It for Love program here
A Tale of Two Cities: Affordability in the St. Louis Region
At this Lunch and Learn meeting sponsored by the Women’s Voices Affordable Housing Task Force, Cristina Garmendia gave us an informative overview of the “St. Louis Affordable Housing Report Card.” The report, she explained, quantifies the need for affordable housing in the St. Louis region and provides guidance on how to assess the impact of programs and policies.

One Hundred Neediest: Many Need Housing
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the “100 Neediest Cases” described in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirmed that a growing number of people in our area need assistance. The stories have similar themes: loss of a job; inadequate health insurance; lack of transportation; and, often, housing problems such as eviction, unsafe conditions, and no place to move.
 
Through Women’s Voices’ Lunch and Learn programs (see report above), our Affordable Housing Task Force has been examining the complex problems of affordable housing. We have learned that the only way we can increase this housing is by using our voices to address developers, builders, and lawmakers. We must support communities attempting to develop more affordable housing. We must attend meetings of Planning and Zoning committees and city council meetings to learn about current issues and raise our voices whenever possible. Most of all, we must rebut those who loudly proclaim, “not in my back yard.”
 
Housing stability transforms lives. It produces inclusive communities where people can thrive. Providing stability is a moral imperative. Please join the next meeting of the Affordable Housing Task Force on Thursday, January 20, at 2 p.m. The meeting will be via Zoom. Please email housingjustice@womensvoicesraised.org to request the link to the meeting.
Help Continue Our Work for Equal Rights: Donate to Our Annual Campaign
Women’s Voices stands for equal rights and equitable opportunities for all. For more than 15 years, we have been educating and advocating on issues of equality and equity. Despite a worldwide pandemic, we have continued to raise our collective voice on issues of importance to all of us.
 
Your support gives us the financial resources necessary to continue our programs and keep them open to the public without charge. Please consider supporting our Annual Campaign so we may continue to be a voice for social justice in the St. Louis community.
 
You can make your donation online or by mailing a check to Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, 7401 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130. Your donation may be eligible for a matching gift from your employer. Ask today and double your donation.
Happy New Year! Join the Advocacy Committee 
The committee will be busy in 2022, and you will have many opportunities to be involved, beginning with the Vigil for Democracy on January 6 (see accompanying article for details).

Please follow the Advocacy Committee on the Women’s Voices website and on Facebook. We welcome you to join the committee at its meetings via Zoom on the fourth Monday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. Email Karen Francis at advocacy@womensvoicesraised.org for more information or to request the Zoom link for the January 24 meeting.
Now Hear This!
Here is a great opportunity to learn more from Anat Shenker-Osorio, who spoke at our October 2021 program on how to communicate convincingly with voters, legislators, and others. In this episode of The MeidasTouch Podcast, she describes her strategies and research, including critical race theory and education. In just under 30 minutes, you can access a wealth of knowledge. Watch a video recording of the podcast here or listen on your preferred podcast service.
Women's Voices Members respond to injustice!
Beth Alseth, in her letter to the Webster-Kirkwood Times, urges citizens to mask up to protect one another.

Judy Arnold, in her letter to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, writes that we need to elect responsible leaders who will pass legislation that the majority want and need.


Barbara Finch, in her letter to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, writes that the unvaccinated are clogging up the hospitals, preventing other patients from receiving care.

Ellen Wentz, in her letter to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, writes that Congress must pass the Freedom to Vote Act. Ellen's letter was also published in the Columbia Tribune, Eldorado Springs Sun, Joplin Globe, and the Webster-Kirkwood Times.
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Loud & Clear is the official monthly e-newsletter of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice and is usually distributed on the first Monday or Tuesday of the month. The general deadline for article submission is the Wednesday prior to publication. Click here to contact editor Laura Rose.
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