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NO ON MISSOURI AMMENDMENT 3
Many of us, both from within Indivisible groups around Missouri and along side other organizations and fellow citizens, worked incredibly hard to gather signatures to get Clean Missouri/Amendment 1 on the ballot in 2018.
Then we pulled out all the stops in Getting Out the Vote, resulting in an almost 2-to-1 margin of victory at the polls two Novembers ago. This incredible victory was focused on one goal: to clean up partisan gerrymandering in Missouri.
As expected, Republicans in the Missouri legislature recognized how detrimental fair and competitive MO House and Senate districts would be in their singular mission to hold onto power. This is why they put Amendment 3 (“Dirty Missouri") on the ballot November 3. They do not have to get signatures of voters to do this!
What would Amendment 3 do?
It eliminates the nonpartisan demographer for drawing maps;
It would limit voters' rights to challenge unfair maps;
It would weaken protections for voters of color;
It tries to make Missouri the only state in the country that does not count children in apportionment.
It writes out of the count ALL noncitizens, even immigrants who have been here legally for years and are contributing to our economy, paying taxes, and using government-funded services like schools and roads. In fact, we see right through this thinly veiled racist intention for excluding them from the "count;" we know how much that would upend budgets across the state and further erode government’s ability to function.
Missouri lawmakers are trying to trick voters by making it seem that they are limiting the influence of money in politics. Understand that the newer limits are insignificant — only reducing the lobbyist gift limit by $5.00 and lowering the contribution limit for state senate by $100.
Defeating Amendment 3 is one of the most important priorities in the November election. If they are successful, all of us will feel — in a most personal, daily way — the effects of the Missouri Republican lawmakers stealing our right to live by fair representation. We must — again — vote to end partisan gerrymandering in our state.
Thank you for taking this seriously. Please bring it up with family and friends voting in Missouri, starting in just a few weeks.
Remembering Justice Ginsberg
We have written much this year of struggle, of our difficulty finding light in the darkness, of finding our way to each other in this era of plague. The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday only puts another teetering coal on the ash heap of 2020. So much has been written already this evening and more will come in the days ahead. We don’t feel there is meaningfully more we can add, but we wanted to share with you her own words, when asked a few years ago how she would most like to be remembered:
"As someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has. To do something, as my colleague David Souter would say, outside myself. ‘Cause I’ve gotten much more satisfaction for the things that I’ve done for which I was not paid."
That very much sounds like it could be one of us, slogging away trying to make things a little better through whatever abilities we have.
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, began at sundown Friday. There is, in Jewish tradition, a midrash or story-telling that it is just THE most righteous who die on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, at the very tail end of the old year, as their allotment was the most possible given here on Earth.
The Hebrew word for “most righteous” is Tzadik (צַדִּיק [tsaˈdik]) and is a title in Judaism given to people considered virtuous. The root of the word tzadik, is ṣ-d-q (צדק tsedek), which means "justice" or "righteousness." It is also the root of the word tzedakah ('charity', literally 'righteousness'); but where ‘charity’ is understood more to be spontaneous acts of goodwill and a marker of generosity; ‘tzedakah’ is an ethical, religious obligation to do what is right and just. When applied to a righteous woman, the term is modified to tzadeikes/tzadeket.
Notorious RBG died as she lived — tenacious, determined and righteous. Now are the politics raw and rough and wretched... but her life’s mission will continue to reverberate through her writings, animating ideas, and encouragement. And through us. May her memory always be called for blessings.
Honoring Justice Ginsberg
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