Today on Urban Connections we’ll speak to Representative Brandon Ellington, (D), District 22, MO House of RepresentsDenise Lieberman, Senior Attorney and Missouri Voter Protection Advocate with The Advancement Project who testified on Tues, Jan 27th in Jefferson City before  the Missouri House Elections Committee concerning bills HRJ1 and HB30 that would put forth restrictive ID requirements for voting. 

Representative Brandon Ellington
District 022, Democrat

Joint Committee on Corrections
Ways and Means
Appropriations – Public Safety and Corrections
Small Business
Energy and the Environment
Special Committee on Security Infrastructure of the Capitol Complex
Capitol Address:
Address: MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Room 101-C
Jefferson City MO 65101
Phone: 573-751-3129
E-Mail: Brandon.Ellington@house.mo.gov

Denise Lieberman is a Senior Attorney in the organization’s Voter Protection Program, Denise works to identify and remove systemic barriers to voting. A seasoned constitutional and civil rights lawyer, Lieberman works on the ground in Missouri in addition to advancing broad voter protection initiatives nationwide, engaging in policy analysis, lobbying, legal advocacy, litigation and community building to advance electoral reform, including spearheading a nationwide advocacy effort to combat repressive voting legislation this past year. She has emerged as a nationwide expert on voter identification laws, preparing testimony for a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on new voting laws. She is the author of a seminal report on voter identification laws: “What’s Wrong With This Picture? New Photo ID Proposals Part of a National Push to Turn Back the Clock on Voting Rights,” which the New York Times wrote accurately characterized the trend as the largest rollback to voting rights in a century, and she is currently involved as counsel of record in litigation challenging photo ID laws in Missouri, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and helped co-author a comment letter to the Justice Department urging it to reject preclearance of Texas photo ID law.
Denise has testified frequently before legislative bodies in Missouri and other states and works closely with election officials and community groups to advance administrative and legal reforms in election administration. Since 2002, she has coordinated hundreds of volunteers working as poll monitors and attorneys for the nonpartisan Election Protection legal command center in Missouri to respond immediately to voter issues on Election Day. For this work, Lieberman has received the Martin Luther King Human Rights award from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), the Hershel Walker Peace & Justice Award from the People’s Weekly World, the American Jewish Congress Democracy in Action Award and the 2009 Spirit of Martin Luther King Community Award.
Denise has been on the forefront of election reform in Missouri since 2000, when she helped bring suit to keep the polls open after hundreds of St. Louis voters were wrongly turned away from the polls on Election Day. Her subsequent class action lawsuit on behalf of the city’s African American voters spurred a Justice Department consent decree.
Before joining Advancement Project in 2006, Denise spent nearly a decade as the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, where she litigated dozens of constitutional and civil liberties cases in state and federal courts. She previously served as Chair of the Individual Rights Committee for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Denise currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches courses on constitutional law, civil rights and voting rights.
Lieberman is admitted in Missouri.
More at: http://www.advancementproject.org/people/entry/denise-lieberman#sthash.mn7GyHPX.dpuf

Host Bill Clause discusses jobs, labor unions, minimum wage, and Missouri State government with guests Justin Stein and Bob Minor of Jobs For Justice.

-Emerald Ash Borer – spread, detection, options

-Wood movement issues and firewood issues associated with EAB

-What other new or invasive pest are on the move?  What can we expect in the coming years?

-Winter Watering – if it stays dry and no snowfall (Mae)

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“Preparing for Spring Gardening!”
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This week on Tell Somebody, Tom Klammer features a phone covnersation with Professor Robert McChesney about his new book, Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century, which “…uses a sophisticated political economic analysis to delineate the recent trajectory of capitalism and its ongoing degeneration.” Tune in for all this and more this Thursday from 9AM!

Today on Arts Magazine, actor Kyle Hatley will once again join host Michael Hogge to speak about the new show at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, An Iliad, a re-telling of Homer’s epic poem.

Later, the director and actors from the Unicorn Theatre will be with us to talk about their latest adult comedy, Lasso Of Truth. Join us for all this, plus the latest reviews from Russ Simmons on Freeze Frame!

“An Iliad” & “Lasso Of Truth”
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Artists Judith G. Levy and Caitlin Horsmon discuss how they use history, found materials and research in their work.

Judith G. Levy is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work explores history, culture and identity. She creates videos, installations, two-dimensional work, public art and performance. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and her public art has been shown in Indianapolis, Chicago and Kansas City. Her feature film, NV in KC: A Story About Artists and Envy in Kansas City premiered in Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas in 2013, was included in The H & R Block Artspace Performance Now Film series and screened at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Levy was awarded a Charlotte Street Fellowship and an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant in 2014 to attend Art Omi, a month-long international artist residency, where she created a site-specific installation and a video documented performance piece. Her work was recently included in the group show, Loving After Lifetimes of All This at la Esquina in Kansas City. This show opens at the Benchspace Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina January 30 and will be on exhibition until the end of May.

Caitlin Horsmon is an artist, teacher and curator based in Kansas City, Missouri who makes films, videos and installations. Her work has been exhibited around the world in wildly diverse venues from micro cinemas to the Centre Pompidou. She has received numerous awards and grants including a Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art. Caitlin was trained in Cinema & Comparative Literature and Media Production at the University of Iowa and graduated from Oberlin College.  She is one of five artists who make up the curatorial collaboration Plug Projects and an Associate Professor of Film & Media Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Her work is distributed by The Collectif Jeune Cinéma.

This week on the Thursday Night Special, please join us for an inspiring community panel, “An Edifice Which Produces Beggars Needs Restructuring: Changing Systems of Racism, Poverty, & Militarism”. This panel was taped on January 19th at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, and featured these venerated community leaders:

  •  Dr. Vernon Howard, Jr. — Executive Vice President for Social Justice, SCLC-GKC
  • Irene Caudillo — President/CEO, El Centro
  • Clyde R. McQueen — President/CEO, Full Employment Council
  • Melissa Robinson — President, Black Healthcare Coalition
  • Dr. Rex Archer — Director, KCMO Health Department

Learn what they and their organizations are doing to change the systemic roots of injustice and to revive a Poor People’s campaign. Find out about ways we can work together to reduce poverty and create greater economic justice.


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and is lead coordinator for the local affiliate for 350.org,
global grass roots climate action movement. 
He will discuss why there really is a “too late” when it
comes to avoiding a climate catastrophe and the crucial
need for every person who cares to join the fight.

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