This year the Missouri Black Legislative Caucus legislative agenda will be focused on 5 pillars.
There are fundamental rights that protect all Americans when they encounter the criminal justice system. These rights include guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure, the right to reasonable bail, the right to due process of law, and the right to be free from cruel and unusual treatment. They are essential to our democracy. Sponsoring and promoting legislation focused on improving and reforming our entire criminal justice system to address the disparities that exist from interaction with police to the judicial process by:
We must ensure that everyone in our community has access to education, from the playrooms of pre-school to the grand halls of our State’s award-winning universities and Historically Black Colleges. It’s on us to assure that all Missouri Citizens are given the same job opportunities as their fellow citizens and furthermore, are given the equal ability to rise on the economic ladder of justice. A comprehensive strategy to bring quality jobs to minority communities across the state with the goals of:
In parts of Missouri, a shortage of primary health care providers makes it difficult for low-income, uninsured, and geographically isolated Missourians to receive health care. By working with health care providers and communities, access to care can be improved for the underserved. Sponsoring and promoting legislation focused on expanding access to affordable healthcare services by:
A truly democratic society relies on its citizens to be informed and ready to act. What good is a government of the people, for the people, and by the people if the people themselves have no idea of what their role as citizens entails or to what civic rights as citizens they are entitled? Preparing people to become knowledgeable and proactive members of a democratic society requires that they receive proper instruction in civics. Civics education and engagement also teaches how we can rightfully lay claim to the government as lawful citizens. It is the voice of the citizenry that ultimately matters when it comes to shaping the government.
Sponsoring and promoting legislation focused on addressing the economic disparities and high unemployment facing minority communities across the state by: