In Conversation with Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice

I love hearing each year from the incredible women at Missouri’s Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice. A big thanks to Mary Clemons for this year’s detailed update!

We hope that we can report in 2020 that our voices have made a difference to bring about a more just and equitable society

Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice is proud to be a multi-issue organization. Our website and Facebook page are updated throughout the day with breaking news on social justice issues and encourages readers to take action.


A major focus for Women’s Voices in 2018 was on raising awareness of systemic racism and the role of the white community in addressing it in meaningful ways. Following the publication of our racial justice position paper in late 2017, we began 2018 with the implementation of our new racial justice initiative Overcoming Obstacles to Create Community. In addition to providing monthly suggestions with concrete ways to “fight ignorance, hate and fear”, we increased awareness through discussions at our racial justice book club, and Lunch and Learn programs with noted local speakers. Our programs on “Perspectives on Policing in America” and “Housing Policies” were well-attended and focused on what is needed to achieve racial equity. Our racial justice webpage includes links to summaries of these programs.

In 2019 our monthly programs will educate us on inequities in the criminal justice system, the consequences of “fake” media, and the global warming crisis. Women’s Voices will continue in 2019 to push for common-sense gun solutions. We are encouraged that many gun-safety advocates were elected to the U.S. House and as governors of four states including our neighbor, Kansas. We will advocate for a red flag law in Missouri to allow judges to remove firearms from people who may present a danger to others or themselves. We will continue to provide free gun locks at community events and to partner with other organizations to reduce gun violence. We are an active member of the St. Louis Area Gun Violence Prevention Coalition.

We know that shootings and gun deaths will continue to plague us in 2019. In addition to advocating for reforms, we recognize the need to prevent deaths at the time shootings take place. We admire the work of Dr. Laurie Punch, a trauma surgeon at Barnes Jewish Hospital who is working outside the hospital with churches and organization to “Stop The Bleed”. Lives are being saved because of the training she and her volunteers provide.

We hope that we can report in 2020 that our voices have made a difference to bring about a more just and equitable society

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