What we believe

We will defeat this outbreak together.

Though we come from very different parts of Missouri, we know what it means to help our neighbors in a time of crisis. From delivering a warm meal to cleaning up after a storm, we’ve always stepped up when someone in our community has needed a helping hand. And as COVID-19 threatens all of our communities across Missouri, we have never needed each other more.

We pull through this by pulling together, like we have done in the past. This means demanding the care and paid time every one of us needs. We stand united against a handful of politicians and corporations that would use this crisis to generate profits rather than keep us from getting the testing, vaccines, and treatments we need to get and stay well. We are clear that Governor Parson and the Missouri Legislature should be doing much more to protect our health, our livelihoods, and our democracy during this pandemic. And we are clear that their ongoing campaign to gut the public safety net has exacerbated our current crisis, which will cost some of our neighbors their lives. Our elected leaders must change course and put our health, our livelihoods, and our democracy first.

There will be those who will try to seize such a crisis to further entrench their own interests and divide us against each other based on where we come from, what we have, or our perceived health and worthiness. They will try to harness panic to crack down on borders, scapegoat Asian Americans and immigrants, grant huge tax breaks to corporations rather than investing in public health, and limit our rights to vote and be counted. They want us to operate from a place of fear and distrust.

But our fates are tied. This virus is a reminder of what we already know — we are connected. We must work together to protect the health and well-being of ALL people in our communities to survive. Only by working together will we defeat this outbreak. Only by working together will we build a better Missouri for ourselves and our children.