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Public News Service - MO: Social Justice

Missouri voters will decide the fate of Amendment 6 next month. (mo.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- On next month’s ballot in Missouri there is a new voter ID law that opponents say could take away the rights of thousands of state residents. Constitutional Amendment 6 would require anyone wishing to vote to verify their identity, citizenship and residence, potentiall

The Green Book was published for nearly 30 years after the Great Depression so African American travelers would know where they'd be allowed to stop for food, gas, and to rest. (National Park Service)

ST. LOUIS – If you're going to take one last road trip before summer ends, there's a history lesson to learn along U.S. Route 66. Frank Norris, who works on the Route 66 Corridor Preservation program for the National Park Service, says until the Civil Rights Act in 1964, African-American tra

A new report says LGBT people of color are discriminated against and abused in the criminal justice system. (iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri continues to debate anti-discrimination laws for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as a new report puts the spotlight on how the criminal justice system is impacting LGBT people of color. The study, co-authored by MAP (the Movement Advancement Project)

The ACLU is speaking out against SJR 39, which would allow individuals, organizations and businesses to deny some services for LGBT people. (Derek Paulson)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – If SJR 39 wins approval in the Missouri House, state residents will vote on it later this year. The bill would prohibit the state from penalizing a person or business that declines to provide a service for a same-sex couple. Under the legislation, a cake decorator, fo

At American Friends Service Committee Freedom Schools in the St. Louis area, teenagers and young adults look for ways to be agents of change. Credit: Joshua Saleem

ST. LOUIS - The cameras have stopped rolling and the national news crews have gone home, but in the year since the shooting death of Michael Brown, grassroots programs have been driving change in Ferguson. In the past year, said Joshua Saleem, who heads the peace education program run by the Americ

PHOTO: Childhood is less fun and games and more of a struggle for Missouri kids who grow up impoverished. A new report encourages the use of an updated tool to measure and combat child poverty. Photo credit: Hilary Clarcq/Morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's been more than 50 years since the federal government's official measure of poverty was created, and a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says it's time for a new ruler. The current method for measuring poverty doesn't take into account assistance benefits or re

PHOTO: A coalition of civic and religious organization is calling for a

FERGUSON, Mo. - For months, the world has watched protesters fill the streets of Ferguson, calling for justice, but one coalition is calling for a very different kind of protest in response to the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Zaki Baruti is among the organizers o

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut

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