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Upcoming SWMO Dems Events

SWMO Dems Feb. Town Hall

Join us on Wed. Feb. 21st, at 7 pm inside the Laborers Hall on 20th and Empire, in Joplin for our February Monthly Town Hall meeting. We welcome Reverend Darrel Gray as our guest speaker.  Rev. Gray is a prominent figure in St. Louis protests, with more than 40 years’ experience as a civil rights activist. He has marched alongside iconic civil rights figures, including Ralph Abernathy, who succeeded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

February is Black History Month, but we can work every day of the year toward equal justice under the law and full equality in Missouri. #BlackLivesMatter
Southwest Missouri Democrats is fully committed to building communities, where ALL recognize that black lives matter. 

SWMO Dems Annual Valentine’s Fundraiser We LOVE Unions — Mixer              followed by a Trivia Competition

When: Rescheduled to: Sunday, February 25, 2018,  3:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: IBEW Hall

 3316 S. Hearnes Blvd. (S. Main)


What: Tribute to union members, their families, and their accomplishments for Missouri

Information regarding 2018 statewide vote on “Right to Work”

Admission $15.00 per person (10 and under free). Donation includes 2 drink tickets (including wine and beer) and assortment of delicious finger foods.

If you can contribute finger foods for the event please call us at 417-208-2274 or email swmodems@gmail.com to let us know.

Following the Mixer Join us for:




When: Rescheduled to: Sunday, February 25, 2018,  4:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: IBEW Hall

 3316 S. Hearnes Blvd. (S. Main)


Competition will be moderated by Chase and Bridget Carlton, well-known for rousing competitions!

Teams can have up to 8 members.

Teams can bring snacks and beverages of their choice.

Team members must be seated and ready to play by 4:00 p.m.

Table decorations, matching outfits, and other “spirit” tactics encouraged.

Prizes will be awarded to First, Second, and Third place winners.

Entry Fee is $80.00 per team, a donation to SWMO DEMOCRATS
Union Locals have been sent an invite to participate with a FREE Entry.

To participate send the following information to swmodems@gmail.com :

NAME OF TEAM__________________________________________________________

Contact Person: _______________________________________________________________

Telephone Number: ______________________________

Team Members: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Please make checks payable to SWMO DEMOCRATS and mail to 2001 Empire, Joplin, MO 64804

For further information or to register by phone: Krista Stark (417)437-8443

or Sherry Buchanan (417 )529-4636




Principles of “Justice For All” On Our Hearts and Minds

Today the residents of St. Louis and the principles of justice for all are on our hearts and minds. We urge Missourians to safely observe our 1st Amendment rights and if participating in civil disobedience, to commit to de-escalation and to non-violent tactics.Martin Luther King, Jr. states that there are four basic steps in a nonviolent campaign: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist, negotiation, self-purification, and direct action. We must remember that the purpose of nonviolent direct action is to create tension and crisis so that an issue such as black lives matter must be confronted. This type of action forces the issue to the forefront so that it can no longer be ignored.King further said that not a single stride towards civil rights has been made without “determined legal and nonviolent pressure.” History has proven that individuals who are members of privileged groups in society rarely give up their privileges voluntarily.

“Good timing” is not an issue when it comes to nonviolent protests. Neither is a “wait and see” attitude.  Southwest Missouri Democrats joins our Missouri Democratic Party in full commitment to building communities that recognize that black lives matter.