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African-American clergy joined at the Capitol to meet with Gov. Nixon

Date: November 18, 2013
By: Hanna Battah
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
The Missouri legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid disturbed more than just the Democrats who walked out of a committee meeting last week.
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Wrap: African-American clergy from around the state met with Gov. Jay Nixon Monday, asking him to attend to the health care needs of who they say are the most vulnerable in the state.

Reverend Doctor Jimmy Brown says the agenda they pushed with the governor is not about any political agenda, but about pushing what's "morally right" in the legislature.

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Description: When they hear of an issue being wrong, even though it may be wrong in a minority community, they should stand up for what’s right. Not for persons, but for people.

The group says this will not be their last visit to Jefferson City.  They plan rally during legislative session with more than 500 African-American clergy.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.

 

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Clergy from across Missouri met at the state Capitol Monday to challenge what they call the moral leadership of the legislature.
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Wrap: African-American Clergy say they have grown increasingly alarmed about Missouri's recent legislative decisions on issues like health care or education. 

Reverend Dr. Jimmy Brown from St. Louis was one of the 75 clergy members who spoke to the Governor on what he describes as "moral issues." Many of these issues, he says, are rooted in education access.

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Description: When 50 percent of the African-American young men drop out of high school in the city of St. Louis, what happens to ‘em? Of that 50 percent, 70 percent are probably going to jail.

The group says this will not be their last visit to Jefferson City.  They plan rally during legislative session with more than 500 African-American clergy.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.

 

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Clergy across the state of Missouri joined together to condemn legislative decisions which they feel ignore overwhelming personal, economic and moral testimony of Missourians.
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Wrap: The main push on the agenda responded to the recent senate decision not to consider Medicaid expansion, however the group discussed other issues like education and mass incarceration of minorities.

Reverend Doctor Wallace Hartsfield Senior from Kansas City says he and the others are not motivated politically to speak with the Governor.

Actuality:  JIMMY3.WAV
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Description: Statistics and all of those kinds of charts and all those graphs and that kinda thing. We’re not dealing with that. We’re dealing with what’s right in terms of people. All black, brown, white yellow, whatever.

The group says this will not be their last visit to Jefferson City.  They plan rally during legislative session with more than 500 African-American clergy.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.


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