Backbone for Monday, April 25, 2016
By Congressman Lacy Clay (D) Missouri
“Progressive politics, positive leadership
for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District“
Welcome to this special NGA edition of “Backbone.”
Backbone question of the week:
Who has the power to help finalize the selection of North St. Louis as the site for the new $1.7 billion western headquarters of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency?
Answer…you do, in fact, I’m counting on you to step up, speak out and show the NGA that North St. Louis is ready to welcome them.
Winning the preliminary site selection competition was huge, but I need you to take part in the public comment period which runs through May 2nd.
So please, take a moment to let NGA Director Robert Cardillo know just how much you support his historic decision to select St. Louis for this transformational, unprecedented federal investment.
To submit your comment on-line, please go to: http://nextngawest.com/site/index.php/comment
Or, send a letter of support to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District, Room 529
Attn: Amy Snively
601 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
After decades of disinvestment and depopulation, a great federal failure (Pruitt-Igoe) will be replaced with a transformational, $1.7 billion success, the largest federal investment in the history of the City of St. Louis.
As you know, I led a hard-fought, 3-year competition to keep these 3,100 excellent federal jobs right here in our community.
Nothing that you do today will mean as much for so many as showing your support for NGA in STL.
Please enter your public comment of support at: http://nextngawest.com/site/index.php/comment
NGA Director Robert Cardillo needs to hear that he made the best choice for NGA’s vital national security mission and for the exceptional employees who serve there.
North St. Louis is ready for NGA.
FINAL FERGUSON CONSENT DECREE APPROVED BY CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
As this story by Mariah Stewart and Ryan J. Reilly of the Huffington Post (4.20.16) in partnership with the St. Louis American reports, Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry has approved the final Ferguson consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice.
This agreement, which is the direct result of my urgent request to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder two days after Mike Brown was killed, will forever change the way that Ferguson police and their municipal court interacts with the citizens they serve. It directly addresses 26 constitutional violations in Ferguson revealed by the Department of Justice investigation.
The story notes in-part:
A federal judge on Tuesday, April 19 approved a deal between the City of Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Justice that aims to end the patterns of unconstitutional policing and municipal court practices that helped spark unrest in the St. Louis suburb following the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. in August 2014.
Christy Lopez of the Justice Department said the department’s year-and-a-half-long investigation of the Ferguson Police Department and municipal court system found the narrative that law-abiding citizens didn’t have to worry about the police to be “false,” and spoke about the patterns of unconstitutional conduct that federal investigators had identified.
The report, based in part on emails and documents provided by the city, found that Ferguson officials had worked together to increase the city’s revenues through increased fines and fees that had no connection to public safety. Federal investigators also uncovered racist emails sent and received by high-ranking officials in Ferguson and regular violations of the civil rights of the city’s residents, particularly African Americans.
Vanita Gupta, the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, said in a statement that the Justice Department “is looking forward to working with the city of Ferguson as it implements the decree and continues the essential work to create a police department that the Constitution requires and that residents deserve.”
For more on this story, please go to:
READY FOR MY RE-ELECTION
ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 2ND
As I begin the 100-day drive to victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday August 2nd, I’m blessed to maintain a massive fundraising advantage and the united support of the Democratic Party, key elected leaders and organized labor.
I’m also proud to lead an undefeated political organization that has won more elections and produced more Democratic votes in Missouri than any other in the state’s history.
Every two years, the voters of the 1st congressional district hold a job interview for who they want to represent them in Congress.
They consider the character and conduct of the candidates, their record of providing real results for the community, and their abilities to advance the core issues and deeply held values that matter to them…like growing and protecting good jobs, improving public education, expanding access to affordable healthcare, stabilizing housing, protecting their right to vote…and transforming local law enforcement and our criminal justice system to finally achieve equal justice for all, instead of just for some.
My team has never been stronger or better prepared, and we are going to win decisively on August 2nd. To find out how you can help, please go to www.lacyclay.org
My reelection campaign is off to a great start. We’re putting all the pieces in place for another decisive victory in the 1st Congressional District on Tuesday, August 2nd.
I’m counting on you to stand with me with your vote, and with your financial support too.
Your donation not only supports my re-election, it also allows me to help other progressive Democratic voices across this country.
If you’ve already stepped up, thank you.
If you haven’t helped out yet, your donation to my campaign would be greatly appreciated at this secure link. Thanks again for all your friendship and support.
And if you’re in DC, please join me tomorrow for a special leadership event. Please see the invitation below.
Hope you enjoyed this special NGA edition of Backbone.
Please remember to follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lacy.clay.3
And on Twitter @LacyClayMO1
See you next time.
Paid for by Clay Jr. for Congress, Willis Lloyd, Treasurer