News Coverage

KBIA: Clergy members arrested after protesting in the Missouri Legislature

By Heather Adams

May 6, 2014

  Twenty-three Clergy members were arrested Tuesday during a rally at the capitol. The rally, by the group Missouri Faith Voices, was meant to get state senators to expand Medicaid eligibility.

Over 300 members of Missouri Faith Voices gathered in the rotunda for a rally before certain clergy members moved into the Senate Gallery. While, other members showed support outside of the gallery, the select clergy members sang and prayed out loud for about an hour before police arrested them.

Columbia Tribune: Protesters occupy Senate to demand Medicaid expansion

By Rudi Keller, Columbia Tribune

May 7, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — Chanting, "This is the people's house," hundreds of protesters disrupted action in the Missouri Senate on Tuesday as they called for expanded Medicaid eligibility.

The protest ended with the galleries being cleared and 23 clergy members from across the state facing possible trespassing charges.

News-Tribune: ‘Rally for dignity’ disrupts Senate

May 6, 2014

Capitol Police arrested 23 clergy members at the Capitol today, after they refused to leave the state Senate's Upper Gallery when ordered to do so.

Missouri Public Safety department spokesman Mike O'Connell said all the demonstrators were "peaceful and cooperative," and those arrested were not handcuffed and were not transported to the Capitol Police headquarters on West Main Street.

None of those arrested had any outstanding warrants.

News-Leader Letter to the Editor: Medicaid expansion compares to 'Hunger Games'

May 5, 2014

Moviegoers and readers of the "Hunger Games" trilogy have made comparisons of the books/movies to reality.

Sadly, Medicaid expansion in Missouri can be fairly accurately compared to the Hunger Games. In fact, the tagline about Missouri legislators who oppose Medicaid expansion should read: "Legislators Sacrifice 2 Tributes Daily from the 'District.' "