We will discuss our work to build grassroots, volunteer-based community organizing infrastructure as a means to run ballot initiatives and win governing power for working people in Missouri.  We will examine how combining ballot initiative efforts with issue-based organizing campaigns can allow us not to just enact pro-worker public policies, but also to change the political landscape in Missouri.  We will present on our current ballot initiative efforts to get money out of politics and raise the statewide minimum wage.  

Claire Cook-Callen is the Mobilization Co-Chair for the Kanas City chapter of Missouri Jobs with Justice.  She has been organizing and advocating for Missouri families for over 7 years. Justin Stein is the statewide Organizing Director for Missouri Jobs with Justice.  Before stepping into his current role, he spent four years as the Kansas City Organizer for the organization.