Ensuring that the City of St. Louis is a model of diversity and inclusion is a priority for many organizations and individuals in the area. This language has wide-reaching implications that could potentially undermine the economic and labor objectives of legislators, making it essential to remove it from budget bills. Such language could jeopardize the licensing and accreditation of programs that are essential to both the well-being of Missourians and the economic competitiveness of our state.
The broad language added to the bills raises questions about their practical application and how it would affect a variety of services and programs provided by the state, including those that are fundamental to the economic and labor objectives of legislators. There are likely to be additional consequences related to state contracts with private companies, hiring and employment rules that are not mentioned here, but which could also have far-reaching implications. Organizations such as the ACLU of Missouri, Affinia Healthcare, Aging Ahead, Alive and Well Communities, Amethyst Place Inc., Ashrei Foundation, U. S.
Assisted Recovery Centers, Greater St. Louis Behavioral Health Network, Beyond Housing, Build Missouri Health, CareSTL Health, Kansas City Child Abuse Prevention Association, Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, Eastern Missouri Center for Children's Advocacy Center, Washington University in St Louis, Communities First, Concerned Citizen, Connections Speech and Language Therapy, Missouri Consumer Council, Cornerstone Corporation, Cornerstones of Care, Covenant Blu Grand Center Neighborhood, Crime Victim Advocacy Center, Deaconess Foundation, Delta Center, Des Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative, Distinct Consulting Services LLC., EarlyStart, Fathers & Families Support Center, Food Outreach St. Louis, FosterAdopt Connect, Fresh Start Self-Improvement Center, Gateway Early Childhood Alliance, Gateway Housing First, Generate Health STL, Good Journey Development Foundation, Greater Health Pharmacy & Wellness, Guardian Angel Settlements Association Heartland Alliance for Progress Home English Learning Program for Immigrants JCC Site Director Jewish Community Center JF Roblee Foundation Kansas City Public Library League of Student Advocates Louise T Wilkerson Missouri Academy of Family Physicians Missouri Alliance for Arts Education Missouri Budget Project Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence Missouri Dance Organization Missouri Health Care for All Missouri Jobs with Justice Missouri KidsFirst Metropolitan Congregations United Mid-West Family Broadcasting Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri Marillac Mission Fund Mental Health Association of St.
Louis National Avenue Christian Church NAMI St. Louis National Council of Jewish Women Andrea Branstetter Jennifer Forrest-James Missouri Thespians Center for Multicultural Counseling & Research National Council of Jewish Women Christina Gesmundo Simon Linda Mattson are all actively opposing any effort that includes language in state legislation aimed at reducing diversity, equity and inclusion. Churches in St. Louis have been at the forefront of this movement to promote diversity and inclusion in the city. They have been actively engaging with their communities to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of their race or background.
Churches have been hosting events such as workshops on cultural competency and diversity training for their members as well as providing resources to help people understand different cultures and backgrounds. Churches have also been working with local organizations to provide support for those who are facing discrimination or other forms of injustice in their communities. In addition to these efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in their own communities, churches in St. Louis have also been advocating for change on a larger scale. They have been working with legislators to ensure that laws are passed that protect people from discrimination based on race or other factors.
Churches have also been working with local businesses to ensure that they are providing equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their background or race. The efforts made by churches in St. Louis to promote diversity and inclusion have had a positive impact on the city as a whole. By creating an environment where everyone is respected and accepted regardless of their background or race they are helping to create a more unified community where everyone can feel safe and accepted.