Faith, Community and Labor Leaders to Rally for Economic Dignity

Faith, community, student and labor leaders today will rally in St. Louis, Kansas City and Jefferson City to show their outrage at being silenced by corporate interests and to chart a course for an economy that works for all Missourians in the months ahead.

The rallies will also celebrate the amazing work and collaboration by Missourians of diverse backgrounds and perspectives from all corners of the state. Hundreds of thousands of valid signatures were submitted to the Secretary of State earlier this year by Missourians demanding an opportunity to vote on proposals to rein in abusive lending practices and give hard-working neighbors and family members a well-deserved raise. Thousands of volunteers, more than 1,000 clergy and more than 500 congregations from every corner of Missouri came together -- when their elected leaders would not -- to move Missouri’s economy forward and end predatory business practices.

Details on today’s rallies are as follows:

Jefferson City
South Capitol Steps

Kansas City
Speedy Cash Payday Loans, 3947 Main Street

St. Louis
TitleMax Title Loans, 1311 North Grand

While we very disappointed that the measures to Cap the Rate and Raise the Wage will not be on the ballot this November as Missourians demanded, we are not deterred in the fight for economic justice in Missouri.

The out-of-state payday lenders and corporations who have spent so much to protect their 400% interest rates and poverty wages are hoping this setback means we will quit our fight. But they will not have that satisfaction. Polling has consistently shown that more than 60% of Missouri voters support both measures, and the pressure to cap the rate and raise the wage by legislation or ballot measure will not go away.