Mourners and activists call on Parson to better protect Missourians

1 month 1 week 4 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:02:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
By: Lindley Schwartz, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY – A news conference staged Tuesday put mourners and activists in front of cameras to call on Governor Parson to protect Missourians from COVID-19.

 

House Minority leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) led the conference to take action and further the aggression to stop the spread of the virus. 

 

Speakers included Angela Kender of St. Louis, who recently lost her mother to COVID-19. Kender has collected photos and stories through support groups of more than 1,300 Missourians who have lost loved ones to the virus. 

 

“My mother was fierce, and she had survived many struggles in her life while maintaining a positive outlook that most people would not have been able to keep,” said Kender. 

 

Kender urged Parson and other elected officials to take further action to protect citizens from COVID-19. 

 

“Missourians are dying due to terrible leadership… and the lack of policy entirely. The continued deaths are preventable, and that is why I am here today.” said Kender.

 

“It makes me sick that our Governor and elected officials are not doing what they can easily do to protect us by requiring masks in all public spaces including schools” said Kender. 

 

One Kansas City teacher, Julian Vizitei spoke out about going back to school in the fall.

 

“How many school staff members have to die for this to change?” 

 

Vizitei said teachers and families are scared to go back to school, or risk losing their jobs by not going back.  

 

“Mike Parson stares at them and he says ‘It’s up to the school districts--were not going to provide extra funding, we’re not going to help you, it’s up to the districts.' What he is doing is taking responsibility off of himself." said Vizitei. 

 

Representative Joe Runions (D-Grandview), who was diagnosed with coronavirus in March, also spoke at the conference.

 

“There is plenty of side effects after, believe me, I have other problems that I did not have in the first of February. Nobody knows what is going on,” said Runions. 

 

Quade concluded the conference by stating “The conversation for the House Democrats is simple. The Governor has continued to push this off and refused to take leadership, and make hard decisions, and continues to lay it on everyone else.”

 

Angela Kender asked that any families who are in similar situations and would like to share their loved one’s photo and story, email Missouricovidmemorial@gmail.com

KOMU 8 News reached out to Parson for a response to the group.  His office has not replied. 

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