Mental Health & Substance Abuse

“Mental Health and Substance Use—Make the connection with our kids”
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
On Zoom

This presentation will explore the connection between mental health and substance use. We will discuss how to start these conversations with youth. Adults play a powerful role when it comes to positively influencing young people. Participants will learn what to look for, how to help, and specific factors for working with different age groups.

Speakers from the Children’s Grove, Social Emotional/Mental Wellbeing committee:

Kim Dude-Lammy, former director of the Wellness Resource Center

Heather Harlan, a family support group facilitator for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Columbia and a member of the Board of Directors for the Youth Community Coalition

Laura Powell, a Prevention Coordinator Lead for Compass Health Network

This program is cosponsored by the Columbia Public Library.
Register for a Zoom link:


Minority Youth: Inequities in Justice

“Minority Youth: Inequities in Justice”
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
7:00 p.m.
On Zoom

The panelists include:

Tara Eppy, Superintendent, Boone County Juvenile Justice Center
Ruth McCluskey, chief juvenile officer for the 13th District Court
The Honorable Sarah Miller, Missouri 13th District, Family Court Commissioner
David Tyson Smith, defense attorney and 45th District MO State Representative

The moderator will be D’Andre Thompson, Program Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Specialist for Boone County Community Services:

   Registration is required for this Zoom event at this link:

   A number of local organizations are cosponsors of this program, including: the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County Civil Liberties Committee: the Columbia Public Library; the Worley Street Roundtable; the Boone County Community Services; the Cradle to Career Alliance; FACE; Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence; Faith Voices; Mid-Missouri Civil Liberties Association; Minority Men’s Network; NAACP-Columbia Branch; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Chi Omega chapter.

This program is in observation of National Constitution Day.

Redistricting in Missouri

Redistricting in Missouri
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Noon-1 p.m. 

Live event via Zoom

Learn about the legislative redistricting process in Missouri and what actions you might take in calling for transparency, bipartisanship and public input to result in fair maps. This annual Holly Burgess Public Policy Forum is co-sponsored by the League, the Columbia Public Library and the AAUW – Columbia Branch. Please register.


Rally for Voter Rights

“March On for Voting Rights”
Saturday, August 28, 2021
5:00 p.m.
Meet at 2nd Baptist Church
407 E. Broadway

CoMO Rally Opposing Voter Suppression

The March On for Voting Rights is a nonviolent, nonpartisan mass mobilization to demand that elected officials protect democracy, denounce voter suppression and ensure fair, easy access to the vote for all through the passage of comprehensive federal legislation.

In solidarity with the national rally advocating for greater voting rights and opposing voter suppression, the Columbia branch of the NAACP will host a local march and rally on Saturday, August 28. Meet at 5:00 pm at 2nd Baptist Church at 407 E. Broadway for a march to the Boone County Courthouse for a rally with various speakers.

Voting rights are under attack across America. Since January, 49 states have introduced over 400 bills that amount to outright voter suppression, and already as of July 2021, 30 states had enacted 18 restrictive voting laws that signal a return to the Jim Crow era. These laws suppress voting methods that lead to high turnout: banning ballot drop boxes and mail-in voting, reducing early voting days and hours, restricting who can get a mail-in ballot, prohibiting officials from promoting the use of of mail-in ballots even when voters qualify, appointing partisan election review boards, even criminalizing the distribution of water to voters waiting in the long lines these laws create.