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ACLU of Missouri and Krewson weigh in on NAACP's travel advisory

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Jeffrey Mittman, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Missouri, has taken the time to review the NAACP's Missouri Travel Advisory

He says he applauds the NAACP for slapping Missouri lawmakers in the face for what he considers taking rights away from women, the disabled, religious groups and people of color. 

"This is a shameful history documented at every level of government. What does our legislature do? Do they move to improve and address those situations or move the clocks backwards?" stated Mittman. 

Mittman insists Missouri lawmakers moved the clock back. 

"There is a problem in our state. This problem has been going on far too long. Our elected officials, whose responsibility it is to address these problems, have failed in their duty," added Mittman. 

"We want everyone to come to the city and feel welcomed. Also, no matter where you travel, whether in St. Louis or Chicago, exercise extreme caution," said St. Louis Aldermanic President Reed. 

He believes the travel advisory and the perception it offers will hurt the St. Louis economy. 

"It is unacceptable, especially in this day and age, with what we see happening all across this nation and to have this Senate bill pass is just outrageous," added Reed. 

St, Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson issued the following statement:

In St. Louis we value diversity and inclusion; it makes us stronger. We recognize that discrimination is real and many have and still suffer from its impact. I oppose Senate Bill 43 and all legislation that removes protections from discrimination."
 
St. Louis welcomes millions of visitors annually from all backgrounds, identities and experiences. They enjoy our many cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and museums. Our visitors, like our residents, are diverse in every way. I invite each of you to visit St. Louis and see for yourself what a welcoming community we are.

Further, I call on local businesses, institutions and organizations to review their internal policies to protect against discrimination and recommit to the importance of those policies on behalf of our citizens and visitors.

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