Crystal Quade

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Through the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, people are guaranteed the freedom to, among other liberties, peaceably assemble. Whether they’re called protests, rallies, or marches, there’s a long history in this county of its citizens coming together to stimulate support for or opposition to various causes. They’re held on street corners, in front of government buildings, and on college campuses.

On the first day of classes this fall at Missouri State University, hundreds gathered in solidarity with Charlottesville to speak out against racism after events in the Virginia city turned violent.

“This event was constructed to bring us all together at the beginning of a school year and to encourage spirit and comradery amongst all of us Bears regardless of our identities,” said Britt Spears, president of the MSU Chapter of the NAACP on Aug. 21.

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Springfield was among the hundreds of cities worldwide Saturday where marchers raised their voice in support of women’s rights.

The grassroots movement, whose main march in Washington, D.C. drew an estimated 500,000 participants, invited individuals and organizations committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Estimates put the Springfield crowd at around 2,000.

Crystal Quade
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Crystal Quade helped Democrats avoid a Republican sweep in Greene County Tuesday and kept blue the seat currently held by term-limited Charlie Norr. 

Quade says that joining a legislature with a Republican super majority means she’ll need to be able to work across the aisle.

“So that’s going to be my first step is to build those relationships so that whenever I start filing my bills, hopefully soon, so I can have bipartisan support on the issues that are important to me,” Quade continued.

Voters in central Springfield will determine whether a Missouri House seat stays Democratic or changes hands in the largely GOP-represented region.

Crystal Quade is attempting to keep Democratic the post currently held by term-limited Charlie Norr in Missouri’s 132nd district. It is the only seat within the seventh congressional district not presently held by a Republican.