Maria in the News
"State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City... had the most cash on hand as of July 1 among the slate of candidates..."Continue reading »
"JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri’s new governor signed legislation Friday aimed at providing state funding to help investigate areas of the state exposed to radioactive waste.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who was sworn in on June 1 after the resignation of Gov. Eric Greitens, approved the proposal championed by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City.
The measure will allocate $150,000 annually to the Department of Natural Resources to probe sites like the West Lake Landfill in north St. Louis County, where radioactive material was dumped more than 40 years ago.
“It’s a small step for a big problem. There’s a lot more that needs to happen,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “We’ve got a long road ahead of us.”Continue reading »
"Maria Chappelle-Nadal of University City voted against the policy when it was being debated.
She thinks it fails to provide security for experienced employees who bring important knowledge to the workplace."Continue reading »
"I am concerned because I'm looking at history," she said. "In the district that I currently represent, there are a lot of previously historical African-American communities where there was blighting done and they wanted to do development, and now those communities don't exist anymore."Continue reading »
“I have constituents who just don’t like these kinds of taxes,” Chappelle-Nadal said, “and they’re African-American. Their issue is that the funds that are received from this do not adequately go to the urban core.”Continue reading »
"I think this is a really important bill," said Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, "especially when we are dealing with children who have been raped or sexually assaulted or are victims of [sex] trafficking."Continue reading »
Missouri Senate votes to move date of Right-to-work ballot measure; Democratic filibuster has controversial end
The move was highly unusual as the majority party typically uses a well know procedural maneuver known as the “previous question” to end filibusters and force an immediate vote.
Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph said he couldn’t believe his ears when Dixon told Chappelle-Nadal to sit down and described how he ran into the chamber from outside to try and help her. Schaaf said he was offended at what happened to her.
Chappelle-Nadal then said, “Anytime a person’s voice is taken away, it should look like a very huge scar.”Continue reading »
Chappelle-Nadal said that, although she had been critical of Greitens, she believed his trial should play out before any decisions should be made.
“You still have a right to due process,” she said, adding that, in her view, the situation mirrored that in Washington at the moment. “I don’t want to see a governor like Parson. People at home say, ‘We can’t stand (President Donald) Trump, but (Vice President Mike) Pence would be worse.’Continue reading »
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said she received numerous calls "from people throughout the state and in my district" who were concerned after the Senate gave the proposal its preliminary approval last Thursday afternoon. "I do believe this bill is going in the wrong direction," she told the Senate. "What is called a reform — what in my heart I believe is taking several steps backward — would change the climate and the culture of our state employees."Continue reading »
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City said the changes, combined with the low salaries paid to workers, could further sink morale at state agencies."Continue reading »
"And state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, posted a YouTube video where Burns called in to Romanik after the host used the N-word to refer to African-Americans."Continue reading »
"On Twitter, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said the revelation shocked her."Continue reading »
“I think the General Assembly is taking the situation very seriously at this point,” Chappelle-Nadal said. She said she believes the case not being dismissed will allow for a full review of the circumstances and the facts of the governor’s case.Continue reading »
The senator from St. Louis tweeted about "another suspicious threat:"Continue reading »
'Chappelle-Nadal said she was thankful to police and first responders, and that there is an ongoing investigation into the incident.
"Let me be clear, the coward that sent the envelope made a grave mistake," she wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. "There is no way in Hell I will be intimidated by a fool."Continue reading »
"Every single senator is a target because of what they stand up for,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “However, because of the issues that are in my district, not only Ferguson do I represent, but I also represent an area that has over 100 locations with radioactive waste."Continue reading »
"Chappelle-Nadal said Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill should add slavery reparations to the national Democratic platform as she says both parties have failed African-Americans, the Kansas City Star first reported."Continue reading »
"Rep. Josh Peters, you do not have a right to touch me, nor call me "Boo," Chappelle-Nadal wrote on Twitter last year. "We don't have a relationship where you get to put your hands on me."
She filed an ethics complaint against Peters, but it was dismissed a month later. House Ethics Committee records do not reveal the details of the committee's investigation or how the matter was resolved since it was handled in a closed session."Continue reading »
"One of the few public officials drawing attention to this crisis is Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a state senator who represents parts of St. Louis County. The radioactive waste in her district is a deeply personal fight for her — Chappelle-Nadal’s father used to work at the St. Louis airport, where Coldwater Creek begins, and breathed toxic air from the creek every day, eventually dying of kidney cancer. She’s conducted over 1,000 interviews over the years with people in the West Lake and Bridgeton Landfill areas, along with residents in the Coldwater Creek watershed."Continue reading »
"Asked why she wanted to release the video, which was paid for by her campaign, Chappelle-Nadal said she “never became whole after my complaint was dismissed.”
“No one took me seriously. Ever," she said. "They did not.”Continue reading »
“I come from a very liberal district. So people will say things such as, we really don’t like Trump, but Pence is worse,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “I was thinking about all of this, and I came to the conclusion that all the things Greitens has done are terrible, but Parson would be worse.”
One of the major issues facing Chappelle-Nadal’s district is the contaminated West Lake landfill. She believes Parson has been working against her on dealing with the landfill."Continue reading »
"Assertive and passionate, Chappelle-Nadal has been a thorn in the side of white bigots and complacent black politicians in St. Louis for years. She receives death threats on the regular and, at one point, had to have police protection around her home. Chappelle-Nadal engaged in record-breaking filibusters to protect same-sex marriage and the environment, was teargassed while protesting during Ferguson, and fought expulsion from the Legislature after posting on Facebook “I hope he gets assassinated,” over President Donald Trump’s comments after the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va.
Despite all of her trials, or maybe even because of them, she’s worked tirelessly to confront the problems of Coldwater Creek; to date, she’s held over 100 town halls on Coldwater Creek contamination. Chappelle-Nadal is like a character in a John Grisham novel mixed with a little Erin Brockovich and Fruitvale Station. In other words, she’s not the one. But somebody didn’t quite know that."Continue reading »
"The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that about 121,000 tons of uranium refinery residues and contaminated material were stored around the airport. If you follow the train tracks that run from the gates of the Mallinckrodt plant, they’ll take you right to the airport area where Chappelle-Nadal and I went exploring on Sunday.
We brought with us a Geiger counter supplied by Republican state Sen. Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, who describes himself as an ally in his Democratic colleague Chappelle-Nadal’s effort to find out what happened to all of that nuclear waste and whether ongoing dangers merit state compensation to people whose homes are in the affected area."Continue reading »
“Our president has again failed the American people,” Chappelle-Nadal said. In a later tweet on Thursday, Chappelle-Nadal said “Puerto Rico deserves to be part of a nation that will not authorize GENOCIDE on its own people.”Continue reading »
"St. Louis residents deserve much better customer service and follow-up than what they’ve gotten since the radioactive waste was discovered in the landfill in the 1970s. Though regulations were few and oversight seldom, it is time for elected leaders to take the issue seriously, having the ability to both metabolize difficult concepts and articulate them without a cheat sheet or bullet points. It is my belief that ignoring this cancer-causing nuclear waste in a burning landfill is a slow genocide authorized by local, state and federal leaders."Continue reading »
"In Jan. 2017, Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal complained that Rep. Joshua Peters, had touched her inappropriately. The House Ethics Committee dismissed her complaint, but warned Peters that any further complaints of inappropriate language or behavior would be dealt with more severely."Continue reading »
POLITICAL FIX Historic tax credits in Missouri would be pared back under bill okayed by Missouri Senate
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, expressed support for the legislation because it attempts to funnel the credits toward areas of the state that need it most.
“They were intended for truly blighted, poverty areas,” said Sen. John Rizzo, D-Kansas City.Continue reading »
"One of the reps in your district, Josh Peters, referred to me as boo, and then grabbed my arms, and then did a forceful embrace that was unwarranted and unwanted," Chappelle-Nadal told Nasheed, according to a recording of the remarks included in the film. "I& am very angered by this, first being called boo, and I'm very angered that someone thought it would be OK to touch me."
After Chappelle-Nadal went public, Peters initially denied that he'd harassed her, and he said that the allegations amounted to a "vicious personal and politically motivated attack." Later, though, he acknowledged in an interview with the Associated Press that he'd cursed at her.Continue reading »
"On the the walls of her office, aqua and forest green maps outlining radioactive waste sites throughout her district hang as reminders of what she’s working against and who she’s working for.
A 2012 redistricting gave Chappelle-Nadal areas like Coldwater Creek and the West Lake Landfill, regions with major health and safety concerns originating from decades-old nuclear waste.
Once she was able to fully “metabolize” the extent of the environmental issues at hand, she began hosting town hall meetings and communicating with constituents, collecting hundreds of cancer stories from those that live or have lived around the nuclear waste."Continue reading »
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said the details in the report were difficult to read as a person who had experienced sexual harassment.
“I started going through the documentation that was offered, and honestly I couldn’t get through it,” she said. “It was really hard for me to get through it. I had to take breaks.”Continue reading »
The senator told her colleagues her own experiences prompted her strong response. She said she was raped in the past and was a victim of sexual harassment three times during her nearly 18 years working at the Capitol.
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“When I saw some of the comments in the newspaper today or online today, I was like ‘wow', they're being so nice to someone who commented sexual assault.,’” she
said. “I go through trauma and they want to send me to hell."
Sifton spoke to Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis, on the Senate floor. Chappelle-Nadal has spoken out in the past about instances in which she was sexually harassed in the legislature, and she spoke about it again during Thursday’s session.
Sifton told her, “I’ve heard everything you’ve had to say today” and “I appreciate you saying it.”
Chappelle-Nadal voiced her disappointment at the lack of support she received in the instances when she was sexually harassed, saying “one of the things we are dealing with is continual silence.”Continue reading »
“I want to deal with sexual harassment in the state Capitol,” she said. “I want to make sure our policies reflect compassion for the victims because it’s just unacceptable.”
She also said education and job creation would be priorities.
“It’s important they have an advocate as well,” Chappelle-Nadal said.Continue reading »
“When I’m getting a single mother of three children calling me trying to find a place to live because they don’t have a place to live, that’s what’s on my mind today and every single day," Chappelle-Nadal said.Continue reading »
"Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay on the August 2 ballot, has donated at least $1,000 to many progressive candidates for committeeperson, including Aldridge, Betts, Alison Dreith, Matt Carroll-Schmidt, Marty Murray Jr., Tony Zebrowski, Annie Rice, Max Cassilly, Laura Hladky and Glenn Burleigh.
Chappelle-Nadal also donated to Franks’ campaign, as well as to Johns’ state rep. campaign."Continue reading »
“The same silence that allowed Ferguson to occur has allowed Bridgeton to occur,” she said. “This is my crusade. It is inhumane that nothing has been done. This is something our elected officials should have been fighting for a long time ago.”Continue reading »
“People want a change. People want energy; they want someone who has vision and they want someone who is going to be responsive and come home.”Continue reading »
"She added that the congressman is 'quite accustomed to riding on someone else's coattails to win elections,' a not-so-subtle jab at Clay's political lineage."Continue reading »
"Whenever I’ve called on Maria she’s been there. She has helped Ferguson protesters in bad situations, asked me and other cab drivers about our industry, she has stood against Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry and when I asked her to speak to Jewish seniors on Martin Luther King Day she came without hesitation."Continue reading »
"When we have a human disaster, it's important to have someone who is going to be present, is going to show up," Chappelle-Nadal said.Continue reading »
“I vowed to support Ferguson activists and young people running for office who understand the challenge we face in terms of race and economic and social inequities,” Chappelle-Nadal told The American. “I really want to have more young people involved in the government process in elected positions, at the local, state and federal levels.”Continue reading »
“I’m building a coalition of truly progressive people who understand race and socioeconomic inequities,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “We need people who are going to stand up and actually say something if something else goes down.”Continue reading »
“I’m running for Congress because someone needs to roll up their sleeves and make sure that all of the challenges we are facing are addressed.”Continue reading »
"Payday lenders have pushed legislation that would weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – the watchdog agency created in the wake of the 2008 fiscal crisis – by switching its leadership from a strong director to a muddled commission, whose members would be subject to a lengthy confirmation process."Continue reading »
"She tweeted Monday that the 1st Congressional District, which Clay has represented for 20 years, has been "in decay" over that time."Continue reading »
"Maria knows the issues and can clearly explain why she takes the position she does on them. I have been most impressed with her stance on the Westlake landfill crisis. She has been tenacious and courageous in her fight to protect us all against the health risks posed by this environmental travesty."Continue reading »
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said it’s good to see diversity in gender and race on the board and said it’s particularly important “because of the climate that we are in right now, that we’ve been in for a long time.”Continue reading »
“At some point in, if we are losing all of our talent because of the environment that says you’re not welcomed here because you’re a person of color, that is going to hurt the state,” said Chappelle-Nadal. “I want us to thrive, but the way that we do that is by having a diverse population. If we get the brightest and they so happen to be of color, then they need to be respect.”Continue reading »
"There was no differentiation between north quarry and south quarry. It was all one landfill."Continue reading »
“We can go ahead and start looking at real reform within the St. Louis County Police Department,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “And many of the people that I represent in my district and throughout the region still don’t have faith in what St. Louis County Police officers are doing. Not all. And I don’t want to say all. Because we have great officers out there. But we have not seen the reforms that we have desired for a very long time. And I think any time you’re going to do an increase, a tax increase or even a proposed one, you have to show good faith on the other side — and say that ‘you’re going to change the environment so people feel more comfortable.’”Continue reading »
State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she saw the interaction, along with the aftermath when security guards ushered the man away from the woman. She said the man was just standing there when the woman approached, yet the guards focused on the man.
“It tells me we still have a lot of racism,” Chappelle-Nadal said.Continue reading »
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, earlier said the proposal was allowed to move forward in exchange for [some] Democrats halting their objections to legislation requiring voters to show identification at polling places."Continue reading »
"More recently, on March 19, Clay came to a 27th Ward meeting hosted by Carter, where state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal was scheduled to speak. Chappelle-Nadal is running against Clay in the August 2 Democratic primary. Carter said Clay left incensed when he was not put on the agenda to speak because he arrived unannounced."Continue reading »
"Chappelle-Nadal said she does not want to support a tax for police until more is done to deal with policing practices she believes have not been fixed.
“There are still practices in St. Louis County that are unfavorable,” Chappelle-Nadal said.Continue reading »
“It’s like saying you lost a million dollars because you didn’t win the lottery.” — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, explaining why she voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an education funding measure.Continue reading »
“If I stayed silent, these issues of racial equality would not be before this chamber, or in the media,” she said. “We have a racial problem."Continue reading »
"She is passionate about getting federal help to clean up the crisis of radioactive waste which is, in a way, a form of “environmental poverty.”Continue reading »
"Maria does a lot of work in her community, one thing you can be sure about her is when she goes to Congress to represent the 1st, she’ll be coming home. She has meet-ups and town halls 4 to 5 times a week."Continue reading »
"Now, the filibuster has been going on for over 20 hours, much of which has been led by state Sen. Maria Chappelle Nadal. Nadal recently said she wanted to break the 27 hour state filibuster record and get to 30."Continue reading »
"As the filibuster wore on late Tuesday morning, two weary senators — Jason Holsman and Maria Chappelle-Nadal — kept it up with chatter that sounded at times like a public-radio pledge drive."Continue reading »
"On Tuesday morning, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) led the filibuster for more than seven hours for most of the morning as Democrats attempted to kill the bill."Continue reading »
"This is a major scarring of equality in Missouri. "Continue reading »
“I can do this all day,” Chappelle-Nadal said while fighting the amendment during the first 24-hour period of the debate. “This is my prime time.”Continue reading »
"According to the Times, Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said, 'We are living in an environment where hatred is alive, and we as a caucus are not going to tolerate it.'"Continue reading »
“I want to do my part and just have a conversation about an issue I feel is really important to us,” Chappelle-Nadal said from the Senate floor.Continue reading »
"'The end came via a parliamentary maneuver that Democratic senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who spoke for a total of 13 hours, said went against normal senate traditions and was “an absolute disgrace'.
Chappelle-Nadal criticized Republicans for their refusal to negotiate, saying that many of them spent the filibuster sleeping in their offices or playing card games while Democrats debated the issues.
'They’ve done a serious injury to the Senate,' she said. 'They are acting like house members.'"Continue reading »
"'I want to see us go for 24 hours,” said Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal halfway through the marathon session.'"Continue reading »
"Women of color are often caught in demeaning circumstances where we feel compelled to silence in order to preserve our professional standing, so Chappelle-Nadal’s tenacity in standing up for herself and her beliefs are both refreshing and vital."Continue reading »
"Chappelle-Nadal said a string of conflicts had led to her yes vote: a conflict with the AFL-CIO about being disinvited from an event in February (the AFL-CIO denies that), curse words directed at her on a pro-union Facebook group last summer and what Chappelle-Nadal says is a continued lack of minorities on job sites."Continue reading »
"Chappelle-Nadal said Wednesday that the video that police released doesn't show the entire encounter, because the second officer cannot be seen. She also said those on social media have said there were three adults in the car, not two as police reported."Continue reading »
"Senator Chappelle Nadal filed Senate Bill bill 1149 requiring home sellers to disclose more information on Radon to potential buyers. She also wants sellers of homes to disclose if there have been positive tests for the gas on their property."Continue reading »
"[Trayvon] Martin’s name was invoked during Wednesday’s hearing by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat. A person must have the right to defend themselves, she said, but she worries about a “one-size-fits-all solution.”
'If it’s a possible rape, I get that,' she said. 'If you’re walking home with Skittles, I don’t get that.'”Continue reading »
"The bill also repeals the prohibition on school districts and charter schools from providing abortion services or permitting a person or entity that is a provider of abortion services from offering, sponsoring, or furnishing course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases."Continue reading »
Heroin antidote, drug registry get some support, but legislative passage remains elusive in Missouri
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, says she’s in full support of the bill, but doesn’t think it addresses the root of the issue.
'We are a drugged-up society,' she said.
Chappelle-Nadal suggests we need to figure out how to change our culture. Missouri is lagging behind."Continue reading »
"Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a state senator whose district covers Bridgeton, filed a bill requiring the state to purchase homes within three miles of the landfills at market value if the owners decide to move. She supports having the Corps of Engineers remove the waste."Continue reading »
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis, said she was aware of privacy issues connected to the cameras, such as a person filing an open records request to find footage of a neighbor's domestic dispute."Continue reading »
"She urged them to work with her to build bridges between police officers and the Chinese-American, African-American and Hispanic communities. She also said she strongly supported the use of body cameras by police, saying that “they prove who is innocent and who is not” in police confrontations with the public."Continue reading »
“If you have Texas and South Carolina that can pass body camera laws, why in the world can’t the Show Me State pass body camera laws?”Continue reading »
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said she wanted to make sure video of domestic disputes, incidents involving children or blanket video of protests isn't available under the state's Sunshine Law. "Continue reading »
“Far too often political bosses and money determine political campaigns,” Rev. Darryl Gray, campaign manager for Bush, told The American. “We can’t afford that to happen in 2016 – not with the apathy that is out there.”Continue reading »
"Stenger lost support from many African-American Democrats in the 2014 county executive race, with the prominent exception of Clay."Continue reading »
“Your son is a gift for us,” said Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to McSpadden. “He lives within all of us.”Continue reading »
“If you have Texas and South Carolina that can pass body camera laws, why in the world can’t the Show Me State pass body camera laws?”Continue reading »
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said she wanted to make sure video of domestic disputes, incidents involving children or blanket video of protests isn’t available under the state’s Sunshine Law."Continue reading »
"State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who helped organize local protests after Brown's death, aims to ride the activist wave all the way to the halls of Congress. She says she wants to see more federal resources directed to educational programs at the state level."Continue reading »
"Before she filed to run against him, Clay said he welcomed a challenge from Chappelle-Nadal 'because of the entertainment value of it alone.'”Continue reading »
“I think this is grossly undemocratic. On Monday, I will give a speech on the Senate floor of how the Missouri Democratic Party ABORTS the dreams of poor Black girls like myself who want to run for Congress.”Continue reading »
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat from University City, said requiring people to take a few seconds to buckle seat belts is hardly a government overreach."Continue reading »
Chappelle-Nadal said a volunteer called the party right before Thanksgiving to obtain access. The party granted access to the volunteer for 48 hours, she said, but they had trouble with the network. When Chappelle-Nadal called personally to fix the problem, that’s when the “rules changed,” she said.Continue reading »
“The events of Ferguson pushed me to actually think about it,” she said of running for Congress. “It is at a critical mass now where people are being disenfranchised because they don’t have someone who is going to be proactive and speak loud and proud about the issues of concern.”Continue reading »
She notes the importance of Black Lives Matter endorsements from elected officials but thinks that endorsements from victims’ families are a different thing entirely.Continue reading »
"I am pleading with you to give people in my district hope again, that we're going to focus on the injustices that have occurred for decades now."Continue reading »
"Chappelle-Nadal asserted in an interview that the state party was behaving in a manner that was “undemocratic’’ and amounted to “voter suppression.”Continue reading »
"• SB 761, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City: Bill would exempt marijuana from criminal forfeiture provisions.
•SB 762, Chappelle-Nadal: Bill would allow people to "possess up to one ounce of marijuana and provides a licensure process for retail marijuana stores, retail marijuana cultivation facilities, retail marijuana products manufacturers, and retail marijuana testing facilities."Continue reading »
"In the 1950's there was a St. Louis County but it was mostly farmland,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “And the haulers were paid by the loads that they were able to get rid of. So the more radioactive waste they were able to get rid of, they got paid, not knowing there's an impact."Continue reading »
"It's a cause that has changed my life," said Chappelle-Nadal. "I thought Ferguson changed my life. This is a big deal. This transcends race-- death is death is death is death."Continue reading »
"These people are getting contaminated in multiple ways,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “It could be the methane coming out of the ground, it could be the elemental smell in the air that they're breathing in -- it could almost be anything."Continue reading »
"Chappelle-Nadal asserted in an interview that the state party was behaving in a manner that was 'undemocratic' and amounted to 'voter suppression.'"Continue reading »
"The Missouri Department of Transportation has been implementing the Diversity Plan of 2013, but I want to see more out of the department in this area. You are being short-changed in many ways by a department that taxes all but does not provide opportunity for all. When I am asked to support a new tax, I will be asking what’s in it for you, other than the potential for a pile of rubble."Continue reading »
“...I am glad to see other provisions in the [consent decree], such as ensuring that there are multiple police officers who show up to a scene – especially in domestic situations. I am really carefully going to look at cultural competency of police officers and community engagement. When police officers are actively engaged in the community, there is more confidence that a police force can do a better job.”Continue reading »
“Culturally, we have a different situation," she said. "I’m really pleading with all the folks who are pro-this-legislation to recognize that we have an issue back at home in urban St. Louis.”Continue reading »
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, questioned whether concealed weapons would have made Missouri campuses safer last year when two men were arrested after racist death threats were posted on social media. Mothers with students who were among the Concerned Student 1950 protesters called her worried for their safety, she said."Continue reading »
“We are reminded as people of color every single day that we are not treated as 100 percent human being,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “And that is why we are still dealing with it every single day is that we are not being treated equally. This conversation about Professor Click is just a cover-up."Continue reading »
"The legislation got a big thumbs up from Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal."Continue reading »
"Dozens of high school and college students, joined by sex education advocates, visited the Capitol Wednesday to lobby for SB 672, sponsored by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis. Rep. Clem Smith, D-St. Louis, will be sponsoring a House version of the bill, which seeks to build upon last session’s sex education reform."Continue reading »
"Chappelle-Nadal said that the issue transcends racial divisions evident in the aftermath of unrest in Ferguson.
'Bridgeton and Coldwater Creek are bringing us together,' she said. 'It doesn't matter if you're black, it doesn't matter if you're white, it doesn't matter if you're rich, it doesn't matter if you're poor. People are dying. Death is death.'"Continue reading »
"Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of University City, says the discussion about Click is a distraction. She says some alumni and others are embarrassed by what Chappelle-Nadal described as racism at the university."Continue reading »
“I am really looking at how this legislation is going to benefit urban areas, specifically minority communities.”Continue reading »
“I wish the amount of time that has been put on this particular issue was also put on the people who have been treated like savages within communities that look like mine and across the nation.”Continue reading »
"Just like you want to give that fetus a fair shot, I want to give the Michael Brown's of the world a fair shot."Continue reading »
"Chappelle-Nadal said her work as a lawmaker is related to her campaign, because what she described as lack of attention to those issues during her time as a state lawmaker was what pushed her to run for Congress."Continue reading »
"They're living in fear," said Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal while she was inspecting backyards along Colchester. "Everyone has a responsibility to help out people in need, especially for something as traumatic as this."Continue reading »
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said she and many of her constituents experienced water in their basements.
"I don't know the cost and I don't know how many people," she said. "I have had some conversations with residents who had, in some cases, water all the way to the top of their basement."Continue reading »
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat who was among the Ferguson protesters, said the court-fees measure has 'absolutely nothing to do with why Michael Brown is dead.'"Continue reading »
"I am very grateful to any entity that decides to come into St. Louis and help out our young people. Children need to be motivated."Continue reading »
“I really do believe that when there is a bill that is passed by both chambers in a very bipartisan way, that means something. That means that all of the various interests that you have throughout the state, with all of the differences that we have, we were still able to come up with resolution. That’s what I filed. I believe that the hard work of the legislature should not be ignored now.”Continue reading »
"Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, regularly attend[s] community meetings and ha[s] advocated for the corps to take over cleanup."Continue reading »
“There’s a distinction between national security and social and economic inequality.”Continue reading »
"Missouri Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said her idea includes providing more opportunities for high school students to get dual credits paid for by the school district."Continue reading »
"SB762 was introduced by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) to legalize recreational marijuana through the legislature."Continue reading »
Sen. Chappelle-Nadal Issues Statement on federal legislation removing the EPA from Westlake Landfill
"The Federal Government owes it to the State of Missouri to investigate and remediate all contamination in and around St. Louis."Continue reading »
“The establishment has allowed us to have a poverty rate of 30 percent. They’re the ones who’ve allowed racism to continue, to allow the unemployment rate to be as high as it is,” she said. “I don’t care what the establishment has to say.”Continue reading »
"Maria Chappelle-Nadal could well have been standing at a lectern delivering a lesson in college physics, chemistry or environmental studies as a conversation on toxic landfills veered from alpha testing to the half life of Uranium 235 to radioactive disequilibrium."Continue reading »
“I want to leave a legacy as a person who was fearless, courageous, a fighter, and one who is willing to uncover what needs to be uncovered for justice.”Continue reading »