Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters – Advocating For Your Loved Ones

Bev Livingston has always been drawn to people, from her early days as director of the Greater Kansas City YMCA to her time as an insurance broker with Mutual Benefit Life to her current ownership of BL Associates, a public relations consulting firm. Along the way, she raised two children, Kenya and Lance. She became involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 1994, after Kenya was killed by a drunk driver. Livingston served as chapter president and was elected as Missouri State Chairperson of MADD. Her efforts in Jefferson City have helped push through the legislation that lowered the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit from .10 to .08.

She currently is founder and Chief Advocate for MISD which stands for Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters. This advocacy support group assists families and persons dealing with incarceration and re-entry into the community. Livingston spends time lobbying in Jefferson City for prison legislative reforms and other efforts seeking “justice for all.”

Livingston is especially passionate about young people. She encourages them to become involved in the community, make smart decisions, and participate at the highest educational levels possible. “People say the next generation will provide the leaders of tomorrow,” she says. “I want them to be leaders of today.”

2 responses to “Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters – Advocating For Your Loved Ones”

  1. Hi Bev, I rep the Greater KC Radio & TV Broadcasters and bring community leaders to present 4 times a year to discuss their concerns.
    Please let me know if you might be available to speak about MISD on Wed., Oct. 3, 2012, at KCPT, Channel 19, for about 10 minutes to share the good that you are doing within the KC Metropolitan community.

    Please email me or give me a call if you have any questions. Thank you.
    Kathy Hanis
    EPlus PR
    Ascertainment Coordinator
    (913) 362-6632
    (913) 271-5101 Cell

    September 15, 2012

    Dear Community Leader:

    On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, you have an opportunity to meet with representatives of the Greater Kansas City Broadcasters Association. The group is made up of radio and television stations that meet four times a year to hear the concerns of the community. During these meetings, broadcasters hear the needs of concerned citizens and use that information to set policy for news coverage, programming, public service announcements and special projects.

    The Greater Kansas City Broadcasters will host Ascertainment IV, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at KCPT, 125 E. 31st Street, in Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Please circle the time that you are available on the attached form. During this time, you will have 5 minutes to address the group of broadcasters regarding the problems, concerns and needs of the Kansas City community. The Panel includes representatives from Fox 4 News, KCTV 5/My KSMO TV, KMBC TV 9/KCWE, NBC 41/38 The Spot, KCPT, KPXE/Ion Media, Entercom Radio, Cumulus Radio, KCWJ, KKFI Radio, KLJC Radio, and Carter Broadcast Group.

    Your comments will not be used for broadcast, but will enable stations to better perform their public service functions. Please feel free to bring information about your organization for approximately 20-30 representatives of the Greater Kansas City Broadcasters.

    Space is at a premium, and is on first come, first serve basis. Please e-mail your preferred time as soon as possible.

    Please be advised that there is ample parking outside the station.

    We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (913) 271-5101.


    Kathy Hanis
    Ascertainment Coordinator
    (913) 362-6632
    (913) 271-5101 Cell

  2. I would like to meet with you to introduce you to our newest program. We’re trying to put people to work as soon as they are released. We give an informational packet to a family member for them to send to their incarcerated Loved One. They fill it out, mail it back to us, notify us when they are 60 days from being released. Our goal is to have employment, housing, or others services they need set up and ready to go. Please give me a call at 816-399-0048, so we can schedule an appointment.

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