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The Kansas Legislature recently passed a $500 million K-12 school finance plan. Because of an $80 million mistake in the recently passed funding bill, the Shawnee Mission School District stands to LOSE $2,056,320. This is NOT okay.
This past Tuesday evening, parents, community members, and elected officials gathered to discuss how we got here and what happens next for Kansas K-12 schools. The discussion took place immediately following Loud Light's screening of "The Spooky Scary School Funding Crisis Special."
Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence, Grandparents Against Gun Violence,
Kansas City Veterans For Peace, Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus,
JoCo MoveOn, Voter Registration Project, March Forward KC, Our Revolution KC,
Indivisible KC, MainStream Coalition, Stand Up KC, League of Women Voters JoCo,
Urban Ranger Corps, SURJ KC — Showing Up for Racial Justice, Kansas City,
The Open Table, Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, Heartland Alliance for Progress,
and the League of Women Voters of Kansas City, Jackson, Platte & Clay Counties
People Power KC, Resist Hate KC, SURJ KC - Showing Up for Racial Justice, Kansas City, One Struggle KC, Kansas City Food Not Bombs, RJN/ Reale Justice Network, Dream Fighters Coalition, Advocates for Immigrant Rights & Reconciliation (AIRR),
KS/MO DREAM Alliance, ACLU of Missouri, and Indivisible KC
"Congress has failed to protect our immigrant youth once again after voting for a spending bill that did not include a #DreamActNow. Every day that passes by, more and more undocumented youth lose protection from deportation. We will not be used as a bargaining chip to lock another person into the camps, rip a family apart or undermine the very idea of family immigration. Do not let Trump dehumanize the people we love."
Friends & families joined organizers and allies at First Friday in the Crossroads district in downtown Kansas City to demand that action be taken and Congress protect young Americans and their families from deportation.
Images & Video by KS/MO Dream Alliance
Indivisible KC and MainStream Coalition
Heartland Alliance for Progress,
Our Revolution KC, and Indivisible KC
*Dark Money, *Disappearing Text Apps, *No Priorities for Jefferson City Ethics Reform, *Bully Tactics with the State Legislature, and *Underhanded Tactics with the State Board of Education, and the Water Board — Governor Eric Greitens would not even pass his own Ethics Test!
In solidarity with our friends in Joplin and Springfield, a coalition of groups including Heartland Alliance for Progress, Our Revolution KC, and Indivisible KC greeted Governor Greitens' budget tour with a demand that he either start living up to the campaign promise that he would bring ethics to Jefferson City, or resign!
We gathered on the sidewalk outside of U.S. Farathane and the Governor gave a speech about his budget plan inside the building at 4:30. PLEASE NOTE that we were only made aware of the Governor's visit on January 30th, so this was a spur-of-the-moment grassroots action. There were no speakers and limited organizers.
Indivisible KC and MainStream Coalition
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Voters Denied event last night and a special thank you to all of our superb speakers. Voter suppression and gerrymandering have strong impacts on voting and elections in Kansas and the standing-room-only crowd let us know just how important the right to vote is to Kansans.
Davis Hammet, Loud Light; Anita Parsa, Voters Against Crosscheck; Rep. Brett Parker, House Elections Committee member; Micah Kubic, ACLU of Kansas; Moderator: Melinda Lewis, Associate Professor of Practice, KU School of Social Welfare
The messages the speakers shared resonated with the audience both for their harsh, unvarnished take on reality as well as the optimistic tone, which is borne of the hard — and now even occasionally successful — efforts. Micah Kubic’s words in particular are designed to humorously call people to action. Brett Parker is a breath of fresh air as a legislator who works tirelessly for all Kansans, not just his constituents, and is impacting his fellow lawmakers bit by bit. Anita’s story showed that a single, dedicated, hard-working woman’s research can lead to tremendous change. And Davis, as the youngest, but perhaps most effective presenter, showed how one person’s effort to register voters will have lasting impact on politicians and the electorate.
One attendee's question about what motivates Kris Kobach, stands out. Micah provided a response: “I don’t care ... what his motivations are. It doesn’t matter what they are. If you keep doing racist things, at some point you are a racist. If you keep doing vote-suppressing things, at some point you are a vote suppressor, if you keep doing anti-democratic things, eventually you’re not someone who supports democracy and if you keep doing things that are not transparent, eventually you are just a secretive person. So over time motive and outcome become one and the same. ... all I care about are the outcomes I see today, which are tens of thousands of eligible citizens being denied their right to vote, what I see is him crusading around the country for the most extreme anti-immigrant laws that have ever been on the books anywhere, and what I see is him destroying a culture of diversity, and vibrancy, and democracy, that are what I think this country should stand for.”
The new year is often a time to think about new beginnings and fresh starts. But perhaps this new year, we're thinking more about renewing — as in renewing our vigor, our passion, and our energy to stand up against all the awfulness of this administration, its supporters, and all the elected officials willing to look the other way for their own priorities.
It takes a lot to keep fighting back month after month and year after year. It takes a lot to persist, to resist. But we'll go into the new year together, renewed, back into the fight, celebrating our wins and regrouping for the wins we haven't gotten yet. Thank you to everyone who visited MoC's office this past year. Your persistence is the backbone of the Resistance! As always, we are so grateful for your voices and your hard work as citizens. Never doubt that you are making a difference.
The folks at Indivisible KC
Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and Indivisible KC
Our fight isn’t over.
In preparation for the KS legislative session IKC co-sponsored two rallies with Alliance for a Healthy KS to share the next steps we’re taking to expand KanCare. We were fortunate to host several rousing speakers: Sheldon Weisgrau, Pastor Rick Behrens, Stephene Moore, Randy Calistrom, Anne Rauth, Matt Kleinmann, Dr. Valerie French, Patrick Sallee, Cielo Fernandez, Jerry Jones, and David Jordan.
Current legislative landscape:
- 75% of Kansans support KanCare Expansion
- 66% of Republican voters statewide support KanCare expansion
- Majority of Republican voters in every congressional district support expanding KanCare.
- A GOP pollster found that the level of awareness and engagement on this issue was the highest he's seen in the country indicating that it would be harmful to legislators if they choose to not support it.
- The Alliance is hoping Colyer will expand Medicaid and use that vote as a way to distinguish himself from Brownback.
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