"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.
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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.
On Nov. 30, 2017, the Johnson County Commissioners notified the public that they voted to not renew the contract of longtime county manager, Hannes Zacharias. The board expressed a desire for a change in vision, but could find no fault in his performance. Even Michael Ashcraft, one of the commissioners who voted to not renew, said Zacharias had done a good job. During Zacharias’ tenure as county manager, Johnson County residents rated it with 95% satisfaction and the county maintained a AAA bond rating and the lowest mill levy in the nation. It can also boast the most robust mental health services and a transformative criminal justice system.
Indivisible KC attended the meeting held on the morning of December 7th. Seats for at least 50 were filled with roughly 30 standing at the back. All told, there were about 30 speakers, zero attendees in favor of firing and Mr. Zacharias was given a standing ovation. During the public comment portion of the Commission meeting, concerned Johnson County residents sought a concrete explanation from those who voted against renewing Zacharias’ contract. The Commissioners said they wanted a change in direction, but had yet to comment on what direction or change they are looking for, and how that new direction is hindered by Zacharias’ role as manager. Residents also requested the board hold another vote and renew Zacharias’ contract.
Johnson County Commissioners who voted to end the contract were as follows: Mike Brown, Jason Osterhaus, Michael Ashcraft, and Steve Klika (spotted sleeping towards end of proceedings). Those who voted to renew Zacharias' contract were: Ed Eilert, Ron Shaffer and Jim Allen.
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Indivisible KC: Guest Speaker
Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and Indivisible KC
The Senate GOP is trying to sneak an ACA repeal into their tax plan.
We were there. Only one person out of nearly 90 clapped in support of the bill. THIS in CLAY CENTER, KANSAS.
"He stopped short of promising to vote against the tax reform bill that passed the U.S. House last week, but Sen. Jerry Moran, R-KS, said he will not support a tax bill that just helps the wealthy." — Salina Journal, 11/25/17
NARAL Pro-Choice of Missouri, ACLU of Missouri,
ACLU of Kansas, Planned Parenthood Great Plains,
KU ACLU, Indivisible LFK, and Indivisible KC
November 15th was National "Thanks, Birth Control" Day. Women and families, who rely on access to affordable birth control, rallied at #HandsOffMyBC events outside of U.S. Health and Human Services offices in five cities: Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, MO. Attendees united in solidarity with fellow Americans hurt by President Trump’s dangerous policies and demanded that this administration stop their dangerous attacks on Americans’ reproductive health decisions.
Indivisible KC joined the ACLU of Missouri, ACLU of Kansas, ACLU KU (student chapter), Planned Parenthood Great Plains, NARAL Pro-Choice of Missouri, and Indivisible LFK to denounce President Trump’s executive order that allows employers to remove birth control coverage from their health insurance plans on the basis of religious or moral objection. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event! And ... extra special thanks go out to the Handmaids for braving the chilly winds, our emcee for leading us in several rousing chants, and our panel of inspiring speakers.
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