The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings will begin after Labor Day. In response, activists and concerned citizens gathered around the country on August 26th for a national day of action to tell our Senators: Kavanaugh is WRONG for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh has said that a sitting President should not be prosecuted — not even investigated — which means the President doesn't have to answer questions about possible crimes. Kavanaugh's also hinted that a sitting President shouldn't be sued either, but it doesn't stop there; he still refuses to release documents regarding his voting records. His extreme positions threaten equal rights for all citizens, our environment and our economy.
There’s no doubt: Kavanaugh would rule to attack voting rights and LGBTQ rights, slash environmental protections, gut reproductive rights, and further damage workers’ and immigrant rights. If Senators vote to confirm Kavanaugh, they would cement into place the worst and most dangerous of Donald Trump’s policies and a legacy that will live on for decades after he's gone. Kavanaugh on the court means an end to Roe v Wade; any hope of getting money out of politics; and a Supreme Court which does not back the investigation into Trump's illegal and traitorous activities. Trump's lawyer just pled guilty to two counts of violation of campaign finance laws and said Trump directed him to pay off Stormy Daniels and his other mistress. Furthermore, is it right that a president under investigation gets to pick his own judges? A resounding NO!
🗣 We can NOT have a Supreme Court Justice who thinks the president is above the law. ⚖️
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Hosted by Voter Registration Project, Indivisible KS-3, JoCo MoveOn, SwingLeft KS-03, Get Out the Vote - 3rd CD, and Indivisible KC
Thank you to everyone who turned out to support the Voter Registration Project and Let America Vote in a kick-off in KCK for the last week of voter registration before the July 17th deadline to register to vote in the August 7th Primary Election!
We were happy to have amazing guest speakers including Brian McClendon and Jason Kander, of Let America Vote as well as many other strong voter registration advocates in attendance. If you were unable to make it you can watch Jason Kander's speech here and read Wyandotte Daily's write-up here.
With less than a week out we would like as many people who haven't registered to do so! If you, your friends, or family have any questions about how to register or if you are currently registered please visit either KSVotes (Kansas) or MOVotes (Missouri).
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.
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
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