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.”
9/14: Rally to Defend Public Education (@JCCC)
We Walk Together and Indivisible KC
9/15: RALLY for Education Rights (Kansas City Academy)
Missouri Democratic Party Progressive Caucus,
Metro Organization for Racial & Economic Equity,
Heartland Alliance for Progress, Our Revolution Kansas City,
AFT Local 691, and Indivisible KC
On Friday morning, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Kansas City Academy, a local private school known for its welcoming, inclusive education environment. A broad coalition of organizations (American Federation of Teachers Local 691, Heartland Alliance for Progress, Our Revolution KC, MORE2, Indivisible KC, and the Missouri Democratic Party Progressive Caucus) rallied in support of a strong, well-funded, and inclusive public education system. Brief speeches highlighted strengths in educational diversity around the Kansas City metro and offered alternatives to the abrupt and draconian policy changes proposed by Ms. DeVos. It was a privilege to welcome The Reverand Dr. Rodney E. Williams, President of the Kansas City, MO Chapter of the NAACP and Pastor of Swope Parkway United Christian Church, as our closing speaker.
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