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.
Hosted by United We Stand KC
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.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on the one-year anniversary of the 2016 presidential election.
It was gratifying to be able to celebrate your work in advocacy and activism.
We began the meeting with a few welcoming words from Leslie, an Indivisible Kansas City Board Member, along with some background on what Indivisible KC is all about. After the opening comments, Rabbi Alpert of Congregation Kol Ami led the group in a moment of silence. Next we heard from four Indivisible KC members who shared their personal stories of activism; We learned what it was like to attend a healthcare rally, visit the offices of Members of Congress, and make MoC phone calls ... all for the first time. We also heard from one of the contributors of our ACA Stories Scrapbooks, an extensive project launched last January.
We were pleased to welcome a few new members and reconnect with those who joined us at various times throughout the year. During the discussion portion of the meeting, long-standing IKC members and new participants alike addressed two questions: “What brought you into activism?” and “How will our activism change the future?” This was both a great chance for those who are now confident in their activist shoes to compare notes, as well as an opportunity to impart some wisdom to newer members who might be feeling a bit tentative.
Reverend Howard of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City closed out the evening with a rousing speech and urged us to keep fighting because after all, “what else are you gonna do?” Silence and complacency are just not viable options.
For us at Indivisible Kansas City, it has been encouraging and inspiring to bring together people with a shared purpose and to be able to provide support to this “vibrant community of angelic troublemakers.”
Presented by Will Butler of Arcade Fire
With: Clean Missouri, Raise Up Missouri,
Missouri Jobs With Justice and Indivisible KC
From the event announcement: "Disco Town Hall is a series presented by Will Butler of Arcade Fire which will engage Arcade Fire fans (and others!) with local organizations, activists, and politicians engaged in helping the vulnerable and empowering communities. There will also be music and dancing. Because that's important too. In partnership with Plus1, $1 from every ticket will go to Partners In Health."
Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and Indivisible KC
To date, Kansas has lost over $2B in federal funds, including its own tax-payer money, to states that chose to expand Medicaid under the ACA. Expanding KanCare, our privatized Medicaid program, is a fiscally responsible Kansas-based solution that will cover over 50,000 residents in Kansas 3rd district and in the process, help create jobs, protect rural hospitals and improve the health of Kansans.
We were delighted to see so many engaged Kansans at the KanCare Community Event in Overland Park this past week. Your passion to learn, to act, and to get into the community on this issue is truly inspiring. We know this energy will translate into results that make life better for all of us. We also know that in spite of setbacks and tragedies, big and small, national or close to home, we're all in this fight together. And we can win.
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