Celebrate the 98th Year of 19th Amendment: Women's Right to Vote
It's Women's Equality Week!
This week women across Kansas City will get together to celebrate the 98th anniversary of winning the right to vote! We'll examine our intersectional history and build on our strength and expand our local and national political power. There are many great events to choose from.
We're going to start the week, though, by heading over to one of our favorite progressive hangouts in KCMO (Bier Station) to meet the woman trying to make historyin the KS-03: Sharice Davids. She is running to replace Kevin Yoder as the congressperson representing Johnson and Wyandotte counties and a northern bit of Miami county. This is a fundraiser but donations are not required.
People from Kansas joined citizens from 38 states this year to call for a moral revival across our country and have picked up the baton passed to us by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We have come together to condemn systemic poverty, racism, militarism, and ecological devastation. Did you know that the number of Kansans living in poverty is equal to the population of Wichita? That's unacceptable!! There are opportunities for you to stand with and work toward rebuilding KS communities.
If you would like to become more involved in this effort or want more information -- or have friends that would like to receive emails along with you -- consider completing this short survey for your local Kansas coordinating committee. #LoveThyNeighbor
"We are preparing for the elections by clarifying the best word choices to use when discussing gun violence as an issue. There are some words to avoid and other words to actively choose (see below).
All MomsDemand supporters and members are encouraged to help gun sense candidates! Go to gunsensevoter.org to find gun sense candidates in your area and encourage others to do the same."
"Kobach, secretary of state and a gubernatorial candidate, spoke about a school-grading plan last week to the Pachyderm Club, a Wichita Republican group. If elected, he said he’d implement a plan where public schools would be graded based on standardized test scores. Employees at a school that raises its grade by a letter year-to-year would receive raises or bonuses. Students at schools receiving an F would get a voucher and funding to go 'wherever they want to go,' Kobach said, including private schools, religious schools or home schooling."
Kevin Yoder has upped his Twitter feed since the primary ~ but it's laced with the same misleading information we've come to expect from him.
Yoder posted a truly gag-inducing tweet with Jan Meyers on August 17... saying he counted on her advice and thought of her as his mentor still!! Which sent us back into the archives to bring up this ditty: https://www.c-span.org/video/…
He should follow #3. And we should hold him to account for not!
OPPOSE SCOTUS NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH
Our colleagues at Indivisible East Bay have put together a resistance toolkit for opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The toolkit includes talking points and even a suggested calling script to get you started. Feminists Fight Back have also created a facts summary brief for your deep dive on the subject. Use all to prepare for your daily Calls or Visits to both Kansas Senators. We have so much to lose.
Additionally, there is a nation-wide protest against Kavanaugh's nomination scheduled for Sunday, August 26th. Join multiple like-minded local organizations to tell Senator Roberts to vote NO on Judge Brett Kavanaugh!
Help us show Senator Roberts that Kansans do not want Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice! We will rally outside his office at 11900 College Blvd, Overland Park Kan. starting at 1:00 PM. Hosted by Move On and NARAL.
The White House is attempting to reduce financial protections for military members. The Military Lending Act is a longstanding law meant to stand between predatory lenders and young people too exhausted from boot camp to read the fine print on a loan. Trump's secretary for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mick Mulvaney claims he doesn't have the authority to enforce the law as written. This, combined with Devos' college policies and other sustained efforts to dismantle the CFPB, make it clear that Trump is ready to cripple many young people's chances of fully participating in the economy. Call your representative and ask that they demand that the CFPB protect our service men and women by enforcing the Military Lending Act.
It's been a pretty rough week of news, no mistake. And we've got a long email with plenty to share to show for it.
But when Saturday came, and hundreds of thousands of us took to the streets across the country to show up for families and immigrants — that's something to really move your spirit.
If you weren't able to make it, here are a few photos and quotes to get you fired up and facing the week:
Rev. Rodney Williams, Pastor of Swope Parkway United Christian Church:
I am tired of politicians talking about family values and they produce policies that have no value to families at all! I am sick and tired of politicians opening their meetings with prayer, but not knowing what the Bible said about "welcoming the stranger." I am tired of Christian nationalist groups praying for more wealth while we have children ripped apart from their families on our borders!
I am tired of America not being what #America said it ought to be! But there is a groundswell of people that are also tired as well! We're going to have to stand together: black and white; immigrant and native-born; gay and straight.
TOGETHER, there is no challenge that we cannot overcome!
No mountain we can't climb!
No political power we can't overcome!
No ICE we can't melt!
Rev. Randy Fikki, Minister of Unity Southeast Church:
The next time you vote I want you to vote for love. If we center in on love and we know that we love ourselves, we know that we love our neighbors regardless of what country of origin they come from, regardless of what border they came through, regardless of what they’re leaving or regardless of what they are trying to achieve, we must look at it first with love.
Heather M, Rally attendee:
It was so good for my state of mind, to be among so many other people who are heartbroken, but ready to fight.Now it's time to take that energy and channel it into hard work - work to reunite families, to save the Supreme Court, and to put a check on the corruption of this administration.
In the News
Keep up with the most impactful stories and be ready to take action on developing stories.
Be ready to elect or reelect officeholders who are working for your values on your issues!
Voter Registration Push
Indivisible KC is joining with progressive grassroots activists to plan a week-long registration push from July 11th - July 17th -- the final day voters can register before the primaries! Phone and text banking as well as community networking will be focus of a lunchtime rally at the Jack Reardon Convention Center on 7/11/18, with special guest Jason Kander headlining the program. Stay tuned to the Indivisible KC website and Facebook pages for updates as they become available.
Candidate Research: Democratic Gubernatorial Race
Here at Indivisible KC, we're not endorsing candidates because we endorse YOU. But we want to help you cast an informed vote. To that end, we present the list of candidates who are running in races and ways to find out more about them. Next week, we'll cover the Republicans running for the party's nomination for Governor. (We'll take a look at third party and Independent candidates during the general election season!)
There are three frontrunners in this race. The winner will be on the ballot as a Democrat in the November election.
With Justice Kennedy's retirement, the path to a Supreme Court that is not dominated by hardline conservatives is narrow indeed. But there's a plan to #SaveSCOTUS
Step 1: Get to 51 votes. That's going to take every single Democrat standing firm and a couple of Republicans joining to block extreme nominees. It's time to really turn up the heat on Senators like Jerry Moran who have often expressed discomfort with the President, but never taken action. Click for more details and a call script.
Step 2: Retake the Senate in 2018. Every one of us will need to be ready to act in some key races. For KC-area Kansans, there's no better place to start than in helping Claire McCaskill (D-MO) retain her seat. Indivisible has identified several other races around the nation that must flip. Click here for more details on which races are flippable.
Friends, this won't. be. easy. But it's also not hopeless.
Ask yourself right now: "What will I do to flip the House, take the Senate, and save SCOTUS?"
Monday, July 2nd and Tuesday, July 3rd
Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA is hosting candidate forums for all the candidates in Kansas House Districts 17, 23, and 18. (Double check your district here!). Come to one of the two events to learn who will best support your priorities for public education. More information is available on Facebook about the July 2 event and July 3 event.
Wednesday, July 4th
Did you know that Fourth of July parades are a great place to chat with candidates? Visit your town or neighboring towns' websites to look for parades near you. Candidates will often share their plans to be at a particular parade on their Facebook pages or websites. Start your morning with activism and parades!
Monday, July 16th
Join SURJ KC (Showing Up for Racial Justice) for their July Mass Meeting at 7:00pm for previous attendees or 6:30pm for SURJ 101 for newcomers. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
This week, we'll celebrate our nation's Independence Day. At the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a passerby: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
He replied: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
As we celebrate and grill and launch fireworks, take a moment to reflect upon how your work can help to keep this Republic of ours.
See you out there --