Hello Indivisibles of KC,
The federal government is back open, the state legislatures are sworn in, and it's more than a year and a half until the next presidential elections. Time to sit back, let go, and -- wait. No, that's not it.
It's always important to take a break when you need it. The relentless assault on truth and decency takes a toll. But when you're ready, when you've redrawn your strength, we must keep pushing forward. Every day, every week, there are ways to get involved. Onward!
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We neglected to mention the Women's March last week (oops!) but we were so excited to see everyone who came out in the freezing cold weather to demand equal rights and justice for everyone. Two candidates for KC Mayor spoke, as well as representatives from the Fight for 15 and several area artists. Rallies like this help us build energy and coalition with our allies. Whether you were there in body or in spirit, you're part of the change.
In Topeka, far-right leadership is digging in to resist Governor Kelly's attempts to expand Medicaid, prioritizing tax reforms related to last year's federal tax cuts for the rich. We love Loud Light's short explainers as the best way to get caught up on all Kansas state government news.
Governor Kelly's proposed budget (8:19)
In Jefferson City, House Democrats announced a series of bills to finally improve pubic education funding and access. The bills would increase the state constitutional minimum funding for schools, increase school transportation funding (the shortage of which has led many school districts across the state to shorten the school week to four days), require local voter approval for charter school expansion, and end "lunch shaming," if implemented.
Missouri had the fifth highest rate of gun deaths in the U.S. in 2017, and a recently released report suggests our loose gun laws make the problem much worse. Gun violence is an issue very close to our hearts; IKC founding member and former President Emily Riegel will be speaking about her experience as a survivor of gun violence this Saturday at the Moms Demand Action Moments that Survive event, and we hope you will join us there in support. Please also mark your calendars for Tuesday February 19th, when we'll be heading to Jefferson City to advocate for gun sense policy. This is one of the most important advocacy days of the year, and is perfect for first-timers in the capital.
Several more Democratic presidential hopefuls jumped into the race this week. Get caught up -- and stay informed -- here (NPR) or here (NY Times). There's still plenty of time ~ no need to pick a favorite ~ but it's never too early to start learning what these candidates value and where they would place their priorities.
We Indivisibles are excited about H.R.1 ~ the new Congress's For The People Act. This is a sweeping bill introduced in the House, with hearings begun this past week. Check out NPR's full explainer on it, but briefly, it adds provisions that
We're not going to be quiet about this, and we want you involved. We'll have more below, but you can start at WeDemandDemocracy.org