March is here, blown in like a lion on an icy downdraft, calling us to stay focused. Both Kansas and Missouri are at or close to their mid-points in the legislative session, and the US House of Representatives is finally flexing muscle re: Trump ~ family, cronies, business, et.al.
Proactively, the Congress is also poised to take up HR 1-- the For the People Act this Wednesday. It is all about voting rights ~ making it easier, not harder, to vote. The For The People Act requires independent redistricting commissions, ends voter roll purges based on failure to vote, and restores the Voting Rights Act. It also includes strong provisions for improving transparency in campaign finance and strengthening government ethics enforcement, because the will of the people should be represented by their elected officials and not the interests of powerful corporations and wealthy donors.
IKC is planning a series of Action Afternoons the 2nd Sunday of each month, starting this Sunday, March 10, 2019 (see below for full details). These will be fun events that we hope will help you slough off your fear or timidity and ramp up your enthusiasm. We are excited for your participation... to have you share and learn with us. Feet on the ground, shoulder to shoulder, building a more equal and just future.
Last week saw the passage of HR 8 - the Federal background check bill for firearms. The victory is real but there’s been concerns raised about GOP use of arcane legislative rules to split the Democrats and dilute the majority's strength. Read about that here. This week the House is expected to vote on the For the People Act (HR 1) -- the most comprehensive set of pro-democracy reforms we’ve seen in decades to expand voting rights, end gerrymandering, and put everyday Americans (not big donors) in charge of our politics. House Republicans appear to be readying to water down this important bill, exploiting the same trick that they used on the gun safety bill. Read about HR1 and what you can do here.
The Green New Deal was just one news story churning in the media this week, but it's indicative that who wins an election is often less important than who sets the agenda. The left is shaping the Democratic Party’s identity in significant ways ~ arguing that economic inequality renders America’s constitutional liberties hollow, unafraid to look abroad for alternatives to our political and economic models and willingly challenging entrenched norms so America can become a more equal country. Read this fascinating take on "Will the Left Go Too Far?" in this month's Atlantic magazine.
After years of debate, United Methodist Church leaders voted this week to reaffirm the denomination’s opposition to same-sex marriages and openly gay clergy. The vote came at a time when many United Methodists in the U.S. have become more accepting toward homosexuality, and it could cause more liberal-leaning congregations to leave the denomination. The largest United Methodist congregation in the country, Church of the Resurrection, is right here in the metro.
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Shoulder to shoulder,