Indivisible KC in Action: Kansas Week of September 11
Hello, fellow Kansans!
Last week, Donald Trump announced that the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) would be cancelled in six months, during which time Congress must take legislative action. This dismaying, but unsurprising, decision set our major theme of action, which we continue with these week, as we visit Representative Yoder. In a statement, Rep. Yoder said that he would support legislation to protect the DREAMers, and Senator Moran has expressed similar sentiments. However, we must keep up the pressure; in 16 years, Congress has failed to pass immigration reform, and doing so in six months is in no way a sure thing.
In a more surprising turn of events, Trump cut a deal with Democratic Congressional leadership Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to raise the debt ceiling, thereby avoiding an imminent government shutdown, and fund hurricane relief in Texas.
It's been a big week locally, too. Maryland-based Edgemoor's proposal for the new single terminal airport plan was selected, making Kansas City a slightly more attractive option for Amazon, as it seeks a second headquarters. But a less favorable corporate presence is expressing interest in Tonganoxie: Tyson Chicken unveiled a plan, developed in secret, to open a new plant in the town. Citizens are rallying to fight back. Keep reading to find out how you can help.
Call your Members of Congress and tell them you expect them to defend DACA and pass the DREAM Act. Already called? Call again, and encourage a friend to call. Click here for phone numbers and more information.
Stand with the citizens of Tonganoxie and all of northeastern Kansas as they lobby local government to prevent Tyson Chicken moving to town with its history of environmental damage and harm to civic infrastructure. Get involved with the Citizens Against Project Sunset (CAPS), and watch for upcoming events. Even non-residents will be impacted, so stay tuned.
Thursday, September 14th
On Thursday, join us as we ask Representative Yoder to take real steps towards defending DACA and supporting the DREAM Act. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Keep writing, keep calling, and stay vigilant. We'll see you out there.