Indivisible KC Week in Action: Kansas, March 12


Hello, fellow Kansans!

It was a full week in the Statehouse and in the Courthouse in Kansas.

TOPEKA - Lawmakers continued work on various education bills, from requiring bullying plans in all schools (HB 2758) to reinstating due process for teachers (HB 2757). They held their collective breath for the cost analysis report due this week for complying with the KS Supreme Court's order to fairly and adequately fund K-12 schooling. That report will be presented on Friday (3/16) to a joint meeting of the House and Senate K-12 budget committees. Almost hidden in the full agenda last week was the rejection by the KS Senate of SCR 1611 -- calling for a Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution. This was a risky, misinformed proposal which would have opened the door to a top-to-bottom rewriting of our country's founding document. No court or legislature can restrict what proposals a constitutional convention considers. The Senate was right to end this effort.

KCK - At the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse in Kansas City, Judge Julie Robinson presided over the Fish v. Kobach voting rights lawsuit. The questions raised in this case probe whether or not voting fraud is common enough to merit the burdensome rules Secretary of State Kobach has written and whether guarding against very rare cases of foreigners casting ballots in such a manner really squelches the votes of tens of thousands of citizens.

As always, for the full rundown of state news, we invite you to watch the short weekly recaps produced by Loud Light.

At the national level, the president surprised his own cabinet, diplomats and party members by announcing he would meet North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. He delivered to his base and primed a PA special election race with promises of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. But even a good February jobs report couldn't rebalance the salacious front on the Stormy Daniels affair or the Mueller team now investigating a meeting in the Seychelles weeks before the inauguration between a Middle East powerbroker, a Russian executive, and Eric Prince.

While we recognize that you may often be feeling overwhelmed, remember that it's easy to take action and we love helping to show you how!

Calls to Action

March for Our Lives: Due to overwhelming response (and a conflicting event scheduled at Mill Creek / JC Nichols Park), the March For Our Lives on March 24, from noon to 4pm, will be held in Theis Park, just south of the Nelson-Atkins Sculpture Garden. Make a change for our future and be part of the nationwide effort to advocate for weapons reform. We need volunteers to help ensure an organized & orderly event; EMAIL if you're interested and available to assist.

Join Us: Please join Kansas Moms Demand Action volunteers, survivors, and STUDENTS in Topeka at the Statehouse Rally on Wednesday March 14 at 10:00am. We will stand in solidarity with Parkland, FL & all students across the country impacted by gun violence. We must encourage Kansas legislators to take meaningful action to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. #NeverAgain #HonorWithAction
Please RSVP HERE as soon as possible for an accurate count.

Join Kansans to learn about and advocate for Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation, and Health.  You will be brought up-to-date on current environmental advocacy; visit the Solutions Showcase; and enjoy the Local Foods Luncheon! Take the opportunity to sample New Ideas at Cookies & Conservation before setting off to meet with your legislators.

Please reply today if you are interested in attending Wealth Day on Thursday. RSVP HERE.

Fish v. Kobach, the Kansas trial with national implications for voting rights, was heard all last week at the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse in KCK and will resume Monday morning at 9:00am. We encourage all to attend (you can come sit in the courtroom any time), but you can also follow along on Twitter via #ACLUvKobach. The trial is expected to end by Tuesday afternoon.

When we stand together, we are unstoppable. Go forth - be Indivisible!

Shoulder to shoulder, in solidarity ~

        Indivisible KC

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