Indivisible KC Week in Action: Missouri, February 26
This week, we continue to be in awe of the young leaders from Florida and across the country as they take on the issue of gun control, bringing their energy and leadership to the issue. While we continue to support and amplify student-led action, here are a few you thing you can do to bring the heat to your elected officials:
- Tell your MoCs: don’t pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (a bill that makes mass shootings easier). Read Indivisible National's resource on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and use our call scripts to contact your Senators before this bill comes up for a vote!
- Pressure your state legislators to prevent gun violence. States can go beyond federal laws to pass common sense gun laws. Read Indivisible National's latest resource to find out about your state’s gun laws, what states can do to prevent violence, and how you can take action. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board recently offered these ideas, as well.
- Commit to #VoteThemOut. The only fail-safe way to make sure Congress takes up legislation to is to kick out the MoCs who vote on behalf of the NRA instead of their constituents. MoCs have received $31,399,341 from the gun lobby since Columbine, with more than $5,900,000 coming in 2016 alone. Watch and share this video on social media and commit to #VoteThemOut in November.
In Missouri, the week started out with a huge visit to Jefferson City, where we were among hundreds there to support Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. We visited with six legislators to ask them to vote No on HB-1936, the "Guns Everywhere" bill. A highlight was speaking with KC Rep Greg Razer who introduced us to his bill HB 2281 which would require a background check every time a gun is sold or transferred.
Indivisible is still tracking all three youth-led gun control dates. "Several events have been planned by the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER (school walkouts on March 14), the students of Parkland (a march in Washington, DC with sister marches across the country on March 24), and a national network of high school students (nationwide student walkouts on April 20, the anniversary of Columbine)."
Here locally, Indivisible KC is working with our partners to stay on top of any planned actions, including a March for our Lives KC on March 24th, which we'll communicate across our channels as details become available. If you have any high school students in your life, look for ways to support and amplify their work and their voices.
No to Guns Everywhere: Tell your Missouri legislators to vote No on HB 1936, the Guns Everywhere bill! HB 1936 would allow guns in schools, in bars, and on private property against the property owner's wishes. Join our letter writing campaign here!
Yes on Background Checks: HB 2281 is a simple bill that does one thing: It requires background checks to happen at every gun sale or transfer. Research indicates that more than one in three firearms are acquired without a background check. That's a lot of opportunities for bad guys to get guns! Join our letter writing campaign here!
Friday, March 2
Stand for Dreamers: Our allies with the Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance are rallying and marching to support young immigrants and their families. Join us the evening of March 2nd to show support. Click here for details and to RSVP.
From our friends:
Fight for 15: Hear leaders and members of Stand Up KC and MORE2 share their stories of fighting for a $15 minimum wage and unions on February 26 from 5:15pm – 7:00pm at Californo's, 4125 Pennsylvania at the monthly meeting for Heartland Alliance for Progress. Stand Up KC has joined forces with the New Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The PPC is planning 40 days of coordinated action in the spring of 2018 at statehouses and various venues across the country to advance a public policy agenda consistent with the values of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s original Poor People's Campaign.
Missouri Monday: Tell your representative and senator to pass HB 1558 making revenge porn a felony! Check out this week’s Missouri Mondays call to action from Indivisible Missouri.
In Missouri news, Governor Greitens was indicted on charges of felony invasion of privacy, AG Josh Hawley attempted to repair his reputation on women's issues by coming out against forced arbitration in sexual harassment cases, the House voted to raise the minimum marriage age from 15 to 17 in spite of fierce opposition from ultraconservatives, and a bill to make Greitens-style revenge porn a felony is gaining momentum. Read more in our Missouri news roundup.
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