Indivisible KC Week in Action: Missouri, July 23
It's Kansas City's turn to let our President know we won't accept his atrocities. See you out there tomorrow (Tuesday), and be safe.
In the News
Keep up with the most impactful stories and be ready to take action on developing stories.
- New medicaid work requirements are risking the health of many Americans who might simply be too poor and overworked to get through the red tape of proving that they're already working. Meanwhile, new research indicates that work requirements on healthcare might actually cause fewer people to work.
- Housing secretary Ben Carson released a plan to raise rents on the poorest americans by over one hundred percent as an encouragement to work. Most of these citizens are either seriously disabled or over the retirement age.
- Last Monday President Trump had a ninety minute closed door meeting alone with Putin and their translators, then gave a prepared speech declaring friendship with Russia against the advice of every U.S. intelligence agency. Also on Monday, a Russian who infiltrated the several organizations to illegally lobby American politicians to be more Russia-friendly was arrested. In 2015 she interviewed Trump and got him to agree to drop sanctions against Russia on camera.
- Trump also asked why the United States should come to the defense of small NATO members like Montenegro if they're attacked. The only time NATO's mutual defense pact has ever been invoked was in defense of the United States after September 11, 2001, and Montenegro has sent its own soldiers Afghanistan as part of that same defense of the United states even before officially joining NATO.
- Much of the rest of the week was eaten up by Trump going back and forth about what he'd said at the Helsinki summit with Putin. Putin is expected to visit the United States this fall. Find a summary of the ongoing Trump/Russia scandal at https://www.2016activemeasures.org/
Calls to Action
Take action on your own schedule! Use your phone and computer to make your voice heard.
Oppose the Title X Gag Rule: The Trump administration has released a policy called the “gag rule,” which will strip critical Title X funds away from health care providers who offer information about the full range of reproductive health care options, including abortion. Title X is the only federal program exclusively dedicated to providing low-income and young patients with access to essential family planning and preventive health services. Under this “gag rule,” more than 40% of Title X patients are at risk of losing access this critical care. Read a blog post from a local physician on our website and submit a comment opposing the gag rule here.
Take action with others! Build energy and connection among like-purposed people. Check our social media frequently for more up-to-date event information.
Stand for America: Show the world that Kansas City cares by joining the protest against Trump when he comes to town to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention at the Convention Center Tuesday, July 24. We'll rally from 4pm - 6pm at Barney Allis Plaza, 299 W. 12th St.
The speech will be in the morning before our rally, but protesters will be downtown all day. Morning protesters are asked to stay in the "free speech zone" designated at
Check 'em Out: Meet the candidates for Jackson County Executive and Sheriff this Tuesday, July 24 from 6:45pm - 8:45p at the Southeast Community Center, 4201 E 63rd St.Learn about their backgrounds and viewpoints, and bring your questions. Hosted by the League of Women Voters.
Speak out to Roy Blunt: The President is currently under investigation. He's suspected of colluding against our nation with a "calculating adversary." He's putting babies in jail and promoting racist rhetoric and policies. He's accused of sexual assault. He should not be allowed to put his finger on the judicial scale with a Supreme Court nominee that will protect him from justice and promote his vile agenda. Join us on Wednesday at 11am at Roy Blunt's office to speak out.
More to Check Out: The LWV and AAUW host the candidates running for Missouri House District 30 during a forum on Wednesday, July 25 from 6:30pm - 8pm at the South Independence Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. We welcome audience questions, which are put to all candidates.
Watch and Listen: ACLU Missouri presents "For Akheem," Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline movie screening and panel discussion on Saturday, 12 PM - 3 PM, at Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch.
Come Rally and Resist: Are you a musician, poet, activist or anyone concerned about social justice, racial equality and love for one another? Then join us for an outdoor rally on Saturday, July 28, from 4pm - 7pm at Unity Southeast, 3421 East Meyer Blvd. Hosted by a coalition of organizations. Make signs, be rested, bring water. And bring a friend!
See you out there.
Shoulder to shoulder.