Indivisible KC Week in Action: Missouri, May 28
Hello fellow Indivisibles,
We hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend. It is good to take the time to honor our fallen servicemen and women, those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the ideals we continue to strive for. Let's remember the words of President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
November 19, 1863
"Of the people, by the people, for the people." Let's remember those words, and the struggle and sacrifice of the millions before us, as we continue their fight bring the American reality closer to the American dream.
The House Investigation into Governor Greitens' behavior is as stomach turning as expected, and we are reminded again why so many women refuse to come forward to report assault. Greitens' alleged victim, as she asserted again this week, was forced against her will to make her story public. We hope the governor will face justice if he's guilty of the crimes he's been accused of, and that our culture changes to one where victims can report their assaults without facing further harassment and character assassination.
Calls to Action
Take action on your own schedule! Use your phone and computer to make your voice heard.
Stand with Planned Parenthood: President Trump is pushing a gag rule that would prevent women from getting birth control and health services at places like Planned Parenthood, and prevent doctors across the country from giving women complete, accurate information about heir healthcare choices. Use this toolfrom Planned Parenthood Action Fund to contact HHS Secretary Alex Azar and tell him to oppose the gag rule.
Take action with others! Build energy and connection among like-purposed people.
Election Alert! Missouri Senate District 17 voters in Clay County will have the opportunity to choose a new state senator in just one week, on June 5th! Progressive Lauren Arthur is running against conservative Kevin Corlew for the seat. The time is now to volunteer to phone bank (it's not that bad!) or knock on doors for your candidate! This election will be lose, and is expected to come down to turnout.
March for Unions: Join Stand Up KC and others with a march and forum to demand new laws guaranteeing all Americans the right to form unions on Wednesday, May 30, from 5pm to 6pm at Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park, E 12th Street.Let's use our strength in numbers to get things done together we can't get done on our own.
Town Hall with Representative Greg Razer: Rep Razer sponsored some of our favorite bills to hit #moleg this year, including MONA (the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act) and a bill that would have required background checks at every gun sale and transfer. He'll be at Research Medical Center-Brookside Campus on Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 PM answering questions and giving his perspective on the 2018 session.
Wear Orange for Gun Sense: Join Moms Demand Action for a community-wide Wear Orange Party to honor KC’s efforts to end gun violence on Saturday, June 2nd, 2-4pm. We’ll have special guests, snacks, and activities for the kids. Bring family! Bring friends! Everyone is welcome! Please
Join the Conversation: Rev. Rodney Williams, pastor of Swope Parkway United Christian Church, will facilitate a discussion on the long-lasting effects of racism, and the work that is being done to undo systemic racism in all its forms. It's Sunday, June 10 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM hosted by The Open Table.
Thank you to everyone who came out on short notice to stand with Planned Parenthood last week. Trust women!
Shoulder to shoulder,