Indivisible KC's Week in Action - Kansas, April 23rd
Hello, fellow Kansans!
It was great to see and hear from so many of you at the National School Walkout events held this past Friday. We heard from some wonderfully passionate students who are pleading with adults to work for sensible gun legislation and for the right to not be afraid in their schools. Students, your drive to take action inspires everyone in your lives. Keep up the fight!
In the News
Keep up with the most impactful stories and be ready to take action on developing stories.
- After months of hard work by legislators and activists alike, Governor Colyer signed an education funding bill into law. When a mistake found after passage is fixed, as anticipated, it will add more than $500 million in funding phased in over five years. Whether it will be enough to satisfy the court's mandate remains to be seen.
- Kansas' Secretary of State Kris Kobach was found to be in contempt of court this week by a federal judge. The judge found that Kobach had not informed voters that they were still eligible to vote, as she had ordered. The court's ruling is "well-deserved," says the ACLU.
- The U.S. House Agriculture committee passed the Farm Bill out of committee this week with new, stringent work requirements for SNAP (or "food stamps") recipients. Critics say that the #HarmBill will "hurt the poor, burden state governments and endanger the passage of major food and farming legislation."
- North Korea has agreed to cease nuclear testing and shut down its test. While this is an encouraging development, most experts agree that the potential for misunderstanding and subterfuge is high and that ongoing negotiation and verification will be essential.
Calls to Action
Take action on your own schedule! Use your phone and computer to make your voice heard.
Help the non-partisan National Voter Corps and the NAACP turn out the Latino vote ahead of the special election in the Arizona 8th district. The election will be held April 24th - between now and then, can you help make some calls to underrepresented voters? Click here to get started with the phone bank!
In response to the House passage of the #HarmBill, which imposes stringent work requirements on SNAP recipients, we're putting the pressure on Senator Pat Roberts, the chairman of the Senate Ag Committee. The Senate version must not raise workfare requirements and threaten the Farm Bill. Ready to bring the heat so that everyone can eat? Click here for the phone numbers and talking points!
Take action with others! Build energy and connection among like-purposed people.
Join us at 6:00pm, along with Education First Shawnee Mission, for a Loud Light video screening. We'll hear from area elected officials and have a community discussion about what happens next in school finance. Click here for more details!
As always, it's so important to stay in the fight. Keep writing, keep calling, keep showing up. We can defeat Trumpism at every level and make the U.S. a just, kind place to live.
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