Indivisible KC's Week in Action - Kansas, August 13th
On both sides of the state line, the primary election on August 7th brought changes - and hope. For some campaigns, it was an end, for others, just a new beginning. The Democratic nomination for the Kansas 3rd of Sharice Davids (KC Star), who went from Johnson County Community College to White House Fellowship and would be the first Native American woman elected to Congress, brought national attention (CNN).
And some races aren't decided yet! The race for the GOP nomination for Governor remains in a dead heat between Governor Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The story changes by the hour - stay caught up with KCUR here.
And congratulations to all our friends and allies in Missouri! Missouri workers won a huge victory last week with the landslide defeat of Prop A!
Find a candidate you love, who needs you, and take these few short months we have left to work your tail off for them! Shoulder to shoulder, we will build a government that works for We the People.
Keep up with the most impactful stories and be ready to take action on developing stories.
- Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort continues his trial for money laundering and tax evasion. Last week Rick Gates, Manafort's longtime assistant who held the title of Deputy Chairman of the Trump Inaugural Committee among many others in the Trump organization, testified in open court that he and Manafort had committed numerous financial crimes together.
- Rand Paul, described on Russian television as a "loyalist" to Russia, hand delivered a letter from Donald Trump to associates of Vladimir Putin and refused to disclose the contents of this letter. Other sources call it a letter of 'introduction.' He invited several Russian lawmakers to visit Washington. Catch up on the Trump-Russia scandal at https://www.2016activemeasures.org/
- The Department of Veterans' Affairs is reportedly being run not by elected officials, or veterans with knowledge of the system, or appointed experts vetted for their years of experience in medicine, but by a secret cabal of Trump's golf buddies who decided that being rich and golfing are the only credentials that matter.
- Check out IKC's blog to view THE BEST SUMMARY EVER of the Trump/Putin alliance.
State and Local News
- If you missed any races, catch up on all the primary results here (New York Times) and watch the ongoing live counts on the Secretary of State's page.
Tell your elected officials where you stand on key issues, including those listed here.
Call, send an e-mail, write a letter, visit an office. Click on your federal representatives’ name for contact information.
Click here for a map of Kansas' U.S. Congressional Districts.
Click here to look up your State of Kansas Elected Officials.
#WhatsAtStake Our friends at Indivisible East Bay have put together a resistance toolkit for opposing Kavanaugh. The toolkit includes talking points and even a suggested calling script to get you started. Call or visit both Kansas Senators every day, even if you don't think they're listening. Our numbers matter - our voices matter. We have so much to lose.
Make a call, join a phone bank, rally or protest, learn about an issue, sign a petition ... help build a better a better country.
Join the Kanza Group - Kansas Sierra Club for a discussion of what would a sustainable and resilient infrastructure would look like for Wyandotte, Johnson, and Miami Counties. From infrastructure to innovation, join the conversation. Doors open at 6:30. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
In Wyandotte County, nearly 1 in 5 residents lack government-issued photo ID and cannot participate in basic activities like voting or opening a bank account. Join the ACLU in Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte to begin to reverse this. Click here for more details and to RSVP.
The fight for employees rights doesn't stop with the Prop A vote! Workers are organizing to demand a minimum $15/hr wage and the opportunity to be part of a union. Join Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, Mayor Sly James, Sen. Lauren Arthur, Reps., Judy Morgan, Deron McGee, John Carpenter and others for the America Needs Unions March and Forum on Thursday, August 16 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oppenstien Brothers Memorial Park at 12th and Walnut. The event is hosted by Stand Up KC and UAW Local 249.
Women's Equality Week, marking the 98th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Women's Equality Week is an expansion of Women's Equality Day, August 26th, the day in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote. During the week an ad-hoc coalition of non-partisan organizations, agencies and the media will be offering programs on the issues that prevent women from achieving full equality. Check out all the great events planned for the week of Aug. 19 - 26.
Join Swing Left KS-03 for their first big event following the primary election. We've still got a lot of work to de-Yoderize Congress, but before getting down to the serious business of making voter contact, let's take a short rest for some meet and greet, picnic and snacks. Click here for all the details - please RSVP.
Join the SURJ Solidarity Action team this month to look at how our countries’ history is wrought with the racist injustice of putting people into camps and also instances when movements of resistance worked powerfully against such deep injustices. There is a nationwide movement being led by people of color against ICE raids and encampments, and now is a time where we need to get involved. Monday, August 20, 7 to 9 p.m., St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran, 3800 Troost, Kansas City, Mo. Hosted by Showing up for Racial Justice - Kansas City.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23:
HELP CONDUCT THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN NEIGHBORHOOD CANVASS
As part of the PPC National Door-to-Door Campaign August 23 - 25, Kansas City progressives will be going door-to-door, engaging poor communities by registering voters, taking a brief survey and asking residents to get involved in changing America's course. Thursday, August 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. (Brief training session at 6 p.m., followed by canvassing) St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran, 3800 Troost, Kansas City, Mo. The event is hosted by Stand Up KC.
Now that we know who the candidates are, Indivisible KC is working to build a candidate guide grading our candidates and electeds on the issues. This will be a massive effort and we need your help! Please write to email@example.com if you are willing to help us collect information about the candidates in your district.
We hope the primaries brought great news to each of you about the candidates you already know and love! We are fired up and ready to go!
Shoulder to shoulder,
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