Indivisible KC's Week in Action - Kansas, February 12
Hello, fellow Kansans!
As always, we saw such high energy last week, in a week full of action. Thanks to every one of you who made a call, wrote a letter, attended an event, and shared it with a friend. This is how activism works, and this is how we make a difference.
In Washington, DC this week, legislators managed to shut down the government again, but this time for just five hours as they finished hammering out budget agreement. The biggest sticking point is that it still left immigration reform unaddressed and failed to protect DACA recipients. Taking action on that is our big focus now, as McConnell opens debate on Monday, Feb 11.
And on Friday, two new developments in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Rachel Brand, the number 3 official at the Justice Department, stepped down, leaving Rosenstein and the Russia investigation even more vulnerable. (You know the plan, right?). Also, Trump refused to release the so-called Schiff Memo, the Democratic response to last week's Nunes memo. The president claimed it was too political and contained classified information - the same criticisms leveled against the Nunes memo. It goes back to committee now for review.
Catch up on all the happenings in Topeka with the short videos from our friends at Loud Light. The House passed HB 2042, a bill that lowers the age of concealed carry from 21 to 18. It now goes to the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs for a hearing on Tuesday, February 13. Did your Representative vote for this? Is your Senator on the Committee? Make sure they hear about it from you!
This week, we've got plenty of opportunities for you to talk back to Topeka and show up for Dreamers.
Write and call your Senators today and tell them you expect a clean DREAM Act now that the budget crisis is passed. This must be their top priority, and our eyes are on what they do next. Click here for more information and to start writing.
We want to make sure our new governor hears from all of us about how important public schools are, and that this is a top priority. Call him today! Click here for phone numbers and more information.
In Kansas, Congressional Leadership has enormous power over which bills see the light of day. Call Senator Jim Denning, majority leader, and tell him that the bill to Expand KanCare must be brought to the Senate floor. Click here for more info and to take action.
Did you write to your elected officials in Topeka and ask them to support the Free State Elections Act? Did you email the committee chairs and tell them you want them to bring the act to the floor for debate? Now's your chance! Click here for more information and to start writing.
Tuesday, February 13
Join our friends at Planned Parenthood Great Plains in Topeka for a Lobby Day to demand reproductive rights. Governor Colyer has called for a constitutional amendment to restrict a woman's right to choose. It's time for us to get loud. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Wednesday, February 14
Head back to Topeka with Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and be part of the Senate committee hearing on expanding KanCare. Click here for more information. (PS - did you call Senator Denning about the expansion?)
Kansas Moms Demand Action will also be in Topeka that day for their annual Volunteers' Lobby Day to promote sensible gun legislation in Kansas. Click here for more information.
Thursday, February 15
We hope you'll join our friends with the Dream Fighters' Coalition for a rally on the Southwest Trafficway. All you have to do is show up! Click here for more information.
And don't forget to save the date for Kobach's day in court!
Tuesday, March 6
On March 6, at 9:00am, the ACLU will be arguing for voters' rights in "Fish et al v. Kobach." Kris Kobach will be arguing in person, and we think it would be delightful to pack the courthouse with voting rights advocates. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
It's a busy time in a big year. Keep writing, keep calling, keep showing up. We're all in this, shoulder to shoulder.