Indivisible KC's Week in Action - Kansas, February 5
Hello, fellow Kansans!
Another busy week, another busy resistance! Kris Kobach held a fundraiser in the area, and we were there to greet him. The Kansas legislature took votes on gun control measures, and we were there to call them. When you take action, you make a difference. And the more unbelievable the news cycle, the more we step up, and the more opportunities you have to make a difference!
For the second week in a row, news of the Russia investigation and the FBI dominated national coverage. After Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, news shifted to a memo put together by Rep. Devin Nunes, supposedly detailing surveillance abuses by the FBI during the Obama administration. Over the objections of the Justice Department and the FBI relating to "material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy," the White House opted to release the memo late in the week. Indivisible wrote this guide explaining the memo, and it's well worth a read. The bottom line is that this is another transparent effort to discredit the FBI and the ongoing investigation. If you haven't visited our rapid response event for Mueller's firing, now's a good time to make sure you have a plan.
Here in Kansas, we have a new governor. Governor Colyer, lieutenant governor under Sam Brownback, was sworn in on Wednesday. While he has signaled a desire to work more cooperatively with the legislature, it's important to remember that Colyer was not only the driving force behind KanCare, the state's medicaid privatization, but also stood by Brownback with no objections during his "great experiment" that tanked the state economy. We'll be giving our new governor a big Indivisible hello this month - read on!
And now for some opportunities to take action this week:
Wednesday, February 7
On Wednesday morning, we'll gather in Topeka with the Northeast Kansas chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Grandparents Against Gun Violence for an Advocacy Day at the Kansas Statehouse. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
At noon, we visit the office of Senator Moran to discuss his most recent votes. We want to thank him for finally voting to extend CHIP and for his work on the Modernizing Government Technology Act. But there's more work to be done, and he needs to know we're still here waiting. Click here for more info and to RSVP.
All day Wednesday, our partner, Alliance for a Healthy Kansas , is holding a call-in to tell Governor Colyer that we want Kansas to expand KanCare and cover thousands of Kansans. Click here to learn more and commit your call.
Thursday, February 8
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.
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.
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.
It's never too early to start planning for next week - take a look at these great activist opportunities from our friends and partners:
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.
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.
Phew! You got all that? Remember, no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Pick the couple of issues that are most important to you, and commit to taking action. Find a friend who wants to make a difference, and hold each other accountable for your activism. Stay tough and keep resisting. We'll see you out there.