Indivisible KC's Week in Action - Kansas, January 22
Hello again, Indivisibles!
This past weekend was a busy week of activism, and all of you who carved time out of your weekend to go be active, engaged citizens should give yourselves a big pat on the back. Whether you opted to march, or make a plan for voters rights, or honor Martin Luther King, Jr, or catch a legislative update from our Kansas Members of Congress -- THAT is what democracy looks like!
And if this weekend wasn't in the cards, there are always more opportunities.
For example, you may have heard about the government shutdown in DC. It's the first time in U.S. history that a government shutdown has occurred when the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives are all under the control of a single party. Take a look at the Indivisible Guide's Trump Shutdown Guide -- which includes background, Q&A, and action items you can take:
- Call your MoCs who haven't committed to protecting the DREAMers
- Visit your MoC's office during the shutdown, and let them what they've missed
Closer to home, the Kansas legislature started their 2018 session recently. Are you ready to hold your state-level officials accountable, too? It's easy to get #ksleg-ready!
- Make sure you know who represents you in Topeka. Enter your address at openstates.org, and find your elected officials, their committee assignments, and their sponsored bills and recent votes.
- Stay in touch with them. Sign up for their email newsletters. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Add them as contacts in your email application.
- Stay informed as the session continues. Sites like FastDemocracy help you track bills on the issues you care about. And new in 2018, all committee sessions will be livestreamed!
- (bonus) Make sure you're registered to vote!
Here's what's going on this week:
Thursday, January 25
We hope you can make it for our Voters Denied: Pulling Back the Curtain event, a conversation about voting rights right here in Kansas. We'll hear from some speakers who are right in the middle of things, and then take questions. Seating is limited, so click here to get more information and reserve your spot.
It's never too late to call your MoCs about the very issues that have shut down the government. As the majority party, any time Republicans want to bring up a vote for a long-term re-authorization for CHIP, they can.
Any time Republicans want to bring up a vote for a permanent path forward for DACA recipients, they can. Both have broad bipartisan support -- there's simply no reason for the government to shut down over either, and NO excuse for the GOP to hold one group of young Americans hostage to another group.
As both the Trump administration and Indivisible KC turn one year old, we're all committing to staying focused, staying alert, and continuing to hold our Members of Congress accountable as we thwart Trumpism in all its ugliness. We're glad to be here, shoulder to shoulder, with you.
In solidarity -