Indivisible KC's Week in Action - Kansas, July 30th
What a great showing we had on Tuesday! Thank you to everyone who came out to say that Kansas City rejects 45 and the bigotry, cruelty, inequality, and authoritarianism advanced by his administration. We estimate about 500 people were there at the peak in the afternoon (though many more people participated in protests organized by all kinds of groups throughout the day), and over a dozen people registered to vote! To see lots of photos and media coverage, check out the Event Story on our website.
In the News
Keep up with the most impactful stories and be ready to take action on developing stories.
- A six year old child was sexually assaulted multiple times in an immigrant detention center. Staff said it was the kindergarten-aged child's responsibility to manage contact with the abuser and forced her to sign a contract saying she understood this. This is especially alarming in light of another ICE facility being built in a town with one of the highest rates of registered sex offenders in the nation at one in four. The ACLU is leading the charge to ensure immigrants including refugees are treated with basic human rights. Check their website for the latest calls to action. Locally, check out KSMODA and AIRR.
- The Trump administration is attempting to make numerous small changes to erode the endangered species act including protections for wolves, migratory birds, and every other wild animal in the United States. We are currently in the midst of a mass extinction, and the only question now is whether we'll try to slow the loss that's already happened or speed along until well after eagles and salmon are gone forever. Visit the NRDC website for calls to action to protect the environment.
- Trump's lawyer Giuliani released the audio of a tape of Trump and Cohen committing felony campaign finance fraud, and simultaneously released an inaccurate transcript. Speculation is that this tape was released because Trump didn't want a judge to officially rule that all of the tapes fall under the "crime fraud exception" of attorney/client privilege laws.
- Members of Governor Jeff Colyer's task force to address the opioid crisis in Kansas were frustrated by the Governor's refusal to even discuss Medicaid expansion (KCUR)
- Senator Claire McCaskill acknowledged unsuccessful Russian hacking attempts of her office. "Putin is a thug," she said defiantly. (KC Star)
Calls to Action
Take action on your own schedule! Use your phone and computer to make your voice heard.
Can you imagine visiting a doctor who, unbeknownst to you, was forced to withhold information about your best medical options? It’s unfathomable and dangerous. But that’s exactly how the Trump administration wants to treat patients under the nation’s family planning program, Title X.
They have proposed a rule that would prohibit Title X family planning providers, such as Planned Parenthood, from making abortion referrals even when requested by a patient. Medical professionals would essentially be banned from giving full and accurate information to their patients.
Every year, millions of people with low incomes rely on Title X for basic, preventive reproductive health care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment. If the clinics that currently provide this care are removed from Title X participation, these patients could lose access to this high-quality care and the ability to choose providers that meet their needs. The comment period ends tomorrow, July 31. Submit your comment opposing the gag rule today.
Kansas voters -- the time is now!
Primary Day is August 7th. If you prefer, most area counties have options for advanced in-person voting. Follow the links below for more information about voting early where you are.
- Johnson County
- Wyandotte County
- Miami County
- Douglas County
- Leavenworth County (Early voting will be available at the Basehor Community Library August 2nd, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Still need to do some research? Check out Vote411, a nonpartisan guide compiled by the League of Women Voters for your customized set of candidate responses. Or, look for endorsement lists from organizations that represent your interests.
Now - get two friends and go vote!
Take action with others! Build energy and connection among like-purposed people. Check our social media frequently for more up-to-date event information.
Thursday, August 2nd
Are you outraged about family separation and the current administrations attacks on immigrants? Now is the time to do more! To get involved. To help build a movement. Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation (AIRR) will meet Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM at SEIU Local 1: 4526 The Paseo, KCMO,to discuss how people can get involved and support immigrants in whatever capacity you can.
KC is a community of love, and we resolve to work in our hearts, with our words and actions, and with our votes to make KC a stronger, more interconnected, more loving community every day. Each of us has work to do. Sometimes it's uncomfortable, sometimes the work we have to do is on ourselves, but all of it is essential to achieving the dream of a More Perfect Union. Here in the heart of our nation, we are making the change we want to see.
We love you, Kansas City.
Shoulder to Shoulder,