Indivisible KC's Week in Action - Kansas, June 18th
Dear Kansas Indivisibles,
With many of us taking time to celebrate with and/or remember the dads in our lives this weekend, our updates and calls to action are concise this week. Nothing highlights the pressing nature of our activism more than the unambiguous immorality of Trump administration policies regarding asylum seekers and family separations.
And as we celebrate our family, let us remember families closer to home that are being torn apart for misdemeanors and a justice system that favors the wealthy. Let Justice Gatson's work inspire you to action and social justice.
In the News
Keep up with the most impactful stories and be ready to take action on developing stories.
A new Kansas Coalition to End Family Separation and Detention gathered on Friday evening for a news conference at the Statehouse. Sunflower Community Action, Kansas Appleseed, Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation, Cosecha KC, Brown Voices/Brown Pulse and the Tonantzin Society organized to give a unified voice to Kansans outraged by Trump's change in policy. Indivisible KC concurs that the atrocities immigrant, migrant and refugee communities are enduring are not a question of legal status, but a demonstrable infringement upon and neglect of basic human rights.
Six candidates for Kansas governor or their surrogates clashed on school funding at the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Kansas in Topeka on Wednesday. Follow the campaigns to attend an upcoming forum near you and hear the various office-seekers in person.
Last Monday marked the fifth week of protests from the Poor People’s Campaign, a group using nonviolent protests to draw attention to a wide range of topics. Sixteen people were arrested for rallying to protest issues like low wages, income inequality, education and child welfare.
Be ready to elect or reelect officeholders who are working for your values on your issues!
Voter Registration Push
Call for Volunteers
Indivisible KC needs you, too! If you've appreciated the updates, the calls to action, and the engagement, then now is your time. If you're ready to take issue-focused action to restitch our communal fabric, then now is our time -- together.
Calls to Action
Take action on your own schedule! Use your phone and computer to make your voice heard.
Want the latest calls to action, sent directly to your phone? Sign up for Indivisible's SMS tools here! You'll get text messages with the latest policy breaking news, ways to take action, and to get involved with Indivisibles your community.
"Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and my zip code is [YOUR ZIP]. I’m urging the Representative/Senator to denounce Trump’s family separation policy. This is not a matter of a law, this is a matter of policy implemented by the administration and could be stopped as quickly as it was started. Since the President chooses not to, the Representative/Senator has a moral obligation to use Congress' authority to stop it. #FamiliesBelongTogether"
You can also still use Herd on the Hill to send letters directly to your Senators.
While you're at it, take a look at this excellent list of more ways you can help families on the border. This is the time to step up and not be complicit. Families urgently need our help!
The Poor People's Campaign is preparing to march on Washington having protested in Topeka since Mother's Day. Whether you followed the rallies and actions in Topeka or think you might join the DC march, you can still text for the Campaign via Resistance Labs -- get more information here.
Take action with others! Build energy and connection among like-purposed people. Check our social media frequently for more up-to-date event information.
Monday, June 18th
Join the March for Our Lives KC team along with several survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for a very special rally, right here in Kansas City, KS. The goal is to get young people engaged, involved, and registered. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
Friday, June 22nd
A KS-3 Rally to End Family Separation is planned for Congressman Kevin Yoder's Overland Park office. Full information is found here. Kevin Yoder chairs the House Homeland Security subcommittee, but so far he has only issued a weak statement about the atrocities on the border and it appears that he will do nothing to stop the family separations from continuing.
Saturday, June 23rd
Join the KS/MO Dream Alliance and Indivisible KC from 2:00-4:00pm to Reject Kobach and his NRA fundraiser Ted Nugent. "Kris Kobach has proven himself catastrophic at everything he touches." For more information and to spread the word, visit the event page on Facebook.
Sunday, June 24th
KC metro-wide Rally To End Family Separation is planned for Sunday evening at Mill Creek Park's fountain. See event details here and RSVP.
The weight of the fast-paced and ever-growing load of horrible news is too much to bear alone. Taking concrete action helps keep your spirits buoyed. Indivisible KC is looking for specific, task-oriented volunteerism from YOU! So, if you've been on a little break for a bit, okay, but now's the time to jump back in. Please see the current volunteer need list and sign up for something today. And even better, bring a friend with you!
Whatever you do, it's important. And we thank you.