Kansas Week in Action - Week of January 29
Hello, fellow Kansans!
Thanks to everyone who came out last week to Voters Denied, our event cosponsored with Mainstream Coalition. We heard from some great speakers about making it easier to vote, the importance of voting, and the need to protect our voter rolls by leaving Crosscheck.
If you couldn't make it, check out Mainstream's video on their Facebook page.
The event also inspired from exciting calls to action -- keep reading!
In national news this week, we learned that in June of last year, Trump tried to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We also know that on June 3rd, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in the March for Truth to demand and support Mueller's independent investigation into Russian interference in our elections. Trump's response answers any lingering doubts about whether public outcry matters. Your actions matter.
What Trump tried once, he may try again. Indivisible KC, in connection with MoveOn, has a rapid response planned if Trump does fire Mueller, an act which has been described as crossing a red line. Get ready and plan your response with us here.
Activism scored an additional victory when CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, was extended for six years as part of the negotiations over the budget and government shut down. Thanks to everyone who reached out to their Members of Congress to demand prioritization for the CHIP program.
Here in Kansas, it's now Ambassador Brownback to you. On a narrow, party-line vote that required that Vice President Pence break the tie, Sam Brownback was confirmed in his nomination to Ambassador at-Large for Religious Freedom. Brownback will resign on January 31, at 3pm, and Lt. Gov Jeff Colyer will be sworn in as governor.
One of the best ways to stay on top of all the action in the Kansas legislature is by watching and subscribing to the weekly videos from our good friends at Loud Light. Every week, this excellent organization, dedicated to turning out the youth vote, puts together a week in review recap. Check out this recap from Week 3, covering Jan 22 - 26.
Here's how else you can get involved this week!
Thursday, February 1st, 12:00pm
Join us this Thursday at noon at the office of Rep. Yoder. We'll be advocating for an immigration policy that isn't based on racism. We'll also be pointing out the hypocrisy of running on xenophobia, while making political hay out of "the right sort" of immigrants. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Contact your elected officials in Topeka to support the Free State Elections Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in both chambers to make voting easier and more accessible for all. Click here for more information and to start writing!
Save the Date!
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 big week in front of more big weeks in front of a big year. Stay involved, stay engaged, and don't forget to bring a friend!