Kansas Week in Action - Week of March 26
Hello, Indivisibles of Kansas!
It was great to see and hear from so many of you out at the March for our Lives, which took place on Saturday at Theis Park (KC Star). Whether you attended a march, or were with the marchers in spirit, this call to action from young activists is truly inspiring. We know that we're going to need everyone, young and old, working on problems from gun violence to income inequality to access to healthcare to corruption of the rule of law before this mess gets better. No one can tackle everything, but everyone can take action on something.
In national news this week:
- After last week's changes at Secretary of State and the CIA, there's more turmoil in the national security team this week. Trump replaced H.R. McMaster as his National Security Adviser with John Bolton (CNN), unapologetic proponent of the Iraq War with hawkish views on Iraq, Syria, and North Korea.
Concerned about the U.S. getting into more wars? National Security Adviser is not a Senate-confirmed position, so your MoCs cannot block the appointment. However, you can take action for peace by contacting your Senator and urging them to end the unauthorized war in Yemen. Click here for more information and call scripts from Indivisible National.
Want to prevent a person with a history of torturing detainees from running the CIA? Last week's dismissal of Rex Tillerson brought Mike Pompeo in line for Secretary of State, and Gina Haspel for head of the CIA. Gina Haspel ran a CIA "black site" in Thailand, and personally oversaw the torture of detainees. Head of the CIA is Senate-confirmed, so you can call your Senators to tell them you want Haspel's nomination blocked. Click here for more details and call scripts from Indivisible National.
Finally, your Members of Congress are on recess from March 24th - April 9th. Watch for their in-district events, and be ready to tell them in person about your top priorities. Remember: They work for US!
And in local news:
- The legislature spent another week making little concrete progress on funding schools after the funding report was released. Don't forget to tell your Representative and Senator how important funding schools is to you.
Calls to Action
Take action on your own schedule! Use your phone and computer to make your voice heard.
Write testimony to the House Insurance Committee to oppose HB 2789. A bill currently in committee would expand the arming of teachers in schools, forbid insurance companies to raise rates on districts that chose to, and establish a presumption of negligence for any districts who opted not to arm teachers. The hearing is Tuesday at 8am, so testimony must be submitted today. Click here to learn how to write testimony (it's easy and effective!) and who to send your opposition to this dangerous bill.
Contact your Kansas legislators and tell them that you support fully funding our schools. Conservative legislators are already trying to downplay the study, pit funding recipients against each other, or build a boogeyman from increasing revenue. Make your voice heard! Look up your legislators here and email or call them with your strong support for school funding.
- Call your Senators and urge them to end the unauthorized war in Yemen (Indivisible National)
- Call your Senators and urge them to block Gina Haspel's nomination for CIA Director from Indivisible National.
Take action with others! Build energy and connection among like-purposed people.
Tuesday, April 3rd
At 2:00 pm, join the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and other health coverage advocates from across the state for a Rally at the Capitol for Kancare Expansion. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
As always, we love hearing from you via social media, seeing you out at events, and spreading the energy of resisting by taking action.
Shoulder to shoulder --