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Good morning Indivisibles!
This week packed a month's worth of news into just seven days.
Democrat Conor Lamb won election in Pennsylvania's 18th House district (NY Times), which went for Trump in 2016 by nearly 20 points. The victory in deep GOP territory suggests that any House district may be in play in 2018.
Around 1 million students walked out of school on March 14th to protest gun violence and demand legislative action. Students at several area schools (KC Star) participated.
And Friday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe just ahead of his retirement. McCabe released a statement calling the action politically motivated, calling into question Sessions' recusal on issues related to the Russia investigation.
In Missouri news, Attorney General Josh Hawley launched his campaign to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill by welcoming Trump as the guest of honor at a fundraiser in St Louis, where donors paid as much as $50,000 per seat. Barely mentioning Hawley, Trump took the opportunity to brag about making up facts in trade discussions with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau. Hawley was also in the news this week when an ethics complaint was filed against him for failing to report pro bono legal services.
In #moleg (the Missouri Legislature), the House voted 89-72 to repeal the Prevailing Wage that sets the minimum standard pay for many state employees. This would further roll back worker protections in Missouri and remove one of the few equal pay protections for Missouri women workers. Read more in our Missouri News Roundup.
...fired up and ready to act? We hoped you'd say that...
Hear their stories: GKCWPC will host Mothers In Charge Thursday, March 22 from 5:30pm - 7pm at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Kansas City, 4501 Walnut Street. This organization seeks to educate us on the violence -- often gun violence -- in our community, many times through their own personal experiences. Bring your friends and join us for a meaningful discussion. Light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a dessert or bottle of wine to share.
March for our Lives is happening in Kansas City on March 24th. This work is being planned by young area leaders. To stay updated, follow the planning team on Twitter and the event on Facebook. If you're able to volunteer at the event, submit this form. And if you're interested in financially supporting the cause, check out their GoFundMe page.
Moral agents in action: After the march on Saturday, March 24, 3pm - 5pm at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main, come together with people of faith from the KC metro area and join national faith leaders Rev. Liz Theoharris and Rev. Jimmie Hawkins for a day of learning, movement building and strategizing. See faith put into collective action to renew the Poor People's Campaign in KC and across the state.
Socialize and mobilize! Join us for our first Indivisible KC Action Night. We'll have an informal gathering Monday, March 26 at the Waldo Library, 201 E 75th Street from 6:30pm - 8pm to write postcards to potential voters, talk politics and meet other local folks. If you are able, please bring at least 20 postcard stamps and/or a snack to share.
In light of this week's firing of Andrew McCabe, and the Trump's lawyer's response that Mueller's investigation should be shut down, we're re-upping the national call to take to the streets in the event of Mueller's firing. Click here to follow the event and get details on the location. Remember:
- If actions are triggered BEFORE 2 p.m. local time, events will begin at 5 p.m. local time.
- If actions are triggered AFTER 2 p.m. local time, events will begin at noon local time the following day.
The news can be overwhelming, even frightening or depressing, but the best thing we can do is link arms together, and bring each other forward, one step at a time. How will you resist this week?