Women’s March on Kansas

On January 21, 2017 a movement with support around the world burst into the spotlight. The Women’s March on Kansas took place in a few different cities around the state and was complemented by hundreds of rallies around the globe.

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At the Capitol in Topeka somewhere around 4,000 people gathered to hear speakers and express their own views to each other. The crowd was colorful with very creative signs and sense of purpose galvanized by the rhetorical skills of the many brilliant speakers who took to the microphone that sunny day. Live music by The Skirts added another texture to the rally and the event culminated in a march around the perimeter of the statehouse grounds.

This quote is pulled from the Women’s March on Kansas facebook from January 24 and we think it does the movement justice.

“This was on my friends post. It really sums up my feelings about the Women’s March.

To those whom are confused or surprised about why millions of people showed up to protest Saturday…

“Women are marching because our children deserve a secretary of education that cares about education.”

“Women are marching because our family and friends deserve healthcare. Did you know that before the ACA (affordable care act also called Obamacare), newborns in the NICU would hit their lifetime caps on health insurance coverage? That’s right, babies who had never felt the sun on their skin could no longer get health insurance.”

“Women are marching because domestic violence crisis centers and after school programs deserve funding.”

“Women are marching because we deserve clean air, clean water, and national parks.”

“Women are marching because we believe the children protected by the DREAM act deserve to be here and they deserve to live with their parents, not in orphanages and foster homes.”

“Women are marching for the rights of the LGBT community. (Yes, it’s true that a person that is gay or transgender can be fired from their jobs or refused housing JUST because they are LGBT.) Women are fighting to keep marriage equality for ALL.”

“Women are marching for the Muslim community that deserve to be in this country. Muslim does not equal terrorist.”

“Women are marching for the immigrants that live here and shouldn’t be separated from their families.”

“Women are marching for the black community that is arrested and incarcerated far more than the white community, even though they only make up 13% of the population.”

“Women are marching to say that WE control our bodies and have the right to quality healthcare.”

“And most of all, women are marching because we have the right to.”

The right to protest and speak out against our government is the first amendment. That’s right, #1! It is one of our most fundamental American rights.”

Saying that we’re whining, throwing temper tantrums, or that we’re immature, or that we need to get over it will not stop us. It will not stop us from fighting for you. And we are fighting for you because you deserve these rights too.

We’re not marching because Trump won.

We’re marching because he wants to take all of the things that we hold dear away. All of the things that we’ve been fighting for for generations.

And we’re not giving up easily.

Anyone who thinks we’re marching because we lost just simply isn’t listening. We’re fighting because we refuse to lose more.

Feel free to copy, paste, and share.”

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Images by Dan Brennan
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Kansas People’s Agenda

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By now, you’ve likely heard of the rally known as Kansas People’s Agenda which is set to take place January 11, 2017 inside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, KS. If not, take a look at the info provided below. This is a non-partisan, non-denominational event which seeks to assert the will of the people at the outset of the 2017 Kansas Legislative session.

From the Kansas People’s Agenda page:

Kansas People’s Agenda 2017
Imagine 1,000+ people in our State Capitol on January, 11, 2017 all together setting the agenda for the 2017 Legislative session! We need to raise the heat! This is an inclusive effort of Black, Brown, Muslim, Christian, LGBTQAI, Union, Democrat, Republican, Green, Teachers, Clergy, Students, and more…so much is at stake. It’s time to rise! Over 100 people and many organizations from around the state began planning this fall to build a coalition of people to stand in the capital as a united front. WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US!
Please visit the FB event page “Kansas People’s Agenda 2017″* for details–we’ll post an event website, contacts, and logistics details. *up by Friday 12/16 You can learn more about the agenda there, order a t-shirt, and invite more people.. But we need to know that you’re coming!
The building opens at 8 a.m. We need folks to arrive by 9:30. 1000+ people takes time to process and get situated! There will be other things to do, also–visiting your legislator, sitting in on a committee meeting, sightseeing in our beautiful capital, and more. You can contact one of the members of the organizing team by e-mailing us at:
There is a recent story in the Salina Journal about the rally as well.

“We seek to bring together organizations that already exist and constituencies that can gain by standing together,” said the Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, pastor of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka and one of the Kansas People’s Agenda founders.

“This is an event which we hope will spark a movement, not just a moment.”

Among the organizations affiliated with Kansas People’s Agenda are Kansas Interfaith Action, Kansas National Education Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas.

Focusing attention

One of the goals of the rally is to focus attention on issues the group thinks are important to most Kansans, including: racial and economic justice, equitable education, health care access, responsible gun policy, criminal justice reform, infrastructure investment, child protection, anti-corruption reform and gender equity and LGBTQIA rights. LGBTQIA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, according to urbandictionary.com.

Organizers hope for 1,000 or more from across the state to attend the rally.

“We’re a collective of organizations which have a common cause and a reason to stand together,” Oglesby-Dunegan said.

She said that in the past individuals or groups often testified for their “pet” causes. Now, she said, she hopes legislators will see that when an individual or organization stands up for one issue, they are part of a larger group speaking up on similar issues.

“We stand together, all connected to a larger group,” she said.

The Facebook event page for Kansas People’s Agenda rally on January 11, 2017 at 9:30 inside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, KS is here.

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Don’t Adjust Your Screen

Cheers! Happy Holidays! Here’s to winter in Shawnee County, KS. In a small homage to the season, our site will feature a simulated snowfall in the header area. So, no, your monitor is not malfunctioning. Enjoy! And return here to keep up on all of the exciting things sure to happen in what’s set to be an historic legislative session in Kansas in 2017.

Capital City Equality Center “Groundbreaking Ceremony” 12/18/16 1pm

LGBTQ Rights in Shawnee County

On December 18, 2016 in Topeka, KS the Capital City Equality Center will have a “ground-breaking ceremony” at 1 pm to kick off its work promoting equality. This is work specifically outlined in the National Democratic Party platform and an excellent opportunity to get out and show our support and get involved to promote this ideal and actually do something to protect and further civil rights and liberties for all.

More info here

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Democrats Bean Feed 2017

We are currently looking forward to and planning the 36th annual Democrats Bean Feed which is happening January 29th from  4 pm to 7 pm at IBEW 304 located at 3906 NW 16th Street, Topeka, KS.

The event is open to all and the cost is $5.00 at the door – Sustaining Club members are free. Invited guests include our Shawnee County elected officials and the Kansas Democratic Party Chair. A live auction with proceeds funding our 2017 combined campaign office is planned as well.

Save the date and bring your friends. It’s a great way to stay connected as the 2017 Kansas Legislative Session gets underway. img_3605

Your Home, Your Voice

On the Shawnee County Election website there is an interactive map that allows you to add/subtract layers of information that include such information as where city council districts fall, where voting precincts line up, state representative districts, and more. It’s a very useful tool to educate yourself or someone you care about on how to find out who represents them and in what capacity. So, please check it out and know how to project your voice from your home to make Shawnee County as strong as we can be. The Shawnee County Election site can be found HERE

 

Delegate Results from the Reorganization Convention

At the Reorganization Convention on November 28, delegates and alternates were elected to represent Shawnee County Democrats at the 2nd Congressional District’s Reorganization meeting (TBD), which in turn will elect delegates and alternates to the State Party’s Reorganization meeting (TBD). The delegates are Dan Brennan, Janet Cathcart, Ben Cohen, Terry Crowder, Luke Domme, Ty Dragoo, Ethel Edwards, Paul Harrison, Scott Henson, Jennifer Laudermilk, Fran Lee, Pam McCoy-Greene, Stephanie Mott, Dan Ortiz, Roxie Ramirez Ortiz, Rehan Reza, Lauren Tice Miller, and Carolyn Weinhold. 

 The alternates are George Hanna, Nedra Locke, Nathan Schmidt, Sandy Boyd, Bill Shoemaker, Elizabeth Herbert, Jackson Woods, Diana Siegal, Earl Ransom, Lori Rowe, Matt Miller, Carmen Alldritt, Rick Cortez, Sheena Smith, Brett Kell, Linda Lucero, Foster Chisholm, and Deborah Edelman-Dolan.

It was a full house and more chairs had to be gathered to accommodate the Shawnee County Democrats who dutifully gathered to cast votes for the Executive Board and convention delegates. 

We all now set about to work toward a successful 2017 from our headquarters at 17th & Fairlawn.