WRITE, CALL AND ACT

This list includes calls to action from IKC, our allies, and other progressive organizations.  We are lucky to have so many great organizations to stand with.  If you have any questions about these events, please don't hesitate to reach out.  An IKC volunteer will be back in touch as soon as we can.  

Please note that this page is a work in progress. 

KC Metro

Donate to the Kansas City Community Bail Fund

THE CO-FOUNDERS OF THIS PROJECT ARE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS WHO HAVE SEEN PRETRIAL DETENTION AND MONEY BAIL AFFECT THE PEOPLE WE SERVE ON A REGULAR BASIS - AND WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

​Our plan is to start small and raise money through grassroots fundraising. We plan to begin partnering with local businesses, attorneys, public defenders, local social service agencies and organizations, mental and behavioral health care providers, and community members to fundraise and advocate for the need for such fund in this city with such great potential. Members involved in getting this fund started are already connected with dozens of community service agencies and organizations and are able to use those connections to assist individuals we intend to bail out through this fund.

KC Metro

Support Black-Owned Restaurants in Kansas City

"Many people in Kansas City have been experiencing renewed pain and anger in the past week, spurred on by the tragic death of George Floyd while in police custody, along with the many others before him. Kansas Citians looking to support the local Black community can lend support to Black-owned businesses, including restaurants and bars. Restaurants and bars, of course, have been critically affected by COVID-19 and restrictions on in-person dining, and support now could mean survival for these businesses and continued employment for their workers"

Kansas

Call Gov. Kelly and tell her you support her pledge to address systemic racism in Kansas government. 877-KSWORKS (877-579-6757)

"'For too long we've suppressed or ignored those who are suffering and have asked for our help,' she said. 'Institutional racism exists throughout our society, our economy and our laws, from our criminal justice system to our educational institutions to our public health infrastructure.' Kelly, a Democrat, said she's asked her team to give the issue their full attention and to come up with a plan to 'take action in earnest." - Gov. Laura Kelly

Kansas

Sign up for Voter to Voter, and use this amazing, Kansas-specific tool to encourage voter turnout

Voter to Voter is a peer-to-peer get out the vote tool designed especially for Kansas.

As a Voting Ambassador, you will join a Team to work to encourage everyone you know to get out and vote in upcoming elections!

Teams are groups of Ambassadors who work together to get Kansans to vote.

You can make your own Team, that’s the most exciting way to make a difference with Voter to Voter.

If you’re interested in joining a Team, the teams listed below are open to anyone, and always looking for active Ambassadors. If you were invited to join a team and don't see that team listed below, be sure to ask the person who invited you for a sign up link to their Team!

If you don’t have a team in mind, you can always join our in-house team, Voter to Voters.

Kansas City, KS/Wyandotte County

Write in Support of Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte County

As many as 30,000 people in Wyandotte County - 1 in 5 people who live in the county - may have difficulty accessing a government-issued photo ID (foster kids, immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, people without housing, victims of domestic violence, and the elderly).
In addition, this ordinance supports local law enforcement in focusing on community safety needs, instead of being diverted into enforcing federal immigration enforcement.

Coordinating with ICE’s activities - which have frequently been found to be illegal and unconstitutional - can make law enforcement vulnerable to complaints and lawsuits. An ICE non-compliance ordinance clearly and helpfully defines the parameters of those interactions.

Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County

Call KCK Mayor Alvey at 913-573-5010 to fund an independent arm to investigate police misconduct

In Kansas, the WyCo District Attorney's office announced plans to create an independent arm to investigate police misconduct, meeting one of three demands made by MORE2 a full year ago. The move still requires funding by Mayor Alvey.

Kansas City, MO

Let Mayor Lucas and the City Council know how you think the City ought to respond to Covid19 challengesKansas City

Through June 30, 2020 at 5 pm

Our city and our nation are in the midst of an unprecedented public health emergency. This crisis has impacted everyone in our community, and we’ll only be able to bounce back if we all work together to rebuild and recover.

Ultimately local and city governments like ours take a front-line role in helping all residents through such an emergency, with or without the support of state and federal government resources. We do these through the laws and programs we enact to prepare our city for times of crisis. And in the end, our city government is accountable to the people we serve—residents like you.

Which is why we want to hear from you: What policy ideas do you have for helping Kansas City bounce back from the COVID-19 crisis? How can we make sure our city is stronger a year from now than it was before the crisis started?

We are working with LawMaker to create a public and transparent forum to hear your ideas. Propose your policy ideas here within one of the four categories, share them with your friends, family, and neighbors on social media, and collect a coalition of supporters who upvote your policy idea. The Mayor and Council will review the policies with strong support, and commit to make a substantive policy action or response to the policy in each category that gets the most votes.

POLICY CATEGORIES

Small Business Support
What policies can the city implement to help support small businesses as they recover from the economic disruptions caused by COVID?

Economic Resilience
Are there policies that will help make Kansas City more resilient and economically dynamic in the long term?

Emergency Preparedness
What are policies we can implement now, to help us better prepare for future large-scale emergencies should they arise?

Public Health Access
What policies can the city implement to improve public health access and availability for our must vulnerable populations, many of whom were disproportionately impacted by COVID?

Missouri

Tell Governor Parson to Veto SB 600. 314.501.5559

Keep asking the Gov. to veto this bill. As of 6/25, the bill passed on 5/15 remains unsigned. We need more public schools, not more prisons.

The murder of George Floyd illustrates a pattern of police brutality across the country that must be addressed. You can take action to stop this today.

Right now, Governor Parson has a crime bill on his desk that would increase disparities in our criminal justice system. The bill adds new enhanced charges, new mandatory minimums, and will lock people up for longer without truly addressing crime. We are reliving past mistakes in Missouri.

Communities of color are over-policed and targeted. In Missouri, Black drivers are 91% more likely than whites to be pulled over by police. That is profiling.

Call Governor Parson and tell him to Veto SB 600

# 314-501-5558

Missouri

Fight against the 39% reduction in education funding. Contact your state legislators; Contact the governor. Phone numbers and addresses here: https://www.indivisiblekc.org/kc-area-reps

And then work for, donate to and vote for Democrats up and down the ballot, including—perhaps most importantly—governor.

Gov. Parson recently announced additional budget cuts. Out of $209 million in cuts from this round, more than $131 of that will come from K-12 education. House Minority Leader Crystal Quade said Republican tax cuts in recent years left the state without a buffer to help weather the economic downturn.

“Every time Republicans chipped away at Missouri’s revenue base, Democrats warned these short-sighted decisions would pay a terrible dividend when the next economic downturn hit, and there always is a next one,” she said in a news release. “As a state elected official who supported these failed policies for the past 15 years, Gov. Mike Parson shares responsibility for weakening state revenue structures and making this financial crisis worse than it otherwise might have been.”

Missouri

Phone Banking: Yes on 2 to Expand Medicaid

June 23rd - August 3rd

Join Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action leaders from across the state to talk to our neighbors and voters about Voting Yes on Amendment 2 on Tuesday, August 4th!

Organizers will train you and support you on how to participate in our virtual phone banks.

To let us know you're interested and ready to pass Medicaid expansion this August, fill out this volunteer interest form: https://bit.ly/MoJWJaction - you must use this form to let us know you're interested so that we can connect you with a regional organizer, training, and zoom info for each virtual phone bank.

We will be contacting voters every week through election day!

Missouri

Phone Banking for Medicaid Expansion

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 7 pm

Medicaid expansion will be on the August ballot, which creates obstacles. But, they are not insurmountable! During this pandemic, MORE2 has built a strong phone outreach system, allowing us to continue engaging voters on this and more issues. We have the potential to engage thousands and thousands of voters between now and August. Will you join and make that happen?

In the month of June every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-7 PM MORE2 will being having a phonebank, join our team to ensure that KCMO is informed about the initiative on the ballot and will vote yes.

Your team, organization, or congregation can host it's own remote phonebank. We can even aim calls and customize a script, so you're building relationships with neighbors at the same time.

Contact gary@more2.org to learn more or set up your own team's phonebank as soon as possible

Missouri

Become a Missouri Notary

Missouri’s ridiculous notary requirement for mail-in ballots means we’ll need lots of people available this summer and fall to notarize ballots. Two pieces of good news:
1. Ballots can be notarized electronically.
2. It’s easy to become a notary.
Apply to become a notary at https://s1.sos.mo.gov/Business/Notary/newNotary

Missouri

VOTE FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION

August 4

National

Petition for Justice for Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen. She loved her family and community, working at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic.

Nearly four months ago, a division of the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal, unannounced drug raid on her home. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her.

Not only were the police at the WRONG HOUSE, but the man they were looking for had already been arrested earlier that day.

1. Charges must be filed immediately. The officers involved, specifically John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, and any other law enforcement officer involved in the death and coverup of the death of Breonna Taylor must be fired, charged, and arrested immediately. There have been no charges thus far (it has been nearly 4 months). Their pensions must be revoked.

2. Her family must be paid in damages for wrongful death and the negligence of the LMPD.

3. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear must speak up on behalf of Breonna, and Governor Beshear or Attorney General Daniel Cameron must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department immediately. An in-house investigation is unacceptable.

4. The "no-knock" warrant that police had used in Breonna's murder completely violates the constitutional rights to reasonable search and seizure. By law, police must be legally obligated to announce themselves before breaking and entering into a home privately owned by American civilians. Legislation to federally ban no-knock warrants must be passed in Congress and signed by the President; what happened to Breonna was a complete violation of her constitutional rights, and threatens the rights of all American citizens. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has voiced similar concerns. A special session must be intervened by Congress to discuss the constitutionality of no-knock warrants immediately.

This has carried on for over three months. For weeks, the city treated Breonna like she was a criminal, calling her a “suspect” before finally admitting that she was an innocent, crimeless victim. She had no drugs. She committed no crime.

Yet, she is dead, and the perpetrators are facing no charges.

She was not only an exemplary citizen, but an essential one. She was a daughter, a friend, an American hero, and most importantly, a person. She deserved to be treated as such.

Let’s get justice for Breonna. Say her name.

PLEASE help me get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms. Thank you to everyone who is helping in our fight to get justice for Breonna.

National

The Big Send

Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout. It takes two minutes and one stamp, and meaningfully increases the odds that the recipient will vote. A concrete action you can take, no matter where you live, to get unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens to the polls,

National

Write postcards to voters in swing states to encourage them to vote in November

Help write postcards to voters in key swing states for the Nov 3 election! We'll increase turnout among voters who share our values & encourage mail-in ballots at the same time! They will send you postcards, addresses and instructions for free. You provide the $0.35 stamps and mail the cards in October

The first states targeted were Michigan and Wisconsin; On July 1, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Maine, Iowa, Kansas and Montana will be added to the list

National

Sign up for TurnOut 2020 to help encourage voters in swing states to vote in November

Ready to make a real difference in the most consequential election of our lifetimes? Welcome to Turnout2020, a national campaign calling voters in key swing states to secure the presidency and take back the Senate.

No matter your location, using our easy, intuitive dialing system, you can connect with Democrats, get them to commit to vote and WIN.

National

Make sure you and everyone you know has completed the US Census

While we may have been distracted by the rushing current events there is little that more impacts our lives and communities than the outcome of the decennial count. You can still be counted. Your loved ones can still be counted. Just take a moment to fill out the 2020 Census now. Everyone who is missed in the census count means less for education, health care, and infrastructure.
Everyone counts, not just citizens. Everyone.

National

Community Check In Phonebank

Community Check In Phonebanks Indivisible groups across the country have been some of the local leaders in their areas performing wellness check ins and providing mutual aid to members of their communities. Now you can phone bank to help further those efforts! If you and your group would like to schedule a phone bank to call individuals in your area for wellness check ins and mutual aid asks, fill out this form to get started!

National

Make Calls to Help Register Voters

It's imperative that as many Americans as possible make their voices heard by voting this fall -- we're excited to announce new phonebanking opportunities to call potential voters right now and help make sure they have everything they need to get registered and get to the polls. Use this form to RSVP for upcoming phonebanking shifts to help make calls to voters.

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