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.
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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"
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.
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.
Volunteer to fight MO Amendment 3
It's going to take all of us to beat back the politicians' deceptive protection plan. Sign up to volunteer with the No On 3 team today!
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
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,
Moms Rising Get out The Vote Postcards
Get Out the Vote in 2020 with FREE Postcards!
MomsRising is making it super easy (and totally FREE) for you to participate in our powerful Get-Out-The-Vote effort for the 2020 election!
Sign up now to write 10 postcards to registered voters who haven't always voted on Election Day in the past. In August, we'll send you a packet of 10 pre-addressed, pre-stamped postcards along with some quick instructions. All you'll need to do is write a quick note of encouragement (we'll provide sample messages) and send them back to us with the prepaid return envelope provided so that we can store them until it's time to drop them in the mail before the November election.
Sign up to be an Election Protection Volunteer
November 3, 2020
As a nonpartisan Election Protection volunteer, you will assist voters who encounter any problems voting.
The public health crisis is changing our elections and our Election Protection program. Volunteers commit to taking at least one Election Day shift to help voters experiencing problems voting. This might include remotely monitoring polling places, driving between polling places, monitoring social media for voters with problems, proactively contacting voters, and much more. Your job will be to help voters resolve any problems that occur, with the help of trained legal professionals.
Volunteers like you will be voters’ first line of defense against suppression tactics, confusing laws, outdated infrastructure, and other impediments to making themselves heard.
Sign up as an Election Protection volunteer today and we’ll reach out with all the information you need to get started.
Phone Bank for Biden & Harris
Join us to make calls to voters on behalf of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Democrats up and down the ballot in the six states that will decide the Electoral College: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Once you RSVP, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to join the session. Don't worry if you've never done this before; we'll provide a full training for anyone who needs it.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.