Fighting for Kansas Schools: What's happening in Topeka, and what you can do

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 139 rsvps

MainSteam Coalition and Game On for Kansas Schools host a legislative forum:

"Fighting for Kansas Schools: What's happening in Topeka, and what you can do"

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7pm (doors open for social time at 6:30)

Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202


Representative Melissa Rooker, KS House District 25, House Committee on K-12 Education Budget

Senator Pat Pettey, KS Senate District 6, Senate Committee on Education


David Smith, KCK Schools and MainStream Board

Come and hear how these Kansas legislators are fighting for public education in Kansas. They are working to find a solution that meets the recent KS Supreme Court's criteria: that all Kansas students have the opportunity to succeed, no matter where they live, how they learn, or how much money they have. 

We will also discuss ways you can get involved. 

Reservations are requested, but not required. 

Voices for Choice 2017

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 09:00 AM
Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, KS

Join PP Great Plains VotesTrust Women South Wind Women's Center LLCMainStream Coalition, the ACLU of KansasTrue Blue Women, and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Kansas City for a celebration of movement leaders and lobby day!

To reserve your spot, please RSVP at

9am: Presentation of Outstanding Ally in Government Award, Dr. George Tiller Courage Award, and Next Generation Award
9:30am: Bill briefing and training
10am-2pm: Lobby visits
12pm: Lunch
2pm: Debrief
2:30pm: Senate invocation

Awardee information coming soon!

Team Captain Kickoff - Walk the Vote 2017

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Private Home

Walk the VoteReady to walk the walk? Be a Team Captain for MainStream's Walk the Vote walk party to raise money to raise Hell in 2018! Sign up here to come to our Kickoff Party for Team Captains.

This is a fundraising event for MainStream, raising money for election work in 2018. That's the year Kansas gets to replace the Governor and any State Representatives that need replacing.

Brownback may be ineligible for another term, but Kris Kobach is indicating he might run for Governor. And there were 40 members of the Kansas House who voted to keep Brownback's tax policies in place this year. We don't need as much money as the Koch brothers, but we need enough!

We want you to get your team together, to fly your flag, and help us raise that money.

RSVP here, now, to be a Team Captain, and attend the Kickoff on May 3rd, at 5:30 pm at a private home in north Overland Park (address will be sent once you RSVP!). We will get you set up with a fundraising site, team name ideas, tips and tricks for getting people to donate, and a whole lot more.

Do more than vote! Walk the Walk! RSVP now.

Expanding KanCare:The Next Steps Overland Park

Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Matt Ross Community Center

Alliance for Healthy Kansas presents:

"Expanding KanCare: The Next Steps, Overland Park"

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:30pm - 8pm

Matt Ross Community Center, OPKS

On May 4th the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas will be hosting a community action event in Overland Park — and we want you to be there! Our fight isn’t over. Join us as we share the next steps we’re taking to expand KanCare.

For more information about please visit their website at Alliance for Healthy Kansas

Step Up and Run: Part 2 running for office workshop

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 11 rsvps
Colonial Church in Prairie Village, KS

MainStream Coalition is hosting "Step Up and Run! A workshop on running for office"

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Colonial Church at 71st & Mission

(parking on south side, in back and across the street at Macy's)

Are you planning to run for office this election season or in the future? Do you have questions about developing a campaign message and strategies? Does the thought of fundraising or asking people for money make you consider not running? Then attend this workshop and develop the knowledge needed to run a successful campaign.

This workshop is the second one in this series. But you do not need to have attended the earlier one to attend this one. 

Our speakers will share their experiences and expertise in the following topics:

Campaign Strategies, Campaign Message Exercise, Digital Tools and Social Media during the campaign, and Fundraising

Discussion leaders are:

Sheryl Spalding, former KS Legislator and past MainStream President

Becky Fast, Roeland Park City Council member

Jeff McGurk, 

Representative Brett Parker, KS representative for District 29

This will be an interactive workshop that will prepare you for running a campaign for local offices such as school board, city council, county commissioners etc. We also invite those considering running for state offices in 2018 to attend. 

By the end of this workshop you will be ready to Step Up and Run!

Reservations are requested not required.

If you have any questions, please contact Lesa Patterson-Kinsey 913-649-3326 or email at


Walk The Vote 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 08:00 AM
Santa Fe Commons Park in Overland Park, KS

Walk the Vote banner

Votes have consequences, and those consequences impact all our lives. We talk the talk about getting involved and becoming engaged and paying attention. Well, now we are walking the walk, raising money to make a difference in people's lives in 2018. This is going to a be a fun, noisy, empowering walk, with teams raising money to raise hell in 2018.

Get your team together, fly your flag, and let's change Kansas.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Downtown Overland Park
From Santa Fe Commons Park to the InterUrban ArtHouse (1/2 mile)
8 am registration, 9 am walk, ending at the ArtHouse for a political mural art project

Your donation, your pledges, and your participation is in support of the MainStream Coalition, an advocacy organization that supports good government, public schools, healthy communities and sensible fiscal policies in Kansas.

We're raising money to bring more change to Topeka in 2018. Kansas passed tax reform this year, but was blocked by the Governor and the remaining extremist legislators. Kansas passed health care expansion this year, but was blocked by the Governor, and the remaining extremist legislators. Kansas has the votes to pass gun reform, and to protect women's rights. Kansas has the will to fully fund public education. What we don't have, is enough people in Topeka to see this through, from the Governor to some of the seats in the Legislature.

We are out to fix that. Help us raise the money to do it.

Who are we?

The MainStream Coalition is a political advocacy organization that has been around for 24 years. In 2016, we worked the elections and helped shift the balance of power back towards sanity. We hired interns to go door to door getting out the vote and protecting our courts. We held forums, we testified, we marched, we organized. That year, we spent $70,000 supporting Democrats, and another $70,000 supporting moderate Republicans.

We fight for policies, not parties.

Here's what we stand for: good governance, quality public education, healthy communities and sustainable fiscal policy. We fight for transparent government, local control, strong, fully funded schools, teachers' rights, access to health care for everyone, reasonable taxes, fair wages, and the right to lead your life with dignity. To us, it does not matter who you are, or what party you're with, if you agree with those values.

Do more than vote.

That's our slogan, and our mission. We work to educate and engage people so they do more than just vote. Do you know who represents you in Topeka? Find out with our tool: Do you know how they vote? Do you wish you understood the issues better? Do you want to run for office? Do you want to make calls, or walk door to door. Do you want to meet your legislators? Do you want to be heard? Be informed? Get involved? Well, that's what we do.

Sign up now to Walk the Vote and fundraise to raise Hell in 2018!

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