Continuing the Conversation

Tomorrow is Juneteenth, celebrated as the day slavery ended in the United States. But while we recognize that day, we also recognize that the legacy of slavery remains in the fabric of our society.

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We Walk for All of Us

George Floyd was murdered on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, a little over a week ago. Our country has convulsed in the aftermath with protests, anger, and grief, and the final story is still being written. Americans have been asked to not look away from the racism ingrained in our society, from the reactions of police and government, from the lives of those experiencing racism. Americans are being asked to listen to their voices.

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A message from our Executive Director on the death of George Floyd

Five minutes and 53 seconds. That was how long George Floyd was violently restrained with undue force by Derek Chauvin before he was known to be unresponsive. Two minutes and 53 seconds. That was how long Chauvin continued applying unnecessary pressure to Floyd’s neck. Eight minutes and 46 seconds. That is the time it took to murder George Floyd in broad daylight.

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For Kansans

Last week, the Kansas Legislature passed nine bills in their 23-hour final day. Eight of them remain to be signed by the Governor, but another she vetoed this past Tuesday, as the Governor's emergency powers to keep Kansans safe during the pandemic ran out.

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Legislative Leadership Fails Kansans

Almost 24 hours after they started Thursday morning, the Kansas Legislature adjourned in the early hours today, having worked through the night to quash debate, vote on measures yet to be written, and eventually pass a terrible bill that endangers Kansans.

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For These Legislators

A week from today, on May 21st, the Kansas Legislature will convene for one final day, Sine Die, to conclude their business for the year. One day hardly seems like enough, but that's because today and tomorrow—and likely next week—legislators are getting together for committee hearings to prepare bills for that final day.

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For Hope

See this video of why this family is joining Walk the Vote this year.

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Why Do You Walk?

Walk the Vote logoWe're holding our (virtual) Walk the Vote this year on Saturday, June 13, with a week of online events leading up to it.

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The Most Important Thing You Need To Do

One action you can take, what our communities, state, and nation need most, is for everyone to vote in 2020. Polls show youth favor change by shocking margins, and yet, turnout numbers show they don't vote. Seventy-five percent of Americans believe we should stay sheltered in place, and yet their elected representatives argue for their freedom to infect others. Most Kansans want to Expand Medicaid, and yet a few in Leadership have blocked it. The fix to this?

Vote.

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Advocacy in Place

As we shelter in our homes, the world hasn't stopped around us. Gov. Kelly continues to govern, candidates continue to announce and plan their races, election dates continue to approach. In a world that still needs advocates, how do we continue to engage with our causes?

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