Kansas Activist Guide: Events March 15 to 25

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This week in Kansas politics and activism: get vocal about gun violence, enjoy a meal or two with other progressives, meet candidates for the 2018 elections, learn more about DACA, get involved with environmental causes, and more.

So, you’ve had enough sitting around and signing online petitions and you want to do something and get involved. Great! Here’s a list of political and community events happening in the Sunflower State this week. Be aware that dates and times are accurate as of publication. Be sure to check with the organizer’s website to ensure accuracy before attending.

Thursday, March 15

Voter Registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during the two-hour block of time that works best for you.
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
722 Reynolds Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Dining with Dems
Join other Democrats for conversation, food, and projects focused on helping to turn Kansas blue in 2018.
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Picasso’s Pizzeria
621 W. Douglas Ave., Ste. 360
Wichita, KS 67213

DACA in Salsa Verde
Learn about the effects of recent changes to DACA. Hear Emira Palacios, Tony Ibarra, Flor Mercado, and Arely Navarrete speak.
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Wichita State University’s Rhatigan Student Center
1845 Fairmount St.
Wichita, KS 6760

JCDW: Chris on fresh DNC info
At this monthly meeting of the Johnson County Democratic Women, Chris Reeves, a member of the DNC representing Kansas, will share updates from a DNC meeting this week. Reeves was on the Rules Committee at the DNC 2016 Convention.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Golden Corral
13440 S. Black Bob Rd.
Olathe, KS 66062

Thursday canvass for James Thompson
Get out and talk to voters about choosing James Thompson to flip Kansas’ District 4 blue in 2018. Volunteers can participate for any amount of time they want for this event.
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Thursday phone bank for James Thompson
Whether you’ve never phone banked before or you’re an old pro, you’ll have a good time getting together with others working to turn Kansas blue.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Friday, March 16

Voter registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during the two-hour block of time that works best for you.
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
722 Reynolds Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Legislative coffee & constituents event
Join Kansas Rep. Chuck Weber of the 85th District to learn about what’s going on in Topeka, ask questions, and share your concerns. Rep. Susan Humphries of the 99th district will also be in attendance.
8:30 – 10:00 am
Stearman Field Bar & Grill
14789 SW 30th St.
Benton, KS 67017

Coffee with Carl
Have coffee with Wichita’s former mayor and gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer. Discuss the issues that are important to you and learn where he stands.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Reverie Coffee Roasters
2202 Douglas Ave.
Wichita, KS 67214

Sierra Club in Hutchinson
While the Southwind Group usually meets in Wichita, they’re reaching out to meet in Hutchinson this month. Come out and share lunch as well as what you would like to see happen from the Sierra Club.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Kansas Buffet Company
1526 East 17th Ave.
Hutchinson, KS 67502

Fun Friday with James Thompson

Get together with other progressives at James Thompson’s campaign office. Help stuff envelopes, send out thank you cards, and enjoy snacks and the company there.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn St.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Saturday, March 17

Youth for Thompson meetup
Twice a month, young people who want to support James Thompson’s campaign hold a mixer.
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Saturday canvass for James Thompson
Get out and talk to voters about choosing James Thompson to flip Kansas’ District 4 blue in 2018. Volunteers can participate for any amount of time they want for this event.
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Saturday office phone bank for James Thompson
Whether you’ve never phone banked before or you’re an old pro, you’ll have a good time getting together with others working to turn Kansas blue.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Topeka Indivisible
Get involved with political activism and learn more about the political process through informative presentations.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Shawnee County Democrats
5350 SW 17th St.
Topeka, KS 66604

March meeting/seminar: Douglas County Democrats
Come out and meet the Democratic candidates for Kansas governor: Carl Brewer, Jim Ward, Laura Kelly, Joshua Svaty, Arden Anderson, Robert Klingenberg, and Jack Bergeson. Maggie Wakefield will be the moderator of the forum. Enjoy coffee and socializing before the forum starts.
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Sunday, March 18

Creating a plan: How we stop school shootings in America
Meet with Laura Lombard, a candidate for the 4th District U.S. House of Representatives race, and participate in a panel discussion of how we can work together to prevent school shootings in our nation.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
SEIU Kansas
3340 W. Douglas Ave.
Wichita, KS 67203

Crawford County Democrats monthly meeting
Join the monthly meeting of the Crawford County Democrats and be part of the movement to turn Kansas blue. The meeting will be followed by training and discussion for the Kansas Democrats’ field plan.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Pittsburg Public Library
308 N. Walnut St.
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Equality Day 2018 prep session
Meet Kansas Reps. Brett Parker (House District 29) and Stephanie Clayton (House District 29), who will talk about how to effectively lobby state representatives and senators. Also learn the talking points for legislators for the trip to Topeka, fill out cards, and meet other like-minded individuals.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
17446 w. 161st Street
Olathe, KS 66062

Monday, March 19

Voter registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during the two-hour block of time that works best for you.
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
722 Reynolds Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Coffee with Carl
Have coffee with Wichita’s former mayor and gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer. Discuss the issues that are important to you and learn where he stands.
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Downtown YMCA
402 North Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Wichita Pride board meeting
Come join the Pride board meeting to ensure that Wichita Pride 2018 is better than it’s ever been.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Center of Wichita
800 Market St.
Wichita, KS 67214

Mondays with Mike: Informal meet & greet
Meet Mike McCamon, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Kansas’s 3rd District. Learn about what his team is doing and get a chance to talk with him to gain perspective on the various issues.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Homer’s Coffee House
7126 W. 8oth St.
Overland Park, KS 66204

Tuesday, March 20

Voter registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during the two-hour block of time that works best for you.
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
722 Reynolds Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Equality Day 2018 at the Kansas State Capitol
Advocate for LGBTQ justice and equality through a rally, march, and luncheon. Visit with state legislators and help press the Kansas state government for equal justice and fair treatment.
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Equality Kansas
800 N. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67214

JCYD visits Topeka
Johnson County Young Democrats are hitting the road to head to Topeka and visit with legislators, attend a committee meeting, tour the capitol, and more. Sign up through the link above for more information.
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Johnson County Young Democrats
P.O. Box 19578
Lenexa, KS 66285

Rally to support Syed
Come out to support Syed Jamal and his family at his court hearing. Syed was arrested for immigration violations after working as a chemistry professor and living in the U.S. for over 30 years. His possible deportation would tear his family apart.
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
925 Vermont St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Wednesday, March 21

Voter registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during the two-hour block of time that works best for you.
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
722 Reynolds Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

DCCC University
Get the skills you need to work with campaigns, state parties, or other political positions. Register at the link above for more information and location details.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 22

Voter registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during the two-hour block of time that works best for you.
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
722 Reynolds Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Meet Mike and show your support
Come out and meet Mice Nichols, a Democrat running for Wyandotte County Judge.
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Breit’s Stein and Deli
412 N. 5th St.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Keeping our schools safe: A community forum
Learn how you can advocate for safe schools. KCUR 89.3 and education podcast No Wrong Answers are getting together with a panel of educators and students to discuss concerns for school safety.
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Shawnee Mission School District
Multi-Purpose Event Room
8200 W. 71st St.
Overland Park, KS 66204

Reach out to voters
Come for the conversation and company of other Democrats and work on projects to help increase voter turnout.  This meeting will focus on making postcards to send to Sumner County’s registered voters.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wellington Public Library
121 W. 7th St.
Wellington, KS 67152

Human Relations Commission meeting
Join in for a candid discussion about social, racial, and economic issues concerning those living in the Winfield community.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Neives’ Mexican Restaurant
119 E. 9th Ave.
Winfield, KS 67156

Thursday canvass for James Thompson
Get out and talk to voters about choosing James Thompson to flip Kansas’ District 4 blue in 2018. Volunteers can participate for any amount of time they want for this event.
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Thursday phone bank for James Thompson
Whether you’ve never phone banked before or you’re an old pro, you’ll have a good time getting together with others working to turn Kansas blue.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Friday, March 23

Farm Bill town hall
Do you have an opinion about the farm bill, trade, or other agricultural issues? Head over to this town hall to talk to U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall to let him know what your thoughts are.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Western State Bank Expo Center
11333 WS Highway 283
Dodge City, KS 67801

Voter registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during the two-hour block of time that works best for you.
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
722 Reynolds Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Fun Friday with James Thompson
Get together with other progressives at James Thompson’s campaign office. Help stuff envelopes, send out thank you cards, and enjoy snacks and the company there.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn St.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Saturday, March 24

LPKS gubernatorial debate
Come out and hear the first debate between the members of the Kansas Libertarian Party running for governor. Meet 18-year-old right-libertarian Ethan Randleas and 20-year-old left-libertarian Thomas Padgett. Learn about their views on the issues and why each believes they should become the next Kansas governor.
1:00 – 3:oo p.m.
Emporia Public Library
110 E. 6th Ave.
Emporia, KS 66801

Youth for Thompson meetup
Twice a month, young people who want to support James Thompson’s campaign hold a mixer.
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Saturday canvass for James Thompson
Get out and talk to voters about choosing James Thompson to flip Kansas’ District 4 blue in 2018. Volunteers can participate for any amount of time they want for this event.
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Saturday office phone bank for James Thompson
Whether you’ve never phone banked before or you’re an old pro, you’ll have a good time getting together with others working to turn Kansas blue.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Ste. 130
Wichita, KS 67208

March for Our Lives
Stand with others against gun violence in our schools during this multi-city march.

Overland Park
10:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Torah
6100 W. 127th St.
Overland Park, KS 66209

Lawrence
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
119 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Manhattan
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CiCo Park
3309 Robinson Rd.
Manhattan, KS 66503

Topeka
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kansas State Capitol
300 SW 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612

Pittsburg
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
201 W. 4th St.
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Wichita
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Gathering at Park Elementary
1025 North Main St.
Wichita, KS 67203
Rallying at the Old Sedgwick County Historical Courthouse
504 North Main St.
Wichita, KS 67203

Sunday, March 25

Project Q&A executive board meeting
Meet with Project Q&A’s executive board to learn what’s going on with the group, how you can get involved, and have a say in Pride and other events happening this year.
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Pizza Hut
1801 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Independence, KS 67301

PD 13 March meeting
Join in for the annual meeting of Progressive Democrats of the 13th Senate District of Kansas. Officer elections and planning for the coming election year will take place.
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pittsburg Public Library
308 N. Walnut St.
Pittsburg, KS 66762

If you have an event that Kansas progressives would be interested in that you’d like promoted in an upcoming post, please contact me at 50StatesKansas@gmail.com or tweet @Ronda_Bowen with information about the event.

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