Kansas Activist Guide: Events March 7-13

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This week in Kansas progressive politics: Help turn Kansas blue by phone banking for Brent Welder and James Thompson, pack food bags for students, learn more about Indivisible or Swing Left, work to end gun violence — 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 cause 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 the accuracy of the event.

Wednesday, March 7

Help Pack Food Bags for Students
Help Kansas Food Bank and Food 4 Kids pack food bags for families that are food insecure. Those who are over five years old can help pack up bags for any amount of time during the event.
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Kansas Food Bank
1919 E. Douglas Ave.
Wichita, KS 67211

Weekly Welder Phonebanking
Join other progressives in Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District and help Brent Welder beat United States Rep. Kevin Yoder this fall. Help to flip Kansas Bernie Sanders Blue.
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Our Revolution Kansas City
753 State Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101-2505

What Inequality Looks Like: HEAT Report Community Presentations
Learn more about historical property value discrimination, health inequality, and environmental health injustices in the Kansas City Area.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Community Health Council
803 Armstrong Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Voter Registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during a 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

March Safe Streets Coalition Meeting
Join the monthly meeting to learn about human trafficking and how to get involved fighting it from Barry Feaker at Topeka Rescue Mission. Law enforcement members will be present to talk about updates to this coalition.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Great Overland Station
701 N. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66608

Thursday, March 8

Voter Registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during a two hour block of time that works best for you.
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

722 Reynolds Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Lawrence League Day at the Kansas Capitol
Join up with the Lawrence League of Women Voters for a tour of the Historical Kansas Statehouse. Learn from those who know what’s going on and attend Senate and House committee hearings and sessions.
8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Kansas State Capitol
SW 8th Avenue & SW Van Buren Street
Topeka, KS 66612

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

Sedgwick County Democratic Women March Meeting
Join the Sedgwick County Democratic Women for their monthly meeting. Jill Miller, the headmistress on blog Finishing School for Modern Women, will be the keynote speaker.
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Ours Family Dining
1606 S. Georgetown St.
Wichita, KS 67218

March 2018 Monthly Chapter Meeting North Central Equality Kansas
Join Equality Kansas of North Central for their monthly chapter meeting. Advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and get involved with the current projects of this organization seeking to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Salina Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
901 Beatrice St.
Salina, KS 67401

Friday, March 9

Voter Registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during a 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, enjoy snacks and the company there.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn St.
Building 1, Suite 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Saturday, March 10

What Inequality Looks Like: HEAT Report Community Presentations
Learn more about historical property value discrimination, health inequality, and environmental health injustices in the Kansas City Area.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Community Health Council
803 Armstrong Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Second Saturday Democratic Breakfast
Join other Johnson County Democrats for breakfast and discussion about how to get involved and work toward electing Democrats in 2018.
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Johnson County Democratic Party
Lucky Brewgrille
5401 Johnson Dr.
Mission, KS 66205

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

Saturday Canvass for James Thompson
Get out with others and talk to voters about choosing James Thompson and flip 4th Congressional District in Kansas blue in 2018! Participants do not need to canvass the entire four hours, they’re happy to have volunteers for any amount of this time.
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Campaign Headquarters
555 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Building 1, Suite 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, Suite 130
Wichita, KS 67208

Swing Left’s Blue Wave Tour
Meet the folks behind the national grassroots organization, Swing Left. Meet other volunteers and local activists, and learn more about Swing Left’s 2018 strategy and how you can work with them to help turn Kansas blue.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Roeland Park Community Center
4850 Rosewood Dr.
Roeland Park, KS 66205
contact: jess@swingleft.org

Kansas Indivisible Bylaws Adoption & Leader Election Meeting
If you’ve been wanting to get involved with Kansas Indivisible, now’s your chance! The group will be meeting to discuss and amend bylaws, nominate and elect leaders, and set up committees for 2018.
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Shawnee County Democrats Office
5350 SW 17th St.
Topeka, KS 66604-2459

End School Gun Violence – LFK Youth Meeting
Share ideas at Wake The Dead for how to end school violence. All are welcome, and teachers eat for free.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wake The Dead
7 E. 7th St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Sunday, March 11

Postcards Against Gun Violence (ICTIndivisible)
Gather with others to write postcards and promote solutions to gun violence to Kansas legislators. Postcards will be provided, and the group will ensure messages are delivered. Students are encouraged to attend.
3:00 PM – TBA
The Fusion Restaurant
1812 W. Douglas Ave.
Wichita, KS 67203

Monday, March 12

Voter Registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during a 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

Wyandotte Co Political Action Group Meeting
The Wyandotte Political Action Group of the Kansas Women’s Political Caucus is inviting women leaders to a meeting where you will learn to coordinate voter registration, organize a Get-Out-the-Vote campaign, and form alliances with other organizations to help increase voter participation.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Mason Jar
941 N. 74th Dr.
Kansas City, KS 66112

Tuesday, March 13

Voter Registration at Metro Lutheran Ministry Food Pantry
Help register voters for both Kansas and Missouri elections during a two hour block of time that works best for you.
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

722 Reynolds Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Coalition for Homeless Concerns Monthly Meeting
Meet with others to work together to help the homeless in Lawrence.
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Lawrence Community Shelter
3655 E. 25th St.
Lawrence, KS 66046

Johnson County Young Democrats Happy Hour
Meet and chat with other young democrats at March’s happy hour for the group.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Johnny’s Tavern Antioch
8719 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212

Kanza Group Social & Legislative Update
Join the Kanza Group of Kansas Sierra Club to talk about what’s going on in the legislature with lobbyist Zack Pistora. Environmental advocates will be interested in learning about industrial chicken farming and fracking-related earthquake concerns.
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lenexa Public Market
8750 Penrose Ln.
Lenexa, KS 66219

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 me @Ronda_Bowen with information about the event.

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