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Program meetings will be held the first Saturday in, February, March, and April at Atonement Lutheran Church (lower level Charter Hall), 9948 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS.

Upcoming Programs

April 6: The Water We Drink: Keeping Our Water Safe and Affordable

Coffee and snacks are provided. Social time begins at 8:30 a.m.; the meeting starts at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to attend. Programs are recorded and posted to our YouTube channel for later viewing.

Find meeting dates, locations and more on our public Facebook events page.


March 2, 2019
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Building a Stronger Community 

LWVJoCo Members

LWVJoCo Members

LWV is fully committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in principle and in practice. DEI are central to our success in engaging all individuals, households, communities and policymakers in creating a more perfect democracy. Join us as we start the discussion of how to harness the power of DEI to increase the League’s social impact work in our community.  View full program on YouTube.

Speakers:

Tricia Bushnell is the executive director of the Midwest Innocence Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to freeing innocent people in prison for crimes they did not commit.

Prior to joining MIP, she was a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin, where she taught a course entitled “Race, Poverty, and Criminal Justice,” and a fellow at the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, where she represented indigent individuals sentenced to death and juveniles sentenced to life without parole. Currently, she chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group for the Innocence Network Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Diverse Business Committee of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Alonzo is the 2nd District representative to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Advisory Commission on Human Relations and Disability Issues and secretary of Equality Kansas-Metro KC, a statewide grassroots organization working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Nacente Seabury, an attorney with Hawkins Parnell and Young, member of the Kansas City Environmental Management Commission and co-host of “Four Women for Conversations That Matter,” a weekly show dedicated to discussing local and national topics relating to social equity and justice.

DEI Speakers

L-R, Nacente Seabury, Tom Alonzo, Tricia Bushnell

 


April 6: 2019
The Water We Drink: Keeping Our Water Safe and Affordable

Presenters;
Mike Armstrong, General Manager, WaterOne
Elaine Giessel, Chair, Kanza Chapter of the Kansas Sierra Club


February 2, 2019
Priced Out: Why Care About Housing Affordability?
Many people are priced out of the housing market in Johnson County. A social worker or paramedic, for example, cannot afford to purchase an average-priced home in any city in Johnson County. Having a safe, affordable home should be accessible for all, not a privilege for a select few. We learned why the lack of affordable housing in Johnson County affects the entire community and why it’s in our interest to provide more housing options in Johnson County.  Our moderator was Karen Wulfkuhle, co-chair of the study committee and past director of United Community Services of Johnson County.

Presenters:

  • Valorie Carson, Community Planning Director, United Community Services of Johnson County
  • Jennifer Creagar, Financial Care Program Director, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
  • Maury Thompson, Deputy Manager, Johnson County Government
    Panelists dsicuss housing affordability

    From left: Karen Wulfkuhle, Maury Thompson, Valorie Carson, Jennifer Creager

View full program on YouTube

Questions posed to the panel:

  • How much do you need to earn to afford housing in Johnson County?
  • What is Johnson County doing to address housing affordability?
  • What barriers do we face in addressing this problem?
  • How do other communities address housing affordability?
  • Why is this issue important to Johnson County?

Archive of previous programs

See the 2018 programs

See the 2017 programs

See the 2016 programs