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By 2040, nearly half of all U.S. residents will be over the age of 65 or under the age of 18. How do we build communities that meet the needs of the very old, the very young and everyone in between? Join the discussion on Nov. 2.

Speakers:

  • Gene Wilson, retired Kauffman Foundation Sr. V.P., will discuss the challenges of our growing senior population
  • Melissa Rooker, head of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet Trust Fund and former Kansas state representative, will present an overview of the early childhood strategic plan.

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President's Update

Redistricting Battles Loom

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court held 5-4 that states have the right to draw election districts. That means states can continue partisan and/or racial gerrymandering that strips away rights from voters. LWVUS immediately responded with the “People Powered Fair Maps” grassroots program. It seeks to change state laws and practices so congressional districts and government legislative bodies are apportioned on population. See details here.

This multiyear LVWUS program will involve all 700+ state and local leagues. In October, Teresa Briggs, LWVK co-president, attended Fair Maps training. Goals for all Kansas Leagues working as a unit include:

* Host/participate in at least 15 events/forums/rallies/tabling opportunities that engage the public.

* Hold at least 10 meetings with key stakeholders (community leaders, lawmakers, committee staff, commission staff, etc).

* Participate in February 2020 National Day of Action. 

Next up: The state’s nine local leagues and LWVK are now planning Fair Maps’ educational and advocacy steps. The goal is for the 2022 legislature to apportion congressional districts and legislative bodies based on population with no partisan and/or racial gerrymandering. Stay tuned for developments.

Questions? Concerns? Just let me know.

Ellen Miller, LWVJoCo president

ellen3147@gmail.com; 913-894-5232

 

Where Fair Maps Start in Kansas

The Nov. 5, 2019 election includes one redistricting issue: A constitutional amendment that would count all people found in the 2020 Kansas census. It would eliminate a decades-old requirement that Kansas officials adjust the U.S. census count so that nonpermanent residents in the military or enrolled in higher education are subtracted from our count. We are the only state that adjusts the census. Read the full text of the proposed amendment, and check out this summary.

If this Kansas constitutional amendment is adopted by voters, all three districts—Kansas house, Kansas senate and U.S. Congressional—would be drawn by the 2022 legislature based on the same unadjusted U.S. census counts. Our local and state Leagues support this constitutional amendment. 


Spread the Word

Calling all groups and organizations who would be or should be interested in hearing about the League of Women Voters, voting rights, procedures and issues. The Speakers Bureau would like to speak with all kinds of groups—experienced voters, new voters and especially apathetic voters!

If you know of a group who would like to hear from us, please send us the name, and if possible a contact person, and we’ll send them information about the Speakers Bureau.

Topics include:

  • LWV, 100 Years of Improving Government and Public Policy
  • Media Integrity in an Era of Fake News
  • Your Vote Matters
  • Power Up Your Advocacy
  • Be An Informed and Active Voter
  • How to Evaluate a Candidate

If you’d like to recommend a group or become a speaker, contact Kathleen Morrow.


Powered Up for the Future: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)

LWVJoCo is committed to putting DEI front and center in all of our efforts. With our DEI initiative, LWV aims to increase the organization’s relevance, influence and sustainability. Read more about how our initiative will unfold.

 

 


Go the Extra MileAttention All Leaguers:

Enjoy these League activities?

  • Voter registration and services
  • Our monthly programs on hot topics
  • The monthly VOTER newsletter
  • Our website and social media
  • Annual preview party
  • New member gatherings
  • Legislative coffees
  • Policy studies
  • Annual holiday gathering

These can’t happen without people like you!

Step up and co-chair with a friend.
Raise your hand; don’t wait to be asked!

Contact Kathy Minges or Eileen Manza


Be Ready for the General Election on Nov. 5

Cast your vote and make your voice heard!

Resources:

Vote411.org for candidate information

Interviews of Johnson County Board of Trustees candidates

More info on voting in Johnson and Wyandotte counties

 


Harry Bognich

Member Spotlight: Harry Bognich

A “railroad man” and member of the Observer Corps, Harry Bognich looks to the future of the League and its impact in the Kansas City area. 

Learn more about Harry.


Welcome, New Members

Ten new people joined in the last month: Laura Blair, Michele Perez, Dawn Rattan, Suzanne Bartling, Joseph Bartling, Arvella Spease, Nancy Kalikow Maxwell, Marguerite Braun, Robert Peters and Shelley Peters.

Need to renew your membership? Renewing is fast and simple. 


Observer Corps

Catch up on the actions, decisions and proposals of our local public officials. Read summaries by League members who attend several public meetings in our area. This month, highlights include:

  • Overland Park passes LGBTQ protection ordinance.
  • Johnson County Parks and Recreation District receives an award for the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.
  • Test results for the new ozone water purification facility.

Board and Committee Updates

  • ATTENTION MEMBERS: Join us for a small-group discussion about Medicaid in Kansas and why expansion matters. Get resources for your advocacy efforts in 2020: Thursday, Nov. 14, 6-7 p.m. at Lenexa Library. Space is limited, so register now.
  • Time to start thinking about Great Decisions!  Topics this year are climate change, India and Pakistan, Red Sea security, human trafficking, Northern Triangle, China’s road into Latin America, the Philippines and artificial intelligence. The discussion group will meet for eight weeks, every other Monday night, starting Feb. 10 at the Oak Park Library. If you are interested in joining, contact Nan Wilson.
  • You can support our Centennial Celebration by donating items to our silent auction, which will take place at our January planning meeting. Items can include restaurant gift certificates, wine collections, vacation getaways, hotel stays, sporting or event tickets and gift packages. Got ideas? Email Donna Lauffer.
  • At the October naturalization ceremony, our members registered 65 of the 92 people from 37 countries who were sworn in as new citizens.
  • Did you know LWVJoCo was on Instagram? We now have 137 followers, thanks to member Karen Plummer. Tell your family and friends to find us at @lwvjoco!

Find out more about what the state League is doing.

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