January 3, 2019

Please welcome your Representative to/back to DC by calling them to support HR1, the For the People Act.  Here is some information and scripts from the League of Women Voters in support of this bill, which includes comprehensive reforms to reinstate the provisions of the voting rights act, end Citizens United, improve automatic voter registration, and many other provisions generally intended to make American elections free, fair, and accessible to all citizens.

November 1, 2018

Get ready to vote!



(On some you can find maps for various districts. You can confirm that you are registered and at what address, and who your elected officials are),

September 22, 2018

Check your Voter Registration

MO Voter Registration Check

If you are not registered, you can register at your county election office or begin the process online: MO Online Voter Registration

KS Voter Registration Check

If you are not registered, you can register at your county election office or online: KS Online Voter Registration

Be Aware of Voter Registration Deadlines

Keep these dates in mind if you need to vote absentee or if you have recently moved and need to update your registration:
  • Last Day to register: October 10 (MO), October 16 (KS)
  • First day of absentee voting: September 25 (MO), October 17 (KS)
  • Last day to request absentee ballot by mail: October 31 (MO), October 30 (KS) — In both states, your application must be received by your election board no later than 5 PM on the deadline day, so get your application in the mail as early as possible if that’s something you need.

Don’t wait until it’s too late; confirm everything is in order!

Missouri residents: You can always check the Secretary of State’s office for the forms to register or update registration HERE.  You can also confirm your registration, which is recommended, HERE.
Kansas Residents: Confirm your registration HERE.

Absentee Voting information

Missouri: Absentee voting instructions for Kansas City are available here.  Statewide instructions are here.
Kansas: Contact your county election officer to request an application for an advance voting ballot.

September 17, 2018

Update on Clean Missouri (Amendment 1)
(via Sean Nicholson/Jobs with Justice)

We wanted to share a few updates from the campaign office about this week’s legal fight. We are confident we’ll prevail in our appeal of the local court’s ruling about Amendment 1. Here’s why:

  • We’ll be in the Western District Court of Appeals (in Kansas City) this Thursday afternoon at 2:30pm, and we expect a ruling very soon after the hearing. Our legal team filed our first brief to the appeals court yesterday, and it’s very clear that the circuit court judge erred in his ruling last week.
  • Amendment 1 is constitutional. As Attorney General Josh Hawley told the Circuit Court on behalf of Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft: Amendment 1 “does not contain multiple subjects [and] it does not amend multiple articles.”Attorney General Hawley’s analysis was correct, as was his assertion that “The measure [Amendment 1], if enacted by the voters, would promote transparency and accountability in the General Assembly.”
  • Senator Rob Schaaf, former Senator Jim Lembke, former Senator Bob Johnson, and Common Cause filed an amicus brief in support of Amendment 1 on Saturday. “The voters of Missouri, rather than the courts, should decide the fate of this important initiative,” they told the court. “The Clean Missouri initiative, if enacted by the voters, would improve democratic accountability of the legislature in very important ways.”
  • The case law, facts, and people are all on our side. More than 300,000 Missourians signed petitions demanding a vote on Amendment 1, and they’re going to get that chance on November 6.

That’s why our campaign is still moving at full speed towards Election Day. What the lobbyists really want is to discourage, distract, and disorganize us — and to drain our resources in the final weeks before Election Day.

We’re not going to let them do that.

So here are my asks to you:

  • If you’re in the Kansas City area (or even if you aren’t), join us Thursday afternoon at the Court of Appeals. The hearing begins at 2:30 PM, so come early to get through security and find a seat.
  • Make sure people understand who is fighting to protect the corrupt status quo in Jefferson City with this lawsuit: A lobbyist for disgraced former Governor Eric Greitens, another powerful lobbyist, and the personal lawyer for Missouri’s biggest donor.
  • Join us for rallies and canvasses around the state Wednesday evening to shine a light on who we’re fighting against, and to keep taking our message directly to voters.

August 19, 2018 – August 26 2018

Celebrate Women’s Equality Week in Kansas City.  The schedule of events is here: WEW_2018_eFlyer_08.11 and has also been added to the HAP Google calendar as individual events.

January 8, 2018

Indivisible MO-5 is starting the new year with a new name: Indivisible Missouri! They will be adding members statewide and will be focusing on making positive change in the Missouri legislature. This week, their task is to learn how to listen and track what is happening in Jefferson City! The legislative session can be a a place of really compelling dramatics so we highly recommend it!

The fight to protect our Dreamers is getting more and more urgent. This week, call your Members of Congress and urge them to support and pass a clean DREAM Act – no useless, expensive wall, just legal protection for some of the hardest working young people in America. Click here for phone numbers and additional information.


December 21, 2017

Daily Action: Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding running out. Tell sens: “Fund CHIP now! 9M kids are @ risk.” 844-241-1141 http://rvdr.me/C2


December 18, 2017

Daily Action: GOP prepping to vote on their final & awful tax scam bill. Tell reps: “Vote no! Don’t attack health care!” 844-241-1141 http://rvdr.me/18

October 5, 2017

Join me in calling Congress at 1-888-204-8353 to demand they take action to support immigrant communities by passing a bipartisan clean Dream Act now and enacting legislation to protect current TPS holders from deportation.
Many of these families, many of our SEIU brothers and sisters,  have come here from countries that are struggling to rebuild after natural disasters or suffering from civil wars that make it unsafe for people to return.
Congress needs to hear from you. Demand that they protect the millions of families at risk of being separated by enacting a clean DREAM Act and saving TPS. Call now: 1-888-204-8353
Extremist Republicans are looking to end these vital programs and put over 1 million lives at risk. We don’t have time to wait. We must act now.  Make the call.

September 28, 2017

First of all, thank you to everyone who spent time making calls, writing letters to the editor, and attending action events throughout the state to protect Medicaid and the safety net these past couple of weeks. As you know, the Graham-Cassidy bill will not be voted on before the September 30 deadline. Like the other health care proposals we’ve seen this year, this bill would have caused millions of people to lose access to health care and devastated state budgets. There are almost certainly more challenges ahead, but for now we should take a moment to celebrate all of our hard work!
Unfortunately, CHIP reauthorization has also been slowed down. More from Judy Dungan at MOCLC:
Focus on hurricane relief funding and the Graham/Cassidy bills have sucked all of the oxygen out of Congressional work on other much needed legislation including extension of CHIP funding.
S1827, the Kids Act of 2017, has been introduced in the Senate with a bipartisan group of sponsors. It would extend CHIP funding for five years to 2022. Please contact both Senator McCaskill (202)224-6154  and Senator Blunt (202)224-5721 and ask them to cosponsor S1827. Ask them to work to make CHIP funding, which expires this week, a priority. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has scheduled a mark-up of CHIP for next Wednesday, but no bill language is available.  Unfortunately, it’s clear Congress is going to miss the September 30 funding deadline.

September 22, 2017

3 Ways to Save the ACA

The Senate is at it again. The latest Affordable Care Act repeal attempt, the Graham-Cassidy bill, is just as bad if not worse than its predecessors. It allows insurance companies to overcharge people with pre-existing conditions and get out of covering basic services like childbirth and mental healthcare; it no longer requires large employers to cover their employees; it slashes federal Medicaid money from states that expanded the program; it offers a giant tax break to corporations.
Millions are expected to lose affordable healthcare under this plan. Join CCO to respond to this attack on the sick, the poor — and all of us.
1) Phonebank to save the ACA! We would like to invite you into the CCO office from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. We will be calling our senators as well as Senate leaders to urge them to reject the Graham-Cassidy “healthcare” bill and save the ACA.
The CCO office is in the KC Public Health Building at 2400 Troost Avenue in KCMO. We are on the fourth floor, suite 4600. We will prepare phones, but please also bring a cell phone if you have one. We will have a script ready, and will guide you through the process if you’ve never made such calls before. RSVP here! Then share the event on Facebook.
2) Join the “Keep Us Covered” rally. We are partnering with Indivisible KC and other groups to pressure a weak link in the Senate: Kansas’ own Jerry Moran. Senator Moran remains undecided on this bill, and has yielded somewhat to mass pressure from the people before.
It does not matter if you live in Kansas, Missouri, or elsewhere. Join us on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 4:30pm at Moran’s local office: 23600 College Blvd #201, Olathe, KS 66061. RSVP on Facebook and share the event!
3) Call and don’t stop calling. If we can stop the Graham-Cassidy bill, the ACA is likely safe for a long time to come. Senate rules change on October 1 to require 60 votes to pass such a bill, rather than the 51 needed now. Such a high bar will make it nearly impossible to repeal the ACA. That’s why we need you to call your senators as often as you can, both their local and D.C. numbers:
Claire McCaskill
(816) 421-1639
(202) 224-6154
Roy Blunt
(816) 471-7141
(202) 224-5721
Jerry Moran
(913) 393-0711
(202) 224-6521
Pat Roberts
(913) 451-9343
(202) 224-4774
When healthcare comes under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!

September 20, 2017

Use this legislative lookup tool and script to find the phone numbers for your senators and representative:


Analysis, Action Alerts, Social Media and LTES on the Cassidy-Graham proposal:
First, a new analysis that Avalere released today on the impact of the bill: http://avalere.com/expertise/life-sciences/insights/graham-cassidy-heller-johnson-bill-would-reduce-federal-funding-to-sta This report is key because it looks at both the Medicaid PCC & the block grant in terms of their state by state estimates of their combined impact over the next two decades. Ad indicated in the report, Missouri may receive more funding initially (although even that isn’t confirmed because the changes in the provider taxes are not taken into account), but after 2027 we would go off a cliff like every other state.
Some key points from the report:
  • The long-term federal funding cuts to states would skyrocket when the block grant runs out in 2027 – total cuts for states would be over $4 trillion through 2026.
  • Cuts from the per capita cap alone would be $1 trillion over two decades
  • Confirms that this bill would eviscerate protections for those with pre-existing conditions

September 10, 2017

Opportunities to help gather signatures for Clean Missouri!  www.cleanmissouri.org

Frances Farah – 816-516-5858 for RSVP only.  She provide greater details.  Please call for more information.

The following are some events that we can collect signatures from at the library and the phone bank and also DaRon McGee.
9/11/17 – HAP meeting at Californos at 5:30 – 7:00 – Need to solicit volunteers for events.   
9/12/17 – Stormy Seas – stories of young boat refugees – set up at Central Library at 5:30 –  Library provides the table.  Anderson has cleared these events at the library. Really need assistance with this one since Fran and Joyce are not available that night.  May need to ask for Anderson for help. 
9/13/17 – Lincoln and the abolitionists – Plaza Branch set up at 5:30 –  Library provides the table.
9/14/17 – CUZ the life and times of Michael A. – Central Library set up at 5:30 – Library provides the table.  Anderson has cleared these events at the library. 
9/20/17 – JWJ/HAP PHONE Bank  – SEIU HALL  – 4526 Paseo – Will call to get volunteers for events.  Fran will bring Treats etc.  Paul and Anderson will set up Laptops and Lines and scripts .  Starts at 5 pm.  Bring cell phones, if you have a laptop bring that too.
UNPLAZA Art Fair – Sept 23 and 24 Saturday and Sunday 12Noon  – 6:00 pm. Gathering Petitions signatures.  

August 14, 2017

Opportunities to help gather signatures for Clean Missouri!  www.cleanmissouri.org

Tuesday, August 15, 11:00 am Defend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals): Delivery of signatures to KS Atty General in Topeka,   6:00-7:30 pm, Rally at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 4181 Broadway, KCMO  64111   http://bit.ly/2vzOPnc

Friday, August 18.   Workers’ Rights Rally in the Missouri Capitol. Get on the bus to arrive in Jefferson City by 9:00 am, for a rally in the rotunda and to walk approx 300,000 signatures to the MO Sec. of States Office, to get repeal of Right to Work for Less on the ballot.

Friday, August 18-Saturday, August 20:  With MO Jobs with Justice: Signature gathering at  Ethnic Enrichment Festival in Swope Park.

September 1-Monday, Sept. 4:  Santi-Cali-Gon Days Festival in Independence, MO. Petition signature gathering with MO Jobs With Justice, for Clean MO and Statewide minimum wage allot initiatives.  Santi-Cali-Gon Days Festival in Independence, MO.  September 1st-4th.