From all across the state, across race, class, religion, and division, We are Kansans uniting under an agenda that lifts up our people. This mass gathering occurs the first week of the Kansas legislative session and serves to tell the government what their priorities should be. Because of the massive amount of corruption and dirty money in Kansas politics, it is impossible for the legislature to do a damn thing unless a mass of people force them to.
The Governor will declare “the state of the state is good” and the next day (January 10th) we will show up to tell him the actual state of the state: struggling schools, poverty, crumbling roads, poor access to healthcare, unsafe working conditions… The state of the state is not good, and the legislature needs to know what families are going through as they continue to tax the poor and give welfare to the rich.
The People's Agenda
We, the people of Kansas, demand progress and equity in opportunity and outcome in all measures of human life, right, and dignity.
We demand. May it be so.
We believe in the Kansas workers right to unionize, in a living wage, in progressive taxation requiring those at the top to pay their fair share, and in the reduction of sales tax on food.
Equitable Public Education
We believe that Kansas children have a right to a high-quality public education with adequate resources that are equitably provided according to need.
We believe that all Kansans should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, mental health and substance abuse services, and that women’s reproductive healthcare providers should not be unjustly targeted.
Racial and Indigenous Justice
We believe that all Black, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous people of Kansas deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity, protected from overzealous policing, and provided equitable opportunity in all facets of life.
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture
We believe in protecting the Kansas environment by banning fracking, rehabilitating our waterways, supporting local family farms, and reducing our overall carbon emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy.
We believe that voting is a guaranteed right that must not be unjustly burdened or infringed and that election access, transparency, and integrity are necessary to ensure this right.
We believe that women in Kansas deserve equal pay for equal work; that women should be protected from discrimination and abuse in the workplace, at school, and in our community; and that women have the inherent right to make their own reproductive choices.
We believe religious minorities have the right to practice their faith free from fear, discrimination, and political scapegoating.
We believe that Kansans of all gender identities and sexual orientations deserve the right to live, work, and raise families protected from discrimination.
Responsible Gun Policy
We believe in responsible gun ownership that requires background checks on gun purchases, training for a concealed carry permit, and that guns should not be allowed on school grounds, campuses, or in public buildings.
We believe every Kansas child deserves the best, that no child should go hungry, and that our foster system must address abuse faster.
We believe that refugees and immigrants in Kansas, both documented and undocumented, benefit the economy and should have the right to drive legally, purchase insurance, and attend colleges and universities.
Criminal Justice Reform
We believe that Kansans deserve a demilitarized highly trained community-focused police force, and a fair criminal justice system that aims to rehabilitate individuals and protects youth from the school-to-prison pipeline.
We believe that the Kansas government must be ethical, accountable, and transparent. Political bribery, secret dark money, and lobbyist contributions must end. There can no longer be a revolving door between elected public office and corporate special interests.
We believe Kansans with disabilities have a right to barrier-free participation in society. Persons with disabilities should live full lives with dignity, choice, and independence.
We believe that the road, rail, and water systems of Kansas must be improved; that Internet access for all communities is a necessity; and that a renewable green energy infrastructure is critical to our security and future.
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