Greetings from President Emily Riner

October 2021

Even though the days are shorter, it gets dark earlier, and the weather is cooling, this is my favorite time of year. It is election season, it’s socially acceptable for me to hibernate at home with a hot cup of tea and a good book, it’s chili/soup/stew time, and there are a variety of holidays to look forward to. When our environment becomes more bleak, let us look to the beauty, serenity, and hope of this time. 

I attended Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s talk at KU on 10/7/21 and it was wonderful to see so many of you there! I was viscerally impacted when he said “hope is the fuel” for making the world a better place. The most improbable things are possible, and history gives us multiple examples of this happening. If impossible things have happened, why can’t we fix racism? We can. If impossible things have happened, why can’t we overcome voter suppression? We can. If impossible things have happened, why can’t we defeat next summer’s constitutional amendment to eliminate our constitutional right to an abortion? We can.

As Dr. Kendi said, cynics will not change the world. Those who are fueled by hope and possibility change the world. Friends, we are the fuel and we are the hope. We can make impossible things happen. I believe in us. We are the ones we have been waiting for. 

We need you. We will need your continued volunteerism, activism, and we need you out there educating our fellow Kansans. There will be upcoming information regarding what we can do to defeat the constitutional amendment and what we will be advocating for during this upcoming legislative session. For now, I hope you will join us on November 1 as we once again meet with Crystal Bennett to discuss the future of LWVL-DC and our commitment to weaving diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do. Sign up here.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at or 605-261-0328 with any questions, comments, or needs. Wash your hands, wear your masks, tell those you love how much they mean to you, and stay well.

DEI gathering
DEI committee members at presentation by Ibram X. Kendi, historian and anti-racist activist on Oct 7, 2021.
From left, Tracy Matthews, Kay Johnson, Karen Lassman, Tamara Cole and Emily Riner

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