Rachel Sweet is the Regional Director of Public Policy and Organizing with Planned Parenthood of Great Plains. The Kansas Primary in August 2022 will see a constitutional amendment proposal that, if passed, would negate the Kansas Supreme Court ruling in April of 2019 that a woman has bodily autonomy protected by the Kansas Constitution.
Redistricting: How It Works and Implications for Kansas
Patrick R Miller, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at Kansas University will talk about the redistricting process. What is it? How does it work? What standards drive the process? How could this play out in Kansas? What will the implications be for Kansas elections in the next decade?
Criminal Legal Reform, Public Defense and the Death Penalty: It’s All Basic Math
Just as 1+1=2, there are mathematical realities to what our criminal legal system can deal with. Meryl Carver-Allmond, public defender and Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty board member, takes us through the resources our criminal legal system takes to function and what that means for policy on public defense and the death penalty in Kansas.
President’s Message from Emily Riner November 2021
Douglas County saw 21.7% of registered voters turn out for our election on November 2. If you’re like me, you know that turnout can be and should be higher. This is especially important with next August’s primary, which will include the constitutional amendment against bodily autonomy on the ballot. Our work as LWVL-DC may be 100 years old, but the need for our work remains as strong as it did at our founding. With that said, our league is evolving and now we know that when we work toward justice for one of us, we fight for justice for all of us. As our last session with Crystal Bennett was titled: Our Liberation is Bound Together.
Last month, I wrote about hope being the fuel for our work. My wish is that you join me in making impossible things happen with hope fanning the flames of your determination. The cards may feel stacked against us going into this season to educate ourselves and our fellow Kansans, register voters, and get folks to their poll places in August 2022, but I believe in us. I give you the same plea I did last time: we need you. You have time, talents, treasures that we hope you will continue to share with us and with the other myriad of organizations you volunteer with. Next month you will receive our annual fundraising letter and I hope you will consider donating to LWVL-DC as we gear up for this upcoming election year.
A hearty thank you to everyone who was able to attend one or more of our seven training sessions with Crystal Bennett. I look forward to LWVL-DC developing our roadmap for the future with equity and inclusion woven into all that we do. The DEI Committee will be working on this roadmap and it will be an area of focus for our Strategic Planning Meeting in January.
If you are able, I would love to have LWVL-DC make a huge showing at the LWVK Virtual League Day on December 4 from 9 to 11:45 am. We will get an update on the lawsuit, People Powered Fair Maps, and many other important updates. Registration can be found here and costs $5. Please contact me if you or someone you know needs assistance covering that fee. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com 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.