Fran Marion at the podium, with Mayor Quinton Lucas behind her on the right and Terrance Wise behind her on the right. -Photo curtesy of Stand Up KC.

Stand Up KC caravan corrals McDonald’s

“What do we want? 15 and a union! When do we want it? Now!” This call echoed across the country, including in Kansas City, Mo. The local group Stand Up KC organized a caravan that corralled a McDonalds where their demands for $15 an hour and a union were presented.

PeaceWorks and Poor People’s Campaign join in KKFI show

A Dec. 31 program on KKFI, 90.1 FM, celebrated the political activism of PeaceWorks-KC and the Poor People's Campaign (PPC), giving reasons for hope. Among the six persons interviewed, Tammy Brown, of the Missouri PPC, says in the podcast, "I was hungry. I was homeless. Somebody told me, 'Cherith Brook feeds.'" She went there for help, began volunteering, and now belongs to the PPC.

KC KS activists form Mennonite Catholic Worker House of Resilience

The house’s mission: We grow a healthy home by sharing labor and power, knowing our histories, partnering with Creation, and practicing hospitality, response-ability, and place-based peacemaking. Priority will go to local women activists working for systemic social justice in Wyandotte County and providing reparations to women of color in the form of rest and rent relief.

Election reflection: Keep building peaceful communities

Election season is upon us, and the Democratic Party appears poised to take not only the presidency but also the Senate. Foreign-policy-wise, neither party has been able to reign in the bloated military budget that siphons so much taxpayer money into the pockets of the wealthy. ... PeaceWorks can help build a society in which respect and grace are given even in times of political turmoil.

Kristin Scheer (left of center) reads a statement by Ginger Ferguson, who lost her health insurance right before the COVID crisis struck. Ferguson, 60, too ill to attend the Sept. 29 march and rally, wrote, “It shouldn't be this hard. I started paying into this system when I was 14.” At the right in the photo is Charles Carney.—Photo by Ann Suellentrop

Kansas Poor People’s Campaign demands Medicaid expansion

Dennis Russell said he gave his right eye so rich people in Kansas could become a little richer. On the night of Sept. 29, when 55 persons, including four PeaceWorks-KC leaders, marched for expanded Medicaid in Kansas, the 60-year-old Russell said he could not get the glaucoma in his right eye treated for years because he did not have health insurance. Now that he has recently obtained Kansas Medicaid, his eye doctor is telling him it is too late to repair the sight in his right eye, and he will probably never see again out of that eye.