Bennette Dibben puts a “Human Care, Not Warfare” sign on Sharon Hannah’s mask.—Photos by Jim Hannah

CARE-a-vans, rallies seek ‘Human Care, Not Warfare’

A pandemic pivot from funding war and weapons to caring for humanity and Earth—that was the aim of “Human Care, Not Warfare" on Memorial Day, May 25 in Kansas City, Mo. PeaceWorks-KC Board members and leaders from several other groups spoke out and CARE-a-vanned two days before the nation’s death toll from COVID-19 reached 100,000.

KanCare expansion proponents attend a session at the statehouse in Topeka.—Photo by Jim McLean

Expand Medicaid in Kansas

I travelled with others from the Poor People's Campaign and PeaceWorks-KC on Jan.14 to advocate expanded Medicaid in Kansas. In July, a study of mortality rates in non-expansion states estimated that 288 Kansans have died prematurely every year since 2014 specifically due to our failure to adopt expansion. Totally unacceptable and senseless!

Justice via KC Tenants

On Thanksgiving Day of 2012, a fire in my apartment forced me to move out. … Eventually I found an apartment complex and was shown a display unit. I signed a lease. But the actual apartment unit I was to move into was infested with mold. … I became homeless. A friend gave me a place to stay; otherwise, I would have been living on the street. … I did not have something like KC Tenants to help me.

Poor People’s Hearing highlights poverty in Missouri

The national movement called the Poor People’s Campaign held a Poor People’s Hearing in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 10. An overflow audience heard the heartbreaking stories of an undocumented person, a Native American, a farmer, a low-wage worker, and a veteran. After each of their stories, the audience chanted, “Someone is hurting my brothers and sisters, and we are not going to take it anymore!”