“We, as citizens of Kansas City, Kansas, have no trust in the KCK police department,” Christopher Overfelt testified July 13 at a budget hearing for the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County. Overfelt and three others from the PeaceWorks Board, speaking at the hearing, called for independent oversight of police. And by July 16, the Unified Government commissioners passed a budget including a new watchdog over the police.
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“We need to work to stop funding systems of brutality and violence, and begin to fund systems of love that support everyone in our communities,” said Chris Overfelt in his talk on the June 20 online program sponsored by the Poor People’s Campaign and the Institute for Policy Studies.
Rosemarie Woods, a member of the PeaceWorks-KC Board of Directors in 2014, died May 24 at age 71. Farewell, friend! Highly political, Rosemarie was a long-time Democrat who resonated with the Green Party. She wrote a play for Women’s Equality Week several years ago, tracing women’s demand for the right to vote.
White people have no idea of the threat that police are to Black people. During the 7 years we have lived in our house, my husband has been stopped by two police for raking our front yard and asked, “Do the owners know you’re here?”
I'm writing this because my wife posted some instances of Racism she has seen me go through since we have been together in this house on the Southside of St. Louis. Those are just a couple of the things I told her about, because the other things were everyday Racism that just bounce off of me. I don’t want to have her living in fear that one day I might not come home.
Christopher Overfelt shared his VA health care story during the rally “Human Care, Not Warfare” May 25. Saying his care has been “top-notch,” Overfelt charged, “To think that we have the capability to provide this level of care to all Americans, but lack only the political will to make it happen, is a travesty.”
KKFI Community Radio (90.1 FM) and NBC Action News (Channel 41) covered the May 25 “Human Care, Not Warfare” midtown rally. Among 12 speakers, Cris Mann urged, “We should cancel college debt and eliminate the warfare budgets.” She led a chant: “Books, not bombs!”
Thank you to all who participated in our first online auction! In total we brought in $1225 for the vital work of PeaceWorks KC. And a very special thank you to our Artists who donated their beautiful Art pieces to our online auction:
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.