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.

Holding a sign she made, Mary Hladky rallies to prevent war with Iran Jan. 4 in Kansas City, MO.

Stop the madness: Another major escalation threatens full-out war with Iran

On January 2, President Trump unilaterally ordered, without consulting Congress, the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most senior and highly respected military leader—a violation of international law and the U.S. Constitution, and morally wrong. This act of war has put Americans in grave danger.

Ann Suellentrop relaxes with friends at a restaurant after receiving the Bodhisattva Award Dec. 31.—Photo by Jim Hannah

Ann Suellentrop accepts award during world peace ceremony

“There are two main threats to our survival: nuclear weapons and the climate crisis,” Ann Suellentrop told a crowd of more than 125 persons Dec. 31, 2019. She spoke at the Rimé Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Mo., at the World Peace Meditation program. The center gave its Bodhisattva Award to PeaceWorks-KC and asked Ann to receive the award in recognition of her peace work in many circles.

Attorney Henry Stoever stands at left with most of the defendants for the Nov. 1 trial.--Photo by Jeremy Ruzich

Trial brief supports defendants’ line-crossing at nuclear weapons parts plant

Defense attorney Henry Stoever submitted a 19-page legal brief Oct. 23 for the Nov. 1 trial; the 15 defendants had crossed a property line at the nuclear weapons parts plant in Kansas City, Mo. Stoever says in the brief, “Where defendants know even a limited exchange of nuclear weapons would cause irreparable harm to our planet, then the defendants assert … that they are exercising their constitutional rights and privileges to protect this very precious U.S. Constitution.”