Tyrone Garner (now mayor) and Yazmin Bruno-Valdez campaign for a “Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte.”—Photos courtesy of Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (in Kansas City, KS)

Lending a hand to make Wyandotte County “Safe and Welcoming”

A coalition of advocates has sought passage of a “Safe and Welcoming” ordinance in Wyandotte County, KS, for 5 years. David Johnson of the coalition recalled, “There were a few times we thought about throwing in the towel.” The proposed ordinance may come to the Unified Government Board of Commissioners Feb. 10. 

Warm: Beds in the St. Lawrence Catholic Worker basement accommodated some in KCK until commissioners moved forward with opening a warming space at the former Reardon Convention Center.—Photo by Charles Carney

PeaceWorks members help thwart attempt to shutter homeless shelter

Several members of PeaceWorks-KC joined an ad hoc coalition to stop the abrupt closure of a cold-weather shelter for unhoused persons in the Kansas City, KS, area recently.

Charles Carney and Donna Constantineau, his wife, reach the end of the Peace Walk’s 253rd mile with supporters eager to celebrate.—Photo by Jane Stoever

Charles Carney completes 253-Mile Wichita-KC Peace Walk

At the rally concluding the Peace Walk, Mary Hladky poses a question from Howard Zinn: “Have we reached a point in history where we are ready to embrace a new way of living in the world, expanding not our military power, but our humanity?”