We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday October 7,  2021

Online Only

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

Special Guest: Rachel Sweet from Planned Parenthood

Join us on October 7 when Planned Parenthood will tell us about the ballot initiative to ban abortion in the Kansas State Constitution. Rachel Sweet will join us to explain the bill and procedure, and what we can do to fight it. Rachel has been with Planned Parenthood for several years, working in legislative action and lobbying. She was involved when we successfully blocked this bill in 2020.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday October 21,  2021

Hybrid Meeting

Either join us in person at the JoCo Dems office (8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204) or on Zoom.

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Special Guest: Sharon Rodriguez on Homelessness

Sharon has photographed and interviewed the homeless of Johnson County, Ks since 2014.  She started documenting the homeless of Johnson County to dispel the perception that this wealthy county does not have a homeless population.  The images in this exhibition depict the face of the Johnson County Homeless.  Sharon takes this project a step further by giving her subjects the power to voice their personal story and the opportunity to write it in their own hand.  These personal stories are displayed next to their photographic likeness.  Throughout this work Sharon dispels the myth of “there are no homeless here (Johnson County)”.  I hope you will take the time to not only see the face but hear their stories tonight.

She has published “Homeless Not Invisible” and “Homeless With Honor” which include these photographs and hand written stories. Please enjoy these stories that are being read to you by Sharon Rodriguez tonight. You can get these books from Sharon Rodriguez by emailing her.

FB: Sharon Rodriguez Photography
www.sharonrodriguezphotography.com

Women’s Rights Protest

On Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:30 AM, please join the women of JCDW North and South as we join the march for women’s reproductive rights. Across this nation and in the state of Kansas, the right of women to make decisions for and about their own bodies is under threat. We’ll be handing out the postcards pictured below, designed by our own Kat Hooley-Lickteig.

Visit March for Reproductive Rights for more info.

 

Let’s Get Organized to Fight for Women’s Rights! 

The Johnson County Democratic party is gearing up to defeat the constitutional amendment to ban abortion, which will appear on next August’s ballot, and you have indicated an interest in joining our efforts. But we need your help NOW so we are prepared for the fight ahead.

We are testing a relational organizing platform for friend-to-friend outreach over the next 7 weeks to see if we can mobilize people to get out to vote in November. Our main focus will be on the two county-wide races: JCCC Board of Trustees and the WaterOne Board. But everything we do with this outreach initiative should help all Democratic candidates, if everyone works hard to reach out to their friends. If we are successful, we will continue to use the platform for the next 8 months to build our coalition to defeat the Constitutional ban.

While I know your passion is around the abortion ban, we can’t test this platform without your help right now. And local elections are super important. With this platform, it’s super easy to send specific messages (already created for you) to people we already know via text, email, and sharing on Facebook – whichever you choose!

Currently, we have 58 supporters on the platform, and we are meeting for about 30 minutes each Friday (on Zoom) to work through specific actions and talk about any problems people may be having. Once you understand how easy the platform works, you won’t spend more than 30 minutes each week (total) to change the outcome of the November election and to prepare for our bigger fight next year.

So…. Are you with us? If so, please click on the link below and create an account on OutreachCircle. Once you’ve joined you can see the Zoom Link for the Friend Banking event at 6:00 every Friday.

https://outreachcircle.com/KCK674

2021 Voter Information

The Johnson County Democratic Party has put together a terrific guide to all things election this November. Learn how to volunteer, check your registration, and most importantly — VOTE! 

You can see JCDW North and South endorsements here. Please note that we only endorse candidates who meet our strict criteria, which means that this is not an exhaustive list of all races or even all Democrats running this year. If you’d like to discuss the races or candidates, our Johnson County Democratic Women FB group is a good place to ask questions and seek opinions from like-minded people. This is a private group; if you would like to join, simply make a request — and don’t forget to answer the screening questions so we know you’re not a bot! 

Merchandise!

If you’re looking for a fun way to support our organizations, check out our merchandise, available NOW at the JoCo Dems office at 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204.

JCDW South is selling t-shirts for $15 each celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. 

JCDW North is selling yard signs for $10 each thanking Governor Kelly for her excellent leadership during the pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JCDW South September Meeting Recap

Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes came out to speak to us about the critical redistricting process taking place right now. We learned that thanks to population growth in Johnson County, we will be gaining 3-4 State House seats and 2-3 State Senate seats. This is great news, but it also means that we need to get busy recruiting candidates to run in those new districts. We might not have district lines until just before the filing deadline of June 1st, 2022, so recruiting excellent candidates for the House begins NOW. Contact Deanne Mitchell if you would like to run. 

Our legislators have only just received the final numbers, so we’re in a holding pattern right now while we wait for maps to be proposed. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to stay informed about this important democratic process: 

1. Sign up to get weekly updates from KS Senate Democrats
2. Visit http://www.KSLegResearch.org to research legislative action, past and present. 
3. You can submit written redistricting testimony at any time. Send testimony to: redistricting@klrd.ks.gov.

Message From JCDW North

We are sorry to report the September 2 meeting of JCDW North was cancelled due to an abundance of caution. We were going to hear from the candidates for the November 2 election, but the Democratic office had some disturbing incidents. Several people have called with threatening comments, and on the day of the meeting, a man called several times before coming to the office in person. Police were called and the man departed. The Shawnee Mission Post and Kansas City Star had articles on the incident.

 

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday September 2,  2021

Location: Online Only

Zoom link

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

This month we will hear from a panel of local candidates running in the November 2021 election. 

 

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday September 16,  2021

Location: Online Only

Zoom link 

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Special Guest: Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes will speak to us about redistricting

Senator Dinah Sykes is serving her second term in the Kansas Senate and her first as Senate Democratic Leader. She is the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Education and the Vice-Chair on the Senate Committee on Confirmation Oversight. Prior to her election in 2016, she ran her own business as a personal chef and worked as a development officer in higher education. She is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned her BA in Business Administration with minors in finance and economics. Dinah has been active in her community and has a passion for serving others. She has served as PTA treasurer, PTA president, on the Kansas Children’s Cabinet, and is a member of Lenexa Rotary Club. Dinah lives in Lenexa with her husband, Jeffrey, and their sons, William and Tyler.

2021 Candidate Endorsements

Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South, are proud to announce our list of endorsements for the November 2021 local elections. These are nonpartisan races, but the candidates we endorse are members of the Democratic Party who uphold our values and principles. In order to earn an endorsement, a candidate must be an active member of either JCDW North OR JCDW South, must have the support of the party, and must be working hard to raise money, recruit volunteers, and earn votes. 

Blue Valley School Board: Gina Knapp

Desoto School Board: Calley Malloy

Fairway City Council: Susan Leonard

Gardner Edgerton School Board: Stacey Coleman

Lenexa City Council: Melanie Arroyo

Mission Mayor: Sollie Flora

Merriam City Council: Amanda (Amy) Rider

Olathe City Council: Dean Vakas

Olathe School Board: Julie Steele

Overland Park City Council:

Prairie Village City Council:

Roeland Park Mayor: Mike Kelly

Roeland Park CIty Council: Tom Madigan

Shawnee City Council:

Shawnee Mission School Board: April Boyd-Noronha

JCCC Board of Trustees:

WATERONE:

 

FLIP IT BLUE

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Flip It Blue. We raised about $6,000 to give to candidates. All of that money is going to the candidates we endorsed THIS YEAR (see above) – so give yourselves a big round of applause!

Congratulations to the winners of the “Most Blue” contest: Tiff White won (of course…see pictures), Jesse Day took second, and our own Christine Morgan took third. Thank you to ALL who participated and to our judges (who should wear blue next year to avoid those balloon hats): Lori Slettehaugh, Teresa Wickersham, and Angeliina Lawson. Thank you to all the contestants and especially to Christopher the Amazing Balloon Man for providing the hats!

Thank you, too, to all those who made our raffle a fabulous success. We had Meg’s beautiful wine baskets, a BBQ Pit, Pie Goddess Pies, signed history books, two massages, photography, beautiful bags, and many, many other items – we couldn’t have done this without you: Meg Shimmels, Cate Eighmey, Melba Nicolaisen, Allison Hougland, Kelly Stromberg, Angelina Lawson, Crystal Davids, Carol Shimeall, and Gayle Asher. 

Lastly, a very special thanks to Executive Director of Kansas African American Affairs Commission Stacey Knoell, Minority Leader Dinah Sykes, the distinguished Doctor Barbara Bollier, and the Great Kathleen Sebelius who all donated lunches for our Silent Auction. Ladies, it means everything to us we have you on board!

 

North August Meeting Recap

On Aug 5, JCDW North welcomed KS Senator Ethan Corson, who spoke about the value of labor unions. Union workers tend to make better salaries and have better benefits than non union employees. Kansas is a Right to Work state so union growth is limited. The Democratic Party supports unions across the country.

South August Meeting Recap

On August 19, we hear from Dr. Tina M. Ellsworth about combating misinformation in school and supporting our students.

We also welcomed Juliette Sinclair to our JCDW South board! She will be taking over the position of Fundraising Vice President — stay tuned for details about an upcoming fall fundraiser just after the election. 

Fighting the Abortion Amendment with Planned Parenthood Great Plains

We have two opportunities to connect with Planned Parenthood to prepare for the amendment fight in 2022:

September 1 organizational meeting presented by PP (see link in the invitation below).

October 7, Johnson County Democratic Women North will have Planned Parenthood’s Leslie Butsch come to our meeting.

An invitation from Planned Parenthood:

Over here at PPGP we’ve been keeping busy:

  • We’re planning out our organizing work to defeat the constitutional amendment that would remove the right to abortion from the Kansas constitution in August 2022.
  • We’re on the phone, calling supporters like you, to connect and hear what your community needs to join the fight for reproductive freedom.
  • We’ve been keeping tabs on the things that intersect with our work, including the Kansas redistricting town halls, threats to Roe v. Wade, and Texas’ SB 8, which would effectively ban abortion in the state — including a terrifying provision that debutizes private citizens to “enforce” the law.

In exciting news, we’ve scaled up our team, adding Rachel Stoutamire and Leslie Butsch to the organizing team, who cannot wait to connect with you!

That’s why we’re inviting you to our virtual Meet Your Organizers event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1!  Join us on Zoom to meet the team, learn about our current political moment, and hear our invitation to help build a better future in Kansas together.

Register for the event here, and don’t forget to send this link to three of your friends!

See you on Wednesday,

Leslie Butsch
Advocacy and Organizing Manager
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link

Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North Hybrid Meeting

Thursday August 5,  2021

Location: Hybrid

In person at Bistreaux  

8725 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212 (please wear a mask)

Zoom link

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Special Guest: Senator Ethan Corson

On August 5, Ethan Corson will speak at the JCDW North meeting about unions, laws that have been passed that have weakened unions, and laws we could pass to strengthen them. Collective bargaining could increase wages and benefits for workers, reducing the need for social safety nets.

Ethan is serving in the Kansas State Legislature for Senate District 7. Over the course of his career, Ethan has worked at the highest levels of law, government, and politics.
He served as Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party from August 2017 to August 2019, leading the Party through its most successful election cycle in a decade, including the election of Governor Laura Kelly and Congresswoman Sharice Davids.
Prior to serving as Executive Director, Ethan was appointed by President Barack Obama to two senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. 
Before entering government service, Ethan practiced law for seven years in the Washington, D.C. office of one of the country’s top law firms, focusing his pro bono practice on voting rights litigation and earning recognition as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

South In Person Meeting

Thursday August 19,  2021

Location: Johnson County Democratic Party Office — 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204 (in person only; please wear a mask)

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Special Guest: Dr. Tina M. Ellsworth

On August 19, Dr. Tina M. Ellsworth will speak to us about combating misinformation and supporting schools.

Dr. Tina M. Ellsworth is an Assistant Professor of Education at Northwest Missouri State University. She holds a BA in Secondary Education, an MA in History and a PhD in Social Studies Education. She has taught middle and high school social studies, taught under/graduate education courses, served as an economic education specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of KC, and as a K12 Social Studies Coordinator. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council for the Social Studies and is the 2019 National Social Studies Supervisor of the Year. She is published in Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Theory and Research in Social Education, among others and presents at national and state conferences. Her research interest includes teacher education, teaching with primary sources, and racial pedagogical content knowledge. Dr. Ellsworth and her husband reside in Platte City with their two children.

Important Meeting Location Information

 

SOUTH:

In August, JCDW South will be meeting at the JoCo Dems Office at 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204. This is a temporary location — we are working on finding a new permanent home for our return to in-person meetings. Watch the newsletter, FB, and your e-mail for updates.

NORTH:

In August, JCDW North will have a hybrid meeting, meaning you can either ZOOM in or join us in person at Bistreaux, 8725 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212.

 

Until further notice, masks are required for all indoor, in-person events.

Vaccinations are strongly encouraged.

 

Let’s Flip It Blue!

On August 7th from 4-8 PM, we’re going to Flip It Blue! Join us at the Grand Pavilion at Sar-Ko-Par Park in Lenexa, KS, where we’ll have food, music, prizes, and games for the whole family. Tickets are a $25 donation in advance or $30 if you wait until August 7th. Kids under 10 are $15. 

Check out these highlights:

Bring on the blue! Consider this to be your official challenge to wear as much blue as you can. Dye your hair. Paint your nails. Add some bling. The bluer the better! And if bragging rights are not motivation enough, there are prizes (pictured) for the best three outfits. 

 

 

Thanks to some of our generous members, we’ve got fabulous raffle items to offer! There’s a one-hour massage at Key To Massage, two pies from the Pie Goddess (raffle separately), two wine baskets, a Cate Eighmey photo package, a Junque Drawer basket, a beautiful hand-made quilted travel bag made by Melba Nicolaisen, and more to come. Raffle tickets cost $2 each (buy 5, get 1 free), but you can get one raffle ticket for free if you wear one of our JCDWS 100th Anniversary t-shirts. (It’s blue — so you can work it into your outfit!.)

T-shirts cost $15 and will be on sale at Flip It Blue. (Yes, buying a t-shirt at the door will get you a free raffle ticket.)

 

The Amazing Christopher will show off some of us fabulous balloon creations! This is truly a reason to bring the whole family, including the kids and grandkids. This man is talented — it was almost impossible to choose just one picture from his Facebook page.

The event space is also adjacent to a fabulous playground with slides big enough for teens as well as options for the little ones. To help with the heat, we will have water guns available (for kids or adults). 

Food. Fun Fellowship.

One of the best reasons to come to these events is to connect with candidates, elected officials, party leaders, and like-minded Democrats in a casual setting. 

Buy Tickets Now

Thank You, Governor Kelly

JCDW North is selling yard signs thanking Gov. Kelly. Signs may be purchased for $20 each at Jo Co Dems office, 8971 W 75th St. JCDW members get a 50% discount if you buy your signs before Labor Day!

North July Meeting Recap

On July 1, Megan McGee from Safehome came to the Johnson County Democratic Women North meeting. They are the only domestic violence center in Johnson County.

A note from Megan McGee:

I wanted to share this list with you and your group. I heard from so many interested people wanting to know what our needs are at Safehome. We are currently in need of new twin size sheets and comforters, as well as new towels and pillows. I have included a link below for you to share with your contacts. We appreciate the interest your group has shared in supporting the survivors and children living here at Safehome. This link will take you to our Amazon wish list for easy access to ordering online. We are ALWAYS in need of new towels and bedding. We provide the new items to our residents and we allow them to take them when they leave. Having these brand new items in stock makes a huge difference to our survivors.

Summer Stock Up

Additional highlights include:

Safehome’s core purpose is to provide a healing atmosphere where survivors of domestic violence can gain inner strength, explore options, and be empowered to live a life free of abuse. Safehome strives to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in our community.

Domestic violence is a pattern of physical, emotional, sexual, and economic abusive behaviors used by one individual to maintain power and control over a partner in the context of an intimate or family relationship.

1 in 3 three women and 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

Services include, free of charge:

  • 24 hour crisis hotline
  • Emergency shelter
  • Clinical counseling
  • Legal assistance
  • Case management
  • Healthcare advocacy program
  • Lethality assessment
  • Healthcare navigation
  • Economic education
  • Bilingual outreach
  • 24 hour hospital response
  • DCF Dept of Family Services
  • Housing
  • On-site child care

Domestic violence is a significant cause of homelessness in Johnson County. 58% of homeless adults in JO Co have experienced domestic violence. Lack of affordable housing creates additional barriers to survivors as they work to achieve independence.

Get involved:

  • Be the Love with Safehome
  • Event committees
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Young Professionals Board
  • Donate financially or via essential needs list on website

South Meeting Recap

We had a wonderful time with Juliet Sinclair discussing what’s happening in Wuhan.

Wuhan lies on the Yangtze River and is a hub for cross country railroad lines. It’s been at the center of many battles, one of which pushed the Yangtze River south by 100 miles and killed over 15 million people. Today, Wuhan is considered the “Chicago” of China with its bustling infrastructure and technologies.

Wuhan is also famous for building two GIANT hospitals, God of Tender Hill and God of Fire Hill, in just ten days! Wuhan kicked the virus in ten weeks by:
• isolating anyone with mild and moderate symptoms
• contract tracing with high compliance
• using social media tools to display health codes
•having drones mock those without masks

As of April 8, 2020 they returned to normal life. In June 2020, Wuhan tested 11 million people in ten days and had zero cases. This stands today.

“Wuhan is doing fine. I’m worried about America. Democracy is precious. I knew what it was like without democracy – I

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!

 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North Hybrid Meeting

Thursday July 1,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

Special Guest: Megan McGee from Safehome

On July 1, JCDW North will host Megan McGee from Safehome, which is a nonprofit organization and the only domestic violence shelter in Overland Park. Megan is the director of community engagement.

Their core purpose is to provide a healing atmosphere where survivors of domestic violence can gain inner strength, explore options, and be empowered to live a life free of abuse. Safehome strives to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children in our community. Come see what their services entail and how we can support them.

South In Person Meeting

Thursday July 15,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Zoom link 

Special Guest: Juliet Sinclair, who will share stories from Wuhan

Juliet Kaihui Sinclair, born and raised in Wuhan, China. Came to the US for an MBA education in 1995. After working as an IT Project Manager for several corporations, she is happily retired and now devoting her time to volunteering in the fair redistricting process in Kansas.

She has been in touch with her friends and family since the virus started ravaging Wuhan in January of 2020, and obtained a lot of facts and stories along the way. Tonight, she is going to share these stories with you, so you will have the chance to get to know her hometown and its brave people.

Flip it Blue!

 

Our annual FLIP IT BLUE fundraiser will be held on August 7 from 4 to 8 pm at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. That’s right – we’ll be live and in person, our first chance to meet face to face as an organization since February of 2020!

We’ll have food, games, a raffle, and friendly, like-minded Democrats. All coming together in support of some amazing local candidates. 

Flip it Blue is our biggest and most important fundraiser. This is how we make the money that we turn around and donate to candidates. JCDWS is a PAC, so our primary mission is to raise money to help local, Democratic candidates get elected to public office. We’ll be sending those checks in mid-to-late August, but first, we need to FLIP IT BLUE!

Our last Flip it Blue brought in over $2,500 for candidates, and this year, we hope to make it even bigger and better. That’s why we’re pulling out all the stops – we’ll have games, prizes, and a fabulous raffle.

This event is kid-friendly. Bring the whole family – the kids can enjoy a bottle flipping contest, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and a nearby playground.

But wait, there’s more! We’re challenging you to show your Democratic pride by wearing as much blue as you can. Plus, if you wear one of JCDWS’s right to vote 100th Anniversary t-shirts, you’ll get one free raffle ticket. T-shirts are on sale NOW for $15 each while supplies last. 

Buy Tickets Now!

Ticket Donation Levels: 

Cerulean $25
Sapphire $50
Royal $100
True Blue: $250
Kids 10 and under $15

Tickets include admission, an entree provided by Sancho Streetside’s food truck, water, lemonade, and games. Soft drinks, raffle tickets, and silent auction are extra.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US KICK THE GOP TO THE CURB!

North Meeting Recap

In June, Vicki Hiatt, president of the Kansas Democratic Party, was our speaker. Some highlights:

Vicki’s duties include fundraising, coordinating Kansas county parties, recruiting candidates, and supporting the Democratic message.

We need to support President Joe Biden’s legislation, and we need to help the party. Here are some shots from her powerpoint:

South Meeting Recap

We want to thank Jae Moyer, Oz Powell, and Amanda Powell for speaking at our June meeting. Their strength is awe-inspiring, and we really appreciate both Oz and Jae speaking about their very personal journeys.

Jae introduced us to the Genderbread Person, a simple way to explain gender and gender identity:

We asked how we can support the LGBTQIA community. Some recommendations are:
• Give space to speak
• Active listening
• Ask questions
• Don’t make the person feel like an outlier, like they are weird
• Intervene with KIDS. “I like you no matter what. It has nothing to do with what you wear or how you dress. It’s still you. I love you.”

Conversation is the bridge to understanding. Understanding is the bridge to change.

Congratulations

Governor Laura Kelly named Stacey Knoell as Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission.

“Stacey has a proven track record of working hard for her community, and I know she will be a great advocate for Black Kansans.” — Governor Kelly.

Stacey is a strong community organizer. Last year, during her run for the Kansas State Senate, she proved herself to be the kind of person who leads through hard work, compassion, and absolute integrity no matter the provocation. 

Mega congratulations, Stacey! You’re making us all proud.

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday June 3,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

Special Guest: Vicki Hiatt, chair of the Kansas Democratic Party

Vicki Hiatt, chair of the Kansas Democratic Party, will be our speaker. She will address rural outreach and other policies and programs the Kansas Democratic party is pursuing.
Vicki has a Master’s degree in Special Education and Teaching, and taught in the Shawnee Mission School District. She has been a CASA volunteer, and member of Democratic Party organizations.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday June 17,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Zoom link 

Special Guest: LGBTQ Rights Activist Jae Moyer

Jae Moyer (They/Them/Theirs) is a candidate for the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees, and a local Johnson County LGBTQ+ rights activist. Jae currently serves on the board of Equality Kansas of Metro Kansas City, where they have helped speak up in favor of non-discrimination ordinances across Johnson County. They also serve as one of the two committee members to the Kansas Democratic Party’s state committee, on behalf of the KDP’s LGBTQ+ caucus. Jae served as a Joe Biden delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention on behalf of KS’ third congressional district.

Save the Date

JCDW South is having our annual fundraiser on Saturday, August 7th. This will be OUTDOORS, IN PERSON — our first chance to meet face to face as a group in over a year. Details are still being worked out, but be sure to mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss it!

 

PRIDE MONTH is held in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall uprising that took place in Manhattan. More than fifty years later, we continue to need more LGBTQ representation at every level of government who can speak out against the groundswell of attempts by radical Republicans to undermine the rights and, in some cases, the very humanity of people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

In honor of Pride, JCDW South has invited Jae Moyer to speak to us. Jae is an LGBTQ activist and will hopefully be voted onto the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees. JCDW North, meanwhile, will hear from Vicki Hiatt, the chair of the Democratic Party, to talk about the recent legislative session, including attacks against transgender individuals. 

If you’d like to get involved, here’s what’s happening around town:

JoCo Pride June Meetup

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 6 PM CDT – 8 PM CDT
JUNE MEET UP: https://fb.me/e/2ksfmH4YC

PRIDE MONTH AT SERVAES BREWING CO:

10921 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS

EVENT INFO: We have so much fun planned for you for Pride Month! Throughout the month, we’ll release FOUR rainbow-inspired beers and NEW pride merch, host food trucks and raise money for the Kansas City Pride Community Alliance and I Support the Girls Kansas City! We hope to see you in June to help us celebrate PRIDE!

WEEK 1: Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11 AM CDT – 10 PM CDT
WEEK 2: Friday, June 11, 2021 at 2 PM CDT – 10 PM CDT
WEEK 3: Friday, June 18, 2021 at 2 PM CDT – 10 PM CDT
WEEK 4: Friday, June 25, 2021 at 2 PM CDT – 10 PM CD

Servaes brewing: https://fb.me/e/2j5qUuaGg

South May Meeting Recap

I cannot tell you how excited I was for Prairie Roots to launch and for JCDW South to be one of the first to gather info!

A great deal of thanks is due Peyton Browning – she was informed, excited, engaged, and handled the Q&A like a pro. We learned about “Deep Canvassing” to build solid relationships with voters that endure over time (as opposed to traditional canvassing, where we drop by to remind people to vote every year or so). If that sounds like something you’d like to learn about, let me know – we’ll be assisting Prairie Roots in the coming months.

GIFT CARD

Each month we have a drawing for a $10 gift card if you bring a friend. These gift cards are NOT DONATED, they are purchased in order to support our local businesses. 
If you know of any Johnson County, Progressive, Women-Owned businesses – let us know!! We’d love to direct business their way. The participants must agree to have their business promoted across all of our Democratic platforms.

Our May winner was Laura Wiltanger, who received $10 to Junque Drawer.

ACTION

In honor of Pride month, our action for June is to sign up for Amazons SMILE program using Johnson County Pride. Every time you shop at Amazon, you’ll be supporting this organization (at no cost to you). Sign up here.

See you online soon!

Cassie Woolworth
President, JCDW South

North May Meeting Recap

Suzanne Gladney from Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund told us about the issues and challenges our migrant farmworkers face. Workers travel a circuit around the US as crops ripen in different seasons. They usually spend only a few weeks at their homes every year around December to January.

A partial list of services provided by Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund includes:

Dental and medical needs. including prenatal care, immunization, and Medicaid applications

Legal assistance such as naturalization, migrant and immigration issues, and public health eligibility

Weekly food bags, meals and snacks for educational activities, classes for healthy food preparation, food assistance applications

Education such as GED classes, ESL, Head Start, financial aid applications, translation services for school conferences

There are 7 students graduating from high school this year, and they are very proud of these students. Most are attending college.

Migrant workers pay taxes in the form of sales, FICA and Social Security.

JCDW plans to have a supply drive as the workers arrive in a few months to start the peach and apple harvest.

This is a diagram from a talk I saw in September:

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday May 6,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

Special Guest: Suzanne Gladney from the Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund

Suzanne is an Immigration Attorney. She founded MFAF in 1984. She retired from the West office managing attorney position at Legal Aid of Western Missouri in 2013 after 37 years of service. She manages MFAF full-time.

Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund mission statement:

No human being is illegal. Migrant farmworkers, like others, have fundamental rights to healthcare, education, and meaningful participation in society. MFAF serves, accompanies, and advocates for these unique and often marginalized people.

Objectives

  • Help farmworkers meet emergency material needs.
  • Provide health education, healthcare, advocacy, and individual medical and dental case management.
  • Provide referrals for legal advice and/or representation.
  • Promote personal and communal growth and development through educational opportunities and leadership training.
  • Raise community awareness about migrant farmworkers’ lives and the challenges they face.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday May 20,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.            

Zoom link 

Special Guest: Peyton Browning from Prairie Roots, speaking about Rural Participation

Originally from Sedgwick County, Peyton has organized and worked on over 50 campaigns across Colorado. Peyton recently moved home to work as the Deputy Finance Director of Barbara Bollier’s U.S. Senate campaign and was the Operations Director for the 2020 Coordinated Campaign at the Kansas Democratic Party.

Prairie roots specializes in year-round community organizing in Kansas. 

 

“If leaders like Stacey Abrams have proved anything, it’s that investing in organizing and voter mobilization in any state — no matter how much of an uphill battle that might have been in the past — can lead to historical change.”

— Barbara Bollier

A Light in the Dark

by: Christine Morgan

The 2021 legislative session has been turbulent, to say the least. From déjà vu over tax cuts eerily reminiscent of the Brownback experiment to attacks on our transgender friends and legislative overreach into our schools, it has sometimes been hard to watch. Yet each and every day, our elected Democrats have gone into those chambers, heads held high, and made the case for sanity.

A few weeks ago, I asked Democratic Senators and Representatives from Johnson County to share something positive from the legislative session, a point of pride or glimmer of hope. This proved to be a challenging request! There is no doubt that this has been a dark year, and that we have a lot of work ahead of us to re-elect Governor Kelly in 2022 and get our Democratic Representatives a few more friends. 

Despite the challenges, many of our elected officials were able to shine a light in the dark, presented below in their own words. But the consensus was that we need to build our base. Our best hope is for the future, and to achieve that, we must all work together, starting now. 

THANK YOU to every Democratic senator and representative in Topeka, fighting the good fight. And a special thank you to those who were able to take time from their busy schedules to share some hope with us today.

From Our Democratic Legislators…

Dinah Sykes, Senate Minority Leader:

While the 2021 legislative session has been politically challenging – and I don’t want to downplay the very real problems our state is facing as a result of the extremism in the Kansas Legislature – it has also been very rewarding for me as a Kansas Democrat. My caucus has fought tirelessly for commonsense policies that put Kansans first and has fought just as hard against the many bad bills that have come to the Senate floor. We are a dynamic and resilient group, and I know that while we don’t win every fight, we will never stop fighting for what’s right for Kansas families.

Senator Ethan Corson:

I’m proud that I was able to get my worker safety bill signed into law. The legislation is supported by both our friends in Organized Labor and the utility and telecommunications companies. The bill passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support. It requires drivers approaching utility and telecommunications vehicles pulled over on the side of the road with their flashing lights on, to slow down and move over a lane if they can safely do so, and if they can’t move over, to proceed with caution and slow down, just like drivers have to do for police cars and ambulances. It’s a simple but important step we can take to protect these workers, whose jobs are already dangerous and difficult.

Senator Pat Pettey:

The 2021 legislative session has been extremely challenging with a super majority of conservative Republicans in the Kansas senate. Under the leadership of Dinah Sykes, the Democratic senators have worked extremely hard to support Governor Kelly and her fiscally conservative budget to fund K-12 schools, provide for higher ed, maintain our infrastructure system, and state services that Kansans rely on.

I am most proud of my work through the Early Learning caucus to provide three educational seminars for legislators and for working to defeat the Student Enpowerment Act. Just a name for vouchers that directly take base state aid. A strong public education system is good for our children, our families, our economy, and the future stability of our state. Public education is the fuel for individual and state prosperity.

Thank you so much for all the support the JOCO Dems have provided.

Representative Jarrod Ousley:

While this year has been challenging, there have been surprising successes. The Senate blocking the horrible education funding position pushed by far right extremists in the house, and the failure of the Senate’s attempt to co-opt the good work the House Children and Seniors committee accomplished with the Office of the Child Advocate bill will allow us to fight once again to pass a positive, bi-partisan Office of the Child Advocate for our state’s vulnerable children. While the horrible and discriminatory anti-trans bill has unfortunately passed along with voter suppression bills, we have Governor Kelly as a backstop to veto dangerous legislation, and that is because of everyone who worked so hard to get her elected. With the success of the Biden Administration in delivering stimulus checks and vaccines, we are hopefully now able to see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel, and we can continue to work for good policy here in Kansas.

Representative Linda Featherston:

The highlight of my first legislative session was Music in our Schools Day on March 18th. Along with Reps. Stogsdill and Curtis, I helped arrange a proclamation celebrating music and the arts in schools and the teachers of these subjects. The proclamation had widespread support from both sides of the aisle. To top off the day, Rep. Byers, Thomas, and I performed over the noon hour. For one hour, the Capitol was a joyful place where we didn’t have to worry about all the issues on which we disagree. Legislators and staff just gathered in the rotunda to enjoy the celebration. I must say that a good time was had by all. Although, this wasn’t part of my motivation in scheduling Rep. Byers to perform, I hope her performance can help our colleagues across the aisle see what a truly wonderful person she is and realize that our LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers deserve our support and protection.

Senator Cindy Holscher:

There are two rules about Topeka:
1) Bad bills never die
2) If you think it’s bad now, keep in mind, it can always get worse

So, here are the implications. First, there were a number of bad bills that were brought forward in the session that didn’t make it all the way through the process. Don’t expect those bills to just go away; they’ll be back next session or even possibly, during the veto session in May. We have to be vigilant and keep putting pressure on legislators to do the right thing.

Secondly, things are bad in Topeka, but know it CAN get worse, in fact, much worse. Right now the extremists have a supermajority, however, they can’t always get members of their party aligned to get the 2/3 needed to overturn vetoes by the Governor. If, however, we lose Laura Kelly in 2022, then they will only need a simple majority to get horrible bills across the finish line. Frankly, this group with their extreme ideology will make the Brownback years look like child’s play. Keep in mind, Senators have four year terms; none of them will be on the ballot in 2022. So, our lot is cast in that regard. That is why it is imperative that we re-elect Gov. Kelly and try to pick up a few House seats. That work starts now. Donate what you can to Laura’s re-election. Communicate to your friends and neighbors the fact that despite a pandemic, Gov. Kelly and Lt. Gov. Toland are bringing in a substantial level of business growth to our state. Additionally, she started her term with the state in shambles. Due to her efforts and the fact that revenue growth increased, we were able to enter this pandemic on much stronger footing than if her predecessor had been in office. Additionally, she gets no help in any way from the extremist legislature, particularly leadership; their goal has consistently been to deny the Governor any wins, even if that means it hurts the people (i.e. preventing Medicaid Expansion).

So, there’s no time to rest; it’s time to get busy! The future of our state hangs in the balance.

Building the Future of Tomorrow, Today

The work of electing Democrats doesn’t take a year off. In odd years, we still have to organize, engage voters, and recruit volunteers. Much of this work is done by candidates for local office, at the bedrock of American democracy where many important decisions are made that directly impact our lives. These public servants set policies for essential infrastructure such as schools, roads, and energy. They also often become our future senators, representatives, and governors.

 

Dean Vakas for Olathe City Council At Large is already hard at work, and he needs your help to reach over a hundred thousand potential voters. His campaign is actively recruiting volunteers right now to knock doors and make phone calls. They’re even offering training, so whether you’re an old pro or have never canvassed before, they can help you make a real difference in your community. Get started now by clicking one of the links below. 

 

Volunteer Interest/Yard Sign Form 

Canvassing Shift Sign Up 

Feel free to e-mail the campaign with any questions or concerns, or if none of the canvassing shifts will work out for you: info@vakasforolathe.com

Let’s all get to work today to build a better world for tomorrow. 

April South Meeting Recap

Thank you to Representative Brandon Woodard for a riveting discussion about student debt and the cost of college education. And for fighting for student debt relief in Kansas.

Representative Woodard shared that Kansas has done practically nothing to attract youth to our state, or to help keep them here after graduation. No wonder we’re losing our youth! In the recession of 2008, Kansas made significant cuts to funding for higher education, causing tuition to go up dramatically. We now need senators and representatives in Topeka who believe in funding education at ALL levels, from prekindergarten through post-secondary education.

Thanks to all who attended – it was a lively discussion!

* * *

Ready to take political discussions to the next level? Why not run for office!

We’ve already got some great candidates, but we still need a few more. If you have EVER thought of running for office, we have great opportunities on a local level – school board, city councils, mayors, and more. Check out the list of positions available at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JglrLja_rdjIbjlTmJa-c-2V13enJDSfqtgMit1HjjE/edit?usp=sharing

See you online soon!

Cassie Woolworth
President, JCDW South

April North Meeting Recap

 

Highlights from Becky Fast, Johnson Board of County Commissioners, April 1, 2021

Download Power Point

In 2016, the BOCC was all male; since 2020, there is a 4-3 majority of women.

Every 10 years, a Charter Commission must be formed to review the County Charter. This commission was convened in 2021 to have recommendations by February 2022. The importance of electing Democrats to the Kansas legislature from Johnson County has had a major positive effect on the Charter Commission. The Republican majority Kansas Senate has assigned three Republicans to the commission. The Johnson County majority Democratic legislators have assigned three Democrats. Republicans and Democrats are evenly represented in the Charter Commission.

Appointed by the Senate – Republican Legislators have the majority

1. Wendy Bingesser
2. Jane Dirks
3. Karin Brownlee

Appointed by the JOCO-KS House of Representatives – Johnson County Democratic Legislators have the majority

1. Dawn Rattan
2. Zach Thomas
3. Ed Peterson

By Johnson County Political Parties

1. Jim Denning – R
2. Greg Smith – R
3. Joy Koesten – D
4. Greg Shelton – D

The KC Regional Climate Action Plan has a goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The county has placed greater emphasis on aging services like in-home services and meals delivered.

There is increased emphasis on mental health.

The issue of affordable housing is being studied.

The process of renaming Negro Creek is underway with community input.

Becky Fast is up for reelection in 2022!

www.BeckyFast.com

@BeckyforJohnsonCounty

 

KFDW 2021 Virtual State Convention April 30-May 2

The women of the Kansas First Congressional District are pleased to host the 2021 KFDW Virtual State Convention. We are proud to offer an interesting, fun and robust program over the 3 days of the convention. From the meet-n-greet on Friday night to the presenters, speakers and elections on Saturday, we look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones, as well as walking away on Sunday with actionable information on leadership and fundraising. 

Friday, April 30-Sunday, May 2.

Where: Online

Cost: FREE, but love donations are welcome.

It is through donations that KFDW is able to turn around and donate to candidates. During the 2020 election cycle, KFDW donated $3,000 to the following State House and Senate candidates:

Dinah Sykes
Shanna Henry
Wendy Budetti
Mary Ware
Becca Peck
Cindy Holscher
Derek Milligan
Jim Ward

2022, KFDW will donate to Governor/Lt Governor and five statewide races as well as the State House races.

Register

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, April 1,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker

Zoom link

Special Guest: County Commissioner Becky Fast

Becky is the County Commissioner for Johnson County District 1, which includes Fairway, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Westwood, Westwood Hills and northern Overland Park and portions of Leawood.

Becky Fast has a long history of public service and commitment to the county. She served two terms on the Roeland Park City Council and was elected unanimously to serve as council president. She is a graduate of the Johnson County Citizens Academy and the Northeast Johnson County Chamber leadership training program. She has participated in the Shawnee Mission School District MVP program, volunteering in her neighborhood schools.

Other experience includes directing public policy research at the University of Kansas, working closely with the Kansas legislature. She also served as the director of constituent services for former Congressman Dennis Moore. In that role, she helped cities in northeast Johnson County access federal funds to improve storm water management and the Turkey Creek Streamway conservation and trail corridor. Commissioner Fast has a master’s degree in public administration and social work from the University of Kansas.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, April 15,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting!

Zoom link 

Special Guest: Representative Brandon Woodard

Topic: Our Student Debt Crisis

Brandon Woodard is a community organizer, advocate, and lifelong Kansan representing District 30 (Lenexa and Olathe) in his second term in the Kansas House of Representatives. Outside of the Legislature, Brandon works as a higher education fundraiser. In Topeka, Brandon is a fierce advocate for public K-12 and higher education funding, LGBTQ rights, and reforms to make Kansas an attractive destination for young people. This term, Brandon is the ranking minority member on the Higher Education Budget Committee, and serves on Federal & State Affairs, and Taxation.

Kansas Federation of Democratic Women

2021 Virtual State Convention

April 30- May 2

 The Kansas Federation of Democratic Women invite you to join us for our 2021 Virtual State Convention. Attendance is Free. Love offerings appreciated.

See Details and Register

 

North Meeting Recap

We had a conversation with rural Kansas Democrats: 

Kali Barnett, who ran for US House in District 1

Mark Pringle, who ran for state house in District 2

Alana Cloutier from District 2

Democrats face intimidation from Republicans in rural Kansas in the form of stolen or vandalized signs. They are reluctant to speak up or write letters to the editor.

4 hospitals in District 4 have closed.

Laura Kelly has helped rural communities and we need to make sure they realize that.

Kali would like to register new voters, and start getting middle and high school students interested in voting and civic participation.

We need to approach the numerous independent colleges in District 1.

The idea of sister cities was suggested, and needs to be fleshed out.

 

South Meeting Recap

I want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to the panel of honest, earnest, hard-working candidates, Deann Mitchell, Michael Shimeall, Katie Dixon, and Stacey Knoell , as well as support staff, Carol Shimeall and Nikki Johnson-MacDonald, who shared stories of campaigning – the heartache, exhaustion, and intimidation right alongside the joy of meeting neighbors, forging lifelong friendships, and having a “POSSE” to call their own. We’ve all worked, cheered, and sobbed throughout the past few years.

A VERY special thanks goes out to Michael and Carol Shimeall as one week ago, Michael underwent heart surgery.

It was a lively discussion, full of great advice for both candidates and volunteers. If you missed it, and want to know more about becoming a candidate, the Johnson County Democratic Party will have upcoming trainings – you can contact them here.

Still not sure you want to run? Check out this article: Run for Office? You’re More Qualified Than You Think

At Johnson County Democratic Women South (and North) we strive to get women Democrats elected to office (and men who advocate for women’s issues). That is the mission. We also strive to help, empower, lead, follow, command, share, commit, and assist any Democratic candidate in Johnson County. We are a PAC so we can also assist financially (please join, you must be a member to partake in funds).

In the next few months, you’ll see candidates at our meetings. (How about you? Would you like to run for School Board?) If you don’t want to run, there are still MULTIPLE ways to assist a candidate. If you find someone you connect with or someone you can stand behind, I ask that you do so. Find someone to support. Or come to our meetings to connect with the candidates!

Cassie Woolworth
President, JCDW South

So, now what?

Currently we have 39 seats up for election in 2021. In 2022 we will have our House Reps, Governor/Lieutenant Gov., and other elections. We’re going to need to build our coalition – our POSSE.

Here are the open/available offices .

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are pat of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, March 4,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting!

Zoom link

A Conversation with Rural Kansans

This month, we welcome special guests from western Kansas.

The Democratic chair of the second district, Alana Cloutier, will talk to us about issues and opportunities facing their district. The second district basically runs from Nebraska to Oklahoma, from Missouri to somewhat west of Topeka. Jake LaTurner represents them in the US House.

Mark Pringle will join us, from Kansas House District 13 in southeast Kansas. He ran for office in 2020 and has some insights to rural voters.

Also joining us is Kali Barnett, who ran for US House in Kansas District Big One, which is basically the western half of Kansas.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, March 18,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting!

Zoom link 

A Conversation About Running for Office

This month, we welcome former candidates and campaign managers to talk to us about what it’s like to run for office or work on a campaign. Guests include:

Stacey Knoell, candidate for Kansas Senate

Angela Schweller, candidate for Kansas House

Katie Dixon, candidate for Kansas House

Mike Shimeall, candidate for Kansas House

Carol Shimeall, treasurer of JCDWS and campaign manager

Deanne Mitchell, chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party

Greg Mitchell, former member of the water board

Nikki McDonald, community leader and campaign organizer

Game Night Fundraiser Brings in $2,700

Thanks to our members and donors, Game Night was a huge success. Through ticket sales and individual contributions, we brought in $1,350. This money was DOUBLED thanks to an anonymous donor, so we now have $2,700 to give to local campaigns. That money, along with our endorsements, will go out in August, after the primary. 

A million thank yous to everyone who helped make Game Night a success. 

North February Meeting Recap

We want to thank Jane Kleeb for coming to our JCDW meeting February 4. She had a lot of information and ideas, and was very encouraging. Here are some take-aways:

Continue to show up and continue to engage rural people, not just during election cycles.
Listen to them.
Develop actions to do together by finding common goals, working through differences, and setting aside issues like guns and abortion. Be authentic about abortion and gun rights.
Never ridicule anti choice people.
Commit to help deal with problems, such as natural disasters.
Create paths.

Find unifying themes such as roads, water, or sewers. Get specific. The Ogalalla Aquifer was suggested as a possible commonality.

Concerning green energy, we need an outreach to find ways for rural wealth creation and placement of wind and solar farms. Bringing broadband with green energy would create something for the community. Green energy companies should not behave the same way Trans Canada (Keystone pipeline) has behaved, when they intimidated farmers, ranchers, and indigenous Americans, and abused eminent domain.

Implement block captains who will commit to staying in contact with 50 voters 3 times a year.

Local papers and radio stations are a good way to communicate with rural voters. Write letters and be a guest on conservative radio.

Rural areas are getting more racially diverse. Ask community leaders and activists of those groups to run for office, ie Hispanic meat packers.

Send welcome post cards to new Democrats.

Jane will send a block captain manual.

We may need legislative action against lies, such as a Fairness Doctrine.

She encouraged county parties to tell state parties and the DNC what they need.

 

South February Meeting Recap

Thank you all for coming to the General Meeting on Feb 18th – it was AMAZING! Dr. Barbara Bollier joined us and our fantastic democratic family during the mingling session and then wowed us all! She knows how to run a campaign (hard), how to handle misinformation (keep calling it out) and what to do about Topeka (let them know you’re paying attention). I’m still in awe of her warmth, laughter, and friendship – she’s a gem of a Dem. THANK YOU, BARBARA!
In March, our focus is on Running for office – the tips and tricks from those in the know – our ACTUAL CANDIDATES! We’re hosting a panel of candidates for a very candid discussion about running for office. Let’s pull back the curtain and see what it actually takes.
So, for our “ACTION” in March, find an office to run for!!! (or a candidate to run)
In 2021 we elect the Mayors, City Council Members, Water Board, and School Board members as well as other elected positions that YOU ARE QUALIFIED FOR. Yes. YOU.
Up for grabs in 2021– something for everyone!
School Boards:
USD 229 Blue Valley
USD 230 Spring Hill
USD 231 Gardner Edgerton
USD 232 De Soto
USD 233 Olathe
USD 289 Wellsville
USD 491 Eudora
USD 512 Shawnee Mission
Mayors and City Councils:
Bonner Springs, De Soto, Edgerton, Fairway, Gardner, Lake Quivira, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Westwood, Westwood Hills.
Others in JOCO:
Johnson County Community College Trustees
Merriam Drainage District Trustee
Monticello Drainage District Trustee
Water District (Water One) Trustee
Notice anything? – WE LIVE HERE!!!!
Take a look at the spreadsheet and let us know where you’d be interested in running:

Let’s get our rears in gear and find good candidates, educate them, assist and fund them, and then ELECT THEM so we can keep pushing for equality.

.

Bring a Friend

Don’t forget to bring a friend to the JCDW South Third Thursday Meeting for your chance to win a $10 gift card to a small, local, progressive busines. 

Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31st is the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate transgender individuals, raise awareness of discrimination, and celebrate transgender contributions to society.

Right now, it seems to be open season on transgender rights in Topeka. 

A Kansas Senator has proposed a bill that would block transgender girls from participating in youth sports

Earlier this session, a proposed House bill would have made it illegal for a doctor to perform gender reassignment surgery or hormone replacement therapy on minors. This, thankfully, died in committee, but discrimination against transgender youth is still alive and well.

From a recent article in the Kansas Reflector:

Why I will do anything to counter the Kansas Legislature’s poisonous narrative about transgender kids

Help me understand how some legislators get from openly defying science, rejecting our governor’s order for masks and gathering restrictions in the name of “individual liberties” and “we know what’s best for our family” to: “We know what’s best for Kansas transgender kids and their families”?

You can read the full article here.

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are pat of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link

March Events


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!

 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 4,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker

Zoom link

With Special Guest: Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb

Jane Kleeb is an experienced grassroots organizer, manager, political strategist and nonprofit entrepreneur. Recently profiled by PBS in a film called “Blue Wind on a Red Prairie,” Jane is a leader who deeply understands the need to connect issues that rural and urban communities are facing to politics in order to win elections in Nebraska. Jane Kleeb started her term as the Nebraska Democratic Party Chair in December 2016.

Leading the statewide healthcare reform project called Change That Works, Jane brought together grassroots advocates and allied groups such as AARP and Nebraska Appleseed. While more work must be done to bring down the costs of healthcare for families, the effort was successful in helping ensure pre-esxiting conditions are a thing of the past and that all Nebraskans have access to health care. In 2010, Kleeb founded the grassroots group Bold Nebraska leading farmers, ranchers and Native allies in an effort to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Jane’s organizing style earned her the title “Keystone Killer” and she was featured in the NY Time Magazine. Bold Nebraska expanded into the national Bold Alliance focusing on protecting property rights, water and the clean energy transition.

She wrote the book, “Harvest the Vote – How Democrats Can Win Again in Rural America” which was released in September 2020. (Keep reading for book details.)

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 18,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting!

Zoom link 

With Special Guest: Barbara Bollier, who will discuss the KS Abortion Amendment

Barbara Bollier attended Shawnee Mission Schools, KU, and University of Kansas School of Medicine. Following medical school graduation, she did a residency in Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

During medical school she married Rene Bollier, a fellow SME grad and medical student. They have two grown children, Anne-Marie and Robert.

After 15 years of medical practice, Barbara became an active community volunteer. Her work included mentoring a student from 2nd grade through high school graduation, serving as an Elder at Village Presbyterian Church, serving on the board of the KUMC Alumni Association, and teaching bioethics for the Center for Practical Bioethics at KCUMB.

Barbara was elected to the Kansas House in 2010, followed by the Senate in 2016. She just completed a run for US Senate. During her time in the legislature, she was a champion for Medicaid expansion, education funding and policy, and women’s rights. 

 Virtual Game Night Fundraiser

It’s time to PLAY!

JOCO Dem Women South invites you to GAME NIGHT, an evening of fun, fantasy, cards, and laughter. Join us for ZOOM Rooms where you’ll find Cards Against Humanity, You Don’t Know JACK, HASBRO, and others!

When: February 20, 2021 from 6-9 PM

Where: ZOOM

Sign Up Now!

$15/single ticket
$20/two tickets
Only $10 per ticket after that

After donation you will receive two links – the Survey Monkey link for registration and the ZOOM link for entry.

 

Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams Book Discussion

When: February 13, 2021 2-4 PM

As part of our year of ACTIVISM, JCDW South is hosting a book discussion to talk about how we can apply the wisdom of Stacey Abrams to Kansas. This discussion is absolutely FREE and open to anyone who wishes to attend. 

The book is available in hardback, ebook, and audiobook. 

ZOOM link

 

South January Meeting Update

I’d like to thank everyone who joined our first meeting of 2021. We had a wonderful turnout of over 60 people! If you attended, we’ll make sure you’re matched with your Precinct Leader, even if the PCL wasn’t available for the meeting.

What we learned from Melissa Stiehler of Loud Light is that it’s all about that base. Grass-roots organizing is how we’re going to turn Kansas blue. It’s all about you and your neighbors. We also talked about the enthusiasm you are all bringing to JCDW and how much work we still have to do.

My vision for 2021 is ACTION.

There is A LOT going on this year – even with it being an “off” year, and we need your help to succeed. Every month, we’re going to have actions for our members to do, starting with a quick and easy one – fill out the survey with your top 5 issues. We’ll use this information to schedule future programs and actions.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FQZLBWC

We’re also looking for people to join posses – friends will help us send e-mails to legislators, push our agenda through FB or Twitter, and deliver signs. Fill out the form below with your areas of interest:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F28ZZPJ

Now is not the time to dawdle.
See you online soon!

Cassie Woolworth
JCDWS President

North January Meeting Update

 

We had Stephanie Clayton come to our JCDW North meeting in January to talk about the return of the Kansas Constitutional Amendment Bill that would ban abortion in Kansas, with no exceptions for rape, incest, or life and health of the mother.

As of today (1/26), the bill, HCR 5003, passed the House on a party line vote, 38-86. Now it goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass with the 2/3 necessary vote. Governor Kelly cannot veto it. The bill names the August 2022 primary as the election to appear on the ballot.

Harvest the Vote

From Democratic Party rising star Jane Kleeb, an urgent and stirring road map showing how the Democratic Party can, and should, engage rural America

The Democratic Party has lost an entire generation of rural voters. By focusing the majority of their message and resources on urban and coastal voters, Democrats have sacrificed entire regions of the country where there is more common ground and shared values than what appears on the surface.

In Harvest the Vote, Jane Kleeb, chair of Nebraska’s Democratic Party and founder of Bold Nebraska, brings us a lively and sweeping argument for why the Democrats shouldn’t turn away from rural America. As a party leader and longtime activist, Kleeb speaks from experience. She’s been fighting the national party for more resources and building a grassroots movement to flex the power of a voting bloc that has long been ignored and forgotten.

Kleeb persuasively argues that the hottest issues of the day can be solved hand in hand with rural people. On climate change, Kleeb shows that the vast spaces of rural America can be used to enact clean energy innovations. And issues of eminent domain and corporate overreach will galvanize unlikely alliances of family farmers, ranchers, small business owners, progressives, and tribal leaders, much as they did when she helped fight the Keystone XL pipeline. The hot-button issues of guns and abortion that the Republican Party uses to wedge voters against one another can be bridged by putting a megaphone next to issues critical to rural communities.

Written with a fiery voice and commonsense solutions, Harvest the Vote is both a call to action and a much-needed balm for a highly divided nation.

Buy on Amazon

JCDW South Proposed New Bylaws

Dear Members,

On February 18th, 2021, at our third Thursday meeting, we will vote on a proposed new set of bylaws for JCDW South. These new bylaws would significantly change the structure of our board and, as a result, will create some extra work during the transition. We feel that these changes are necessary, and that they will make us a better organization, one more answerable to our members.

To summarize the key changes:

1. Instead of a board consisting of four elected Officers and four appointed Chairs, we will have seven elected Officers. The new Officers will be:

President
Vice President of Fundraising
Vice President of Membership and Retention
Vice President of Programming
Vice President of Communication
Treasurer
Secretary

2. Each Officer will serve a two-year term. The President, Vice President of Fundraising, Vice President of Communication, and Secretary will be elected at the Annual Membership Meeting in January of odd years. The Vice President of Programming, the Vice President of Membership and Retention, and the Treasurer will be elected at the Annual Membership Meeting in January of even years.

3. The woman nominated for President no longer needs to have been the Vice President. Any Active Member in good standing can be President.

You can see the full, newly proposed bylaws here:
https://jcdwks.org/jcdw-south-proposed-new-bylaws-february-2021/

You can see the current bylaws here:
https://jcdwks.org/bylaws/

These changes are essential for the continued success of JCDW South because:

1. The current bylaws require that the new President be the previous Vice President, and do not stipulate what would happen should that position be vacant.

2. The current bylaws set a one-year term for President, with no option for a second term, a pattern that virtually ensures our President will not have sufficient time to learn the position before being relegated to Past President. The new bylaws have the President serving a two-year term, with the potential for reelection should no qualified replacement emerge. The position of Past President continues to ensure continuity of knowledge.

3. The new bylaws further propose a system in which every member of the Board is elected by and answerable to the Members, making us more democratic (little ‘d’).The four Vice Presidents each take charge of duties previously filled by appointed Chairs while simultaneously empowering them to take such leadership roles as running a meeting in the absence of the President or representing our organization at other Democratic meetings. This is firmly in line with our mission to empower women to fill leadership roles.

*Should these bylaws pass, we will hold special elections to fill the newly minted Vice Presidential offices. (Per a motion made and approved at the January 2021 meeting.)

Please, e-mail any questions to jcdwsouth@gmail.com.

 

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are pat of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link

February Events


February 13 from 2-4 PM “Our Time is Now” Book Discussion


February 20 from 6-9 PM Game Night Fundraiser


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, January 7,  2021

Come at 6:30 to socialize or at 7:00 for the meeting!

Zoom link

Special Guest: Stephanie Clayton, who serves in the Kansas State House 19th District. She will talk to us about the expected Republican effort to amend the Kansas Constitution to state that women have no right to an abortion in Kansas. Hear the history of the effort in 2020 and what to expect in 2021.

Stephanie Clayton is a native of Johnson County, and a product of the Shawnee Mission School District. She put herself through college at Emporia State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Following graduation, Stephanie and her husband, Ben, returned to Johnson County to grow their family, and have lived in their Overland Park home since 2005.

At the legislature, Stephanie is a fierce advocate for government transparency and accountability. As the Vice-Chair of the Social Services Budget Committee, Stephanie is a strong supporter of education. She fought to stop the defunding of the Parents as Teachers program which is critical to early childhood education in Kansas. She is also an advocate for the Children’s Initiatives Fund which promotes the health and welfare of Kansas kids. She serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Sub-Committee on Sports Wagering and sits on the Federal and State Affairs, Taxation, and Education committees.

Stephanie is a proud founder and leader of the Bipartisan Women’s Caucus, which was instrumental in reversing much of Brownback’s tax policies and stabilizing the Kansas Budget.

In her local community, Stephanie has served on the Johnson County Commission on Aging since 2013. She is active with the PTA of John Diemer Elementary, and serves on the executive board of the Shawnee Mission South Cheer Booster Club. She is an active member of the Ambassadors Rotary Club, which is comprised of members from across Johnson County.

Nationally, Clayton is Vice President of the National Council of State Legislators Women’s Legislative Network. She is a State Director for Women in Government and is also a State Director for Women’s Legislators Lobby (WiLL). She serves on the Budget and Revenue Committee for the National Council of State Legislatures.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, January 21,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting!

Zoom link 

Special Guest: Melissa Stiehler from Loud Light

Melissa Stiehler joined Loud Light as Statewide Advocacy Director in November of 2020. She is a civil and workers’ rights activist formerly with the ACLU of Kansas, where she was Senior Organizer for their Kansas Citizen Participation Campaign, and Planned Parenthood, where she served as Regional Organizer in Southern Florida and Iowa State Electoral Organizing Director for the 2016 Elections. Previous to this, she worked as an International Human Rights Organizer with the Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity with focus on Latin America and how U.S. military and economic policies drive migration. Melissa began her career as a Community Organizer with the AFL-CIO, where she managed electoral and issue campaigns in Missouri, Minnesota, and Nevada. While serving as the Cross Border Network’s Vice President, Melissa created the first ever LGBTQIA focused human rights delegation to Honduras. Melissa is a Kansas City, Missouri native. She studied economics with a focus on labor studies at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and has applied her education in analyzing the impact of fiscal policy on domestic inequalities, international human rights, and the intersectionality of global movements.

Nevertheless, We Persist!

By: Cassie Woolworth, Acting President of JCDW South

As 2020 comes to a spectacular close, I want to reminisce about the progress of Johnson County Democratic Women South – a club that is only three years old. We came into being in 2017, when the outcry from the Trump election swelled JCDW North so much, we needed a second club to handle all the enthusiasm! But when JCDW South was born, we had some heavy lifting to do. Our fellow Kansans had elected far-right GOPers who were pro-life and pro-gun, who decided women’s rights and equal rights were not worth fighting for. The Kansas legislature was made up of 85% Republicans, with only 15% Democrats.

Since our inception in 2017, JCDW South has:

  • Raised over $25,000 to give to candidates.
  • Helped pass a Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Every city in Johnson County (even though the GOP led KS Congress failed to do so).
  • Helped elect Democrats as mayors and to water boards, education boards, and city councils.
  • In 2018, we helped elect GOVERNOR – LAURA KELLY and REPRESENTATIVE SHARICE DAVIDS!.

We’ve changed the landscape throughout Johnson County and – even – KANSAS.

And It. Was. Hard.

I want to thank EVERYONE who ran, walked, phoned, wrote, and donated anything to any Democratic candidate. In 2020, we had a Johnson County challenger in nearly every race. Amazing!

Now, in 2021, with some setbacks, We Persist.

This coming year we will harness the enthusiasm from the past four years and sling-shot Kansas into the 21st Century with social programs, school funding, Medicaid expansion, equal rights across the board, and more.

Here is what we are planning for 2021:

  • Grassroots Organizing 

  • Candidates Counsel

  • Creating action plan for 

    • Immigration 

    • Healthcare

    • Women’s Reproductive Rights

  • Experiencing Fellowship with Like-Minded Johnson County residents

To achieve these goals we need to:

  • Expand our reach

  • Grab neighbors’ support

  • Pursue candidates for office 

I look forward to seeing all of you on January 21st at 6:00pm to plan our assault!

Let’s do this!

Until then, may your heart fill with so much love you have no choice but to share it.

 

South Board Elections

On January 21st, JCDW South will be holding board elections. We currently have nominees for every elected position, but nominations can also be made from the floor by any active member. 

Our nominee for President is Cassie Woolworth.

Our nominee for Vice President is Christine Morgan.

Our nominee for Secretary is Laura Wiltanger

 

Message from Deann Mitchell, President of JoCo Dems

Happy New Year! We start 2021 with a feeling of joy we have not felt in 4 years. The election of President Biden proves that we Dems are the party of humanity, empathy, and heart.

My goals as the new Chair of the JoCo Dems will be the add diversity to every level of leadership, increase the number of filled precinct leader positions, create a toolkit to standardize the job of PCL, and develop a chain of messaging to share within our ranks and into the community.

This year will bring its own challenges (every year does!). We will met them head on and overcome them together.

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are pat of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women . 

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link

January Events


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!