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.

Combined JCDW North/South Meeting

Thursday November 17,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office

UPDATE: We will now be meeting at

Kc daiquiri and bistro..
8725 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212

or on Zoom.

Special Guests: Melissa Diehl and Kristy Childs from Veronica’s Voice

We will have a combined North and South meeting on November 17. We will hear from Veronica’s Voice, an organization that helps women leave a life of sexual exploitation. They have several programs, which include a residential program, men’s education, and policy advocacy. They also have a cottage industry, A Just Cause, that sells soaps, lotions, candles, etc. They will bring some items for us to purchase, so plan to get some Christmas and Hanukkah presents! It will be a hybrid meeting, and you can order items if you attend via Zoom.

Kristy Childs is the founder of Veronica’s Voice. She is a sex trafficking survivor, having been trafficked for two decades. Without positive supportive relationships, proper education, job skills, and trauma recovery, it was an arduous process for Kristy to extricate herself from the commercial sex industry. Kristy is committed to giving women who are exiting the life of prostitution the support she didn’t have. Kristy was with President Bush when he signed into law the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Kristy is advocating for changes in the law to focus on the demand side – the buyers – and end the criminalization of the victims. She has been recognized by many organizations, has testified for numerous bills, and has advised state and federal agencies.

 

Melissa Diehl is the Community Liaison of Veronica’s Voice. She loves to connect with survivors on a personal level, and help empower and encourage them as they embark upon their own journeys to freedom. She became interested in volunteering with Veronica’s Voice as she was already a staunch human rights activist within our city, so this was a natural progression for her, one that would become especially dear to her, as she holds the same name as these women Veronica’s Voice assists: Survivor. Melissa looks forward to engaging within our community moving forward as we work together to free others from human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

*Note: The first Thursday of November is 5 days before the election — we need you out canvassing, not sitting in a meeting! This is why JCDW North and South teamed up to offer you one outstanding presentation this month. 

November 8th Election: Be Sure to Vote — and Vote Early!

The Johnson County Democratic Party has done a fantastic job of compiling everything you need to know about the November 8th election from how to vote to your list of candidates. Their election guide contains your complete list of candidates plus a QR code you can scan to find a sample ballot. 

VOTE EARLY! People who vote early are more likely to cast their vote, which is why you’re going to hear a lot of politicians asking you to step up to the polls NOW rather than later. The simple fact is that things come up on election day. Little things like a rough time at work … you meant to get to the polls but just didn’t … and big things like an illness or accident or other personal tragedy. People are prone to think “Yes, but it won’t happen to me.” Yet it will happen to someone, every year, and this could be your year. To make sure it isn’t, all you have to do is head over to the polls today. 

Advance voting is going on right now, both by mail and in-person. Learn more at the Johnson County Election Office

Upcoming Board Elections (South)

 

Every year in January, Johnson County Democratic Women South holds elections for half of its board positions. In odd yeras (January 2023),we will hold the election for President, VP of Communications, VP of Fundraising, and Secretary. These elections are open to voting members of JCDW South and JCDW North, and any member who identifies as a female may be nominated. These nominations can be made in advance or from the floor. 

We invite and encourage you to run for one of these offices. One of our missions at JCDW is to train women for future leadership roles, especially through our board positions. Being on the board will give you the opportunity to set the tone for this group, make great friends, and give back to your democratic community. 

If you are interested in running for a board position, email us at jcdwsouth@gmail.com

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

 

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JCDW North

 

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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 October 6,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest: Alesha Doan, associate professor, School of Public Affairs & Administration

Alesha E. Doan is an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. She also holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Affairs & Administration and the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department. Professor Doan’s interdisciplinary research program is situated at the intersections between gender, public policy, and organizations, with a substantive focus on reproductive health, sexual violence, and gender & the military. She has been awarded more than $3 million in external funding, and her publications include articles in a variety of journals. She is the co-editor of Managing Sex in the U.S. Military: Gender, Identity, and Behavior (2022), as well the author or co-author of Abortion Regret: The New Attack on Reproductive Freedom (2019), Organizational Obliviousness: Entrenched Resistance to Gender Integration in the Military (2019), Opposition and Intimidation: The Abortion Wars and Strategies of Political Harassment (2007), and The Politics of Virginity: Abstinence in Sex Education (2008).

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday October 20,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.
Special Guest: Rickey Lee from the Child Abuse Prevention Association

CAPA is committed to preventing and treating all forms of child abuse and neglect by creating changes in individuals, families and society that strengthen relationships and promote healing.

Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization primarily serving Jackson County, Missouri, and the surrounding Kansas City metropolitan area. CAPA was founded in 1975 as a parenting helpline, staffed by volunteers and members of the Junior Service League. CAPA became a United Way partner agency in 1978. Since those early days, CAPA has grown from a simple helpline to a holistic agency that provides counseling and treatment programs for children and non-offending caregivers who have experienced abuse or trauma, child abuse prevention education, parenting education classes, and home-visiting family support services.

Correction to our Endorsements Announcement

We’re human. As with everything our board is human, we’ve forgotten some important Democrats for this year’s Endorsements. We apologize. Please join us in recognizing the following public servants who are running for the Kansas House of Representatives: 

  • Brandon Woodard
  • Stephanie Sawyer Clayton
  • Lindsay Vaughn
  • Jarrod Ousley 

 

Visit our 2022 Endorsement page to see the full list and a video!

Let’s Win Big in November! 

With the election weeks away, our amazing state and local candidates are working hard to reach as many voters as possible, but they cannot do this alone! To reach every voter, to squeeze every vote in races that will be decided in the margins, we need all hands on deck. Will you knock doors or make phone calls for your local Dems? 

To learn more about how you can help, visit the The Johnson County Democratic Party voter guide, which includes candidates names and links. 

Costume Party: Cancelled

In a previous newsletter, we asked you to save the date (November 12) for a costume party fundraiser. Unfortunately, health concerns and other personal challenges among our board members have forced us to cancel the event. We apologize for any confusion. With rest and patience, we hope to bring you new events and fundraising opportunities in 2023 as we continue the ongoing work of flipping Kansas blue! 

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

 

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JCDW North

 

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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 1,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest: Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger, Court of Appeals

Judge Karen Arnold-Burger is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. She was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 2011 by Gov. Mark Parkinson. She was appointed Chief Judge in 2017. Prior to that she served as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Kansas and Presiding Municipal Judge for the City of Overland Park, Kansas. She has presented programs throughout her career to judges, lawyers and community groups around the state and the country on a wide range of topics. She particularly enjoys speaking to community groups about how our courts work.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday September 15,  2022

SPEED DATING is a special event that begins at 6:00 PM. 

This meeting will be online only. Please join us on Zoom.

Candidate Speed Dating is BACK!

JCDW South presents all our candidates in their individual break our rooms, ready and willing to talk to YOU!
Come one, come all and talk to ALL YOUR CANDIDATES over a two-to-three hour event on September 15.

Starting at 6 (and ending when we’re done) each person can visit any or all of the ZOOM rooms in 15 minute increments. Candidates will give their stump speech and each of you can then ask questions. Then we switch and do it again!

ZOOM only as we have over 25 CANDIDATES and we all can’t fit in the office 

el Pinick District 121

2022 Endorsements

 

Johnson County Democratic Women is pleased to announce our endorsements for the November 8th 2022 election.

We endorse Democrats running for state and local offices who meet our endorsement criteria. If a candidate in your district is not listed here, it doesn’t mean we don’t support them. We want to see as many Democrats elected to the Kansas Legislature as possible to break the Republican super majority. Candidates who receive endorsements have joined our organization, attended our meetings, practiced their stump speeches on our members, and generally allowed us to get to know them well. If you stop by one of our meetings, you are likely to run into some of these amazing candidates. 

     

Kansas House Races

   

Pam Shernuk District 8

Dennis Miller District 14

Allison Hougland District 15

Linda Featherston District 16

Jo Ella Hoye District 17

Cindy Neighbor District 18

Mari-Lynn Poskin District 20

Jerry Stogsdill District 21

Susan Ruiz District 23

Rui Xu District 25

Christi Pribula District 27

Ace Allen District 28

Heather Meyer District 29

Courtney Eiterich District 30

Vanessa Vaughn West District 39

 

Keith Davenport District 43

Dan Osman District 48

Brad Boyd District 49

Mike Shimeall District 78

Courtney Tripp District 117

Mel Pinick District 121

Kansas State Board of Education

   

Shiela Albers District 3

   

Johnson County Board of Commissioners

   

Mike Kelly Chairman

Becky Fast District 1

Janee Hanzlick District 4

*We do not endorse for national or statewide elections, but our parent organization, the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, does. 

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

 

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JCDW North

 

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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 Meeting

Thursday August 4,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest: Micah Kubic, Executive Director of the Kansas Chapter of the ACLU

Dr. Micah W. Kubic has served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Kansas since January 2022.  With more than twenty years of experience in civil rights and racial justice work, Micah leads one of the largest advocacy organizations in the state, defending and strengthening the rights that belong to everyone under the Constitution.  Micah previously served as the ACLU of Kansas’s executive director from 2015 to 2018.  From 2019 to 2022, Micah was the executive director of the ACLU of Florida, one of the largest ACLU affiliates in the country. 

Prior to joining the staff of the ACLU, Micah was the Director of Planning, Development, and Evaluation at the Full Employment Council.

Micah previously served as a Senior Program Officer at Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where he worked directly with six urban core neighborhoods to improve their quality of life. Micah has worked as legislative director for a Kansas City councilman, an analyst of education policy at the American Federation of Teachers, an analyst of housing policies at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and as a political consultant.

His first book, Freedom, Inc. and Black Political Empowerment, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2016.

South Meeting

Thursday August 18,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest: Melanie Haas, a member of the Kansas Board of Education, to speak to us about the future of public education in Kansas.

Melanie Haas is a member of the Kansas State Board of Education representing District 2, which covers school districts within Johnson County and a portion of Wyandotte County. 

Vote No August 2nd

The big news this month is that the future of reproductive health care in Kansas is on the ballot. A big shout out to everyone who is knocking doors, making phone calls, writing postcards, donating their hard-earned money, and VOTING NO! We’ve only got one weekend left, so let’s make it count!

On August 3rd, win or lose, we still have the future of women’s rights in Kansas to think about. If the measure fails, Republicans in Topeka will try again. If it succeeds, Republicans in Topeka will waste no time stripping our rights. That’s why this year, our state-level races are so critically important. The entire Kansas House of Representatives is up for election, and if nothing changes, the Republican supermajority will be making healthcare decisions for us, one way or the other. So please, find a local campaign to support. We still need that door knocking, phone calling, postcard writing energy through November 8th! 

If you’re not sure who is running in your district, check out the Johnson County Democratic Party website. If you’re not sure which district you’re in, the site also has information on how to look up your ballot. 

Next month, JCDW North and South will endorse candidates who are 1.) members of our organization and 2.) are committed to women’s equal rights. 

Flip it Blue Update

What a terrific event! Special shout out to Juliet Sinclair, our new Vice President of Fundraising, who managed her first event spectacularly. Our total fundraising, after accounting for expenses, was right around $5,000. This money will go to the candidates we endorse next month.

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, volunteered, and came out to have a great time. We could not have done it without you!

Costume Party — Save the Date

JCDW North and South are teaming up to host a costume party the Saturday after the November election. That is November 12th for those who don’t have a calendar handy. This event will be a celebration of 2022 and a fundraiser to help us win important elections in 2023/2024. This will be an adult-only (21+) event. Look for more details in the next month or two, but for now, save that date! 

July Meeting Recap

 

Jim and Jennifer Schmidt with Eden Village came to discuss homelessness and their plans to end it at our last JCDW South Meeting, Care and Compassion for the Homeless. They spoke of their 20-year journey and the various people they met along the way (excellent video here).

The waiting list for housing vouchers, commonly referred to as “section 8 housing”, is 1-3 years. (How fun! Spending 3 years on the street waiting on housing…)

Eden Village aims to change all this by providing section 8 housing and multiple on-site services enabling people a path towards success. It has already been successfully rolled out across the other states like Nebraska. Jim and Jen are bringing Eden Village here to KC and have purchased the land, now they are raising the millions of dollars for the structures.

Jim and Jennifer and Eden Village are looking to end homelessness and give people a way to exit to supportive housing. For more info: https://edenvillageusa.org/

Upcoming Events

August 2: VOTE NO!

August 13: Forever the Free State Gala

August 19-20 Demfest (Kansas Democratic Party)

November 8: General Election

November 12: JCDW Costume Party

 

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

 

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JCDW North

 

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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 July 7,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest:s Sheila Albers and Clay Norkey

JCDW North is pleased to welcome Sheila Albers and Clay Norkey as our speakers on July 7th. Sheila and Clay were instrumental in recruiting candidates for the November 2022 election. Clay is an attorney who recently ran for mayor of Overland Park. Sheila is an education administrator who is running for KS State Board of Education. Their combined expertise has been instrumental in recruiting high quality candidates among Johnson County Democrats.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday July 21,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guests: Jim & Jennifer Schmidt from Uplift (Delivering Care and Compassion to the Homeless)

Jim and Jennifer have been volunteering with Uplift, both serving weekly and cooking for their monthly Sort Saturday event, since 2002. The Schmidts have made caring for Kansas City’s homeless a large part of their lives ever since. The Schmidts not only open their home every Thursday night for dinner and Bible study for their homeless friends, but they also serve overnights and mornings at Johnson County’s only overnight cold weather shelter Project 1020.

As active Uplift Board of Directors, they are instrumental in finding new ways to serve Kansas City’s homeless population, but it is working directly with the homeless that is their found passion that led them to being a part of the Eden Village of Kansas City team.

Flip it Blue is Saturday, July 9th from 4-8 PM!

 

At a time when SCOTUS is denying our individual freedoms and handing them over to state governments, it is more important than ever to elect state representatives who will work for we the people. Here in Kansas, Republicans continue to maintain a supermajority in the legislature, meaning they can pass devastating laws and overturn any veto that might get in their way. We must break this supermajority by FLIPPING MORE HOUSE SEATS BLUE!

Join us on Saturday, July 9th from 4-8 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. We’ll have food, a silent auction, a fabulous raffle, balloon animals, and cotton candy. 

We will also have a chance to meet and mingle with like-minded friends, candidates, and representatives, including Sharice Davids, Lynn Rogers, and Chris Mann. 

Most importantly, we will RAISE MONEY for candidates running for state and local office. The proceeds from this event will go directly to candidates running in 2022 — the more we make, the more we can spend! Tickets cost $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers, and $15 for children under 10 (yes, bring the kids). Additional donations are WELCOME. We set the prices low to include as many people as possible, but if you can, open your wallets and give big! 

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Thank You, Governor Kelly!

It was a pleasure to welcome Governor Laura Kelly to Johnson County and have her address our JCDW of Kansas Joint Meeting on June 2nd. She imparted the importance of voting, promoted the Golden Shovel Award (now won 2nd consecutive year), investment in roads and highways, and the Food Tax. She has pulled Kansas from nearly last place under Brownback to first in the nation for business investment winning the coveted “Golden Shovel for economic development last year, and again, this year).

Thank you too, for the volunteers who assisted with set up and tear down and all that came. We had about 125.

Points from Governor Kelly’s visit

  • Governor Kelly’s talk focused on her economic and business successes. She thanked us for working to get her elected in 2018, and asked us to work even harder this year.
  • After several years trying to eliminate the food tax that was imposed to offset the disastrous Brownback tax cuts, Governor Kelly succeeded this year in ending the food tax in incremental amounts over the next few years.
  • Governor Kelly has prioritized education funding, in contrast to the Brownback education cuts.
  • The Site Selection magazine awarded Kansas the Governor’s Cup, given to the state with the most capital investment and economic development projects per capita. In two years, with Governor Kelly’s leadership, Kansas has moved from #20 to #1 with an influx of $8.7 billion in business investment.
  • Brownback let our roads and highways fall into disrepair as he used the Kansas Highway Fund to fill budget holes. Governor Kelly has invested money in the highway and bridge infrastructure for maintenance and repair.
  • Governor Kelly inherited a $350 million budget deficit and managed it into a $3 billion surplus. She has cut taxes for everyday Kansans and has added to the rainy day fund.
  • Governor Kelly cut property taxes for everyday working Kansans and provided more tax credits for veterans and teachers.

At JCDW, our passions run with a woman’s right to determine her life path and health decisions, in trans girls getting to play team sports, and peaceful transfer of power. But these financial details are essential in running a state, and the economy is important to everyone, but especially conservatives. Get ready to tell a few conservatives about her financial successes!

Please consider donating to Governor Kelly’s campaign. It is the most important race in our state this November because we need her to have our backs when it comes to women’s reproductive health, LGBTQ rights, and voting rights. It’s going to take a real team effort to raise the funds needed to court voters across this state. 

Postcard Project

My-O-My !

We had about 30 people attend our first ever Postcard Writing event and we completed ALL the Vote No Aug 2nd postcards and almost ALL the Mike Kelly – THESE WOMEN ROCK!

Thank you to all who attended to make this a fun, lively, productive and engaging event. I look forward to working with you on this fight.

Upcoming Events

July 9: JoCo Dems Second Saturday 8:30-10

July 9: Flip it Blue! 4-8 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. 

August 2: VOTE NO!

August 13: Forever the Free State Gala

August 19-20 Demfest (Kansas Democratic Party)

 

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

 

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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.

JCDW North/South Joint Meeting with Governor Laura Kelly

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Location: Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church; 9400 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

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

This month, JCDW South and JCDW North have teamed up to welcome special guest Governor Laura Kelly!

Registration Required

Growing up in a military family, Laura Kelly learned the values of integrity, accountability and resilience that she’s carried with her throughout her career in public service.

As Governor, Laura Kelly fulfilled her promise to be a moderate leader who would put Kansas back on track after years of fiscal mismanagement, harmful budget deficits, and underfunded schools. She’s worked with both parties to balance the budget, fully fund schools, grow the economy, and rebuild the state’s infrastructure – all while guiding the state during unprecedented times and fighting to cut costs for families, including axing the grocery tax.

During the Governor’s first term, Kansas continues to break records for new economic development projects. Under Kelly, Kansas has seen a record of over $8.6 billion dollars of investment in new business initiatives and the creation and retention of over 41,000 jobs. There are over 425 new infrastructure projects in development, including fixing roads, rebuilding bridges, and expanding efficient and reliable internet access to rural communities. In 2021 alone, Kansas exported $53.35 billion in agricultural goods for the first time in a decade.

Under Laura’s leadership, CNBC named Kansas the “Comeback State of 2019,” and in 2021, Kansas received the “Golden Shovel” award for excellence in economic development. Governor Kelly earned the prestigious “Governor’s Cup” from Site Selection Magazine for record economic growth in 2021 – ranking Kansas first in the nation for economic development investment per capita.
Previously, Laura was executive director of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association and served in the Kansas Senate, where she built a reputation as a no-nonsense leader who worked with both Republicans and Democrats to build common ground and get things done.

Laura lives with her husband, Ted Daughety. They raised their two daughters, Molly and Kathleen, in Topeka, where they both attended public schools.

Join Team Kelly to help Laura continue serving Kansas for a second term to keep achieving record success for Kansans.

June Meetings Explained

 

On June 2nd (first Thursday), we are thrilled to have Governor Laura Kelly come out to talk to our groups. Allison Hougland and Dawn Olney, respectively the South and North programming coordinators, worked hard to bring us this special treat. The date falls on North’s regular meeting date by virtue of the fact that this is when the Governor could fit us into her busy schedule. 

On June 16 (third Thursday), our groups will join forces again to host a postcard writing get together at the JoCo Dems office at 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204. As always, the meeting will run from 6-8 PM, but it will be a time to work and socialize. Our efforts will go toward defeating the August 2nd Constitutional Amendment aimed at ending a woman’s right to bodily autonomy in Kansas. 

Flip It Blue

 

JCDW South’s biggest annual fundraiser, Flip it Blue, is right around the corner, and we need your help to make this the best event ever!

Raffle items needed: In addition to being a crowd favorite, each year the raffle brings in thousands more that we turn around and donate to Democrats running for state and local office. With the entire Kansas House of Representatives up this year, we’ve got a lot of races to support! You can support our efforts by donating a raffle item or basket. Please contact JCDWS with your donation pledges. 

Early Bird Special: Early ticket sales help a ton when the caterer (this year, a food truck), asks for a head count. So we’re offering 2 free raffle tickets for each Flip It Blue ticket purchased by June Friday, June 24th. 

This just in: We will have LIVE music!

When: Saturday, July 9th from 4-8 PM

Where: Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park and West 87th Street Parkway, Lackman Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

Tickets

Member: $25

Nonmember: $30

Child Under 10: $15

We strive to make this event as family friendly and inclusive as possible, but if you can donate a bit more, we welcome your contribution and honor your efforts to help move Kansas Forward. Special recognition will go to those who donate at the following levels (unless you request anonymity):

Sapphire: $50

Royal: $100

True Blue: $250

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Our THEME is patriotism, so come in red, white, and blue. Feel free to get competitive; prizes will go to the most patriotic outfit.

This year, we will be joined by candidates running in the 2022 election including Sharice Davids, Lynn Rogers, and Chris Mann!

2022 NFDW Convention (51st Annual)

On behalf of the 2022 National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) Convention Committee, we are pleased to announce that registration for the Virtual 2022 NFDW 51st Convention is now open!

The theme for 2022 is Good Trouble… Necessary Trouble.

Friday, June 10, 2022 11:00 AM (EST)
Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:00 AM(EST)

Our Virtual Convention will be hosted on Zoom. Details to follow…JUNE 10-11, 2022

Register

Banned Book Brunch

Join us the First Saturday of each month to dive deeper into what the @GOP and Rev. Shaw Moore don’t want you, or your kids, to learn.
This month’s brunch will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 11-1, where we will continue our discussion of The 1619 Project. 

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

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 5,  2022

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

Zoom link

Special Guest:: Keti Maghradze-Lindeman will join us to talk about the Russian invasions of Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia.

Keti Maghradze, MA in social sciences, born 1984, Tbilisi, Georgia.  From 2007 to 2012 she worked for the US Embassy in Georgia and with the US Marine Corps and worked as an interpreter on numerous diplomatic and military missions and training operations.  From 2012 to 2015 she worked with the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection as an interpreter for the minister’s office. Starting from her university years, she worked with Georgian and Polish debating organizations as a coach and judge for youth debates.  She currently works for Autism Therapeutic Services in Fayetteville, NC as an administrative assistant and recently started volunteering for a nonprofit called Ukrainian Efforts which delivers relief and medical supplies to the front lines in Ukraine.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday May 19,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest: Claire Iwai Reagan will tell us about “Freedom to Learn”

My husband, Scott, and I have three kids — Evan 7, Abbie 5, & Isaac 1 — Fun fact: All three have November birthdays! We decided to plant roots here in Olathe in February 2018; we closed on our house the week before the Parkland tragedy. While I have always been a voter, that horrific loss of life combined with our son’s identification as being autistic prompted me to, as they say, get off the couch. I became and remain a mama on a mission. I want good governance and leaders who, as we tell our children, want everyone to have what they need, even if those needs are different for each one of us.

During the 2018 election, I knocked on hundreds of doors, made dozens of phone calls, and found a robust community of like-minded, compassionate friends and neighbors here in Olathe. I became a key volunteer in 2019 rather than a precinct leader because my neighborhood was already well taken care of.

I managed Dean Vakas’s campaign for Olathe City Council in 2021 and am currently the Finance Director for Mike Kelly’s campaign for Chair of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.

Earlier this year, I helped form Freedom to Learn, a Kansas political action committee dedicated to saving our public schools, with other concerned parents and community stakeholders.

It’s Time to FLIP IT BLUE!

 

Come celebrate freedom with us at our annual Flip It Blue event, JCDW South’s biggest annual fundraiser! The money we raise at this event will go to amazing Democratic candidates right here in Johnson County who are running to preserve freedom and democracy for all Kansans.

This year, we will be joined by candidates running in the 2022 election including Sharice Davids, Lynn Rogers, and Chris Mann!

Our last Flip it Blue brought in over $6,000 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 cotton candy, balloons, prizes, and a fabulous raffle. Dinner (via Mexican food truck), water, and soft drinks are included in the cost of your ticket.

Our THEME is patriotism, so come in red, white, and blue. Feel free to get competitive; prizes will go to the most patriotic outfit.

When: Saturday, July 9th from 4-8 PM

Where: Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park and West 87th Street Parkway, Lackman Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

Tickets

Member: $25

Nonmember: $30

Child Under 10: $15

We strive to make this event as family friendly and inclusive as possible, but if you can donate a bit more, we welcome your contribution and honor your efforts to help move Kansas Forward. Special recognition will go to those who donate at the following levels (unless you request anonymity):

Sapphire: $50

Royal: $100

True Blue: $250

 

Get Tickets Now

 

Note: You may buy more than one ticket at a time, but you will have to do some math. For example, two member tickets plus one child ticket = $65. Please indicate the # and type of tickets you are purchasing in the tickets field. (ie: 2 adults and 1 child)

Come for the food, the fun, and the fellowship. Together, we can flip Kansas BLUE!

 

Never Again

Long before Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, desperate women sought solutions to seemingly impossible problems. And there have always been ways, especially for those with means. In the years before the landmark Supreme Court decision, the nation was a patchwork quilt of restrictive abortion laws that had an outsize impact on poor, disadvantaged women without the ability to travel. Those poor women, disproportionately women of color, also sought solutions, but with far more frightening and evocative results. To this day, though it was hardly the only sharp implement used, the coat hanger is symbolic of a long and bloody fight for freedom sometimes waged on the corpses of women whose self-inflicted or back-alley abortion took a deadly turn.

Those days are not over. Once again, the nation is fragmenting, with unequal abortion laws from state to state putting undue burdens on women who cannot drive or fly halfway across the country. Women from Texas were fleeing to Oklahoma, but now Oklahoma has shut its doors. Where will they go next? Here, to Kansas? Our rights, too, are in jeopardy.

Make no mistake: the coat hanger abortion is not a thing of the past. In 2015, a Tennessee woman, unable to obtain a safe, legal abortion due to her state’s restrictive laws, used a coat hanger on herself to terminate her pregnancy. She was jailed for more than a year before finally being released, all because she could not seek the medical care she required.

When JCDW chose the hanger and the slogan “Never Again” to put on our merchandise, it was intended to evoke a response, to remind us all of what’s at stake. Our freedoms, our health, our very lives are at risk.

But let’s not forget, too, that most of us at JCDW are privileged. Should this constitutional amendment pass and our access to abortion be denied, many of us can fly to New York or California or even Canada (assuming the need is non-urgent). What about our friends? What about our neighbors? What about the poor women, who are still disproportionately women of color? 

Protecting every woman’s rights is a central tenet of the National Federation of Democratic Women, the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, and Johnson County Democratic Women. This is why we have taken up the Kansas Constitutional Amendment fight, and why you can count on us to have the health and well-being of every woman in Kansas at heart.

2022 Kansas Federation of Democratic Women Convention in Topeka 

We had a fabulous time at the Topeka Country Club. Around 50 women were there discussing the political divide, campaigning, fundraising, and more. The camaraderie was amazing. We heard from Usha Reddi, Kansas Democratic National Committeewoman, Senator Carol Alvarado as well as Barbara Bollier, and capped the day off with Sharice Davids!

*The Third Congressional District will be hosting the convention next year, so save the date!

April 28-30, 2023

Shortly after the August primary, we will begin looking for volunteers for the Convention Committee, so stay tuned!

Banned Book Brunch

Gayle Asher will lead our discussion on the 1619 Project – through Chapter 12. Saturday May 7th, from 11-1. The 1619 Project explores the history of slavery in America and its countless toxic consequences. We’ll be discussing Undemocratic Democracy and Medical Inequality as well as others. If you haven’t started, you can have time to grab a copy and catch up.

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

 

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JCDW North

 

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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 7,  2022

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

Zoom link

 

Topic: Afghanistan History, Culture, and Crisis

Special Guest: Sina Baha

Join Johnson County Democratic Women North as SIna Baha comes to tell us about Afghanistan refugees. SIna is an Afghan American who has been in the US for almost 30 years. She is the mother of four children and is involved in volunteer efforts helping refugees with settlement and translation. She will give us a history of Afghanistan and some cultural information.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday April 21,  2022

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

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.
Topic: Recruiting Great Candidates

Special Guest: Deann Mitchell, Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party

Deann Mitchell was elected Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party in November 2020. She ran for Olathe City Council in 2017 and House District 26 in 2018. Her husband, Greg Mitchell, was elected to the Board of Water One in 2019.
Professionally, Deann is a Wealth Manager with Frontier Wealth Management. She is a Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.
Deann holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Applied Organizational Leadership from MidAmerica Nazarene University and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Western Governors University.
Deann enjoys being involved in many civic and philanthropic pursuits. She is an active member in Central Exchange and is has been a board member of the Veterans Voices Writing Project for 10 years. Deann is a former member of the Kansas Credit Union Council and the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.
She lives in Olathe, KS with her husband, Greg and has two adult daughters.

Stories From the Fight

By: Dawn Olney

Laying nearly forgotten among countless painful abortion stories is another insidious problem caused when Republicans fail to treat women as humans or give them the freedom to make their own medical decisions: complicated miscarriages. Last weekend, as I made phone calls for the Democratic Party regarding the abortion constitutional amendment, I had the chance to speak to a woman named Carrie, who shared troubling insights into how we’ve chosen to make an already painful situation even worse.  

In Kansas, women suffering miscarriage cannot get the most effective treatment for a miscarriage unless they go to an abortion provider.  

The best treatment for miscarriage is a two-drug combo: one that detaches the tissue administered alongside a second that contracts the uterus. If an ob/gyn prescribes both, they must register as an abortion provider, which sets them up to be targeted by protesters.  Carrie took the contraction prescription drug for her miscarriage, but it was incomplete, forcing her to go back to the doctor. There she learned that it is not uncommon for women to have to repeat the one -drug dose because of incomplete passage. As she expressed frustration, her physician finally explained the real reason why she could not prescribe the more effective, two-drug regimen. At that point, her ob/gyn sent her to Planned Parenthood, where she had to run the protest gauntlet in order to receive appropriate medical treatment.

Carrie was no stranger to miscarriage. After the birth of her first child, she suffered four miscarriages, two of which required D&Cs costing (with insurance) $800 and $1200 respectively. A D&C is much more complicated than the simpler drug miscarriage, and involves sedation. She now believes these more invasive procedures were only necessary because she couldn’t get the two-drug option.

It’s hard for women who suffer miscarriage to talk about it and share their stories. It opens them up to insensitive comments, lack of emotional support, and outright dismissal. It is an emotional subject. It’s hard to go to a hearing or rally and tell this personal, painful story, made more painful by cruel abortion laws. So I’m telling it for her.

Now is not the time for silence. When we restrict women’s access to routine healthcare, we don’t value anyone. To help us win this fight, we need you do commit to two things:

1.) Vote NO on August 2nd.
2.) Volunteer to help us spread the word and get out the vote!

Become a Member of Johnson County Democratic Women!

JCDW North and South are PACs whose primary mission is to recruit, educate, and support candidates for state and local office. We’re also here to support, educate, and energize local Democrats, especially women, by providing top-quality programs and opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals.

In the past year, we’ve welcomed Vicki Hiatt (Chair of the Kansas Sate Democratic Party), Juliet Sinclair (to share stories from Wuhan, China), Senator Ethan Corson (District 7), Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes, Rachel Sweet from Planned Parenthood, Sharon Rodriguez to share stories of local homelessness, Stacey Knoell (Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission), and more! We like to bring in experts on current, relevant, and topical information such as combating misinformation and supporting schools, and elected officials (and supporting members) to help us stay current.

You can help us support these and other great programs by joining our organization. Joining either JCDW North or JCDW South makes you a full member of both, and you are always welcome to attend meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month! If you’re not sure which group to join, we refer you in very loose terms to 435; if you’re north of that loop, you’re more likely to want to join JCDW North. If you’re south of the loop, JCDW South might be your home. But this is only a guideline; if you’re unsure, try coming to both meetings to check them out.

Annual dues are $40. We use this money for facilities rental, website management, incidentals, and as our fundraising seed. If $40 seems like way too much money to you, we may be able to sponsor a membership; reach out to Cassie Woolworth with your (confidential) request.

Join or renew through the link below to help us keep these opportunities alive! (You will be asked which group you wish to join at the end, when you submit your payment.)

Join or Renew 

Speaking of great opportunities…

Banned Books Brunch

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first Banned Books Brunch on March 5. We kicked off our discussion of the 1619 Project with the general consensus that this book is fact, not fiction. Then we dug deeper!

This book is so full of wonderful information that we did not get quite as far as we expected. So in April, we’ll be discussing chapters 3-7, and we encourage anyone and everyone to join us (even if you weren’t able to make the first chat).

Next meeting: April 2nd (first Saturday) from 11-1.

Zoom Registration

KFDW Convention

 

KFDW’s annual convention, HEAR US ROAR IN THE 20S, will be held April 22-24 at the Topeka Country Club. For more information, visit the kfdw.org

Dates to Remember:

April 22-24: KFDW annual convention

July 9th: JCDW South’s annual Flip it Blue fundraiser from 4-8 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa (family friendly). 

August 2: VOTE NO to “Value Them Both” and vote in the primaries!

November 8: VOTE in the midterm elections!

November 12: JCDW North and South team up to host a Costume Party and fundraiser (adults only).

 

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

 

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JCDW North

 

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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 3,  2022

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

Zoom link

Special Guests: Ethan Corson, Stephanie Clayton, and Jerry Stogsdill

Ethan Corson represents Senate District 7 in the Kansas Senate. First elected in 2020, he serves on the Assessment and Taxation; Utilities; Redistricting; Judiciary; Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight committees.

Stephanie Clayton represents House District 19 in the Kansas State. First elected in 2012, she serves on the Redistricting; Taxation; and Federal and State Affairs committees.

Jerry Stogsdill represents House District 21 in the Kansas State House. First elected in 2016, he serves on the Taxation; Education; and Federal and State Affairs committees.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday March 17,  2022

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office at 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204 or on ZOOM.

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

Special Guest: Former Representative Nancy Lusk on Reconciling Faith and Politics in the Reproductive Choice Debate 

 

The Pro-Choice argument of “my body, my choice” always fell short for me against the counter argument that after a fetus becomes viable, there are two bodies to consider, not just one.  At the same time, I believe that there are philosophical and intellectual arguments that challenge and discredit the moral high ground claim by supporters of the Pro-Life position. Given the unknowns and many complications that can arise in pregnancies, I believe the best choice is to trust women. 

Nancy Lusk served in the Kansas House of Representatives for eight years representing an area that included downtown Overland Park and the Central Resource Library. In that role, she stood against unfair attacks on public education, and actively pushed for improved social services for children and the disabled.  She is proud of having been a part of turning around the state’s failed tax policy that bankrupted the state budget, and of the successful struggle in the legislature to increase K-12 public education funding.

Never Again: The Fight for Women’s Rights

By: Dawn Olney, JCDW North Programs Chair

Bill took ahold of the priest’s coat lapel and slammed him against the wall. “If my wife dies, I’ll kill you!”

His wife, Alice, had developed toxemia, and her doctor recommended ending the pregnancy to save her life. It was the early 1960s, before Roe v Wade. At that time, an abortion was only allowed to save the life of the mother, and it required the permission of two doctors, a pastor, and a priest. The two doctors concurred, as did the pastor. But the priest would not agree, so the abortion would not proceed. The government had forbidden Bill to make a medical decision on behalf of his wife, and had denied him the right to use his own faith and ethics in his own life.

Alice told me her story in the 1980s. She survived the pregnancy, as did her child. She said that, since they survived, people often told her that the priest had made the correct call. But I remember her face as she said, “They had no right! They had no right to interfere into our lives! We weren’t even Catholic! Who cared what that priest thought?”

At the time, I was secure in the belief that those days were over, and women would have control over their health and very life with the help of their doctor and family. Never did I dream that forty years later, women would again face death from a pregnancy they cannot end.

Thanks to Kansas Republican legislators, there will be a question on the ballot on August 2, 2022 that will take away women’s right to decide what is best for their own health and family. The question is to amend the Kansas Constitution to state there is no right to abortion in Kansas. Democrats tried to at least make exceptions for rape, incest, and to save the health and life of the mother. All were voted down by Republicans. Many other religions and denominations do not share the same attitudes towards abortion, and this amendment would infringe on their right to practice their religion. A simple majority of Kansas voters will amend the constitution.

Republicans want to control women, take away our autonomy; we are nothing but a vessel to them, our lives completely subordinate to any unborn fetus. This amendment is the first step to ban all abortion in Kansas with no exceptions. And our husbands and families will only be able to look on helplessly as the State prevents us from getting life-saving care.

We need all hands on deck to get out the vote and defeat this amendment. What can you do?

  • Donate to the Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood, and Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, which is a coalition of organizations mobilizing to defeat the amendment.
  • Volunteer with the Democratic Party to write letters, call, or canvass voters to get out the vote.
    Volunteer with Planned Parenthood and call voters every Tuesday.
  • Display yard signs, bumper stickers, bags, and buttons.
  • Learn about the amendment and talk to your friends and family.
    Share your story.

 

Johnson County Democratic Party

Planned Parenthood

Kansans For Constitutional Freedom

Banned Book Brunch Starts March 5!

First Meeting: Saturday, March 5 11 – 1
JCDW is starting our Banned Book Brunch and this month we’re talking about the 1619 Project – A brief History – the BLUE BOOK. NOT the shorter version (sorry) In our first meeting, we will go over chapters 1-5, and delve through Origins to Dispositions and the impact they are still having.
The 1619 project is a wide-ranging, landmark summary of the Black experience in America: searing, rich in unfamiliar detail, exploring every aspect of slavery and its continuing legacy, in which being white or Black affects everything from how you fare in courts and hospitals and schools to the odds that your neighborhood will be bulldozed for a freeway.
Join us the First Saturday of each month to dive deeper into what the @GOP and Rev. Shaw Moore don’t want you, or your kids, to learn.
You can get the book in print, ebook, and on audio. We will also have members copies for sharing.
Consider supporting LOCAL booksellers such as our own Kelly Stromberg  … message her on FB and she will set you up! You can also try Rainy Day Books (Fairway), Raven Books (Lawrence)Green Door Books (Overland Park), or Blk + Brwn Bookstore in KC, MO
Special thanks to JCDW member Gayle Asher for organizing this book club! 

Save the Date!

 

 

Flip It Blue, JCDW South’s annual summer fundraiser, will be on Saturday, July 9, from 4-8 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. Last year’s event was an unparalleled success, with $6,000 raised to help fund local elections. This year, that’s the number to beat! And with every House District up for grabs, we’ll need every dollar we can get. 

Thank You

 

 

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make JCDW South’s Game Night a success. We had a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, AND we raised $1610.00 to donate to candidates running for office in 2022!

North January Meeting Recap

On February 3, Leslie Mark joined us to talk about messaging. It is very clear we need good strong messaging to defeat the abortion amendment and reelect Governor Kelly and Sharice Davids. If you buy one of the books she recommended, consider going to Rainy Day Books in Fairway or Bliss Books and Wine, which is Black-owned.

Here are two slides from her presentation.

 

 

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

 

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JCDW North

 

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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 February 3,  2022

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

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Special Guest: Leslie D. Mark

Born in Geneva, Switzerland at the height of the Cold War, daughter of American diplomats, Leslie spent much of her childhood in Europe, Africa and the United States.

She attended University of Maryland, College Park, MD while working on Capitol Hill for Rep. Les Aspin on the big push of the day: an All-Volunteer Military force. The congressman went on to serve as President Clinton’s first Secretary of Defense. Leslie transferred to Smith College, Northampton, MA., to pursue a Studio Art degree, leaving her home and politics in DC behind.

Hallmark Cards recruited Leslie from Smith, who was eager to work with internationally acclaimed calligraphers working at HQ in Kansas City. That quick answer to a first job has morphed into a thirty-eight year design and calligraphy practice. Leslie retains membership in several guilds, including the Washington DC calligraphy society.

In volunteer work, Leslie has focused on long-term, sustained alumnae development and participation for Smith College as well as mentoring many young women from high school through Smith and beyond. Until 2016, she also served the Kansas City community on projects supporting education, elder care, inter-faith dialogue and environmental awareness.

After the 2016 election, however, Leslie refocused on politics. She fell in with the local group of (mainly) women activists who stood up the Kansas City chapter of Indivisible. They committed to raising community engagement, training on harnessing power to change the political landscape and bringing more attention to the failures of media to keep citizens informed. Indivisible Kansas City (now Missouri Action Alliance) continues to focus on primary issue advocacy topics: voting rights and access to the ballot, Medicaid expansion (MO & KS), equitable school funding, including higher education, and implementing better gun safety laws. Leslie continues her work with a national grassroots group targeting messaging to better reclaim our national narrative and help activists as well as candidates use those tools to support relational voter outreach efforts.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday February 17,  2022

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

Zoom link 

Special Guest: Stacey Knoell, Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission

Stacey Knoell is the Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. Stacey plans to speak to us about voter suppression, redistricting, bills attempting to subvert the teaching of history in our schools, and the upcoming abortion amendment. 

JCDW South Game Night

Looking for a fun way to support Democrats in Kansas? Join us for our GAME NIGHT on Saturday, January 29th from 7-9 p.m. Using ZOOM to stay safe, we’ll be playing Jack Box and Cards Against Humanity for honor and glory and for the future of Kansas! All proceeds will go to Democrats running in state and local races in 2022, when every seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs. 

Tickets are $15 for members or $20 for nonmembers, but additional donations are welcome. 

 

Get Your Game Night Tickets

Urgent Redistricting Update!

HB 2522, which includes the blatantly gerrymandered Ad Astra 2 Congressional Map, has been voted out of committee and heads to the House floor.
Contact your representatives NOW.
Talking points:
  • You are an OPPONENT of HB 2522 as it puts Johnson County in with Miami, Franklin and Anderson counties.
  • We do not have close economic, culture, or social ties with Miami, Franklin, and/or Anderson counties.
  • Johnson County is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area and the core of the County needs to be included with Wyandotte County for the Third Congressional District.
  • VOTE NO on HB 2522.

For more information, visit The League of Women Voters Redistricting Page.

Exciting Volunteer Opportunity

Are you interested in writing a Letter to the Editor in support of Governor Kelly’s re-election? Reach out to Emma O’Brien, Communications Advisor with the Kansas Democratic Party to learn more. You can reach her at emma@kansasdems.org.

JoCo Young Dems Revival

In these troubled times, it is essential to engage and energize young voters early. This is why Johnson County Democratic Women proudly supports and encourages the Johnson County Young Democrats, which has faced many challenges in the past couple of years. Now, as we enter another critical election year, an effort to revive the Young Dems is underway. If you or someone you know is interested in helping to restructure and organize this group, contact JocoYoungDems@gmail.com

 

North January Meeting Recap

On January 6, Christina Haswood came to our meeting. She is one of three Native Americans to serve in the Kansas State House of Representatives. She serves District 10 in Wichita.

She discussed Native American issues that should be addressed in the legislature, such as changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day; finding and returning children’s remains that may be found in Indian boarding school grounds; and House Bill 2008 (which she cosponsored) which coordinates law enforcement agencies in investigations of missing and murdered Native American women.

Join us February 3 when Leslie Mark comes to talk about messaging. We have Governor Kelly’s reelection and the abortion amendment in August, and we need to find a way to motivate and engage voters.

South January Meeting Recap

On January 20, we held board elections. Congratulations to:

For Vice President of Programming: Allison Hougland

For Vice President of Membership: Kat Hooley-Lickteig 

For Treasurer: Carol Shimeall

*We are currently looking for someone to take over the role of Secretary. If you’re interested, contact Cassie Woolworth at cassiewoolworth@gmail.com.


We hoped to hear from Kat Hooley-Lickteig on campaign finance, but she was forced to reschedule due to illness. We wish her speedy recovery and will look for an opportunity to reschedule her in the future.

In the meantime, Cassie Woolworth spoke to us about Voter to Voter, an important voter outreach tool we’ve been using to engage our friends and neighbors in the political process. 

We also heard from Representative Linda Featherston about the blatantly gerrymandered map passed out of the Kansas Senate that very night.