In an effort to make sure our people are informed, voices are heard, and our vote is protected, CCO churches are coming together to host a candidate forum, followed by a march to the polls.
St. Peter CME Church will host two events. The first is between 4th District Senate incumbent David Haley and his challenger Joe Ward. Senator Haley is in his 18th year in the Kansas Legislature; having served six years in the Kansas House of Representatives and twelve years in the Kansas Senate. Joe Ward has recently retired from the Kansas City Kansas Police Department after 31 years of dedicated service to the community. Both candidates will face off on Monday, October 22nd, at 6:00 p.m.
The second event is a “Let My People Vote Rally and March”. More Latinos and African Americans voted in 2008 than ever before. During the past four years, in 34 states, policies have been passed or have been attempted to be passed that make it difficult for Black and Brown voters, young voters and senior voters to vote. This includes Kansas, which for the first time in the state’s history will require a birth certificate for new registrants in 2013. The Let My People Vote Rally is an effort to take advantage of the opportunity to vote early in Kansas and to insure that the vote is not suppressed.
Advance voting begins on October 17th via mail, and starting on October 23rd, registered voters can walk into any Board of Election office between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and vote. We will meet on Thursday, October 25th, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Peter CME Church and march together to the KCKS Board of Election office.
These efforts are apart of the CCOKS Lifelines to Healing Campaign.
Damon Daniel came to Communities Creating Opportunity with over 12 years of experience in community outreach. His expertise ranges from community capacity building to youth advocacy. He joined CCO staff in 2007 and has been the lead organizer on CCO’s housing and neighborhood stabilization efforts. Damon is CCO’s regional organizer, working in both Missouri and Kansas. Follow Damon on Twitter @CCOdamon