Archive for April, 2014

They’re trying to kill early voting

The surest sign your work is having a powerful effect is when the opposition tries to cheat.

In the past few weeks, hundreds of grassroots volunteers in Missouri have collected thousands of signatures to bring early voting to our state.

But right now in the Missouri legislature, opponents of early voting are now trying to confuse the issue by passing a watered-down version of the bill that would strip out many of the vital protections and advances.

The worst thing about it is that they are making the bill look good on the surface, confusing legislators who genuinely want to protect the right to vote. They need to hear from you, and fast.

The sham bill (HJR90) is a direct attempt to take the voice of the people away. Tell the Missouri legislature to listen to the people and follow the grassroots early voting campaign. Anything less is unacceptable.

Now is the time to call your legislator’s office. We are very serious – They are trying to rush this through, so every second counts. Click here to look them up.

  • HJR90 is expressly intended to override the citizen-lead early voting effort.  This is a misuse of the legislative process that is designed to create confusion and usurp the citizen petition process.
  • HJR90 doesn’t expand access in the ways that are proven to be most effective. For example, it removes Sunday voting, which is heavily favored by low income and minority voters.
  • HJR90 sets bad precedent that the legislature can attack the will of the voters by passing a joint resolution anytime it doesn’t like the content of a proposed citizen initiative. It is wrong for politicians to cynically manipulate the system to take away the voice of the people.

Voting is the key way our democracy respects the dignity of every Missourian.

Thank you for everything you are doing to protect it.


CCO Statement on Jewish Community Center Shootings

Yesterday three lives were needlessly and horrifically stolen from our community when a man with a gun in his hand and hatred in his heart attacked two Jewish sites in the suburb of Overland Park, Kansas.


This shocking act of wickedness painfully demonstrates that an attack on one faith community is an attack on all.


We grieve with the Jewish community for the targeted violation of their sacred ground.
We grieve with the Christian community for the three innocent lives that were lost.
And we grieve for the soul who perpetrated this evil, putting personal hatred above human life.
On this eve of Passover we are reminded of God’s faithfulness to people in the midst of suffering and tragedy.


We are interconnected in Kansas City, despite the geographic, racial, economic, or political lines that too often try to divide us. All of us at Communities Creating Opportunity and the 100 congregations in the metro we serve mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters. One act of violence impacts us all, and in metro Kansas City this year we have lost more than 25 lives to homicide. We remain resolved to create a community where every person can safely thrive no matter where they live.


If you would like to leave a message of reflection or support, click here.

God be with us all.

Eva Schulte
Communities Creating Opportunity
The Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver, III
Senior Pastor, St. James UMC
Clergy Chair, Communities Creating Opportunity

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