Archive for November, 2014

Tonight: Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement

As you may have heard, the Ferguson grand jury has reached a decision and is expected to announce its finding this evening.

This is a moment that will reverberate in communities across the country and even the world. And in these times, we want to create a space for our community to come together.

For those of us watching and waiting in Kansas City, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church is opening its doors as a sanctuary and reflection space, starting at 7pm.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
2310 E Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri

On a clergy call earlier today with Gov. Nixon, one pastor prayed, “History will record what we do this week.”

The first thing we want to do is stand with each other, in faithful witness and reflection.

You can also share your reflections, questions, or ideas here:

There will be much more to say and do in the days ahead, but for tonight, please know that you are loved and you are never alone.

In faith,
Rev. Dr. Wallace Hartsfield and Damon Daniel


I am not who they say I am


DV-email-ask-GraphicAt CCO, I’m usually the quiet one with a coffee mug, scrambling around my cubicle, managing grant proposals, reports, and thinking how our money is driving our mission. However, I see you. I know your stories. Your pain and your hope matter to me.

As an Arab-American Muslim, I know that being heard as a community is an opportunity that does not come by very often in other parts of the world. My story is unheard because the microphone is given to extremist groups who think they can represent me. I am a Dignity Voter because I refuse to be reduced to someone else’s stereotypes of my community. I am not some simplistic national security interest. I refuse to walk into an incriminating frame that implies that my life is based on hate and violence.

As an Arab-American in Kansas City, I care about protecting our families from predatory lenders, respecting our workers with a living wage, expanding access to healthcare, and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to live a life of dignity. This is why I joined Communities Creating Opportunity. And this is why tomorrow matters.

There is an amazing buzz in the office right now. Volunteers are at every desk, phone banks and neighborhood canvasses are running throughout the day, printers are going nonstop, pastors are calling for people to use their vote to help move human dignity at the center of public life… it’s exciting. We are reaching out to everyone we can so that the neighborhoods and communities we love have a voice in their future tomorrow.

Click here to help us finish strong:

Our work does not end on Election Day: I’m excited to let you know that we will be launching our membership program next week. You’ll hear more from me about that soon!

But in the meantime, please vote tomorrow. And please, even if you only have an hour to spare, help us bring more people out to the polls on Election Day. It’s a lot of fun, and it is making such a difference.

Thank you for everything you do,

Noor Higley

Development Organizer
Communities Creating Opportunity

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