Mission Statement: The Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice will educate and organize for peace and social justice at home and abroad. We believe this requires more equal access to wealth and well-being for all members of our community and nation, a world community based on peaceful conflict resolution, freedom from economic exploitation, universal human rights, and cooperation among nations for the preservation of our planet’s environment.
Rev. Dr. William Barber II on Building a Resistance Movement
Campus Carry Update
On 26 January, supporters of Senate Bill 53, which will extend the exemptions to the "Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act" for Kansas college campus and into the KU Medical Center, safety net clinics, community mental health centers and adult care homes gave testimony to the Senate Federal and State Committee. A good question is "why is this even being debated." But sadly, as of July 1, Kansas campuses will all be weaponized. Push back to the elimination of exemptions has come from a broad sector of the state's citizens.
The Federal and State committee's room was standing room only; 53 people gave testimony in favor of SB 53 to keep the exemptions; only 5 individuals gave testimony in favor of allowing guns into our classrooms, libraries, dormitories, lecture halls, offices, and laboratories.
Testimony had to be submitted in advance in print (could not be emailed), and if you also wanted to testify in person, the committee Chair, Senator Jacob LaTurner, had to be informed ahead of time. Supporters of SB 53 were only given 90 seconds each by Sen. LaTurner, who opposes the bill, but he granted opponents of the bill between 2 minutes and 4 minutes 30 seconds each to fully express their ideas.
The possibility of guns on our campuses is contributing directly to a brain drain for the state as professors and medical professionals seek employment and students universities where saner government regulations exist.
Manhattan had three residents who testified: Elizabeth Dodd, Phil Nel and Dan Hoyt. Click on the buttons below to read their testimony.
Loud Light's Coverage of the Campus Carry Exemption Hearing - SB 53.
Kansas Legislature Summary: Week Four
KPA Action Alert: Speak out to expand Medicaid in Kansas
Updated: 29 January 2017
Good news!! The House Health and Services Committee will hold hearings on the new 2017 bill to expand Medicaid. We have won round one and now it’s round two.
Here is our new objective: This week and continuing weekly, call Hawkins and Wagle as instructed below until the Committee passes the bill for a vote by the entire House. Again choose your weekly call day and put it on your calendar. Call both Hawkins and Wagle on that same day each week!
Please also share this appeal with at least several others you know! The more people who call the better. Our aim is to saturate their phones.
Last resort! If you can't get through, call the Legislative Hotline and they will get your message to the Legislator, 800-432-3924.
Click here to read House Bill 2064.