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While COVID-19 disrupted our event schedule, we adapted by holding many events virtually. Here’s the info with links for anyone interested in watching the recordings.


Expanding KanCare Q&A

Expanding KanCare would bring hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars back home, insure more than 150,000 Kansans, cover unpaid health care costs that are hurting our hospitals, create thousands of jobs, and help stimulate our economy.

On February 10th our League hosted a virtual presentation and Q&A as well as a lesson on civic engagement from Spencer Culver of Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. Watch the recording if you missed it.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook


November Unit Meeting: Tough or Smart on Crime?

Our League’s November unit meeting was held Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. through Facebook. Our panelists were:
🔸 Marc Bennett, District Attorney, Sedgwick County
🔸 Jeff Easter, Sheriff, Sedgwick County
🔸 David Gilkey, Co-Founder, Rise Up For Youth
🔸 Dr. Kevin Harrison, Community Engagement Coordinator, WSU

The recorded livestream is available to watch on Facebook.


October Unit Meeting: What Awaits Us After the Election?

Our League’s October member meeting was livestreamed on Facebook. Patrick Miller, Ph.D., spoke about possible election outcomes. Dr. Miller is an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas. Watch the recording now.


Tuesday Topics: Election Analysis

At our Tuesday Topics session on December 1, Dr. Russell Fox, political science professor at Friends University, discussed the results of the General Election held in November & offered insight into what issues may be key during the upcoming term. Watch the recorded program.


Tuesday Topics: Confederate Monuments, Support and Protests

Erecting monuments is one way Americans have commemorated significant historical figures and events. Recently, Confederate monuments have been the target of citizens who object to the values they portray as symbols of a racist past. Learn more about the claims made by those who wish to preserve these tributes, as well as those who strive to create a socially just environment for generations to come. Watch the recorded program.


Tuesday Topics: Dying with Dignity

Death with Dignity laws allow terminally ill patients who are mentally competent to request and receive medication that will hasten their death. Nine U.S. jurisdictions have passed Death with Dignity laws, and one state permits the practice by court order. Other states are considering passing a similar law. Watch the recorded program to learn more about how these laws are a benefit to those facing end-of-life issues, and why some citizens oppose such legislation.


September Unit Meeting: Criminal Justice

Our League’s September unit meeting was livestreamed on Sept. 28. Our speaker, Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, shared a lot of important information. Watch the recording if you missed it.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook

One of the reasons for the League’s political effectiveness is its reputation for thorough study before taking a policy position.
➡️ State League’s statement on Criminal Justice
➡️ Links to all of the position statements of the State League


LGBTQIA+ ID Rights

Watch the recording!
There are many legal steps involved when changing your name or gender identification markers on your Driver’s License or other forms of identification.

On August 29, 2020, we invited Tom Witt of Equality Kansas, Delaney Hiegert of The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Meredith Schnug of the KU Law School Legal Aid Clinic, and Ellen Bertels, J.D. Candidate at the University of Kansas Law School and Democracy Intern for the Brennan Center for Justice, for a virtual discussion.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook

Sign language interpretation was provided during the discussion.


Importance of Rural Voting with Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers

Watch the recording!
Our online conversation with Lt. Gov. Rogers touched on lots of issues relevant to rural elections.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook

Sign language interpretation was provided during the webcast. The recording includes Spanish and English captions.


Digital Democracy on Tap: Elections During COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who joined us. We reached at least 1,000 people for the live discussion and thousands more have watched the recording since then. Kudos to KMUW​’s Engage ICT​ for hosting an informative discussion on how the upcoming elections will continue in Sedgwick County amid the pandemic.

Watch the conversation now!
🔹 on Facebook
🔹 on EngageICT.org
🔹 on YouTube

Wichita Public Library created a list of further reading and resources on this topic. Download the PDF: bit.ly/ElectionsCOVIDreading

Panelists:
🔸 Kenya M. Cox, President, Kansas NAACP
🔸 Ron Heminway, incoming freshman, The University of Kansas
🔸 Danielle Johnson, Assistant Director, WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion
🔸 Tabitha Lehman, Election Commissioner, Sedgwick County Government
🔸 Carole Neal, Voter Service Co-Chair, League of Women Voters – Wichita Metro