by Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan
Board Chair, Kansas Interfaith Action
Unitarian Universalist Minister, Topeka
Aka "Revenue Rev"
This weekend (March 24-26), I will embark on an epic journey with intrepid fellow Kansans who will walk from three different cities (Manhattan, Emporia, and Lawrence) to Topeka – over 60 miles. We walk to demand that the state legislature "Restore the Revenue." We are asking for comprehensive and fair revenue reform—a return to responsibility. I am walking because I believe that revenue policies provide a moral compass for communities and, together with our budget, tell us what goods and service we will provide, who should pay for these goods and services, and who should receive them.
The week of February 20th saw one of the most extraordinary events in recent memory in the Kansas legislature.
As you know, expansion of KanCare (Kansas' Medicaid program) has been a major priority this year for both KIFA and literally dozens of other organizations, hospitals, etc., working under the umbrella of the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. A large number of the many new legislators this year had also run on the platform of expanding KanCare, so there has been a lot of expectation that something would be accomplished this year.Read more
This article was written by Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of Texas Impact, the KIFA equivalent in Texas. It says what needs to be said and we appreciate her allowing us to use it here. The information on legislative contacts, of course, has been changed for Kansas.
On March 6, U.S. House leaders made public their long-awaited plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and restructure Medicaid. Key committees will have about 36 hours to review the legislation before voting on them on Wednesday morning.Read more
Kansas Interfaith Action, in partnership with CAIR-Kansas, is encouraging congregations to participate in a week of solidarity and friendship with Muslims in their community and in our state. There are a number of suggested activities that individuals, small groups, and whole congregations can do – see below.
The current political and cultural climate has enabled increasing hostility toward religious minorities in general and Muslims in particular. Hate crimes are up, and in recent years we have also seen efforts both on the state and federal level to target Muslims legally. Yet Muslims, both immigrant and native, are vital, contributing members of our communities, entitled to the same protection and care as any other Kansans.
By participating in these events, our congregations will send a message of love and rejection of hate. We also will demonstrate to our elected officials – state and federal – that we will not stand idly by while members of our communities are discriminated against or scapegoated.
Please let us know you're planning to participate by RSVP'ing here.Read more
This op-ed, by KIFA Executive Director Rabbi Moti Rieber, appeared in the February 12, 2017, edition of the Wichita Eagle. To read the original column, click here.
At the beginning of last century, my great-grandparents and many others like them immigrated to the United States from Poland and Russia. They were as poor as dirt, and didn’t speak the language.Read more
This legislative session has been a very busy one for KIFA. The tone of the legislature is much different than in previous years, which is not surprising, since there are a large number of moderate Republicans and Democrats serving this year. From the very start, we knew that (for the first time since I've been around), we might be advocating for positive policy changes, as opposed to just trying to stop terrible things from happening, as has been the case in recent years.Read more
(Overland Park, KS, 1/30/2017) -- Kansas Interfaith Action today joined with The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, and other area groups in opposing President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders halting the acceptance of Syrian refugees and restricting immigration and travel from several Muslim majority nations, including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.Read more
Hundreds of Kansas residents packed the state Capitol on Jan. 11 to demand a Kansas People's Agenda.
The Kansas People’s Agenda is a coalition of organizations and individuals representing a 15-piece program delving into health care, racism, voting rights, religious freedom, education, immigration, disability rights, gun policy, indigenous justice, child protection, gay rights and other areas of public policy.
Pictures and links to press coverage can be found inside.Read more
KIFA's policies are shaped by the values of our diverse faiths, which connect us to the scriptural concerns for justice, peace, and human dignity. Rooted in faith, we join hands across difference to work for moral and effective public policy in Kansas.
Here are KIFA's priorities for the 2017 legislative session:Read more