Kansas Interfaith Action: Our Mission

Kansas Interfaith Action is a statewide, multi-faith issue-advocacy organization that "puts faith into action” by educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic, and climate justice issues.

KIFA (pronounced "KEE-fa") supporters are shaped by the values of our diverse faiths, which connect us to an age-old concern for justice, peace, and human dignity. Rooted in faith, we join hands across difference to work for moral public policy in Kansas.

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    End of the Legislative Session Report

    We had five major legislative focuses this year: KanCare expansion, gunsense legislation, citizen voting rights, distributed generation and energy efficiency, and towards the end, the adoption bill.

    First, the good news:

    - HB 2042 would have lowered the concealed carry age in Kansas to 18. It went through the whole process and there was a conference committee report but it was never brought to floor of either chamber. Speculation was that leadership didn't think there were the votes to pass it, which is fantastic news.

    - HB 2145 passed handily earlier in the session; it prohibits gun possession by convicted domestic abusers and by domestic abusers who are subject to active protection orders and was a major priority of Moms Demand Action – Kansas this year.

    - The ill-advised tax cut bill that was proposed in the Senate basically at the last minute didn't pass the House – barely (it failed on a tie vote, which is as close as it can get). You would think Kansas would have learned the lesson of ill-thought-out tax cuts but many of the legislators and well-funded lobbyists who thought Brownback's tax experiment were a good idea are still around.

    - And the KanCare 2.0 delay provision was inserted into the budget as an amendment. It requires legislative approval before the governor implements any eligibility changes, such as work requirements. Amazingly, the Trump Administration rejected Kansas' application to put lifetime limits on Medicaid coverage, and you know a policy has to be pretty bad if the Trump Administration says it goes too far.

    And that's about it for the good news.

     

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    Pictures from KIFA's 2018 Annual Event

    On May 9 we held KIFA's 2018 Annual Event. About 120 attended and we raised approximately $4,500 for the organization. A splendid time was had by all! We'll share some pictures here, more can be found on our Facebook page. 

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    Veto Session Report and Action Alert

    The Kansas legislature's veto session begins tomorrow. They will be in session until May 4, and during that time they will be working on bills that are in various stages of the process. We have positions on the following bills, and encourage our supporters to take the actions indicated in each section:

    Guns:
    HB 2042 – conceal carry reciprocity and lowering the conceal carry age to 18.

    Our watchword for this kind of legislation this session has been “stop the insanity.” This bill would also introduce a lot more guns onto our state college campuses – including into dorms.

    Action: This bill is coming out of conference committee and will have to go before both chambers. So please call both your senator and your representative and ask them to vote NO! on HB 2042.

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    Announcing Our 2018 KIFA Honorees!

    We're pleased to announce KIFA's 2018 Honorees. Awards will be given out at our Annual Dinner on May 9, 2018. 

    Faith Into Action Award - Given to a congregation or individual in the KIFA network who have been there consistently throughout the course of the year or a particular campaign

    Awarded to the Vitality Committee of First Congregational Church, Manhattan, KS, for their work on racism dialogues in Manhattan, as well as “Stand with Muslim Neighbors” activities and their Underground Railroad Tour.

    Beloved Community Award – Given to an organization or individual that has done stellar work in an area in which KIFA is active

    Two Awardees: LaTonya Boyd of Moms Demand Action, for her work on gun violence prevention, and her dedication to making a difference on this issue in the aftermath of the tragic loss of her daughter.

    Davis Hammet of Loud Light, for his tireless work in the state legislature as well as his voter registration and youth organizing work, and his involvement in Kansas People’s Agenda.

    A new award this year:

    Justice Hero Award - given to a person who has made a significant, largely unrecognized difference on an important issue

    Awarded to Rev. Cynthia Meyer, of the United Church of Christ, for standing up for her personal authenticity and for justice for LGBT people in the United Methodist Church, at great personal cost. 

    Legislator of the Year: A legislator who has consistently championed the causes for which KIFA advocates

    Awarded to Sen. Barbara Bollier, for her work on Medicaid expansion as well her dedicated efforts on the issue of gun violence.

    Please come celebrate these folks with us at our event on May 9! To purchase tickets click here



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