Happy Tuesday, CCO community! Over the next couple weeks we will be publishing a series of articles on faith and social justice on our new website. We asked Kansas Citians of diverse faiths to reflect on how their spiritual beliefs impact their views on (or experience with) CCO's key issues: health access, economic dignity, racial equity, violence prevention, and early childhood education.

Read the first article, "Positive Early Childhood Development is a Christian Duty" by Mary Spence, here. Be sure to watch our blog, Facebook, and Twitter to see all our articles.


We are building a diverse coalition of Johnson County residents who care about social justice! No county is totally free of social ills like poverty and lack of access to proper healthcare. Fortunately, there are always residents committed to addressing injustice and inequality.

Join us at the Oak Park Library (9500 Bluejacket, Overland Park, KS 66214) on Thursday, April 13, from 6 pm to 8 pm. We will identify urgent issues in Johnson County, with a focus on low life expectancy zip codes. RSVP here.


Come see "The Raising of America" film at Visitation! On Monday, April 17, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Visitation Church will host a viewing of the groundbreaking documentary that explores how social conditions affect childhood development. A discussion will follow.

It will take place in Tighe Hall at Visitation, 5141 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112. Please RSVP here.


Go from idea to income with our "Start Your Business" Entrepreneurial Workshop! On Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 2 pm, CCO and EconAvenue will host a free workshop on how to launch the successful business you've always envisioned.

We will discuss and share local resources, hear ideas from business experts, and work on changing local culture to provide ongoing support to new business owners like you. Speakers include Dell Gines of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

This event will take place at the NBC Community Development Corporation, 735 Walker Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101. RSVP today.


Attend our "Taste of Kansas City" Pre-White Privilege Conference Reception at the American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine! On Thursday, April 27, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, come meet the nationally renowned White Privilege Conference speakers, including Michael Eric Dyson, Glen Singleton, and more.

You will enjoy a tour of the American Jazz and National Negro League museums, KC BBQ, a cash bar, music, and spoken word artists.

Purchase your ticket(s) here, or contact Marquita Taylor at marquita@cco.org to become an official sponsor, which includes several unique benefits. Free transportation by Hobson's Limousines will be provided to the first 100 White Privilege Conference participants to purchase tickets for the reception.


Thank you, and have a blessed week!