Connect better with CCO! If you are not yet connected with us on social media, please like our Facebook page and follow our Twitter page. Also explore our website, particularly the blog. Don't miss a stellar article from Reverend Lia McIntosh entitled "The First 200 Days and a Call For Justice," linked here.


We’ll see you in Johnson County tonight! Join us for a viewing of the exceptional documentary on how social conditions like poverty and violence affect childhood development: “The Raising of America.” After the viewing, we will have a short discussion and let you know how you can get involved to ensure positive early childhood development for every child in JoCo.

This event takes place tonight, Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 6pm-8pm, at the Oak Park Library (9500 Bluejacket St, Overland Park, KS 66214). RSVP here.


Live in a KCMO neighborhood helped by the 1/8 cent sales tax? The city-wide sales tax benefits the area from 9th Street to Gregory (North to South) and from Paseo to Indiana (West to East).

This tax is a unique opportunity to address some of the persistent challenges in our community (e.g. sidewalks, streets, employment). But we know without a clear strategy, strong leadership, and effective advocacy this opportunity like many others will fall apart.

Please join us for an important meeting of the sales tax stakeholder community leaders to discuss how best to ensure our voices and community priorities are fully considered in the way the resources are allocated. It will be ideal to have one or more members of your neighborhood board present for this meeting. If this is not possible, feel free to send a community representative. Residents are welcome as well.

This meeting takes place at the CCO office (2400 Troost Ave in KCMO, suite 4600) on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6pm. RSVP here.


Help #DefendDACA. On Tuesday, the White House announced it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protected children brought to the U.S. illegally from deportation. Now no more DACA applications will be accepted.

Congress has six months to pass legislation to prevent 800,000 innocent people from being arrested and trucked off to countries many cannot even remember. There are several bills on the table, most with bipartisan support, that could save DACA recipients.

Please call your U.S. representatives today and tell them to protect our immigrant brothers and sisters. Click here to look up your U.S. senators and House rep.


Have a great week. Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place.