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 areseveral 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.


Stand against voter suppression. CCO is a partner of the Greater KC Voter Protection Coalition, which is coming together for a press conference on voting rights! Speakers will describe to the press the harm that the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" in D.C. is causing and why we believe this commission will worsen the pattern of voter suppression nationwide if its work continues.

The press conference is on Tuesday, September 12 at 12pm noon at Illus Davis Park (1000 Locust St., KCMO 64106). It will be at the north end of the park in front of the courthouse. The rain location is Grand Ave Temple Methodist Church.

We'd like to invite you to attend to support what we know to be true: cases of fraud are extremely rare, but voter suppression presents a grave threat to our democracy and needs to be actively fought. No RSVP needed, just come!


Live in or near Johnson County? 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 on 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) onMonday, September 25, 2017 at 6pm. RSVP here


Have a blessed week!