Another Kansan Speaks Up Against GOP Trends in Taxation

Tax MarchHey KEVIN —

Recently, we spoke with Mike, a proud resident of Overbrook, Kansas, about his state’s recent “experiment” with cutting taxes for the rich. Mike’s been a family farmer — and a Republican — his whole life. He voted for Sam Brownback, the Republican running for governor in 2010, because he said cutting taxes for the rich would create jobs and increase growth.

KEVIN, seven years later, Mike sorely regrets his vote. Those same tax cuts were DISASTROUS for Kansas, and with Trump and Republicans in Congress trying to pass similar tax cuts nationwide as we speak, he’s afraid of what that will mean for the rest of the country.

Watch the video of our conversation with Mike about what happened when Kansas gutted taxes for the rich — and then share it to spread the word.



Governor Brownback promised that tax cuts for businesses and individuals would create so much growth for the state that they’d “pay for themselves.” He lied.

Employment and economic development went down, not up. The wealthiest people and corporations got the biggest benefit, and everyone else got shortchanged — including Mike’s own grandkids, whose school was forced to shorten their year when state education funding got squeezed. Small farms like the one he grew up on paid the price, while those with more than enough got out of paying their share.

Now Donald Trump and some Republicans in Congress are pitching the same plan that took Kansas from surplus to deficit, tanked its job growth, and cut funding for its schools and first-responders — for the entire country.

Trump and his allies are flying all over the country making speeches, calling meetings, and manufacturing distracting controversies — all in the name of selling their tax scheme. This time, Mike’s not buying it, and he thinks no one else should either.

Watch and share this video to help make sure more Americans don’t fall for their lies.

We wouldn’t wish what Kansas has gone through since Governor Brownback’s disastrous tax cuts on any other state. Make sure your friends, family, and representatives know the truth about tax cuts for the rich.

Thanks for helping spread the word,

The Tax March Team

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What is discipling?

Discipleship for the Long Haul

Ruben was in middle school when his mom signed up the whole family (Ruben and four younger sisters) for summer kid’s club with Juntos®, an I-58 NavCity ministry in Albuquerque. His family moved to a different apartment and missed out on the afterschool program that year, but the next summer they wanted to do kid’s club again. Ruben was too old for the program, but Navigator Laura Jenkins said he could help as a leader.

Now, after 11 years of involvement in Juntos, Ruben refers to the high school boys he mentors as “my kids.” Ruben says, “I’ve been working with my kids for nine years, building deep relationships and helping them find their identity in Christ.”

But Ruben’s path to discipleship hasn’t always been a smooth one. He remembers Laura Jenkins emphasizing that he needed to make his faith his own. She challenged him, “Is this your mom’s faith or your own? Don’t just take what I say, look it up in the Bible for yourself. Make it your own.”

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Are you a victim of Second Hand Trauma and what is it?

Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

I have recently learned about second hand trauma. Second hand trauma is when you are affected by witnessing the trauma of others. What I found out was that the brain reaches its highest levels of trauma when suffering with other people and that the symptoms of a person suffering primary traumatic stress disorder at every stage are identical to the symptoms of a person suffering secondary traumatic stress disorder. When Jesus brought his disciples into contact with the traumatized poor, leper, and hurting, he was exposing them to trauma. With viral videos and the 24/7 news cycles we are in a constant state of second hand trauma. Now more than ever we need to take time to recharge, meditate/pray, decompress with a community of support and/or counselor, and take time for rest and recreation.

Rev. Dr. Shawn Casselberry is a passionate advocate for God’s justice, author of God is in the City and Executive Director for Mission Year, a leading national Christian ministry that invites 18-29 to love God, love people, and be a force for justice in the world. Dr. Casselberry has a passion for mentoring young adults and mobilizing the church around issues of racial and economic justice, particularly mass incarceration and youth violence. With a Masters degree in World Missions and Evangelism from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Building Beloved Community from McCormick Theological Seminary, Dr. Casselberry is committed to speaking truth to power and equipping the church to be a prophetic witness in the world.

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ALL REAL AMERICANS MUST Go After Trump’s SORT of ‘Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism’–better education needed for ALL instead!!!!

McCain Goes After Trump’s ‘Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism’
by Graham Lanktree
America “will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent.”
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Dear Lord, Tell Me How this All Ends. I Can’t Look

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“Tell Me How This Ends?” 
David Petraeus Finally Answers His Own Question 
By Tom Engelhardt

It took 14 years, but now we have an answer.

It was March 2003, the invasion of Iraq was underway, and Major General David Petraeus was in command of the 101st Airborne Division heading for the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.  Rick Atkinson, Washington Post journalist and military historian, was accompanying him.  Six days into a lightning campaign, his division suddenly found itself stopped 30 miles southwest of the city of Najaf by terrible weather, including a blinding dust storm, and the unexpectedly “fanatical” attacks of Iraqi irregulars.  At that moment, Atkinson reported,

“[Petraeus] hooked his thumbs into his flak vest and adjusted the weight on his shoulders. ‘Tell me how this ends,’ he said. ‘Eight years and eight divisions?’ The allusion was to advice supposedly given the White House in the early 1950s by a senior Army strategist upon being asked what it would take to prop up French forces in South Vietnam. Petraeus’s grin suggested the comment was more droll quip than historical assertion.”

Certainly, Petraeus knew his history when it came to American interventions in distant lands.  He had entered West Point just as the American war in Vietnam was beginning to wind down and did his doctoral dissertation at Princeton in 1987 on that conflict (“The American Military and the Lessons of Vietnam: A Study of Military Influence and the Use of Force in the Post-Vietnam Era”).  In it, he wrote,

“Vietnam cost the military dearly. It left America’s military leaders confounded, dismayed, and discouraged. Even worse, it devastated the armed forces, robbing them of dignity, money, and qualified people for a decade… Vietnam was an extremely painful reminder that when it comes to intervention, time and patience are not American virtues in abundant supply.”

So no wonder he was well acquainted with that 1954 exchange between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former Korean War commander General Matthew Ridgeway about the French war in Vietnam.  Perhaps, the “droll quip” aspect of his comment lay in his knowledge of just how badly Ridgeway underestimated both the years and the troop numbers that the American version of that war would eat up before it, too, ended in disaster and in a military as riddled with protest and as close to collapse as was imaginable for an American force of our era.

In his thesis, Petraeus called for the military high command to be granted a far freer hand in whatever interventions the future held.  In that sense, in 1987, he was already mainlining into a twenty-first-century world in which the U.S. military continues to get everything it wants (and more) as it fights its wars without having to deal with either an obstreperous citizen army or too many politicians trying to impose their will on its actions.

And by the way, though his Najaf comments have regularly been cited as if they were sui generis, as the Ridgeway reference indicates, he was hardly the first American military commander or political figure to appropriate Joan of Arc’s question in Bernard Shaw’s play Saint Joan: “How long, oh Lord, how long?”

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Half of the World’s Forests are Gone Already

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Nearly half of the Earth’s original forest cover has already been lost.
Each minute 85 acres of forest are destroyed — globally more than 32 million acres are lost each year. Deforestation and forest degradation cause 10 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions — that adds up to more annual emissions than the European Union.
It’s easy to see that deforestation is one of the biggest threats facing our planet. What’s not so clear is what our role in stopping it should look like. How do we protect forests and biodiversity while also ensuring a livelihood for the 1.6 billion people who depend on forests?
Because they’re on the front lines of the fight against climate change, the Rainforest Alliance trains forest-dependent communities to farm and manage their forests sustainably. Our work keeps the planet healthy but also productive for future generations.
This is a critical moment: we must implement our work on a much larger scale and work with many more communities across the globe. If you’re ready to join the fight to save the only Earth we’ve got, please make a donation today.
Our work is confronting the urgent issues that threaten our world — but we can’t do it without you.

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#No Muslim Ban Ever this 18 October 2017

“My dad’s birth date was October 18.”–kas
Hi Kevin,


On Wednesday, October 18, the latest iteration of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban goes into effect. Despite the Administration’s multiple attempts at cosmetic changes, the improper and unconstitutional intent behind the Ban remains. That’s why it is vital that we all stand in solidarity to declare: No. Muslim. Ban. Ever.

Stand Up Against the Muslim Ban on October 18
Please show up, in person, to protest the Administration’s Muslim Ban. RSVP today to rally against the Muslim Ban on October 18 at Lafayette Square, Washington, DC from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM ET.

We know Trump’s Muslim Ban flies in the face of the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and freedom from religious discrimination. The Muslim Ban is a key part of a broader policy agenda that attempts to discriminate against refugees, communities of color, Native communities, immigrants, and others. That is why Constitutional Accountability Center is a proud partner organization of tomorrow’s rally.

Join Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC at the March
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC will convene a group at 11:15AM to march together from their offices at 1620 L Street NW to the event at Lafayette Square. If you’d like to meet up with them, please sign-up via this Google form for updates. They will provide t-shirts and signs, though you are welcome to bring your own!

We encourage you to stand against the Muslim Ban on October 18. We must remember history and raise our voices, both in the critical days before the Ban begins and in the months ahead. Join us in declaring: No. Muslim. Ban. Ever.



Elizabeth B. Wydra
Constitutional Accountability Center

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Power of One is always Ready and Needed

Girls Are the Future

Here it is…Just for you
Last week we promised you a first look at the 2017 Journey of Hope magazine as a thank you for standing with girls’ education. We’re giving you exclusive access to “The Power of One.”
The Power of One
In today’s globally connected world it’s easy to feel powerless amid human tragedies and natural disasters that arise in every corner of the world. The numbers are overwhelming – 781 million adults over the age of 15 are illiterate, 65.3 million people in the world have been displaced by conflict, poverty, acts of nature, and instability, 700 million women alive today were child brides. How can one person create a dent in these unfathomable numbers?
The answer: never underestimate the extraordinary power of one person.
Greg Mortenson c0-founded CAI on this idea: when you educate a girl, you change the world. At first it was one girl, one village, and one school that drove his inspiration. Now, over twenty years later, CAI has built almost 200 schools that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
This success hinges on one person deciding to take action or take a stand, and then another person, and another until a network of thousands of people have come together to support girls’ education. It also hinges on one girl in a distant village who wants to go to school, creates a path to education, and lights the way for other girls to follow.
Sign up to receive your free copy of the 2017 Journey of Hope magazine in your mailbox in mid-November.

Peace through education

Central Asia Institute (CAI) works with communities in remote areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, to promote education, especially for girls. At home and abroad, CAI is committed to sharing its expert knowledge with the public. Together we can cultivate peace, nurture hope, and change the world, one child at a time.
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FACE of FAMISHED Youth in Our America

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Did you know that 2 in 3 Latino families are low income?

Latino families face big gaps in income, early education, healthcare, and social support and services, according to a new research review led by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio.

Check out the real state of the Latino family.

Here’s a few startling facts:

⇒ 15.1% of Latinos have no healthcare coverage (vs. 6.6% of whites).
⇒ 1 in 5 Latino kids didn’t have a well-care visit in the last year.
⇒ Latino kids face a 25-percentage-point gap in early cognitive development.

Fortunately, the new research also explores emerging policies and practices to build a new level of support, like promotion of early care and education programs, and the creation of “medical homes” and “community schools.”

“Whole-family approaches that connect Latino kids and parents to culturally relevant support services can improve education, income, and home environments,” according to the research.

–> State of the Latino Family
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See How People Are Building Support for Latino Families!
Rocio Munoz, Oregon
Rocio Muñoz was born to be a health navigator.

Growing up, she translated medical info for her friends and family.

When she became a health navigator in Benton County, Ore., she realized local Latinos suffered many unmet health needs.

So she worked with the local school district to embed bilingual, bicultural health navigators into elementary schools in Corvallis, Ore. (7.4% Latino). Navigators connect families to health insurance, care, and translation, and connect students with vision, hearing, dental specialists, and well-child checks.

Can you do the same in your schools?!

Luis Granados, San Francisco
What happens when Latinos get “priced out” of the homes they’ve lived in for decades?

People like Luis Granados step up.

Granados and other leaders of the nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) embarked on a mission to create 100% affordable housing in the area when a tech boom in San Francisco’s Mission District (30% Latino)—a hub for the city’s immigrant population—brought in higher-priced homes and threatened to push out lower-income families.

They ended up adding more than 100 affordable housing units.

Can you do the same in your city?!

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What the Chamber of Commerce Wants to Destroy Whistleblower Rights in America?

Dear Kevin,

If you discovered fraud in your workplace, what would you do?
The majority of whistleblowers first report potential misconduct to their managers. But now the Chamber of Commerce and their Wall Street allies want to strip internal whistleblowers of their protections. This would leave thousands of whistleblowers vulnerable to retaliation from their employers, simply for doing the right thing.
Wall Street moguls tried unsuccessfully to repeal Dodd-Frank, so now they are trying to gut its key whistleblower protections by asking the Supreme Court to exclude employees who report frauds to their managers, their internal compliance programs and even to their company’s own lawyers.
The case of Digital Realty Trust v. Somers is one of the most important whistleblower cases to come before the Court in 20 years. Why? 
If the Chamber of Commerce and Digital Trust win, it can open the door to similar attacks on whistleblowers protected under our nation’s key environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Toxic Substances Control Act, which contain language similar to the Dodd-Frank Act.
Given the importance of this case, the National Whistleblower Center has filed a major amicus or “friend of the court” briefwith extensive legal arguments urging the Supreme Court to reject the Chamber of Commerce’s dangerous arguments.
We need your help to raise the funds to cover the costs of this case and further judicial attacks on whistleblower rights. Please make a tax-deductible donation to the NWC’s “Friend of the Court” fund.
We need to stand together to support employees who have the courage to expose fraud, waste, and abuse.
Thank you for taking a stand against corporate corruption!
The National Whistleblower Center Action Network

You can also help defend protections for whistleblowers by:

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