A broad-based coalition has called on the Unified Government to act now to make Wyandotte County a safer and more welcoming place. To read the letter signed by the coalition and the additional supporters of a municipal ID ordinance urging the Mayor and Commissioners to act, click here.
ACLU of Kansas
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights and liberties of all people living in Kansas. The ACLU of Kansas works for policy change to expand and strengthen civil liberties, provides legal counsel, and acts as an ally and an advocate for people who are denied the rights guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Advocates for Immigrant Rights & Reconciliation (AIRR)
Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation (AIRR) educates, organizes, and inspires community members to create a network that supports and empowers the undocumented immigrant community in the greater Kansas City area. It seeks to uplift the voices of the immigrant community and provide them with the tools they need to better protect themselves and their families.
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Missouri/Kansas Chapter
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.
Amnesty International - Kansas City Chapter (Local #115)
Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. As a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people, no matter who they are or where they are, it includes hundreds of local community groups across the United States.
Central Avenue Betterment Association
The Central Avenue Betterment Association is a nonprofit community development association serving the Central Avenue Corridor and its surrounding community in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and economic development of the area by promoting youth education, improving family structure and stability, promoting neighborhood enhancement and maintenance in addition to economic development.
Communities Creating Opportunity
Communities Creating Opportunity organizes diverse communities and people of faith to realize their power, develop strong leaders, unite partners, and advance solutions to our connected challenges and around issues of healthcare access and equity, racial equity and inclusion, violence interruption and prevention, economic dignity, and early childhood education.
Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
Community Health Council of Wyandotte County is a non-profit, 501 (c)3 community health collaborative of hospitals, safety net clinics, federally-qualified health clinics (FQHCs), mental health providers, public health departments, academic research institutions, and health care funding organizations. It seeks to improve health and health care for the people of Wyandotte County, ensuring that residents are represented in matters of health design and policy, as well as identify and maximize opportunities for collaboration, planning, and implementation of effective community health improvement initiatives..
Cross Border Network
The Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity is a grassroots organization based in Kansas City which recognizes the common interests of working people in North America and builds ties for common action among them.
El Centro, Inc.
El Centro, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation working to strengthen communities and improve the lives of Latinos and others through educational, social, and economic opportunities. It has three locations in Kansas City, Kansas, and Olathe and serves more than 12,000 individuals and families per year.
Grandview Park Presbyterian Church
Grandview Park Presbyterian Church is located in Kansas City, Kansas, and seeks to serve as a community of faith, spiritually connected to the community, reflecting the diversity of neighborhood in a church that is full.
Immigrant Justice Advocacy Movement (IJAM)
Immigrant Justice Advocacy Movement (IJAM) is the only interfaith community organization solely focused on immigration issues in the KC metro area and seeks to create systemic change in the broken immigration system by utilizing community organizing principles and developing relationships that are rooted in faith values..
Indivisible KC is an area-wide, progressive, all-volunteer organization seeks to make Greater Kansas City a model of civic engagement, demonstrating the power of progressive, grassroots activism to hold elected officials accountable.
Why We Need a Safe & Welcoming Ordinance for All Residents in Wyandotte County
Why do we need a Safe and Welcoming Ordinance in Wyandotte?
As many as 30,000 people in Wyandotte County - 1 in 5 people who live in the county - may have difficulty accessing a government-issued photo ID (foster kids, immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, people without housing, victims of domestic violence, and the elderly).
In addition, this ordinance supports local law enforcement in focusing on community safety needs, instead of being diverted into enforcing federal immigration enforcement.
Coordinating with ICE’s activities - which have frequently been found to be illegal and unconstitutional - can make law enforcement vulnerable to complaints and lawsuits. An ICE non-compliance ordinance clearly and helpfully defines the parameters of those interactions.
“The Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte Ordinance aligns perfectly with our work to bring civic engagement and education to every quarter of our community... ensuring that our diverse population can access resources, build local businesses, and cooperate with law enforcement. Wyandotte can truly become the welcoming home to people of all backgrounds.”
Why should Wyandotte pass the Safe and Welcoming Ordinance?
By passing the Safe and Welcoming ordinance, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County can help expand access for residents, assure residents that their private information will not be shared with a federal agency, and ensure that they will not suffer intimidation in their own county and homes.
A broad-based coalition has called on the Unified Government to act now to make Wyandotte County a safer and more welcoming place. Read the letter signed by the coalition and the additional supporters of a municipal ID ordinance urging the Mayor and Commissioners to act below.
“The educators of NEA-KCK support the municipal ID initiative because we know firsthand how important it is for our students and their parents to be able to access services necessary to be successful in school and their daily lives. This connection to community strengthens bonds between staff and students and promotes high academic achievement.”