Yesterday evening on the Penn Valley campus of the Metropolitan Community Colleges Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) hosted a town hall of sorts on gun violence. The community event included elected officials, law enforcement officials, and leaders of community groups. Approximately 250 individuals and members of activist groups from the Kansas City metropolitan area attended. Media from the Kansas City metropolitan area covered the two hour long town hall.
Speakers included Representative Cleaver (D), MCC Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas City Police Chief Richard Smith, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, and the leadership (and members) of Moms Demand Action – Missouri, Grandparents against Gun Violence, Mothers in Charge, March for Our Lives – KC, Aim 4Peace, and the Ad-Hoc Group Against Crime.
Congressman Cleaver Calls For Impeachment Inquiry
Jul 29, 2019 Press Release
(Kansas City, MO) – Today, United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) called for an impeachment inquiry and released the following statement:
“After reading Special Counsel Mueller’s redacted report and listening to his testimony, it’s clear to me that they indicate the President committed one or more instances of obstruction of justice while in office. When looking at the evidence presented, there is obviously enough smoke to investigate the potential fire of corruption. Congress has a constitutional responsibility to further investigate the evidence presented by the Special Counsel. Unfortunately, and to the detriment of the country, the White House continues to stonewall any and all efforts to uncover misconduct by this President. While I am not ready to support articles of impeachment, I am ready to use the full force of Congress to carry out subpoenas that have stalled in the courts. That means the opening of an impeachment inquiry. I have not come to this conclusion lightly or without careful consideration. However, no man or woman can be allowed to stand above the law. The day that happens is the day we fall from democracy to despotism.”
There you have it.
“Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel
Yesterday afternoon on Facebook, from Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D):
Emanuel Cleaver II
After reading President Trump’s remarkably racist tweets about four of my colleagues, my most agonizing pain results from the seamy silence and notorious neutrality of those whom I believe to be principled people. When the President of the United States says something so racially vulgar, carte blanche, and then doubles down on such rhetoric, then great and widespread is their sin. Although I have a public and political record of not calling individuals racist, even when they are, right now I am being tested like never before.
Some of the responses:
Congressman, respectfully, it’s time. He needs to be called exactly what he is… Liar, racist, etc.
This is one of those times history is going to remember.
After the Holocaust, it was “Never Again…” except “Never Again” is right now and we can NOT let racism and hatred win. We can not let a man like this, and his followers, destroy the fabric of this country.
Emanuel Cleaver II, the majority of us need you to start calling it like it is, here. Your voice is louder since it’s ours collectively. Trump has crossed line after line. ENOUGH! Call him out!
Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. – Elie Wiesel
Perhaps you are being “tested,” but not to remain silent, but to remain vigilant to the cause of justice. Perhaps you are to “test” the “seamy silence” that called your name so loudly. Perhaps it is your voice, Mr. Cleaver in a coalition with others needed to “test” Trump!
Please speak out. Our country needs to hear the voice of reason.
The silence is deafening. Thank you for speaking up. I’m so disappointed in those who say nothing!
Please go ahead and say it.
Scream it from the roof tops. It is the truth.
Could not agree more. How I’m the name of decency can they remain silent?
Dr King said, “Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our souls when we look the other way.” The racist-in-chief needs to be chastised loudly and long for the hateful rhetoric he spews which gives courage to the very worst in our society.
The “Silent Majority” of Americans which believes that diversity is what makes our country strong need to be shouting it from the rooftops! Please, be my voice in Washington, Rev. Cleaver!!
time to say it. way past time.
I’m so sorry. I’ll say it for you. They’re racists.
Congressman Cleaver, it is the Declaration of Independence which places the urgency in your soul. Whomsoever wantonly attacks the equality of citizens does not respect the ideal of our United States. We beseech you to not let the gravity of this attack go unanswered.
If this is not a sterile form of lynching then I don’t know what is.
I urge you to take a page out of the playbook of our beloved friends Daniel and Plillip Berrigan and made your voice indelibly heard.
We elected you to speak for us.
Feel our prayers and support as you go forth.
I can carry that load for you brother. Donald J Trump is a racist.
Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D), in an interview on MSNBC this morning, called the Trump ordered facilities holding children and families seeking asylum in the United States concentration camps.
Michael Bersin @MBersin
Call them what they are. @repcleaver just did. These are concentration camps.
8:23 AM – 24 Jun 2018
That’s what they are.
Senator Roy Blunt (r): suffer the little children (June 20, 2018)
Protest imitates fashion (June 22, 2018)
Performance Art (June 22, 2018)
Somebody’s grandmother (June 22, 2018)
The more you know… (June 24, 2018)
On Saturday evening Jackson County Democrats gathered in Kansas City for their annual Truman Gala. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) was the final speaker at the event.
Video by Jerry Schmidt.
On Saturday evening Jackson County Democrats gathered in Kansas City for their annual Truman Gala. Featured speakers included Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Representative Emanuel Cleaver, and State Auditor Nicole Galloway. Several hundred were in attendance.
“…To say it politely, there’s been some change in Jefferson City recently. Uh, even just about a week ago we had a new governor that was sworn in and became the new governor of the state. And I’m here with a message from Jefferson City. Eric Greitens has left, but the corrupting influence of secret money and the anonymous insiders behind him remain. Corruption is state government got worse under Eric Greitens. After refusing to resign after bipartisan calls for month he finally called it quits when he was ordered to produce phone and other records involving secret communications about dark money and his hidden donors. I do not think that timing was coincidental…”
“…It was really interesting. Because when you had these two guys who’d never run for anything and they were buddies and they rode into Jefferson City on their white horses. They were going to clean up all the nasty corruption in Jefferson City. [laughter] Remember? They, they went after everybody. It didn’t matter if you were a Democrat or a Republican, you were all dirty if you’d been serving the public for longer than ten minutes. And the governor said he was going to come in to office and do things differently. [pause] Little did we know that meant sex in the basement with his mistress…”
“…Mel Carnahan, Bob Holden, Jay Nixon went years and years and year without a scandal, a whiff of scandal. We put these guys in office and we’ve got felony charges in about ten minutes. So I really do think what Eric Greitens’ time in government taught us is there’s nothing wrong with vetting people for office through years of public service…”
“…Look, this man has done some stuff. And you’re gonna see it. The world is going to see it. Some stuff that’s going to make your hair stand up on its end. On your head. His head, too. [laughter] The front art. [laughter] This is the most ill equipped man in the history of this republic to sit in the White House. And every single day he walks around attacking all of the previous presidents. I mean, if, you know, I can’t get embarrassed anymore. People, a lot of people in Washington, they, two days ago, were embarrassed because he didn’t know the words to God Bless America. I, I wasn’t, I, I can’t get embarrassed by him anymore…”
“…I was in Europe and that’s all they wanted to talk about. The same thing, uh, about Donald Trump. What’s wrong with America? We are ceding our spot s the leader of the free world. Angela Merkel, right now, is the leader of the free world. [pause] And everybody in the world knows it…”
Yesterday in the 5th Congressional District:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
It was an honor to join so many legislators this morning to speak at @Eagle_Events for their SCA Legislative Breakfast
11:38 AM – 2 Mar 2018
What’s wrong with this picture? It’s not an open public town hall in the 4th Congressional District.
Summit Christian Academy
· Lees Summit, MO ·
Today was SCA’s Legislative Impact Breakfast. What a fantastic turnout with ten elected officials and nearly seventy SCA families. We look forward to building relationships with those who serve our city, state, and great nation! Thanks to all who came, and remember; FIND YOUR VOICE with your representatives! Also special thanks to Michaela Loux who led in prayer and the four SCA Boy Scouts who led us in pledges and escorted our guests back to the commons. #SCAsharp #vickyhartzler #rebeccaroeber #Mikecierpiot #edemery #Danstacy #Randyrhoads #FredDeMoro #Dianeforte #RoyBlunt #RobBinney
Summit Christian Academy is in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, in the 5th Congressional District which is represented by Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D).
…also knows that it’s not enough.
This morning, via Twitter, from Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D):
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver @repcleaver
One of your first actions as president was to make it easier for people with mental illness to buy a gun. Stop blaming the students and start protecting our kids.
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
You tell him.
Become a single issue voter (February 14, 2018)
Yesterday afternoon the KC Metro Immigration Alliance sponsored an event in Kansas City at All Souls Unitarian Univeralist Church. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) came to speak to the family of Syed Jamal and over one hundred others, driving to the church directly from the airport, after having visited him in detention in Texas. Representative Cleaver’s remarks:
Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) – Immigration – February 11, 2018.
Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) – Immigration – February 11, 2018.
Immigration: Syed Ahmed Jamal and many other stories like his (February 11, 2018)