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.
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.
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)
From Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) today, via Twitter:
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver @repcleaver
There is no moral equivalency between neo-Nazis, White Supremacists and peaceful counter-protesters, Period.
11:40 AM – 16 Aug 2017
Well, except for the one percent getting a huge tax cut and rebate. Think of it as redistributing the wealth, upward.
Yesterday, via Facebook:
Emanuel Cleaver II
Today the Senate released it’s devastating #TrumpCare bill. Written by 12 men in a back room, one week before the vote, with no hearing or public input. But I don’t want to talk about the lack of transparency or undemocratic process this bill has gone through in the Senate, I want to talk about the harmful impact it will have on America’s most vulnerable citizens. This bill, as written, will hurt seniors, women, veterans, working families, rural communities, and people with pre-existing conditions. It defunds Planned Parenthood, steals from Medicare, and guts Medicaid. It does away with essential health benefits, taking us back to the days where being a woman was considered a pre-existing condition. The only people it won’t hurt are healthy Americans and wealthy Americans. That’s because this is not a health bill at all. It is a tax bill meant to slash taxes for the wealthiest in our nation, all at the expense of our most disabled and disadvantaged. Please share if you agree that this bill should not pass the Senate. Please know that I will continue to fight for healthcare for ALL Americans and together we can stop this monstrous bill from becoming law.
This morning Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) participated in an open public town hall in Lee’s Summit sponsored by Indivisible KC. Around eighty individuals from the 5th Congressional District attended and participated in the discussion with their questions for Representative Cleaver. The give and take lasted for close to two hours.
The discussion was wide-ranging and included the environment in Washington, health care in general, “mean” Trumpcare, Donald Trump and impeachment (it’s not going to happen at this point), the negative impact of repealing the ACA on rural hospitals, the complete lack of transparency in the republican controlled Senate’s health care bill, the environment, climate change, guns, the use of wedge issues to distract voters, the need to invest in public infrastructure, and student loan debt, among others.
At the end of the two hours one individual thanked Representative Cleaver for holding this type of open public town hall in his district, unlike others across the state [Roy Blunt (r) anyone?].
Donald Trump (r) announced today that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) released the following statement:
Congressman Cleaver Releases Statement Regarding Paris Climate Agreement
Jun 1, 2017 Press Release
(Kansas City, MO) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.
“A withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is short-sighted and a dangerous nod to the National Flat Earth Agency and others who refuse to accept the science that has been embraced by every nation on the planet except war-torn Syria and dictator-driven Nicaragua.
Staying in the Paris Climate Agreement is an opportunity for the U.S. to reaffirm its global leadership and the best way to hold India, China, and other nations accountable on taking real actions to combat pollution. Regardless of what President Trump does, American cities, states, and businesses are embracing real climate solutions and providing new U.S. innovations and jobs.
Pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement will not stop the global momentum towards a clean energy economy, it will only put America at an economic disadvantage. The U.S. would be leaving the 200 other nations in the Agreement to join the only two countries in the world who have not signed – Syria and Nicaragua. This is not the diplomatic, economic, or moral position we want. Tragically, this presidential decision is an act of inexperienced ignorance.”
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, (MO-05)
“…Tragically, this presidential decision is an act of inexperienced ignorance.”
That’s being charitable.