Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor non-partisan public meetings and events

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, February 1, 2018
5:30 Reception; 6:30-8:30 Program
Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center, UMKC
5000 Holmes St, Kansas City, MO 64110
Insuring a Future: The Affordable Care Act and American Health Care Reform. Panel discussion on the future of the ACA and American Health Care sponsored by the Harry S Truman Library and American Public Square.

Brian Ellison, Host/Contributor for KCUR, will moderate a panel featuring Rachel Nuzum, M.P.H., Vice President for the Federal and State Health Policy initiative at the Commonwealth Fund; Julie Rovner, Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and Chief Washington Correspondent at Kaiser Health News; David Slusky, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Kansas; Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Resident Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Monday, February 5, 2018
5:30- 9pm
North Kansas City Public Library
2251 Howell St, North Kansas City, MO 64116
LWV Board of Directors Meeting. Note the early start time.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
9:30 - Social; 10 - 11:30 - Meeting
Community Christian Church, Centennial Hall
4601 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

Parking is available in the garage to the south of the church.
Saturday Morning Movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. How did dark money figure into the results of the 2016 election?

Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida's electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans' dark operation, Crosscheck--designed to steal a million minority votes by November--and the billionaires who finance it.

Directed by Greg Palast. Featuring Ed Asner, Richard Belzer, Rosario Dawson, Ice-T, Willie Nelson, Shailene Woodley.

LWV will send donations for the showing of the movie to The Palast Fund for the $100 screening license package. A tax-deductible donation of $2 per person is suggested but not required. Guests are welcome!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
6pm Registration 6:30 - 8 Program
Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110
Medicare: Need, Myths, and Realities. This is the second in a series of presentations on health care. This session on MEDICARE will cover the historical significance of MEDICARE, what it is today, myths and realities about MEDICARE, current challenges to the system that we now have, and what Medicare might become in the future. Participants will leave knowing more about why MEDICARE is needed, how it functions, and why they should care about this historically important government program which the people of the United States played a key role in financing its creation and in paying costs of the program on an ongoing basis.

Moderator: Linda Smith, Regional Health Administrator (Retired), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Panelists: Max Skidmore, PhD, Curator Professor of Political Science, UMKC; David Kingsley, PhD, Professor (retired), Health Policy and Management, Kansas University Medical Center; Representative of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Region VII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Video on the history of Medicare provided by CMS will be shown during the registration period.

Sponsored by UMKC Consortium on Aging in the Community and the League of Women Voters of Kansas City, Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties

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Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:30 - Social; 10 - 11:30 - Meeting
Community Christian Church, Centennial Hall
4601 Main Street, KCMO 64112

Park in the garage to the south of the church
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
6pm Reception; 6:30 - 8 Program
Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110
Medicaid: Why It Matters to All of Us. Medicaid is the single largest payer of nursing home care and home and community based services for older Americans and people with disabilities. Medicaid and reform proposals will be discussed, including budget cuts, block grants, and changes to eligibility standards.

Moderator: Kathy Greenlee, Vice-President of Aging and Health Policy, Center for Practical Bioethics.

Panelists: Lindsey Baker, Outreach and Policy Specialist, Missouri Budget Project; Jay Hardenbrook, Associate State Director for Advocacy, AARP; Mike Oxford, Executive Director, Topeka Independent Living Resource Center; Sheldon Weisgrau, Director, Health Reform Resource Project.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
1:30 - 3:00 pm
4825 Troost, Room 214D
Kansas City, Mo. 63110
SPARK Class: The History and Mission of the League of Women Voters:. Evelyn Maddox, Co-President of LWVKC-JCP, will facilitate a class on the League of Women Voters. Topics include: 1) how the League of Women Voters originated; 2) its history of voter advocacy and education; 3) how it carries out its work locally and nationally. Participants will learn of the League's efforts to protect voters' rights, including its work to educate Missourians on the state's new photo id requirements.

Look for registration information in the Spring Course Catalog at

Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:30 - Social; 10-11:30 Meeting
Community Christian Church, Centennial Hall
4601 Main Street, KCMO 64112

Park in the garage to the south of the church
Education Panel. If you are interested in education and its current challenges, please join us to learn more and explore how you can be involved in supporting students.
Friday, May 4, 2018
Kansas City, MO LWVMO Board Meeting.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Kansas City, MO LWV Missouri Spring Conference.
Thursday, June 28, 2018-Friday, June 29, 2018
Chicago, IL LWV US National Conference.