Kansas Activist Group Plans Statewide "Fire the Fool" Rally on April Fool's Day

TOPEKA, KS, March 17 – A Kansas-based activist group called Kansas Indivisible (http://kansasindivisible.com/) has organized a state-wide rally during which participants will express their dis-satisfaction with President Donald Trump’s agenda, as well as with the actions of their elected members of Congress (MoCs).

The “Fire the Fool” rally (http://fool.kansasindivisible.com/) is co-sponsored by Topeka’s Elem Technologies (http://www.elemtechnologies.com/). It is a sister rally to other events taking place in cities all around the nation on April 1st. The Kansas rally will take place at the Capitol building and kicks off at 1 p.m.

Event Coordinator Tamisha Sewell said Kansas Indivisible believes it is important for all citizens to have their voices heard by government. “We want to make a statement,” Sewell said. “This is not only to save what's precious to our local communities, but also for the good of the entire country.”

She also said the rally will send a message to government that citizens will hold their elected leaders responsible for their actions. Rally-goers will demand that an independent investigation be conducted into Trump’s ties with Russia. They will also demand that Congress begin the impeachment process due to his financial conflicts of interest, a fact which they say violates the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

“We want to fire the fool who's in charge,” Sewell said. “Trump is the biggest fool of all, but we also want to give our state MoCs their pink slips. They can and will be removed from office. They are supposed to represent us, not the Koch brothers and other special interests.”

Kansas Indivisible launched January 5, 2017 in response to growing discontentment with Trump and Congress. The organization’s goal is to help activists in Kansas - from all communities and political backgrounds - unite to stand in solidarity against the Trump agenda.

“Our primary goal is to foster communication and action participation, both inside and outside of the group,” said Brenda Green, Kansas Indivisible statewide coordinator. “We adopt the principles outlined in 'INDIVISIBLE - A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA' (https://www.indivisibleguide.com/) as our primary guide for engaging in political actions.”

The event will feature numerous speakers from the area, including:

•Thomas Witt, Kansas Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus Chair, and Executive Director of Equality Kansas

•Elise Higgins, Regional Director of Public Policy and Organizing, Planned Parenthood Great Plains

•Stephanie Mott, Executive Director, Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project

•Dan Brennan, Executive Director, Capitol City Equality Center of Topeka

•Joe Cheray, Brand New Congress Kansas Lead Organizer

•Nathan Schmidt, Kansas Democratic Committee

There will also be entertainment, including the local band “Under the Covers.” The organizers plan to have local food trucks available for attendees, including Snoutherns Food Truck, and Mr. Nice Guy's Hot Box.

Anyone who is interested in speaking, providing entertainment or bringing in a food truck can contact Sewell at (620) 870-4973. Additionally, non-profit organizations, progressive candidates, and political/social activist groups can bring a table (https://goo.gl/forms/gYy3Yio4OZsJBGKl1) to distribute literature and get people to sign up during the event. There is no charge to set up an informational table, but no products or services can be sold during the rally on the Statehouse grounds. “Fire the Fool” Topeka’s logo wear is available at Teespring (https://teespring.com/stores/fire-the-fool-topeka) and will not be available during the event.

Follow event announcements and RSVP to the rally at the official Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1255224724557848/

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