Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

People's Agenda Pushes for Progressive Reforms

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

People's Agenda Pushes for Progressive Reforms

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A crowd of more than 200 took over the second floor of the Kansas Statehouse Wednesday to lobby legislators on a list of progressive agenda items spanning from health care access to tighter gun regulations.

The Kansas People's Agenda held its annual People's State of the State after pushing Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to step back from a plan to hike fees on organizations wanting to hold events in the Capitol building.

Davis Hammet, president of the Topeka-based organization Loud Light, said the event was organized by volunteers from across the state.

"A big goal here is to get people to get involved, to meet their legislators for the first time in their life, to start realizing the power they have to shape our shared future," Hammet said.

Activists pushed for higher wages, public education, increased access to health care, equal rights and equity issues, protection for children, criminal justice reform and tightened gun laws. …

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