Decarcerate KC canvassed on Sat. Sept. 24  within northeast Kansas City, obtaining signatures on their “Vote No” on Amendment Four letter.

If passed in November, the amendment would require Kansas City Missouri to increase spending for the Kansas City Police Department budget 5%,  to 25% of the city’s total budget for the next three years. 

“We’re educating the public of an issue on a broader scale, and we know we’re hitting our goal just by the virtue of being on the streets talking about it,” said Dylan Pyles, leader of Decarcerate KC.

Decarcerate KC plans to canvass two more times prior to the Nov. 8 general election. 

Amaia Cook, leader of Decarcerate KC, said they will also host a public forum to provide people another way to learn about the issue. Pyles said Decarcerate KC members knocked on over 500 doors.

On Wed. Sept. 20, Decarcerate KC announced the formation of a statewide coalition of more than a dozen community organizations opposing Amendment Four.  Coalition members include: Friday Night Protest, Sunrise Movement KC,Urban League of Greater Kansas City and more.

Chris Bizzle, member of Decarcerate KC, said  the community can get involved by promoting and sharing their work on social media. 

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Simone Garza was a reporter in our Kansas City office. In addition to general reporting on Kansas City’s African-American community, she reports on economic inclusion for the African American community....