Community agency issues May Day alert about state’s new policies on poverty

While picketing and protesting during the state legislative session is common at the Capitol, it’s not so common in Osage City.

But Friday, on May Day, a group of concerned citizens gathered to bring attention to situations faced by people in poverty, and protest state lawmakers’ recent actions on issues such as assistance for those in poverty and the Head Start program.

Organized by the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, picketers gathered along Market Street at Lincoln Park in Osage City and carried signs, waved at passersby, and willingly spoke to anyone who wanted to discuss the reasons they were there.

050115-eckan-poverty-pickerThe messages on signs carried had varied messages, with one sign noting there are 2,023 people living in poverty in Osage County. A young boy carried a sign that said, “640 kids in Osage County live in poverty.

Other signs: “We rise by lifting others”, “Could you live on $25 a day?” “Together we can solve this poverty problem”, “Every $1 spent on Head Start saves your community $7”, “People in poverty are not disposable”, “Expand Medicaid”, “A hungry man is not a free man”, “The only war I support is the war on poverty,” “With your help, poverty loses, without your help, poverty wins.”

For more information about ECKAN’s concerns about new legislation, see ECKAN CEO Richard Jackson’s recent letter to the editor here.

For more information about ECKAN or services it offers in Osage County, call 785-528-5184.


One Response to Community agency issues May Day alert about state’s new policies on poverty

  1. Kenna Burns says:

    Thank you for coming out to see us! ECKAN is in the process of getting proclamations signed to acknowledge May as Community Action Awareness Month!

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