What's Wrong with Kansas? Nothing a Renewed War on Poverty Can't Fix

At KACAP, we understand that economic inequality is a difficult concept to communicate. This website is meant to be a portal for you to the tools, resources, and information you need to understand poverty in your community and how the Kansas Community Action Network is striving to end it.

The 2014 Kansas Conference on Poverty was a call for action, a call for change, a call for justice. Anti-poverty advocates in Kansas and across the country assert that poverty is the defining issue of our time. It threatens the very foundations of our democracy. Children who are denied an equitable, enriching education have little chance of growing into the informed, engaged citizens who must lead our country. Adults who are consumed by the need to put food on their children’s plates and keep a roof over their heads cannot engage in the information-gathering and discourse needed to sustain that democracy. And the concentration of money, and power, in the hands of such a tiny fraction of our electorate drowns out their voices.

We share in Dr. Tavis Smiley’s outrage at our national and state leaders’ refusal to see these realities, let alone address them. As he indignantly noted, “there is a highway into poverty in this country, but only a sidewalk out of it.” Our collective job is to reverse that reality, to make it hard to fall into poverty, but easy, with the right tools, to climb out.

It’s high time for a new War on Poverty. That's why we're here.