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LAWRENCE, Kan. - Connie Schultz, nationally syndicated columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, will give this year's lecture for the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series, entitled "Words from the Heart: Gender, Justice and Advocacy" on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

"We selected Connie Schultz to be this year's speaker because of her dedication to issues of concern to Jana," said Kathy Rose-Mockry, chair of the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series board. "Connie has spent her career fighting for the same causes Jana did--women's rights, equality, social justice and serving others."

The Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 2009 to commemorate late women's rights activist and KU law student Jana Lynne Mackey.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Women, have you ever been walking home alone at night, and jumped at every twig that snaps, or has your heart skipped a beat when a shadow crosses your path, do you go over self defense scenarios in your head? Many of us are aware of the rules for walking alone at night: do not listen to your headphones, do not talk on your phone, have your keys ready in your hand. The reality is often times, women do not feel safe walking alone after dark. Many women I know will not even walk alone at night on the K-State campus, a place where we feel safe and at home most of the time. It is time to "Take Back the Night"!

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Over 200 people demonstrated their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in Manhattan and Riley County on Saturday in first Pride march and rally the community has seen. Marchers represented individual LGBTs, allies, various community and K-State organizations and two of Manhattan's religious congregations: the Unitarian Universalism Fellowship and First Congregation - United Church of Christ.

Lead marchers
Marching down Poyntz Avenue with a police escort the participants were met by a smattering of supporters along the route that took them west on Poyntz, then north on 11th Street and down Moro through Aggieville, ending at Triangle Park.

Jonathan Mertz, Chair of Flint Hills Human Rights Project, said: "I was driving the pickup at the end of the parade. When I turned onto to Poyntz to follow the walkers I had this view of a mass of people with signs and rainbow flags walking up the street and more people were running to join the crowd. It took my breath away."

WICHITA, Kan. - For those in the Wichita area this weekend, Saturday May 1st come join Kansas House candidate Brandon Whipple at OJ Watson park from 1 to 3 PM for a picnic

Join your neighbors for an afternoon at the park! Bring the family and enjoy fun games, great food and meet your Kansas House candidate Brandon Whipple.

"Even in times of crisis, our Legislature must support education." - Brandon Whipple, Wichita Eagle, April 13, 2010.

The event is free, but we are asking for a $5 donation if you will be eating.

WICHITA, Kan. - Sarah Palin is coming to the Intrust Arena in Wichita, Kansas on May 2. It is a fundraiser for a Christian school. We can only speculate as to what her contract with the school entails as the documents have surely been shredded by now... for everyone's protection of course.

Her appearance in Wichita doesn't surprise me, the demographic here seems right up her alley. There has been an onslaught of 'tea bagger' mentality in our state with sovereignty resolutions, tenth amendment activists packing the gallery of our state house producing a sea of American flags, camo and orange safety gear (I guess some analogies between lobbying and hunting, could be made), the expansion of concealed carry laws, pushes to opt out of national heath care reform before its passage and now that it has passed calls for our state attorney general to join the ranks of the rabid by challenging the national healthcare legislation. It all seems like such a waste of time, energy and money... cue the ½ term Alaskan Governor, please.

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - For over twenty years the Kansas Sample Festival, organized by the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, has provided attendees the possibility of being immersed in Kansas culture. That tradition continues May 1st and 2nd in Leavenworth's Ray Miller Park, 4201 South 4th Street, as vendors from across the gather for the 2010 Kansas Sample Festival.

The opening ceremony for the Festival takes place on Saturday, May 1st, at 9:00 a.m. This ceremony provides an opportunity for Kansas communities to show their stuff and prick the interest of those in attendance about the possibilities that lay just beyond the entrances to the various exhibition tents.

The tents open Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. On Sunday the exhibitions open at 10:00 and close at 4:00 p.m. Admission fee is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for child aged 7 - 14. Weekend passes are also available at $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.

The 2010 Festival is breaking all previous records with over 320 exhibitor registrations received to date representing over 150 Kansas communities. Exhibitors include Kansas municipalities, attractions, entrepreneurs, and entertainers. These will be spread throughout the park in colorful tents on a wide open grassy field shaded by old trees in Ray Miller Park.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies will make history as they hold the first Pride March ever in Manhattan on Saturday 24 April. The march will start at 2:00 pm in front of the Riley County Courthouse and will proceed down Poyntz Avenue to 11th Street, then north on 11th to Moro, through Aggieville, ending in Triangle Park with a rally that goes until 4:30 pm.

Along with speeches and entertainment, the rally will feature openly gay musician Tom Goss. Goss will also be in concert with Jeremiah Clark later on the 24th beginning at 9:00 pm at Mel's Tavern in downtown Manhattan.

HAYS, Kan. - I've been a part of the Human Right's Group for about a month (give or take a a few days for anyone who's counting). Through the group's many activities I've made friends that are both genuine and unique. Last Monday, while I was chained to a pole, I met roughly ... eight new people that I had never seen before in my life. But this isn't just about the people (well, in a way it is, since it's the Human Rights Group), it's about what the people in this group are able to bring to society. So far, I've been able to take part in two events that the Human Right's Group has hosted - "A Day Without Shoes", and "Spare Change to End Chains."

The Coffee Party: Stirring into Action

WICHITA, Kan. - For those of us frustrated by and fed up with Tea Party negativity, Tax Day, Thursday, April 15, 2010, will provide a chance to make our voices heard. Local Coffee Party activists will gather on that day at 5 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, Central and Main, Wichita, to counter-demonstrate against Tea Party members. According to the notice sent by Coffee Party leader Nancy McCarthy Snyder, "Our intention is to hold a non-confrontational peaceful rally FOR responsible citizenship and effective government. Coffee Party Ground Rules of mutual respect and tolerance will be in effect."

Snyder has asked people to spread the word about this demonstration, which will give a chance for those who want a positive voice what happens in American to be heard. Those who want to demonstrate should bring signs with positive messages to counter the negativity of the other side. As Tea Party participation, along with incidents of violence and vandalism, has ramped up, many citizens have decided the time to be quiet is over.

WICHITA, Kan. - To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, several Wichita groups have joined with Earth Spirit Kansas for a day of fun, food, and music, Earth Fest 2010: "Just Food." The all-day event is set for Saturday, April 17, 2010, at the Wichita Water Center in Herman Hill Park, 101 E. Pawnee, Wichita, Kansas. Festivities will start at 9 a.m. and will end at 10 p.m.

The Earth Spirit Coalition Annual Project will have as a theme, "Plant Thoughts, Grow Networks, Nurture Kansas Families." One of the highlights of the event is a tour of the Wichita Water Center, which Rev. Connie Pace-Adair, Earth Spirit chair, calls "an exemplary water treatment plant."

According to Rev. Pace-Adair, the Water Center pulls polluted water from downtown Wichita and mixes it with air, ridding it of pollutants. While the treated water is not potable, it is usable for irrigation. Right now, the water is being used to irrigate Herman Hill Park.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Monthly Film Series takes on the issue of media consolidation next Tuesday, 13 April, when it screens Sue Wilson's Broadcast Blues - The Movie the Media Does Not Want You to See beginning at 6:30 pm in the Manhattan Public Library Auditorium. The public is welcomed to attend.

Sue Wilson
Sue Wilson
Broadcast Blues laments the erosion of the contrasting-views concept in the wake of deregulation following the 1996 Telecommunications Act but also chronicles the consolidation of US media in the hands of five conglomerates over the last three decades.

Emmy-winning former news producer, Sue Wilson worked at Los Angeles' KCBS with Jim Lampley and Keith Olbermann. A 22-year veteran of broadcast journalism, she has won numerous awards include Emmy, AP, RTNDA, and PRNDI for work at CBS, PBS, FOX, and NPR. Read her blog at:

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The 7th Annual Cruisin' Against Bruisin' Car Show is a fundraising event for the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. It is being held Saturday, April 10th from 9 am - 6 pm in the Meadowlark Building located at the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

Jana's Campaign," a non-profit organization started by Christie and Curt Brungardt from Hays, will present from 9 am - 12 pm. Their daughter Jana Mackey's ex-boyfriend murdered her in Lawrence. Since her death, her parents have been active in legislative efforts and promoting domestic violence awareness. After a short presentation they will select a recipient for a trophy sponsored anonymously in Jana's name.

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