Monday, July 25th, David Bell speaks with Jason Kander, an American attorney, author, veteran, and politician. A Democrat, he served as the 39th Secretary of State of Missouri, from 2013 to 2017. He had previously served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013
A former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, Jason Kander was elected to the Missouri state legislature in 2008 and as Missouri Secretary of State in 2012, making him the first millennial ever elected to statewide office. In 2016, while Donald Trump was winning Missouri by 19 points, Jason nearly unseated a Republican U.S. Senator.
In 2017, he founded Let America Vote, a national campaign against voter suppression. He served as a teaching fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, worked as a CNN Commentator, and appeared on every major television network.
In 2018, while traveling to 46 states for political events, Jason publicly acknowledged that he was considering a 2020 presidential campaign. Months later, he surprised many by choosing instead to run for mayor of Kansas City. Three months into that campaign – which seemed destined for victory – Jason shocked the political world by ending his candidacy and stepping back from public life to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress he’d been struggling with since coming home from Afghanistan.
He spent eight months out of the public eye while addressing his mental health.
Today, Jason is the President of National Expansion at Veterans Community Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting veteran suicide and veteran homelessness. He is also the host of Majority 54, one of the nation’s most popular political podcasts. He sits on the boards of Giffords and Let America Vote/End Citizens United, and he is the founder of Afghan Rescue Project.
A graduate of American University and Georgetown Law School, he is the author of Outside the Wire, a New York Times bestseller, and Courage Is, a children’s book he co-authored with his son. His newest book, Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD, was published by Harper Collins on July 5, 2022.
Jason lives in Kansas City with his wife Diana, their son True, and their daughter Bella. In his spare time, he coaches True’s Little League team and plays centerfield for the Kansas City Hustlers of the National Men’s Adult Baseball League.
Jason Kandor has just published a new book, Invisible Storm. In this brutally honest memoir, following his New York Times best-selling debut, Outside the Wire, Jason Kander has written the book he himself needed in the most painful moments of his PTSD. In candid, in-the-moment detail, we see him struggle with undiagnosed illness during a presidential bid; witness his family buoy him through challenging treatment; and, giving hope to so many of us, see him heal.
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Calendar for the week of July 25th:
- Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people who live in Jackson CTY MO. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
- For Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense virtual meetings this week, go to https://momsdemandaction.org/events/. All are welcome, mothers and others
- TUES, July 26th, 10 AM – 2 PM, a celebration of the 32nd Anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act is at The Whole Person’s Parking Lot, 3710 Main St, Kansas City MO. There will be information tables, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, music, speakers, adaptive sports and more! Performance by “Una Cantamus,” an all-inclusive community choir in Kansas City created for individuals with disabilities and their friends and families
- WED, July 27th, 7 PM, The Vagina Monologues is performed at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence KS. All tickets are general admission, no reserved seats, masks strongly suggested. Performances of The Vagina Monologues are a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence. This performance comes at a time when reproductive rights are facing attacks at the federal and state levels and serves as a benefit for the Kansas Abortion Fund and an opportunity to confront the violence that continues against women and the power we have to stand against it.
- WED, July 27th, 7 PM, on Zoom, is Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty July Meet Up. Join alongside Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty to learn from their successes in moving the state forward with legislation that spared Pervis Payne from execution, and moved Republican Governor Lee to call a reprieve on executions. REGISTER: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckdOmoqTksH93doEgk6JRfUmKk5Ed3Ii_9
- THURS, July 28th, 4 – 5:30 via Zoom, Relational Organizing Training. how we can expand our movement for local control of KCPD by building power with our existing networks of family, friends, neighbors, and others you already know. For more info and access, go to https://more2.org/
- A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/. The list is updated daily.
Please take care of yourselves and others.