This year’s lecture is entitled “Election Reflection”. The focus will be on the 2016 Presidential Election, and how it speaks to where the nation is on a multitude of issues including religion.
Two of Washington’s premier political strategist, and auditors whose faces are regularly seen and voices heard on television news talk shows, will present.
Cornell Belcher, President of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies. Belcher has also served as the pollster for President Barack Obama Presidential Campaigns, and advised just about every progressive entity. He has been a CNN contributor, and appears regularly on all cable and network news shows.
Emanuel Cleaver is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church who served as Mayor of Kansas City, and is presently serving his sixth term as the 5th District member of Congress. Cleaver will open the lecture by theologizing the last election.
Neera Tanden is the President of The Center for American Progress, a public policy research and advocacy organization in Washington, D. C., chaired by John Podesta. She can be seen almost weekly on CNN and MSNBC. Her local connection is Tanden’s service as Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Tanden was a major player in the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2017
Place: St. James United Methodist Church, 5540 Wayne Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110
Time: 7:00 O’Clock
*Hosted by The St. Paul School of Theology, 4370 W. 109th Street, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66211
It has been a busy time since the November election, and as we continue to focus on the issues facing our district and our country, I want to take the time to reach out to you.
With a shift of power among our country’s leaders, it’s increasingly important for you to make your voices heard and let your leaders know what issues matter to you. I promise to continue working diligently to find common ground on issues that matter to all of us, and remaining vigilant to protect those rights that some in Washington, D.C. would like to take away.
I encourage you to keep in touch with me and other elected leaders. While our campaign activity will be a little slower until closer to the next election, I want to make sure you know how to reach us, and I hope to engage you about issues pertinent to our district and my campaign in the coming months.
Thank you for your continued support,
Emanuel Cleaver, II
I want to thank you for your support on Tuesday. I look forward to representing you and all the voters of Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in the months ahead. We have accomplished much, but we have much more work to do. Whether that’s in securing funding for vital projects in our district or making changes to improve the lives of all Americans.
I am heartened by the fact that, despite the tremendous national divide, our campaign won by a greater margin than two years ago. We won voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump and who cast their ballots for Republicans in Missouri’s statewide races.
While many of us had hoped and worked hard for one result in the presidential race, our country chose a different path. We must respect that. During my time in the House, I have focused on civility, on trying to bring people together to work toward common goals and our common good.
During this last Congress, I succeeded in passing the largest housing overhaul bill in three decades. This measure not only received bipartisan support, it passed unanimously. We may have differences, we may not always share the same vision, but we can still work together to achieve great things.
Yes, we will see changes many of us won’t like over the next four years. We should speak out and oppose these changes. We should not take our eyes off the ball. We should not give up our fight for the issues that matter.
But, we must also look for opportunities to come together. As President Obama reminded us yesterday, “we have to remember that we are actually all on one team … We all want what’s best for this country.”
We will have opportunities to continue our country’s progress, but only if we seek out places where we can stand side-by-side on common ground. As a nation, we can solve the many challenges facing us, but not if we view one another as the enemy. What we accomplish now depends on us and how we choose to engage those we have opposed during the election.
Defeat stings, but it will only knock us out of the game if we choose to let it. No matter how dark the times may seem, we will persevere, and we will see brighter days ahead.
Together, as Americans first, we can still do great things, and I am thankful for the opportunity to continue serving you as we work toward a future that will make us all proud.
Mark DeShon, Sherry Jones of the Farm Credit Council with Congressman Cleaver
Photos from the Night of the Harvest Moon event presented by Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on October 28, 2016.
The Kansas City Star has endorsed Congressman Cleaver for re-election. From the Star‘s endorsement:
He has been unapologetic about bringing hundreds of millions of dollars home to the 5th District through federal investments in transportation, flood control, Veterans Affairs improvements, job training and domestic violence prevention funds.
Cleaver deserves to continue representing the people in this district.