"SCLC-GKC welcomes the burgeoning chorus of Missourians,
and the mass choir of Americans for that matter,
who are in support of Medicaid Expansion,
not because we are Republicans, not because we are Democrats or Independents, but because we are people of goodwill who believe that expanding Medicaid is good,
and that it is right for all Missourians."
- Rev. Dr. Vernon P. Howard, Jr.
SCLC-GKC stands with the family of
African American male Ryan Stokes who was shot by a KCPD officer on July 28th, 2013.
Ryan was unarmed, had broken no laws, and posed no threat to anyone the night he was
shot in the back and killed.
The family has suffered now for 7 years with
no resolution and no justice.
Join with us
Saturday, July 25th
3PM - 6PM
John Anderson Park
4702 East 135th St.
as we stand with them in support and receive updates to this case.
PLEASE OBSERVE SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCE PRACTICES - MASKS ARE REQUIRED
Stokes’ mother, Narene Stokes-James, has maintained that the shooting of her son was not justified. She filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department in 2016.
“They don’t want to hear our side of the story,” Stokes-James said. “I will never understand that, what they did to my son. They want to demonize his name and that he was down there causing problems.”
Stokes-James said her son was not armed and did not have a criminal record. As a youth, Stokes participated in police-sponsored athletic activities.
“I want justice for Ryan,” she said.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
of Greater Kansas City
will fight with all of those who have a legitimate claim of racism and
“We do know that in this country right now the original sin of racism is causing this nation to implode.
We are calling on the highest levels of the
to intervene and to defend victims of discrimination.
We feel the anger, we feel the pain, we feel the frustration and there is a weariness. And that’s why this kind of social unrest and social upheaval is taking place in our country right now.
Those frustrations are bubbling over.
Now we are able to say to individuals who did not take it seriously. This is what we have been ignoring--racism still exists, and we must stand as a nation together.”
Rev. Dr. Vernon P. Howard, Jr. - President
Southern Christian Leadership Conference - GKC