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What is our coalition?

The goal of our coalition is to research, design, and implement measures to evaluate areas of disparity and inequity within our local community. We hope to increase community access to resources and encourage activism.


Vision Statement

People Uniting For Positive Change


Mission Statement
To develop a safe and healthy community through collaborative participation, empowerment, and policy advocacy.

Our coalition was founded under Avenue of Life, by Executive Director Desiree Monize. 







Desiree Monize the Executive Director of Avenue of Life has played a vital role and has been proactive in the work of dismantling systemic barriers of inequity and injustice in the Wyandotte Community.  Desiree, appointed Dr. Evelyn Hill director of equity and justice. Together with the community, we actively participate in making positive changes.


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What is our coalition?

   Wyandotte County City Hall                                Photo is property of James Fitz Simmons. 


When do we meet?

Every 4th Wednesday of the month


This month (May) we will have a in-person meeting at the:

Cider Hills Family Orchard

3341 N 139th Street

Kansas City, Kansas 66109

Lunch served at 12:00 noon

12:30 Zoom will open and begin

Via Zoom 

Meeting Code: 817 5083 6001

Password: 677270

Invite Link

What is the purpose of these meetings?

They are an opportunity to discuss relevant social equity issues and collaborate with members representing various Kansas City organizations. The coalition committees also share progress on their current work.  

When is the next meeting?

May 24, 2023

Topic of the Month

        Kansas Motor Vehicle Department vs Kansas Customers

Every meeting we take time to address a specific and relevant social equity topic and discuss it among conveners. These tough conversations are held with dignity and respect for all. Stay tuned for this month's topic! 

Special Guest

Chloe Cooper and Janet Smith with Kansas City, Community Bail Fund   


In order to promote communication and collaboration among community organization representatives, a guest speaker is often invited to share their experiences or ideas related to their position in the community. Stay tuned for this month's special guest!

Feel free to RSVP below!






Watch previous meetings on our media page.


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Welcoming Wyandotte

Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte is a recently passed policy that would create a municipal ID program. It would also issue an ICE non-compliance resolution that would not allow local law enforcement to share immigrant status information to ICE.

This policy passed thanks to the work of many coalition partners including our own coalition member, Irene Caudillo. Great work Irene! 

Many parts of this policy however are being challenged by a bill recently approved by Governor Kelly. The Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte coalition is planning a panel and conversation in response. The panel will be held on April 28th from 8-10:30am at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS. RSVP here.

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