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Registration is open for four FREE events aimed at inspiring and activating people into public action across Kansas this August and September. Kansas Rural Center’s “Feeding Kansas: Ideas Into Action” workshop series offers powerful tools and tactics for raising awareness and creating change around whatever issue(s) matter most to those who attend.

The purpose of these events is to mobilize and train a large number of “everyday Kansans” as strong advocates, while also sharing information on how participants can take part in winning the goals outlined in the Kansas Rural Center’s recently published report: Feeding Kansas. In addition to advocacy training, workshops will include a nourishing locally-sourced lunch and the opportunity to hear from and respond to stories from those working on the frontlines of positive change in Kansas, for the good of the people and especially for the good of the food system. Speakers and content will be different at each event.

“As we approach 2016, a major election year in our state, the tools provided in these workshops will be critical to ensure that Kansas people’s voices are heard and interests are met by our policy-makers. There are two powers in democracy: money and people. We are working on mobilizing and empowering people, regardless of political affiliation,” says Natalie Fullerton, Program Director at the Kansas Rural Center.

Each workshop will include opening presentations on “what’s happening and what’s working in Kansas,” featuring different speakers at each event. There will then be a number of concurrent sessions to choose from, including: How to Have a Voice in Politics, Strategic Communication with Decision Makers, and Working Together With the Media.

Participants should register in advance to secure space and a meal.