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Speakers to discuss reproductive justice, or lack thereof, in Sunflower State

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Two speakers will offer an opportunity Saturday for voters to learn about the “Value them Both” amendment on Kansans’ Aug. 2 ballots, in the context of the state’s history.

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Melinda Lavon, a midwife and the organizer of Vote No Kansas, will join Nicole Perry, author of “Policing Sex in the Sunflower State: The Story of the Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women,” in conversation.

The event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Raven Book Store, 809 Massachusetts St.

Lavon and Perry will discuss the past and present of reproductive and sexual justice — or lack thereof — in Kansas, and the importance of protecting choice and access to health care in the state, according to a news release from the Raven. There will be time for audience questions at the end.

Melinda Lavon
Nicole Perry

Perry’s book shares “the history of how, over a span of two decades, the state of Kansas detained over 5,000 women for no other crime than having a venereal disease,” according to the Raven’s website. And despite the website saying the book is out of stock, copies will be available at the event.

The event is free and open to the public. Face masks and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 are required to attend. Read more about the event and speakers at this link.

Cast your ballot in the Aug. 2 election

You can quickly request an advance ballot to be mailed to you at KSVotes.org. The last day to request a mail ballot is July 26.

To see what’s on the ballot, visit this link. For information about voting early in person, visit this link. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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