MISSION STATEMENT

The Advocacy and Awareness Group of Johnson County formed in direct response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officers.

 

We are committed to amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups that are subject to racial discrimination and prejudice. 

 

We demand to see an end to systemic racism. 

 

We advocate for underrepresented groups in Johnson County by bringing awareness to their value in our community, organizing events centered around diversity, and educating all people about what the definition of social justice truly means.

OUR PLANS

As we forge the path for a brand new organization that this community needs, we are focused on laying a solid foundation.  In the coming months, we will be establishing the Advocacy and Awareness Group: Johnson County as a 501c3 organization and raising the funds to do so.  We will continue partnering with our county’s leaders and community activist groups to plan events that promote conversations about racial equality.   

To carry out this work, we have established a Leadership Team of dedicated community members to maximize the impact of our efforts.  Our goal is to take hold of every opportunity we have to put an end to social injustice and identify all those who align with our beliefs.  We believe in bringing awareness to the marginalized and promoting advocacy for the underrepresented voices in Johnson County, Kansas.

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THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Linnaia McKenzie

President

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Claudia Dawson

Co-Vice President

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Drew Szczesny

Co-Vice President

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Aarion Rideaux

Youth Engagement Chair

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Grant Mayfield

Research Chair

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Haile Sims

Education Co-Chair

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Kristy Howell

Education Co-Chair & Historian

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Marielena Marroquin

Community Relations Chair

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Whitney Duitsman

Event Committee Chair

Kendra Cardin

Event Committee Chair

Julie Sponagel

Website & Social Media Communications Chair