Plant Parenthood: Supporting Planned Parenthood

By Catcall Staff

Let’s talk about sex. And reproductive rights. And affordable access to healthcare. And body autonomy. And ALL the other things Planned Parenthood stands for.

Join us on August 25 at 7pm for a Catcall Collective meetup at PlantKC (3914 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri) focused on how to help our local chapter of Planned Parenthood Great Plains. Come for conversation, information on how to get involved, networking with other bad ass feminists, and other Planned Parenthood fundraisers to look forward to. We’ll hear from PlantKC and their upcoming PP fundraiser, Brandon Love of Crumble Co. on why he decided to have his business vehemently support PP, and from other guests to be announced soon.

Catcall back at the patriarchy with us!

RSVP to Plant Parenthood: Supporting Planned Parenthood

Sunday August 25 at 7pm
PlantKC
3914 Washington St., Kansas City, Missouri

Bad Ass Babe Amy Shoemaker: Queer. Artist. Pastor.

By Rebekah Lodos

By Justina Kellner

Dancer, artist, spiritual coach, wife, pastor—the list of roles Amy Shoemaker moves in seems endless. A Kansas City native, she got her degree in theater from Drake University and attended seminary at Pacific School of Religion, Berekely, before making her home in San Francisco for 10 years. There, she worked odd jobs in tech, established a spiritual direction practice and met her wife, Carly. But her dream was always to be an artistic minister; a Christian leader who incorporates movement, dance, and improvisation into spiritual formation. She found that opportunity last year at Broadway Church, one of only 20 (out of 2,000) Kansas City churches that are affirming of queer leadership. She and Carly have been here for almost three years.

We spoke with Shoemaker about her journey, her worship, and what it’s like being a queer, female pastor in Kansas:

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Black Healthcare Coalition and Humana partner to bring healthcare access into the KC community in unlikely places

By Emily Park

When Janice Willis first opened her beauty salon in south Kansas City over 25 years ago, she couldn’t afford health insurance. Eventually, she found a plan she could afford. But even then, Willis says she was scared to go to the doctor because she still had to pay so much out of pocket.

Today, Willis is on a better insurance plan with her now-husband, but she remembers all too well what it was like not having access to affordable healthcare. And healthcare — or rather lack of access to it — is a topic that comes up frequently as Willis gets to know her salon clients.

“When you’re not married and you’re self-employed or you’re just not able to afford [healthcare], you’re just trying to make ends meet,” Willis says. “Believe this, people want to go get checked out but they just don’t have the money to do it.”

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