Topeka JUMP pursues systematic change in Shawnee County, Kansas through local policy and funding changes. Our Mission is to provide a powerful vehicle for marginalized groups in Shawnee County to fight for justice. We are committed to seeing justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
These are our past and current issue campaigns.
2018 - present
In 2017, Topeka had it's deadliest year in history with 30 murders. While the number of murders decrease the following year, the number of shootings did not. Violence is a public health problem that warrants a community based solution. We want law enforcement and community stakeholders to implement, Group Violence Intervention. GVI is a proven strategy that will make Topeka a safer place for all.
2017 - present
Payday lending institutions can charge up to 391% interest in Kansas for a short term loan. That means, a $400 loan can quickly turn into a $1,500 debt. In Kansas in 2017, there were three times as many payday loan locations as McDonalds restaurants. We support the statewide coalition Kansans for Payday Loan Reform. This coalition will win regulation to make payday loans more fair.
TRANSPORTATION TO LIVING WAGE JOBS
2016 - present
Our public transportation system is inadequate for workforce needs. In 2017, we implored Topeka Metro, to make a plan to expand public transit to major employers outside the city limits. This partnership created the SOTO and NETO pilot programs. SOTO and NETO have given nearly 15,000 rides since December 2017. We want these pilot programs to receive dedicated revenue from the Topeka Metro budget.
SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
2015 - present
In 2011, 45% of renter households spent more than 50% of their income on rent (City of Topeka Consolidated action plan, 2016 p. 20). We want the City of Topeka to establish an affordable housing trust fund with dedicated revenue established by the City of Topeka. This will incentivize more construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing.
2015 - 2017
Many incarcerated people struggle with a mental health diagnosis. Employment is critical to recovery when someone is released from jail. In 2016 and 2017, The Shawnee County commission restored $300,000 in budget cuts to mental health services. In 2018, we now have a dedicated staff person in the county jail connecting inmates with mental health services at Valeo BEFORE being released.
2013 - 2015
In USD 501 Topeka Public schools, thousands of students were falling through the cracks because they did not have access to wrap around services to ensure their success in the class room. JUMP challenged the Superintendent to expand a program called Communities in Schools (CIS). As a result, in 2015 1,000 more students had access to CIS.