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 - 2020
In 2017, Topeka had it's deadliest year with 30 murders. Since then shootings have continued to plague our community. In 2019, we challenged law enforcement and community stakeholders to implement Group Violence Intervention. GVI is a proven strategy that will make Topeka a safer place for all. After building grassroots community support for this strategy, private and public dollars were raised so that we could start implementation in August 2020. At our 2020 Nehemiah Action Assembly, We successfully challenged the Shawnee County Commission to fund a project manager position for GVI in the 2021 budget. Locally, the stakeholders renamed the initiative Strategies Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE).
The 83 white bags represent the 2019 shooting victims.
2017 - present
Kansas law allows companies to charge three times more for payday loans than in Colorado. Kansans for Payday Loan Reform stands against payday loan products that are harmful and immoral. These loans are meant to be a bridge during hard times and not an inescapable trap. We want Kansas law makers to make payday loans more fair and affordable.
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 gave 26,360 rides by the end of 2019. We have consistently won funding on a yearly basis. Now, we want JEDO to make SOTO and NETO permanent.
SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
2015 - present
In 2019, after pushing for four years, JUMP got the Topeka City Council to pass an affordable housing trust fund ordinance. In a 2020 Topeka Housing Study, consultants revealed that you have to make $16/hr to afford a safe two bedroom rental unit. We want the city budget to include $2 million dollars annually for the affordable housing trust fund. This will incentivize 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.
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.