MORE2 was created in 2004 as a social justice organization representing different faith traditions, cultural backgrounds, races, and economic means. The organization included twelve congregations and has now grown to thirty-two congregations and many individual members. We are united in our commitment to transforming our communities, building a Kansas City area that embraces all people and offers everyone the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential.
As people of faith, we are called to break down barriers that divide us by race and class. Rather than providing services or programs, we work to change policies through grassroots movements, in ways that promote racial and economic equity in Kansas and Missouri.
We are affiliated with the Gamaliel Network, which includes 45 affiliates in 17 states. Truly grassroots, the members of MORE2 and the other affiliates work together to set the national priorities agenda for Gamaliel and come together multiple times a year for training and development.
Co-Chairs: Minister Kiku Brooks
Recording Secretary: David Grummon
Secretary: Ronald Achelpohl
Treasurer: Ronald Carter
Members: Jonathon Westbrook, Jennifer Gwinner, Karla Juarez, Keith “K.D.” Dixon
Lora McDonald is the Executive Director of MORE2. She lives in Kansas City with her son. McDonald earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri. In her twenty-five year career as a social worker, she has served a variety of populations: people in drug treatment; incarcerated individuals; homeless youth; foster and adoptive families; and people living in poverty. Her primary focus has always been challenging the policies, systems, and programs that hinder the lives of individuals and families.
In 2012, McDonald became the Executive Director of MORE2. Under her leadership, the organization has ensured the passage of over a dozen public policies in the areas of workforce, criminal justice, transit, and immigration; stopped the decimation of Kansas City Public Schools; won the Healthy Homes ballot initiative for rental housing inspections; and offered tools to thousands of community members to understand and address racial inequities in their communities.
McDonald has been honored by the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus with a Community Advocate award; recognized by Proclamation from the City of Kansas City; earned the “Equality 1st Award” from the Adult Prom Committee (Kansas City, KS); and the Social Work Macro Practitioner of the Year Award from from ACOSA.
Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez is the Missouri Community Organizer working around health equity issues. Gary earned his Associates of Arts in Theatre at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Bachelors of Arts in Communication: Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is obtaining his Masters of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. While this is Gary first time organizing he has a bit of experience on working on campaigns due to volunteering for multiple local races, serving on leadership roles on many political organizations, and running for office in 2019. He has worked in the non-profit, education, and higher education before becoming an organizer. Gary is born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas and has spent his whole life in the metro, he is looking forward to this time to learn, mobilize, and assist leaders to create a more equitable Kansas City.
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Marcus Winn is the Kansas Organizer for MORE2. Marcus earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union. Marcus worked in nonprofit direct service and higher education before organizing. Marcus began organizing with neighbors while living in Chicago, working on a variety of issues such as affordable housing, immigration, and education. He co-founded an independent precinct organization in 2015 that continues to successfully pursue more democratic processes for local decision making and amplify the voices of local leaders. He moved to Kansas City in 2017, and joined MORE2 in early 2018, with a focus on voter engagement in Kansas.
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Johnny Waller Jr. joined MORE2 in November of 2020 as a community organizer for Missouri and Kansas. More specifically his job is to organize people and allies of those who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining MORE2 Johnny worked in the community for a decade helping to reduce violence and help ex-offenders successfully reenter society. He has also worked to pass local and state legislation along with members of the community in an effort to build a united, more equitable Kansas City. He is a former business owner, non-profit business executive and mentor to a great number of adults and youth in the Greater Kansas City area. Johnny graduated with honors from Johnson County Community College with an associate degree in Business Administration. He also holds both a Bachelor and Master degree in Business Management from Rockhurst University and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma for academic excellence in business studies.
Throughout his life, he has not only experienced academic successes, but also success as a small business owner. He owned and operated a small janitorial company in Kansas City, Imagaclean Services, for seven years until his oldest son tragically passed away from cancer. He was also the Vice President of a local non-profit organization that helped ex-offenders with life, employment and spiritual skills in order to prepare them for their new life ahead. Additionally, he is a board member of Synergy Services and has attended many training programs including UMKC’s mini-law school, M.A.R.C’s Community Leadership training and Addictions Academy hosted by Lincoln University to name a few. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards including Tom Joyner’s Real Father’s-Real Men, an award he is most proud of.
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Amaia Cook (she/her) is currently a community organizer with MORE2 and is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and intends to graduate in 2023. Following the Black womanist tradition, she focuses on early Christianity and how the early Church upholds modern forms of abolition, justice, and equity. Amaia's academic interests relate to her advocacy efforts as she believes in and fights for liberation for the oppressed and marginalized, particularly working in her local community to combat racial and socioeconomic injustices. She is also interested in the intersections of theory, religion, and social justice and, particularly, how scholarship shapes social movements and vice-versa. Most importantly, Amaia is a dreamer, lover, and truth-seeker.
Kim Wagner is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Central Missouri and will be graduating in May of 2021. She worked in case management with with organizations such as Journey to New Life and Hope Faith prior to becoming an organizer intern.