History

 

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.

 

Executive Board

 

Co-Chairs: Minister Kiku Brooks & Rev. Rick Behrens

Recording Secretary: David Grummon

Secretary: Ronald Achelpohl

Treasurer: Ronald Carter

Members: Cecilia Belser-Patton; Dr. Angela Sims; Rev. Edward Kail; Angela Ferguson; Rev. Bobby Love

 

Staff

 

Lora McDonald, Executive Director
(816) 227-5912
mcdonald@more2.org
3151 Olive St, Kansas City, MO 64109 

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.

McDonald has been organizing since 2008. She worked for the KC Crime Commission from 2008-2012, serving as the architect of the Second Chance Program and establishing the KC Reentry Coalition, to address public policies and systemic issues that create barriers to successful reentry.

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 ACOSA.

 

Marcus Winn, Kansas Organizer

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.