December Potluck

December 13: Democrats United Holiday Party

The holidays are right around the corner and who better to spend your time with than friends and family. We are opening the doors to all Democrats and anyone interested in finding out what the Democratic Party is fighting for.

We are also holding a fundraiser with all the proceeds going to the Coalition for the Homeless. The Coalition is fighting to end youth homelessness in Louisville in 2017 and they are very close. Every dollar helps in this cause.

Food and drinks will be provided, but we are hosting a potluck if you want to participate.

So if your last name begins with:
A-F – Please bring a salad or bread option
G-L ​- Please bring a vegetable option
M-R​ – Please bring a potato or pasta option
S-Z​ – Please bring a dessert option

Doors open at 6 with the event starting at 6:30. The party will be held at IBEW Hall at 4315 Preston Hwy right next door to Male High School.

On behalf of The Louisville Democratic Party, The Metro Democratic Club, Mose Green, All Wool Democratic Club, Old Louisville Democratic Club, and the Louisville Young Democrats, please join us for a night of festivities and fun.

There is also a rumor Santa might even stop by…because we all know Santa is definitely a Democrat.

Check it out on Facebook here.

Metro Dems December Potluck
Wednesday, December 13
IBEW Local 369
4315 Preston Hwy, Louisville, Kentucky 40213
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM

November Meeting

November 8: Medical Marijuana Fact and Fiction
Please join us in welcoming Shannon Stacy R.N. BBA and her team to Metro Dems! She’s a health advocate and she’s been working with legislators in Frankfort to legalize medicinal marijuana in KY.

Shannon will be covering the truth and myths surrounding medical marijuana. In addition she will be detailing her efforts in educating the public around the medicinal effects of marijuana.

Please bring lots of questions as this is a topic that deserves a closer look! Facebook event here.

Metro Dems November Meeting
Wednesday, November 8
IBEW Local 369
4315 Preston Hwy, Louisville, Kentucky 40213
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM
Also November 8: Elections and Bylaws

The November meeting, we will also elect the officers and directors for next year. The following individuals have been nominated for the club’s offices and board of directors. Additional nominations may be made from the floor.

President: Daniel Grossberg
Vice President of Programming:  Vitalis Lanshima
Vice President of Activism:  Troy Ransdell
Treasurer: Jamie McGhee
Secretary: Mark Webster

Board:
Kirk Gillenwater
Jim Stammerman
Brenda Erickson
Mike O’Connell
Greg Leichty
Bob Brown
Dennis Benzel
Patty Stocker

The officers and board of directors have proposed additional revisions to the bylaws to restructure the roles of the officers, and in particular to split the role of Vice President into two positions, one for programming at the meetings, and one for activism in the community. The proposed amendments to the bylaws are made available to the membership here, with changes marked in red.

Next Actions

Friday, November 3 – 6:00 pm at Great Flood Brewing Company, 2120 Bardstown Rd, 40205 – Louisville Young Democrats will host its November social. Information here.

Saturday, November 4 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Louisville Democratic Party Headquarters, 1501 Durrett Lane, 40213 – Jefferson County Democratic Party will host the 2017 Candidate Training Program. The Candidate Training Program is an intensive, one-day program that teaches the fundamentals of a winning campaign for elected office. This program is meant for first-time candidates and incumbent candidates alike, offering broad-ranging perspective to candidates seeking elected office of any size, from local campaign professionals.

Participants will learn the principles of running a winning campaign from the ground up. This program will begin by outlining everything a candidate ought to do to before they begin their campaign, proceeded by the following topics: Campaign Research, Campaign Fundraising, Campaign Field, and Campaign Communications and Digital strategies.

Only the first 30 candidates who RSVP may attend due to capacity, on a first-come first-serve basis. However, if there is greater interest, we will accommodate with future scheduled meetings.

Cost is $50, payable via Actblue (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ldpctp), or by check at the door. NO CASH ACCEPTED. RSVP required here.

Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, November 4 – 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Henry Clay, 604 S 3rd St, 40202 – Emerge Kentucky will host a reception and dinner with Jennifer Lawless, a national expert & author on women in politics. Dr. Lawless is the director of American University’s Women in Politics Institute. She will present her most recent research about perceptions of women running for office and discuss the solutions for how & why more women should run. This is a fundraiser for Emerge Kentucky, which trains Democratic women to run for office and to win. Tickets available here.

Tuesday, November 7 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Old Louisville Pizza & Pub, 1201 S 1st St., 40203 – Jefferson County Democratic Party will host a Virginia election night watch party, with pizza donated by Old Louisville Pizza Company. Information here.

Saturday, November 11 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Louisville Democratic Party Headquarters, 1501 Durrett Lane, 40213 – Together We Will: Louisville will host a voter registration training and fellowship program. Information here.

Monday, November 20 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at League of Women Voters of Louisville 115 S Ewing Ave, 40206 – the League of Women Voters will host Dinner and Democracy Meeting: Schools: The 5-Star Rating System to discuss local schools. Speakers will include Mary Gwen Wheeler, Chairman, State Board of Education, Susan Weston, Education Consultant and blogger for the Pritchard Committee, and Sadiqa Reynolds, President, Louisville Urban League. Dinner at 5:30 (donation), with program to begin at 6:00. Information here.

October Meeting – Yarmuth!

Please note the NEW DATE FOR OCTOBER. Thank you for making the change to come to this special event.
October 16: An Evening with Congressman John Yarmuth
Join us to hear Congressman John Yarmuth discuss the political climate both on the national and state level. He will discuss his vision for the progress of Democrats and what it will take to accomplish. Join us!
Metro Dems October Meeting
Monday, October 16
IBEW Local 369
4315 Preston Hwy, Louisville, Kentucky 40213
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM

Next Actions

Wednesday, October 11 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 2509 Portland Ave, 40212 – Join Metro Dems as we take a break from politics and help out our four legged friends. We are hosting a fundraiser for My Dog Eats First. More information here.

We are collecting donations of the following items:
Dog/Cat Food – Wet and Dry
Heavy Duty Storage Bins (for the foodbank, to keep the mice out)
Zip Lock Bags (1 or 2 Gallon and Sandwich Size Ziplock Bags)
Cat Litter
Animal Food Dishes & Water Bowls
Collars/Leashes & Harnesses of ALL sizes
New or GENTLY USED (clean) fleece blankets

Sunday, October 15 – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Highland Baptist Church of Louisville, 1101 Cherokee Rd, 40204 – Actors Theatre is proud to announce a special, one-night-only reading of Robert Schenkkan’s newest play, Building the Wall, directed by Artistic Director Les Waters (Recent Alien Abductions, Macbeth, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday), and co-hosted by the ACLU of KentuckyJefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The CommonwealthFairness CampaignHighland Baptist ChurchKentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political RepressionKentucky Interfaith Taskforce on Latin America and the CaribbeanLouisville Showing Up for Racial Justice and Mijente Louisville. This two-person cast will feature Drew Fracher, best known to audiences as the perennial director of Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol, and local actor and educator Kristi Papailler. Building the Wall plays on October 15 at 7 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church. Pam McMichael, Executive Director of the Highlander Center (2005-2016) and co-founder of Showing up for Racial Justice and the Fairness Campaign, will facilitate a post-reading conversation, with featured guest Sarah Nuñez with Mijente Louisville. A second performance is scheduled for students at Central High School.

It’s the very near future, and the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. Now, a writer interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting, harrowing and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.No reservations are required for this free event. More information can be found here.

Saturday, October 21 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Owl Creek Country Club, 12400 Osage Rd, Anchorage, 40223 – Democrats Unite! Fundraiser and Wine Tasting. Join other Democrats as we prepare for the midterm elections. John Yarmuth will join us from 5-6. Mayor Fischer will make an appearance. Bid on silent auction items for interesting experiences. $25 ticket includes appetizers and conversations with fellow Democrats. Cash bar available.

Wine Tasting
Experience the wines of John Bojanowski, a Louisville native who is now making organic wines in the south of France. John will be at the event pouring his wine and sharing his experiences as a winemaker.
$65 ticket includes five wine selections presented by the winemaker in addition to items listed for basic tickets.

Children’s Event
Kentucky Gymnastics Academy will be hosting a fun event for children on the same evening as the Democrats Unite event. Call 502-254-1010 to register.

Tickets available here. Or click here for more information.

Wednesday, October 25 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Louisville Democratic Party Headquarters, 1501 Durrett Lane, 40213 – Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting. Any Democrat may come observe.

September Meeting

Please note the NEW DATE AND LOCATION FOR SEPTEMBER. This month we will be at:

American Legion Shawnee Post 193 Louisville Kentucky
2800 W Main St, Louisville, Kentucky 40212
Thursday, September 14

Thank you for making the change to come to this special event.

September 14: Working Together to Overcome Violence
Please join us as we change our date and location of our meeting to welcome Mayor Greg Fischer and the community to hear his vision of working together to prevent and overcome violence. We welcome all who are interested in learning what you can do to have an impact and improve our greater community. Join us!
Metro Dems September Meeting
Thursday, September 14
American Legion Shawnee Post 193 Louisville Kentucky
2800 W Main St, Louisville, Kentucky 40212
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM
Next Actions

Sunday, September 10 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd, 40214 – Join the Louisville Democratic Party for the 2017 Unity Picnic. This year we’ll be at Iroquois Park. There will be food, drinks, live music and important information about what we’re doing to help make sure the elections in 2018 don’t turn out like 2016. Parking will be easiest at the amphitheater and we’ll be a short walk from there. Bring your family and friends for and afternoon of fun and fellowship. More information here.

Tickets: $10/ $20 per family.
Sponsorships for Working Families welcome!
Tickets available here or at the door.
Monday, September 11 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at First Unitarian Church, 809 S 4th St, 40203 – Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is joined by Chris Harmer, with Alliance to Reclaim our School, an emerging coalition focused on educational equity. The meeting will spend most of the time discussing recent threats to immigrant communities and what KFTC as a chapter can to do to stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees in this moment. Information here.

Friday, September 15 – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm at 735 Lampton St, 40203 – Smoketown GetDown for Democracy hosted by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Kertis Creative. It is a FREE block party powered by the people and open to the public with live entertainment, local food, and beer. Information here.

Wednesday, September 27 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Louisville Democratic Party Headquarters, 1501 Durrett Lane, 40213 – Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting. Any Democrat may come observe.

Saturday, October 7 – 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm at Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Ctr, 830 Phillips Lane, 40209 – Louisville Democratic Party will host the 25th Annual Wendell Ford Dinner. Named in honor of Kentucky’s longtime Senator Wendell Ford, this event embodies the spirit of doing right by our neighbors and the people of the commonwealth to make our city a better place to live, work, and raise a family. This is a fundraiser for our local Democratic Party to help ensure we can run aggressive campaigns in 2018. Buy tickets here.

July Meeting

This month, we will have multiple opportunities to be involved. Want to get your hands dirty, or socialize? Either way, we have you covered.

July 12: When Just Prayer Is Not Enough
What is Louisville Doing?
Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, Director of Office for Safe and Health Neighborhhods and Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith will discuss what Louisville is doing to address the needs of the West End, what is working and what more is needed. Please join us!
Metro Dems July Meeting
Wednesday, July 12
IBEW Hall, 4315 Preston Highway
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM
Next Actions

Every Thursday – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Louisville Democratic Party Headquarters, 1501 Durrett Lane, 40213 – Louisville Democratic Party will hold Grassroots Organizing 201. Join and learn how to canvass, phonebank, and organize effectively in your own neighborhood & community.

Monday, July 24 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Main Library, 301 York St, 40203 – Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will host its monthly economic justice meeting to discuss building a local economic justice campaign focused on equitable development, affordable housing and healthcare, and participatory budgeting. Meeting will be held in the Classroom 1 on the second floor. Details here.

Wednesday, July 26 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Louisville Democratic Party Headquarters, 1501 Durrett Lane, 40213 – Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting. Any Democrat may come observe.

June Update

June 14: Kentucky Tax Reform
Who May Be Helped, Who May Be Hurt
Join us with State Representative Joni Jenkins and Anna Baumann with Kentucky Center for Economic Policy to discuss the proposal for a special session to deal with tax reform. Who may be helped and who may be hurt. How will you be affected and what can we do. See more here.
Metro Dems June Meeting
Wednesday, June 14
IBEW Hall, 4315 Preston Highway
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM
June 10: Repair Affair
Volunteer to Help Neighbors in Need
This year the Metro Democratic Club has pledged to help New Directions Housing Corp in their mission to help our neighbors in need.

The average annual income for Repair Affair homeowners is less than $8000! We’re talking elderly and or disabled homeowners in our own community. New Directions Housing Corp is striving to help 150 homeowners in Southern Indiana and Louisville, and last year they repaired an amazing 186 homes.

Let’s show the city that Democrats care and join us June 10 for the 24th Repair Affair.

Please contact Troy Ransdell at transdell1@gmail.com if you wish to participate. Also check out the Facebook event and let your friends know how they can do good in the community.

Next Actions

Friday, June 9 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Old Louisville Tavern, 1532 S 4th St, 40208 – Come meet the Louisville Young Democrats! This is a casual get together where you can hear a little more about who they are and what they do, and mostly just enjoy good company over a refreshing drink. Details here.

Monday, June 12 – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Teamsters Local 783, 7711 Beulah Church Rd, 40228 – Okolona Roundup!  Bring a friend and enjoy a night together with our Democratic officials! Bean soup, brats, hot dogs, and refreshments will be served.

Monday, June 26 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Main Library, 301 York St, 40203 – Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will host its monthly economic justice meeting to discuss building a local economic justice campaign focused on equitable development, affordable housing and healthcare, and participatory budgeting. Meeting will be held in the Board Room on the Mezzanine Level. Details here.

Wednesday, June 28 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Louisville Democratic Party Headquarters, 1501 Durrett Lane, 40213 – Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting. Any Democrat may come observe.

June 10 Repair Affair with Metro Dems

June 10: Repair Affair
Volunteer to Help Neighbors in Need
This year the Metro Democratic Club has pledged to help New Directions Housing Corp in their mission to help our neighbors in need.

The average annual income for Repair Affair homeowners is less than $8000! We’re talking elderly and or disabled homeowners in our own community. New Directions Housing Corp is striving to help 150 homeowners in Southern Indiana and Louisville, and last year they repaired an amazing 186 homes.

Let’s show the city that Democrats care and join us June 10 for the 24th Repair Affair.

Please contact Troy Ransdell at transdell1@gmail.com if you wish to participate. Also check out the Facebook event and let your friends know how they can do good in the community.

May Meeting

May 10: Criminal Justice Reform
What Is Wrong and What We Need To Do
Join Rep. Darryl Owens and the ACLU to discuss our criminal justice system, the inherent problems with it, how they need to be addressed, and what we can do. Join us!
Metro Dems May Meeting
Wednesday, May 10
IBEW Hall, 4315 Preston Highway
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM

April Followup

April 12 Followup: Legislative Session of 2017
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
Thanks to Senator Morgan McGarvey, Representative Reginald Meeks,Representative McKenzie Cantrell, and Representative Jeff Donahue for answering our questions about the legislative session and what’s next. If you missed it, you can view it here: Part 1; Part 2.

Lunch with Attica Scott

On Thursday, April 20, at 12:00, the Metro Dems will host a lunch with Representative Attica Scott, at the Bristol Bar & Grill Downtown. The lunch will focus on give us an update of the session, answer questions about a special session and what activism she needs to help her. Please RSVP by April 14 to ensure space. Click here to RSVP. Lunch at own expense.

Metro Dems April Luncheon
Tuesday, April 20
The Bristol, 614 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
12:00 PM
Please note the new date.

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Metro Dems May

Mark your calendar for our next meeting. Details to come!

Metro Dems May Meeting
Wednesday, May 10
IBEW Hall, 4315 Preston Highway
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM

Next Actions

Saturday, April 15 – 9:00 to 10:00 at South Central/Okolona Library, 7709 Preston Hwy, 40219 – Cafe LOUIE will meet at the South Central/Okolona Library for a community forum with Representative Al Gentry, Representative Jim Wayne, and Councilmember Vicki Aubrey WelchDetails here.

Saturday, April 15 – 12:00 to 1:30 at 600 Dr Martin Luther King Pl, 40202 – Tax March – Louisville will rally to support progressive taxation and tax transparency from Pres. Trump and Gov. Bevin, who both have refused disclose their tax returns and their conflicts of interest. Details here.

Tuesday, April 18 – 7:00 to 9:00 at the Louisville Palace, 625 S 4th St, 40202 – Senator Bernie Sanders and DNC Chairman Tom Perez will hold the Kentucky leg of the Come Together and Fight Back Tour. Doors open at 5:30, and expect heavy attendance, so come early. Admission is first come, first served.

Thursday, April 20 – 12:00 to 1:00 – Metro Dems monthly downtown lunch. Details above.

Saturday, April 22 – 9:00 to 10:00 at St. Matthews-Eline Branch Library, 3940 Grandview Ave, 40207 – Cafe LOUIE will meet at the Iroquois Library for a community forum with Senator Julie Raque Adams, Representative Attica Scott, Councilmember Bill Hollander, Councilmember Brent Ackerson (tentative), and Councilmember Angela Leet. Details here.

Saturday, April 29 – 9:00 to 10:00 at Westport Library, 8100 Westport Rd, 40222 – Cafe LOUIE will meet at the Iroquois Library for a community forum with Senator Julie Raque Adams, and Councilmember Angela Leet. Details here.

Saturday, April 29 – 2:00 to 3:00 at UPike Benefactor’s Plaza, Pikeville, KY 41501 – Join Pikeville Rally for Equality & American Values to stand up for peace, diversity, and love and to stand AGAINST Neo-Nazis and everything they represent. This event is open to people of every race, religion, orientation and class. Details here.

April Meeting

April 12: Legislative Session of 2017
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
This month, we will host three great legislators to talk about the first 30 days of Republican government in Kentucky. Join us to hear Senator Morgan McGarvey, Representative Reginald Meeks, and Representative McKenzie Cantrell will discuss this past legislative session and what it means for us. Come learn about what happened and what it means for our community. Come join us!

Metro Dems April Meeting
Wednesday, April 12
IBEW Hall, 4315 Preston Highway
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM

Join Metro Dems!

Getting the newsletter but not a member, or let your membership lapse? You can now join or renew your membership on-line through PayPal. Click here!

Lunch with Attica Scott

On Thursday, April 20, at 12:00, the Metro Dems will host a lunch with Representative Attica Scott, at the Bristol Bar & Grill Downtown. The lunch will focus on give us an update of the session, answer questions about a special session and what activism she needs to help her. Please RSVP by April 14 to ensure space. Click here to RSVP. Lunch at own expense.

Metro Dems April Luncheon
Tuesday, April 20
The Bristol, 614 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
12:00 PM

Please note the new date.

Next Actions

Saturday, April 8 – 9:00 to 10:00 at Western Branch Library, 604 S 10th St, 40203 – Cafe LOUIE will meet at the Western Library for a community forum with Councilmember Barbara Sexton-Smith and Representative Attica ScottDetails here.

Saturday, April 8 – 9:00 to 10:00 at Iroquois Library, 601 W Woodlawn Ave, 40215 – Cafe LOUIE will meet at the Iroquois Library for a community forum with Senator Paul Hornback, Representative Jeff Donohue, Representative McKenzie Cantrell, and Councilmember Marianne ButlerDetails here.

Monday, April 106:30 to 8:00 at First Unitarian Church, 809 S 4th St, 40203 – Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will hold its Jefferson County Chapter Meeting. Members of the chapter’s Participatory Budgeting workgroup will present the recently released “People’s Guide to the Budget” and discuss ways to impact Louisville Metro’s 2017/2018 budget. You can download a copy of the guide on KFTC’s website here and get more information here.

Wednesday, April 12 – 6:00 to 8:00 – Metro Dems monthly meeting. Details above.

Saturday, April 15 – 9:00 to 10:00 at South Central/Okolona Library, 7709 Preston Hwy, 40219 – Cafe LOUIE will meet at the South Central/Okolona Library for a community forum with Representative Al Gentry, Representative Jim Wayne, and Councilmember Vicki Aubrey WelchDetails here.

Thursday, April 20 – 12:00 to 1:00 – Metro Dems monthly downtown lunch. Details above.

Saturday, April 22 – 9:00 to 10:00 at St. Matthews-Eline Branch Library, 3940 Grandview Ave, 40207 – Cafe LOUIE will meet at the Iroquois Library for a community forum with Senator Julie Raque Adams, Representative Attica Scott, Councilmember Bill Hollander, Councilmember Brent Ackerson (tentative), and Councilmember Angela LeetDetails here.

Saturday, April 29 – 9:00 to 10:00 at Westport Library, 8100 Westport Rd, 40222 – Cafe LOUIE will meet at the Iroquois Library for a community forum with Senator Julie Raque Adams, and Councilmember Angela LeetDetails here.

Saturday, April 292:00 to 3:00 at Pikeville City Park, 243 Main Street, Pikeville, KY 41501 – Join Pikeville Rally for Equality & American Values to stand up for peace, diversity, and love and to stand AGAINST Neo-Nazis and everything they represent. This event is open to people of every race, religion, orientation and class. Details here.