What Does the Future Hold and What Can We Do?
We heard the county party is broke and the state party is broke. Rep. Joni Jenkins and Kirk Gillenwaters from the UAW discussed the procedures the Republicans used last week to assault women and working people. There’s going to be more to come.But Louisville is ready to work together. People who are on the state and county party executive committee came to talk about our way forward. Campaign workers and volunteers wanted to know what’s next. Representatives from Our Revolution, Forward Kentucky, Together We Will, unions, and other organizations came out to find out how we can work together. We are working to make necessary changes to strengthen the party. We need your energy and ideas, and, unfortunately, your money to grow and become the party that represents your values. Get involved!
Take Action Right Now
Kentucky has only one licensed abortion clinic, and now Republicans want to be sure nobody can use it. Email Rep. Steve Riggs, D-31, to tell him thanks for voting against SB5, the new law that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. Rep. Riggs was one of only 15 House members to vote against the bill, and he is not a strong pro-choice legislator. He could have not voted or voted in favor, as the bill was sure to pass by a wide margin of Republicans. But he stood up for women across the state against an absurd and unconstitutional prohibition against abortion services. Join with Rep. Joni Jenkins in thanking Rep. Riggs for his support. Email him here.
Louisville is a member of the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Association of Counties, Greater Louisville, Inc., and the Chamber of Commerce. These organizations supported and pushed the new laws gutting union rights and workers’ wages. Call or email your Metro Council member to say you want Louisville out of these organizations. Your tax dollars should not be spent lobbying in Frankfort against workers. Don’t know how? Click here to find out who your Metro Council member is and how to contact him or her.
After ten years of service to the club, including two years as president and two years as vice president, Bruce Maples is stepping back from his leadership role to focus on his new venture: Forward Kentucky, a progressive voice for all of Kentucky. Bruce has been a leader for the club for a decade, and we encourage all members to support Forward Kentucky in its work to advance the Democratic agenda. Visit the website at ForwardKy.com, and follow it on Facebook. While you’re there, make sure you follow the Metro Dems.
Sunday, January 15 – 2:00pm at 1300 West Muhammad Ali Blvd, 40203 – Join Congressman Yarmuth(!) for Uncovered: The Consequences of Repealing the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky. It will be a forum with elected officials, health advocates, and Kentuckians who face losing their health care coverage if the Affordable Care Act and Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion are repealed. Sign up to go.
Monday, January 16 – 5:30pm at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Ave, 40206 – The League of Women Voters of Louisville will host the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation on January 16. The public is invited to attend. Dinner is at 5:30. No reservations required; donations accepted. Meeting is at 6:00.
Friday, January 20 – 11:00am to 1:00pm at KDP Headquarters, 190 Democrat Dr, Frankfort – Join top Kentucky Democratic Party leaders and Emerge Kentucky for a lunch fund-raiser on Inauguration Day to help feed the resistance. Suggested donation of $25 to KDP, Emerge and/or the Kentucky charity of your choice. Flyer availble here.
Saturday, January 21 – 10:00am to 12:00pm at Metro Hall, 527 W Jefferson St, 40202 – The Rally to Move Forward is the Louisville rally to coincide with the Women’s March on Washington. The rally will host speakers and musical entertainment, with the goal of helping people take positive action in our community. Sign up to attend.
Wednesday, January 25 – 5:30 at 1501 Durrett Ln, 40213 – Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting. Meetings are open to all Democrats.
Friday, January 27 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm at 1501 Story Ave, 40206 – Support Americana Community Center and Kentucky Refugee Ministries by attending the Louisville Voices of Unity and Peace: Songs for Social Justice (cost: $10 per person), an evening of shared songs and stories that celebrate Louisville’s diversity, and create a platform for social action and equality. Americana Community Center is a South End institution supporting immigrant and refugee communities with educational, after-school, and health programs. Kentucky Refugee Ministries assists recent immigrants with finding housing, completing their paperwork, and becoming self-sufficient, integrated members of the community. Doors open at 7:00; music starts at 8:00. The event is child friendly. RSVP here.
Save the Date
Saturday, March 11 – all day at 200 E Brandeis Ave, 40208 – The Louisville Democratic Women’s Club will host a campaign training seminar. Come learn new skills so you can contribute in 2018. More details to come.
More Ways to Contribute
Our community needs you to do more. Election setbacks have caused Democrats to do soul searching, and so has the club. 2017 will focus on educating Democrats on how to be involved, and that starts with you.We are establishing the following committees for this year. Please choose just one, where you believe you have the most to contribute, and sign up!
Membership/Diversity – This committee will focus on recruitment and retention of members in order to turn disaffected Democrats into activists. To sign up, email Jamie McGhee.
Programming & Events/Food – Our monthly meetings provide a way to build community, inform ourselves, and prepare for action. This committee will plan the meeting content, with the goal not of putting butts in seats but boots on street. To sign up, email Daniel Grossberg.
Activism – You’ve signed up, and you’ve learned about what actions you can take, now take them. This committee will plan and execute actions to directly influence policy. To sign up, email Vitalis Lanshima.
Would You Like to Do More?
If you have ideas, share them! Contact club president Patty Stocker for more ways to be involved.