February 8 Follow-Up: Act Locally
Louisville, the Blue Dot
The club hosted Mayor Greg Fischer to talk about issues facing Louisville, including threats to local control from Frankfort. We also welcomed Metro Council Democratic Caucus Chair Bill Hollander and Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman Russell Lloyd. Thanks to the old members, the new, and all our guests for making this a great meeting.
Louisville Leads the Way

“We’re not going to win elections by being Republican-light,” was Mayor Fischer’s message to the club. Louisville is the economic engine of the state and has lead the way in pulling us out of the recession. But we are being targeted right now by the state government to take powers away from our local government. With solidarity, however, we can fight and win.

Missed the Mayor’s talk? Click here to view the whole meeting on Facebook.

Take Action Right Now

“Be present as a Democratic Party,” and “Get to know a group that is being picked on.” Those were the two calls to action we left with.

Call Your Legislator
You can call your state senator and state representative and let them know what you think. This is especially helpful, of course, before the vote, rather than to be angry afterward. The main message line for the General Assembly is (800) 372-7181. Don’t worry, there’s no confrontation, and your message will be passed along to your legislator. Don’t know who it is? They will look it up for you. You can also look up your legislators’ information here, and you can call their offices directly to make your voice heard or set up an appointment.

Show Up
Go to Frankfort. Go to a rally. Go to a town hall. Be present as a Democratic party, and make your voice heard. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest events. You should also follow The Ally Network’s community calendar here for when groups are meeting, and which rallies are planned for Frankfort.

Help a Group Being Picked On
We have to stand together to get through this. The Ally Network keeps a list of way more good, local organizations than oner person could help here. Here’s an abridged list of some that might be of interest. Many of these have national organizations, but the local groups need your support, too.

Next Actions

Tuesday, February 21 – 8:00 to 9:00 by phone – Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice will host a phone workshop on the basics of anti-racism. Register here.

Wednesday, February 22 – 5:30 at 1501 Durrett Ln, 40213 – Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting. Meetings are open to all Democrats.

Thursday, February 23 – 6:00 at 601 West Jefferson Street, Third Floor – Louisville Metro Council will hold its regular meeting. The Democratic Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council usually meets at 4:00, with the meeting announced a few days beforehand. Check the Caucus’s Facebook page here for the announcement. Several organizations will hold a rally outside at 5:00 for affordable housing before attending the council meeting. Click here for more information.

Save the Date

Wednesday, March 8 – 6:00 at IBEW Hall, 4315 Preston Highway, 40213 – Metro Democratic Club monthly meeting, which will host other local activist groups to discuss how we can work together.

Saturday, March 11 – 8:00 to 4:00 at 200 E Brandeis Ave, 40208 – The Louisville Women’s Political Caucus will host a campaign training seminar. Come learn new skills so you can contribute in 2018. Details here.

Tuesday, March 14 – 12:00 to 1:00 – Metro Dems monthly downtown lunch. Details to come.

Wednesday, March 22 – 5:30 at 1501 Durrett Ln, 40213 – Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold its monthly meeting. Meetings are open to all Democrats.

Tuesday, March 28Metro Dems, the Louisville neighborhood Democratic clubs, and Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Committee will hold a special meeting with elected officials and grassroots organizers to identify precinct leaders. Details to come.

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