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

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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.

Organizing Meeting

Tuesday, March 28 – 6:00 to 8:00 at 3000 Fern Valley Rd, 40213 – Metro 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 here.

Come be a part of organizing Louisville. Details here.


New Louisville Democrats Executive Director

Congratulations to Kyle West on being elected the Executive Director of the Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party. Kyle was the Louisville field organizer for the Jim Gray senate campaign and a Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention. And, of course, you’ve seen him at Metro Dems. Come out on March 28 to congratulate Kyle while we get ready for the work ahead.

March 8: Resistance Movement
Working Together

Wednesday, March 8, we will host the ACLU, Fairness Campaign, Together We Will, IndivisibleKY, and The Ally Network to learn what they are doing and how we can work together to build a sustainable resistance and work for common goals. Come join us!


Solidarity

Many progressive activist groups have been working for years, but some really good ones have also coalesced since the last election. Come talk with five great local organizations about what they are doing, and how you can be a part of fighting back.

Metro Dems March Meeting
Wednesday, March 8
IBEW Hall, 4315 Preston Highway
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM


Lunch with Gay Adelmann

On Tuesday, March 14, at 12:00, the Metro Dems will host a lunch with DearJCPS’s Gay Adelmann, at the Bristol Bar & Grill Downtown. The lunch will focus on the state of our public schools and attacks on them by Frankfort Republicans. Please RSVP by March7 to ensure space. Click here to RSVP. Lunch at own expense.

Metro Dems March Luncheon
Tuesday, March 14
The Bristol, 614 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
12:00 PM

Join Metro Dems!

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 Come be a part of organizing Louisville. Details here.


Next Actions

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 above.

Friday, March 17 – 5:30 to 10:00 at 500 South Fourth St, 40202 – The Democratic Womans’ Club of Kentucky will host its 90th Anniversary Gala in the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville. Reception begins celebration in the Rathskellar Room. The reception will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Banquet follows in the Medallion Ballroom of the Seelbach at 7 p.m. The reception and the banquet are two separate ticketed events. To buy tickets, click here.

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 28 – 6:00 to 8:00 at 3000 Fern Valley Rd, 40213 – Metro 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 here.

February 8 – Mayor Fischer

February 8: Act Locally
Louisville, the Blue Dot
Wednesday, February 8, we will host Mayor Greg Fischer to discuss what steps the city and you can take, and we are looking forward to seeing you all there! Come join us!

Louisville Leads the Way

Mayor Greg Fischer is halfway through this second term as Louisville’s 50th and Louisville Metro’s 2nd Mayor. Mayor Fischer has lobbied Frankfort for more local control for Louisville, including the Local Investments for Transformation (LIFT) ballot option, to enable communities to raise revenue for local needs, and recently testified at Uncovered: The Consequences of Repealing the ACA in Kentucky, to discuss what the Affordable Care Act has meant to Louisville. He will be speaking on the issues facing the city and how the club can help. Come meet with the Mayor to talk about what all Louisville Democrats can do better to promote local agendas and fight back against Republican control of the state.

Metro Dems February Meeting
Wednesday, February 8
IBEW Hall, 4315 Preston Highway
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM

Bylaws Changes

At the February meeting, we will also vote on amendments to the club’s bylaws. Click here for the amended bylaws, with the changes shown in red. Not sure what our bylaws currently say? Click here for the current version.


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 Barbara Sexton-Smith

On Tuesday, February 14, at 12:00, the Metro Dems will host a lunch with Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith, at the Bristol Bar & Grill Downtown. The lunch will focus on activism opportunities. RSVP required by February 7 to ensure space. Click here to RSVP. Lunch at own expense.

Metro Dems February Luncheon
Tuesday, February 14
The Bristol, 614 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
12:00 PM

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.