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.

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!

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!


 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 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.