Join us for our monthly chapter meeting. This month we'll be joined by Andrea Webster with Louisville Metro's Office of Sustainability. She be presenting information about the city's Urban Heat Island Project. Lawrence Winburn, Jr.
It’s a big election year and Kentuckians For The Commonwealth has a vision for a healthier, stronger democracy – a democracy that is authentic and participatory – a democracy where everyone has a voice. If you believe in this vision, join us for Voter Empowerment 101, a day of learning, sharing and planning to create a stronger, healthier democracy in Kentucky this election season.
Kentuckians For the Commonwealth is sending three members to a series of actions at the Republican National Convention (RNC) and Democratic National Convention (DNC) next month. Our friends at Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) are organizing a delegation of folks from grassroots groups across the country to be at the RNC and DNC and help speak up for racial, environmental, and economic justice through a series of actions. The event is called "It Takes Roots to Change the System: The People's Caravan." It is a call to action to confront the moment we are in and stand united and strong together. If you are interested in being a part of The People's Caravan with KFTC, see below for more details and a link to apply.
I know what you are thinking. “Really, what’s so magical about a couple of debates?” Yes, we are only talking about 2 events and yes, the combined attendance was less than 100 people. However, the ideation and implementation of the Open Mic Debate Series is the beginning of something powerful.
Regarding Ideation, the focus of the May 17th Kentucky Primary was completely consumed by the U.S. Presidential race. There was an anticipation of a typical low voter turnout for the state. One way to combat this challenge is to remind people that local politics matter! So many people are so consumed by the Presidential race that they neglect all the other offices and candidates that will appear on their ballot. This lack of awareness of local races seems to be a factor in low voter turnout. Therefore, maybe the key to increasing voter turnout is to better inform voters of local races that impact them more directly than the Presidency.
Our democracy works best when all people have access to good information and are able to participate in decisions affecting their lives and communities. Unfortunately, less than 35% of registered Jefferson County voters reached the polls for the November 2015 election.