Monday, November 10, 2014

UPDATED: Blackwell, Welch and Yates: Three Heartless Councilmembers of the Apocalypse

UPDATE 11-11-2014: CW Cindi Fowler (D-14) has become a co-sponsor of the ordinance that would raise the minimum wage in Louisville.

[Editor's Note: This post originally appeared at Louisville Courant and is being reposted with permission]

From Facebook.
Four Louisville Metro Council members are being shamed in Louisville's social media for their opposition to  (Seattle was first.) 
became the second US city to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The shamed councilmembers are, from left in the image, Rick Blackwell (District 12), Vicky Aubrey Welch (District 13), Cindi Fowler (District 14), and David Yates (District 25).

All four of these Council members are Democrats who were elected after pledging to Louisville labor leaders to support working people.

In October, Congressman John Yarmuth spoke before the Council's Labor and Economic Development Committee in support of raising the wage:

Kentucky Jobs with Justice has a webpage set up just to let Metro Council members where you stand on the proposal to raise the minimum wage.

Do that now.

The next Labor and Economic Development Committee public meeting will be Monday, November 10, 2014, at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held in Metro Council chambers, 601 W. Jefferson St. Show up and let your Metro Council know it's time to #raisethewage!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Southwest Community Festival news and information

The Southwest Community Festival is one of the biggest community events in Louisville celebrating and showcasing Southwest’s people, businesses, and culture. The Southwest Community Festival draws over 20,000 people, each year, to this one day event. The festival will be held at Sun Valley Park on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 6505 Bethany Lane in Valley Station. New this year there will be a “Concert in the Park”. The concert will be Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Several events which lead up to the festival include: Concert in the Park on October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm enjoy live music at Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane. Please remember to bring your own chair to the concert. On October 9, 2014 starting at 6:00 pm, Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Hwy,  will host a community Spelling Bee for area elementary school children; The 29th Southwest Community Festival kicks off in the morning with a pancake breakfast at Sun Valley Community Center from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The pancake breakfast will also include sausage biscuits and biscuits/gravy and the proceeds go to Southwest Community Ministries.

FREE festival events include: Hundreds of booths to browse showcasing the Southwest; A car and motorcycle show from River City Street Rods, Inc.; Kids City with free games and inflatable’s sponsored by Valley View Church; arts, crafts, food booths; Teen City, Toddler Town, Men’s tent, and a Senior Tent with bingo and drawings.

Dance the day away! The Monarchs will provide live entertainment from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm playing music from the 50’s and beyond. Free shuttles will be provided to the car show and festival events by South Jefferson Christian Church. We would like to thank our sponsors Kentucky One Health and LG&E. For more information about The 2014 Southwest Community Festival, call 502-403-6188 or visit the website at  SERVICE ANIMALS ONLY

Be a part of the festival! Applications for booths and sponsorships can be downloaded at or call 502-403-6188.

Southwest Community Festival “Concert in the Park”
Friday, October 3, 2014, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bring your own chairs and blankets!
Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane

Southwest Community Festival Spelling Bee
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 PM, Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Hwy

Southwest Community Ministries Pancake Breakfast
Morning of Festival, October 11, 2014, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane.  Proceeds Benefit Southwest Community Ministries

29th Annual Southwest Community Festival
Saturday, October 11, 9 AM to 5 PM, Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane