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May 9, 2009

Sen. McConnell's Convocation at U of L Brandeis School of Law Graduation Not without Protest


Senator Mitch McConnell, the current Senate Minority Leader, was this year's Convocation speaker at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law graduation ceremony.

Many graduating students, their families and friends attending the graduation sported buttons that read "Sen. McConnell Does Not Speak for Me." Outside the graduation, about 20 activists protested McConnell's support of the Defense of Marriage Act. The Senator supported and voted himself to pass D.o.M.A. in 1996. Although the City of Louisville didn't anticipate any problems from the protest, even noting "No off-duty police provided" on the permit, there were several Louisville Police Department Officers on the scene for the duration of the 3 hour protest.

As the Graduation began letting out, one of the Off-Duty Police Officers moved a vehicle from a 30-Minute parking spot directly in front of the building to make way for a full-size cargo van from the University of Louisville's Physical Plant, which blocked the protesters from view of passing traffic on Broadway. The driver of the cargo van told Curtis Morrison, one of the protest organizers, that he had been instructed to park the van in that location.

Despite that this protest was directed at the most powerful Republican in the country, the sitting Senate Minority Leader, the event was not covered by WAVE, WHAS, WLKY, WFPL, FOX41, Leo Weekly, Courier-Journal, or the Lexington Herald Leader.
Nor was it Covered by Page One Kentucky.
It was only covered by the Hillbilly Report.

Links with additional information:
Senate Roll call indicating McConnell's vote
Facebook Group: Yarmuth/McConnell: Repeal DoMA!!
(447 Members as of 5/4/09)
Facebook Event Page
(84 Confirmed RSVP's, with 172 Maybe's as of 5/4/09)
U of L Brandeis School of Law Graduation Information
Post-Event Video Blog Coverage by the Hillbilly Report

May 5, 2009

Protest Sign-Making Party for McConnell Protest!

The Fairness Campaign will be hosting a sign-making party this Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 6-8pm to make signs for Saturday's McConnell: Repeal DoMA!! Protest.

No RSVP is necessary for the sign-making party or the protest. Bring your own supplies or use what Fairness will be providing. Just don't bring your sharpee allergy because we'll be getting crazy with some sharpees.

Sign making party location:
Fairness Campaign, 2263 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (502)893-0788

May 1, 2009

Jockey Joseph Talamo

Image taken 4.29.09 by Curtis Morrison.
All rights reserved, but available for sale: curtster3@yahoo.com, 502.403.9498

Jockey Joe Talamo will be riding I want revenge in the Kentucky Derby tomorrow.
A great jockey on a great horse trained by Jeff Mullins...what's not to like?
God he's so cute, too!

Rachel Alexandra Dominates the Oaks


She's one fierce girl, and she doesn't mind everyone knowing about it.
Jarrett Horvath's image of her moment of victory is tonight's default picture on churchilldowns.com. It's one of many amazing photos he's captured at Churchill Downs this Derby Week.

Moulin Rouge; A Smashing Success

Moulin Rouge, a Fundraiser benefiting the Volunteers of America (VOA) Fundraiser was hosted by Starbase Q last Saturday. An army of VOA employees, all dressed in red, facilitated the silent auction and sale of baked goods. Entertainment was provided by the Voices of Kentuckiana who also dressed in red, and The Galaxy Girls with specials guests Reva Deveraux, Cadillac Seville and Margo Davis, and the Mad Camp Cabaret.

The VOA administers the Kentucky Care Coordinator Program, the largest HIV/AIDS program in Kentucky, which serves over 700 clients.