June 27, 2009

Challenge the immoral US blockade of Cuba from Louisville!

The Henry Wallace Brigade and The Kentucky Interfaith Taskforce on Latin America and the Caribbean invite you to welcome and celebrate the 20th US/Cuba Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan

Sunday, July 12, 2009

6:30-8:30 pm

Featuring: Presentation by the Caravanistas, Local Musicians, Spoken Word, and more!

Rudyard Kipling - 422 West Oak St .

Free and open to the public – donations encouraged.

Food and drink available for purchase from the Rud menu.

This Friendshipment will:

· Challenge the immoral US blockade of Cuba by attempting to deliver millions of dollars of medicines, computers, and medical equipment without a US Treasury license.

· Commemorate 20 years of grassroots struggle of the caravans against the US blockade

Pastors for Peace and hundreds of volunteers have used hunger strikes and mass mobilizations to successfully challenge the US governments past attempts to confiscate vehicles and humanitarian aid crossing the Mexican border on its way to Cuba. Since 1992, IFCO/Pastors for Peace has delivered thousands of tons of urgently needed assistance to the Cuban people.

Join us as we “send off” the caravan. At the event, members of the caravan will speak about their cross-country trip and the U.S. government’s determination to deepen the gap in US/Cuba relations. We’ll talk about the travesty of justice that faces the Cuba 5 prisoners and celebrate 50 years of the Cuban Revolution!

Call: (502) 479-9262 for more information or how to donate to this effort.

June 22, 2009

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights presents Forum calling for Fairness Law

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, which is responsible for upholding the Kentucky Civil Rights Act presented a public forum in Richmond, KY on June 16th entitled "A Fair Future for Kentucky: A Call For An End To Discrimination On The Basis Of Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity." Panelists included Carla Wallace, Jody Cofer, Jennifer Crossen, and Rev. Don Smith. The forum was moderated by former Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac. The audience filled the room completely and even included several Commissioners, including Chair George W. Stinson.

The commission has adopted a resolution calling for the passage of a statewide fairness law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in any person’s pursuit of employment, housing, and the goods and services of public accommodations. This forum was part of their 2009 Human Rights Advocacy Hearings Series.

The panelists took turns sharing their unique personal stories, yet common perspectives, to why Kentucky needs a statewide fairness law. Following the panelists, members of the audience asked questions that lead to even deeper discussions of the issue.

June 10, 2009

Aletha Fields: The Perfect 10 Indeed!

To celebrate her 40th birthday in style, Louisville's own Teacher, Poet and Activist Aletha Fields gave an inspiring live performance of her new poetic work to kickoff the 10th Annual Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays at Actor's Theatre, which run through June 20th. True to her reputation, Ms. Fields held nothing back in her critique of oppressions against African-Americans as well as the LGBT-community within Louisville. A resounding part of her message was for the members of her audience to go back into our communities and organize to make things better.

The preshow was an energetic performance by the Fusion Dance Troupe, and the intermission gave a chance for her to yield the stage to four of recently-graduated students who gave readings of their own poetry. Her performance was also a fundraiser benefiting the the Juneteenth Legacy Theatre as well as the Fairness Campaign, of which she serves as the Co-coordinator.