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In all Fairness, Mayoral candidates invited to forum

by Joe Arnold


Posted on January 19, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 19 at 12:15 AM

Ten local "social justice organizations" are inviting Louisville mayoral candidates to answer questions specific to the groups' goals at a forum on February 2 at the Metro United Way.

A release from the gay rights group The Fairness Campaign says each organization is non-partisan and that all candidates are invited, regardless of party affiliation.  An earlier news release from the same group announced a $30,000 grant for the Kentucky Statewide Fairness Coalition.

The mayoral race news release:

Ten Grassroots Organizations Present “The People’s Forum”
Mayoral Candidate Forum Held Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m.

(Louisville) Ten of Louisville’s grassroots social justice organizations are joining forces to present “The People’s Forum,” a mayoral candidate forum on Tuesday, February 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Metro United Way Building, 2nd floor, 334 E. Broadway. A reception will follow the event from 8-9 p.m. in which candidates may meet and greet the Forum audience. Admission to “The People’s Forum” is free, and granted on a “first come, first served” basis. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  

Presenting organizations of “The People’s Forum” include: ACLU of Kentucky, Community Farm Alliance, Fairness Campaign, Hispanic/Latino Coalition, Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Kentucky Jobs with Justice, Making Connections Network, Metropolitan Housing Coalition, and Women In Transition.

Each of the ten presenting organizations is non-partisan, and every mayoral primary candidate, regardless of political party affiliation, is invited to participate. Candidates will answer questions pre-submitted by each presenting group on issues important to their communities. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions that, dependent upon time, will be incorporated into the Forum.

The media is invited to attend.

WHAT: “The People’s Forum” Mayoral Candidate Forum

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 6-8 p.m.; Reception 8-9 p.m.; Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Metro United Way Building, 2nd Floor, 334 E. Broadway

COST: Free; Seating is “First Come, First Served”

WHO: Primary Candidates in the Metro Louisville Mayoral Race
          American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
          Community Farm Alliance
          Fairness Campaign
          Hispanic/Latino Coalition
          Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
          Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
          Kentucky Jobs with Justice
          Making Connections Network
          Metropolitan Housing Coalition
          Women In Transition


Also Monday, the Fairness Campaign sent this release about a philanthropic grant:

Statewide Fairness Coalition Awarded $30,000 from State Equality Fund

Frankfort – The Tides Foundation’s State Equality Fund, a philanthropic partnership that includes the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Gill Foundation, and anonymous donors, has awarded the Kentucky Statewide Fairness Coalition $30,000 to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The Fund is programmatically staffed on behalf of the donors by the Gill Foundation’s Movement Building Center.

During the summer of 2009, the Kentucky Statewide Fairness Coalition submitted a letter of intent seeking to submit a complete grant proposal for support. Shortly after submission, the Coalition was invited to apply.

“The State Equality Fund promotes equality through the work of state and local organizations,” said Toni Broaddus, Executive Director of the Equality Federation, national alliance working to further equality in a state-based movement. “Support from the State Equality Fund will assist the Coalition in advancing their work around nondiscrimination and parenting rights of LGBT Kentuckians.”

The Coalition releases the following joint statement: “We are fortunate to receive this grant through the State Equality Fund to support our work advancing the rights and dignity of LGBT Kentuckians. We will continue to bring fair-minded people together for real and substantive change that betters our Commonwealth.”

The Coalition began its 2010 work this past weekend with the 2nd Statewide Fairness Summit held in Frankfort Saturday, January 16. Over 100 Fairness supporters from across the state convened in the Commonwealth's Capitol to develop strategy towards passage of the statewide anti-discrimination Fairness law, pre-filed in the House this session by Louisville Representative Mary Lou Marzian.

The Coalition has scheduled its 2010 Statewide Fairness Lobby Day and Rally in Frankfort for Wednesday, February 24.

Members of the Kentucky Statewide Fairness Coalition are: Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Fairness Campaign, Lexington Fairness, Kentucky Fairness Alliance Foundation, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky Foundation.