Together Frankfort's May 2017 Activities
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03) on Dark Money
Friday, May 13 @ 1:00 pm, Community Room, Paul Sawyier Public Library, Wapping Street, Frankfort
Kentucky's Third District Congressman, Rep. John Yarmuth, discussed dark money, a term to describe campaign funds hidden from public scrutiny. This event launched Together Frankfort's Summer Study on the Influence of Money in Politics.
Rep. Yarmuth has spoken and acted on his concerns about this growing trend, which increased exponentially after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on "Citizens United." In 2011, Congressman John Yarmuth (Ky-03) introduced a Constitutional amendment to get money out of politics by overturning a key provision of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for special-interest influence on elections and in Washington.
“Corporate money equals influence, not free speech,” Yarmuth said. “The last thing Congress needs is more corporate candidates who don’t answer to the American people.”
Together Frankfort May Meeting
Tuesday, May 23, Paul Sawyier Public Library, Frankfort
During Together Frankfort 's May meeting, participants discussed the book, Dark Money, at Paul Sawyier Public Library, in Frankfort KY. This book discussion initiated our long-term educational work on the role of dark money in influencing all elections and the need for reform. The community was encouraged to read the book in advance, but to attend, even if they had not. (Click on the links to learn more about this event.)
Together Frankfort recommended that, for those interested in reading the book, check out a copy at the library. To purchase a copy, participants were encouraged to shop Downtown Frankfort Poor Richard's Bookstore, mention the Together Frankfort Book Study, and receive their generous 15% discount.
Together Frankfort was extremely pleased by the support and partnership with Poor Richard's Bookstore and the Paul Sawyier Public Library in helping make books available to interested citizens. Many thanks to Mary Lynn Collins for her work on this, as well as to Capital Living & Frankfort State Journal which helped publicize our meeting.
Together Frankfort Attends & Presents at Kentucky Coalition Meeting
Sunday, May 28, Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, Lexington, KY
Along with Together We Will Bluegrass, Indivisible Bluegrass, Our Revolution Central Kentucky & KY-NOW), we invited area activists to share stories. Speakers included:
The Kentucky Coalition - Trent Garrison
Brief Overview of Sister Organizations: Julie Martinez, Jane Eller & Karen Armstrong-Cummings
KDP's new Executive Director - Mary Nishimuta
Senator Reggie Thomas
Shannon Stuart-Smith, photo at right, from the Walk the Talk campaign
We were honored to spend time socializing and visiting other local organizations to learn more about the great things they're doing! Together Frankfort, and all these grassroots groups, understand the importance of coalition-building. We saw this as a first step in our goal of becoming a formidable, unified force in central Kentucky and beyond.