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Our Story, America's Glory: What to know about Louisville's 9-day Juneteenth celebration

By |2022-05-26T16:53:22-04:00May 26th, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

Louisville's Juneteenth festivities are expanding this year.The Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration Commission has a nine-day series of events planned for the community between June 11-19 to celebrate the holiday, which was first recognized as a federal holiday by President Joe Biden in 2021. There are over 10 events this year, including an art camp for children put on by Louisville Visual Art and Waterfront Park, a pageant hosted by radio stations WLLV and WLOU and a "Race for Justice" to honor Breonna Taylor by Future Ancestors and Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center.Juneteenth, or June 19, is the celebration of the effective end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on Jan. 1, 1863, it was not until over two years later on June 19, 1865 that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to enforce the end of slavery. Since then, Juneteenth has become a day to celebrate freedom for Black Americans.Mayor Fischer, who declared racism a public health crisis in 2020, said the theme of this year's celebration is "Our Story, America's Glory." Chosen by the commission, the theme is meant to "remind us all of the importance of learning about that story and about our nation's history, the good and the bad." Housing:East End apartment complex discriminated against Black renters, report saysThere will be opportunities to highlight Black businesses and entrepreneurship, teach young people about the works and history of artist Ed Hamilton, Muhammad Ali and the Underground Railroad and attend educational events. Lean Into Louisville will also have a panel about redistricting and an event about reconstructing family trees, said Joi McAtee, the project manager of the organization.To close out Thursday's announcement Mayor Fischer gave a message to those who may not think that the holiday pertains to them."It applies to everybody. Right. So whether you're white, Black, brown, from the south, east, north, west, it doesn't matter. This will be a tremendous celebration of who we are as Louisvillians," he said.Here’s a look at events planned by the Juneteenth Commission:First Tee Louisville’s 22nd annual George 'GG' Johnson Golf ScrambleWHAT: Shawnee Golf Course Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with raffle prizes to win. The four-person scramble (three adults and one first tee participant) will tee off at 1 p.m. Register at firstteelouisville.org or contact Bhardesty@firstteelouisville.org. WHERE: Shawnee Golf Course, 460 Northwestern Pkwy.WHEN: June 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.MORE INFORMATION: Register at firstteelouisville.org or contact Bhardesty@firstteelouisville.org.More:'I'm here now': Mayor Greg Fischer apologizes to Louisville's wrongly accused Black SixJuneteenth CampWHAT: Louisville Visual Art and Waterfront Park are hosting a day camp for youth ages 7-12. Campers will be introduced to the works and history of Ed Hamilton, Muhammad Ali, the Underground Railroad and more, then create their own artworks to express themselves and their newfound knowledge; in the afternoons, campers will explore Waterfront Park for fun camp activities. Limited to 10 students.WHERE: Louisville Visual Art and Waterfront ParkWHEN: June 13-17, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. WAVE Country with Dawne GeeWHAT: WAVE-TV anchor and reporter Dawne Gee will discuss Juneteenth highlights and moderate panel discussions.WHEN: June 13-14, 2 p.m.Lean Into Louisville, Redistricting Panel DiscussionWHAT: Mayor Fischer will greet and introduce a diverse panel that will address and examine why redistricting happens, who it helps, harms, and short-term/long-term implications. MetroTV and Lean Into Louisville will livestream the event on social media.WHEN: June 14, 6:30 p.m.Lean Into Louisville, Presentation: The Kentucky African American Civil War Soldiers ProjectWHAT: The Kentucky African American Civil War Soldiers Project seeks to uncover archival documents about the lives of these soldiers and their family members, and use them as the basis for constructing family trees going as far backward and forward as possible. Dan Gediman and Denyce Peyton will share stories and photographs about selected soldiers from Louisville, as well as discuss their newly created searchable online database.WHERE: First Gethsemane Baptist Church, 1159 Algonquin ParkwayWHEN: June 15, 12 p.m.You may like:Here's everything you need to know about the four-day Louisville Juneteenth FestivalThe Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission Celebrates 60th Anniversary/Juneteenth LuncheonWHAT: The luncheon will celebrate HRC’s achievements in safeguarding all individuals within Jefferson County from all forms of discrimination. The Mayor will speak, along with keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Daniel Corrie Shull, senior pastor of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church.WHERE: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Center, 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.WHEN: June 16, 11 a.m. COST: $25 per personMiss Juneteenth PageantWHAT: WLLV and WLOU will host the inaugural Miss Juneteenth Pageant at Fourth Street Live. The inaugural pageant will feature 30 contestants. The Mayor is expected to crown the winners.WHERE: Fourth Street LiveWHEN: June 16, 1-5 p.m.Agape Day, Dare to Care & National Panhellenic CouncilWHAT: Local Divine 9 Black Greek fraternities and sororities will partner with Dare to Care to deliver food to communities.WHEN: June 17, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration: Our Story, America’s Glory Inaugural GalaWHAT: Mayor Fischer will speak at the red carpet gala that will feature dinner, spoken word by Hannah Drake and special performances by the Dr. Jerry Tolson Orchestra, Syreeta Thompson “Trumpet Lady” and Donna & The Atone Band. WAVE3’s Dawne Gee, a Juneteenth Jubilee commissioner, will emcee the event. WHERE: The Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St.WHEN: June 17, 6 p.m.MORE INFORMATION: Tickets can be purchased for $150 at juneteenthlou.com or for more information, email June.Embers@louisvilleky.gov.You may like:This Louisville native never saw himself as an artist. Then a museum bought his work'Race for Justice' by Future Ancestors, Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning CenterWHAT: Participants will honor Breonna Taylor by running or walking 26 laps as team, one for every year she was alive, or by walking/running a 1.3-mile individual race; she was killed on March 13, 2020.WHERE: Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center, 3029 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.WHEN: June 18, 8 a.m.Juneteenth Youth JamboreeWHAT: Reviving Urban Neighborhoods, Inc. will host a fun-filled family event where youths can win prizes by demonstrating their knowledge of Juneteenth facts.WHERE: Berrytown Park, 1300 Heafer RoadWHEN: June 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Presbyterian Church USA, hybrid serviceWHAT: The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be preaching at the service. The service can be viewed by visiting: ga-pcusa.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/spiritofga.WHEN: June 19, 11 a.m.For more information about how to celebrate, visit juneteenthlou.com.Reach Eleanor McCrary at emccrary@gannett.com and follow her on Twitter @ellie_mccrary.

'I'm here now': Mayor Greg Fischer apologizes to Louisville's wrongly accused Black Six

By |2022-05-26T11:37:50-04:00May 26th, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

Fifty two years after they were acquitted of conspiracy charges, members of Louisville's Black Six received an apology from the city's top official: Mayor Greg Fischer.The Black Six were a group of Black business people and activists who'd been accused of plotting to destroy buildings in the West End during a week-long rebellion in 1968.Their court case stretched on for two years before going to trial, where Judge Rush Nicholson ruled prosecutors hadn't presented enough evidence to warrant the charges. He directed the jury to issue a verdict of not guilty.Learn about the case:How a trial over the 1968 uprising in the West End stained Louisville historyAt a recent event discussing the case, Fischer rose from the audience to ask if anyone from the city had ever apologized."No," said Manfred Reid, one of two Black Six members present."Until we acknowledge the harm that's happened in the past, it's hard to move on," Fischer responded. "I wasn't there then, but I'm here now. I represent an institution. So I apologize."The moment was one of several at the event — hosted by the Frazier Kentucky History Museum, Lean Into Louisville and The Courier Journal — where members of the panel and audience spoke about the need for city leaders to take ownership of injustices done to the Black community, including the 2020 police killing of Breonna Taylor."There are good people in all races here. We've worked together in the past, and we can work together in the future," said Ken Clay, a former business owner who witnessed the rebellion. "But there has to be that effort to bring us together, to really work collectively to rid this community of the hatred and of the injustice."We've got to stand up and admit that we've been wrong. And we need to hear the apology like the mayor got up and apologized. We need that apology to the Black community as a whole and particularly to the victims. Justice for Breonna has got to be the answer."Watch a recording of the event below.Reach reporter Bailey Loosemore at bloosemore@courier-journal.com, 502-582-4646 or on Twitter @bloosemore. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: https://www.courier-journal.com/baileyl.

Feds open civil rights probe into treatment of mentally ill people in Louisville

By |2022-05-24T17:38:59-04:00May 24th, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into how people with serious mental illness are treated in the metro Louisville area and whether they are subject to excessive institutionalization in psychiatric hospitals or other facilities.The investigation, announced Tuesday in a news release, is separate from an ongoing Justice Department probe of practices of the Louisville Metro Police Department triggered by the 2020 death of Breonna Taylor, fatally shot by police attempting to serve a search warrant.Rather, the new investigation is aimed specifically at services the state provides for people with serious mental illness and whether such treatment "unnecessarily segregates" such individuals from other mental health services.More coverage:Why were U.S. Marshals serving a Louisville police warrant on Omari Cryer?"When people do not receive the community-based mental health services they need, they often get caught in a cycle of psychiatric hospital stays," said Kristen Clarke, an assistant attorney general with the Justice Department.She added the investigation is aimed at determining whether individuals with serious mental illnesses are "unnecessarily brought into contact with law enforcement" and whether their rights to mental health treatment are protected.The Justice Department said it notified Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear — whose administration oversees public mental health services — of the investigation.A spokeswoman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said the administration "continues to prioritize Kentuckians' mental health" and the governor has signed legislation to make services more accessible.A spokeswoman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the investigation involves the state’s provision of mental health services to Louisvillians."We appreciate any efforts to ensure people are getting appropriate care," she said in an email.The Justice Department release did not say whether the investigation includes treatment for people with mental illness held at the Jefferson County jail, where eight people have died in custody since November, including three by suicide and two from overdoses, according to reports.The department previously conducted a similar investigation in Alameda County, California, where it found the sheriff’s department violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily institutionalizing adults with mental health disabilities instead of providing  care in the community.In April 2021, the Justice Department released a 45-page report that accused the sheriff’s office-controlled Santa Rita Jail in California of failing to provide adequate mental health services to prisoners, including those at risk of suicide.The investigation "uncovered evidence of violations that, taken together, result in a system where people with mental health disabilities in Alameda County find themselves unnecessarily cycling in and out of psychiatric institutions and jails," the department said in a press release.As a result, people with serious mental health needs experienced worsening conditions and, in some cases, seriously injured themselves or died, the press release said.The Louisville investigation comes amid what one advocate called a "crisis" in help for some people with severe mental illness."It's time — this has to occur," said Jeff Edwards, director of the state Division of Protection and Advocacy, which represents people with disabilities. "This has to occur, and we have to have a good, humane response to serving people."The investigation falls under the American with Disabilities Act, the Justice Department said.Edwards said the problem isn't unique to Kentucky and reviews of services are underway in other communities.Sheila Schuster, executive director of the Kentucky Mental Health Coalition, said she was "puzzled" by news of the investigation because the Louisville area has established a combination of public and private organizations that work to serve people with mental illness.But "not everything has been solved and not everything gets funded," she said.Most services in Kentucky are provided through a system of regional community mental health centers. Louisville is served by Seven Counties Services.All operate under the state behavioral health agency.Use of psychiatric hospitals and other institutions has long been a source of concern among advocates who argue more services in the community would better serve patients and reduce costs of institutionalization.But budget constraints often have limited such services, leaving jails and short-term psychiatric hospital stays as the alternative.Edwards said he hopes the investigation can result in solutions for people who don't immediately get the help they need."We have to get there," he said. "We don't meet people where we need to meet them."The Justice Department said anyone with information relevant to the investigation should contact it by email, at Community.Kentucky@usdoj.gov or through the website, https://civilrights.justice.gov.Reporter Bailey Loosemore contributed to this story. Reach Deborah Yetter at dyetter@courier-journal.com. Find her on Twitter at @d_yetter. 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Feds open civil rights probe into treatment of people in Louisville with mental illness

By |2022-05-24T14:35:56-04:00May 24th, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into how people with serious mental illness are treated in the metro Louisville area and whether they are subject to excessive institutionalization in psychiatric hospitals or other facilities.The investigation, announced Tuesday in a news release, is separate from an ongoing Justice Department probe of practices of the Louisville Metro Police Department triggered by the 2020 death of Breonna Taylor, fatally shot by police attempting to serve a search warrant.Rather, it is aimed specifically at services the state provides for people with serious mental illness and whether such treatment "unnecessarily segregates" such individuals from other mental health services.More coverage:Why were U.S. Marshals serving a Louisville police warrant on Omari Cryer?"When people do not receive the community-based mental health services they need, they often get caught in a cycle of psychiatric hospital stays," said Kristen Clarke, an assistant attorney general with the Justice Department.She added the investigation is aimed at determining whether individuals with serious mental illness are "unnecessarily brought into contact with law enforcement" and whether their rights to mental health treatment are protected.The investigation falls under the American with Disabilities Act, the department said.Most public treatment in Kentucky is provided through a system of regional community mental health centers. Louisville is served by Seven Counties Services.All are funded through the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.Community mental health services versus psychiatric hospitals and other institutions have long been a source of concern by advocates who argue more services in the community would better serve patients and reduce costs of institutionalization.But budget constraints often have limited such services, leaving jails and short-term psychiatric stays as the alternative.This story will be updated.Reach Deborah Yetter at dyetter@courier-journal.com. Find her on Twitter at @d_yetter. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: www.courier-journal.com/subscribe. 

'We're not going to go away': Black Louisville mayor candidates frustrated but undeterred

By |2022-05-20T08:31:13-04:00May 20th, 2022|Breonna Taylor, Election 2020|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After racial justice protests in 2020, continuing calls for change following Breonna Taylor’s death and several candidates of color running in this year's mayoral primary, one thing is certain.Louisville’s next mayor will be like all its previous mayors — a white man. That and the fact both Republican nominee Bill Dieruf and Democratic pick Craig Greenberg vastly outraised other candidates in their primaries were on the mind of Shameka Parrish-Wright.The co-chair of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and manager of the Louisville Bail Project finished second behind Greenberg in the Democratic primary.Businessman vs. businessman:How Dieruf and Greenberg stack up in Louisville mayor raceParrish-Wright, who was seeking to become the first woman and first Black resident to serve as Louisville's mayor, received 22% of the vote compared with Greenberg's 41% in the eight-candidate Democratic field.Dieruf racked up 78% of votes in the four-candidate GOP field.She wondered if having several Black candidates in the Democratic field ultimately "put a dent" in her vote totals.Parrish-Wright told The Courier Journal her supporters included not only those who have protested against racial inequities and police brutality but also doctors, lawyers and teachers.But she raised only roughly $70,900 during her campaign, while Greenberg raised about $1.4 million, much of it from wealthy donors."We have to keep big money out if it," she said. "Greenberg had those relationships and I didn’t, right? He hasn’t been mayor before either. … He just has money."The Rev. Tim Findley Jr., another Black candidate who came in fourth place among Democrats with nearly 16% of the vote, said he plans to run for mayor again in the next election.Despite Greenberg having TV ads, "mass mailers," and backing from political action committees as well as endorsements from several Metro Council members, Findley, pastor of Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center, said he and Parrish-Wright still had a "very respectable showing" amid a low countywide voter turnout of nearly 21%."That should be concerning to individuals that put all this money into these campaigns," Findley said. "… because we're not going to go away."Findley felt he performed well in the predominantly Black neighborhoods of the West End and Newburg and said Greenberg also enjoyed support in the West End.But the pastor said the Democratic Party locally and nationally needs to "figure out how we can get more Black and brown engagement within the party.""There were too many rooms I was going into as a mayoral candidate where it was almost as if the look is, 'Why are you even here? There's no way we're voting you in,'" Findley added.For November, Parrish-Wright added she has not yet decided to back Greenberg because she feels he has to do more to inspire people and create "real change."Dieruf could otherwise beat Greenberg thanks to his experience as Jeffersontown mayor, Parrish-Wright said.Rather than focusing on race or money, Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville Branch of the NAACP, had a more pragmatic outlook on the mayoral election."I will be waiting to see what position on the issues they take, and I’ll also be looking at their background deeper and to see whom I think will best serve the city and my philosophy," Cunningham told The Courier Journal."… The voters of their respective parties have spoken, and that's what we've got to choose from, no matter whom we supported in the primary. That's the hand we've been dealt, and we've got to play it."Reach Billy Kobin at bkobin@courierjournal.com.

Familiar faces and well-known names advance in Louisville judicial primary races

By |2022-05-17T23:53:50-04:00May 17th, 2022|Breonna Taylor, Election 2020|

Despite receiving the lowest marks in a Louisville Bar Association lawyers poll of the three candidates for Kentucky Court of Appeals, Annette Karem easily won the most votes in Tuesday's primary election.Karem, who has served on the Jefferson District bench for 16 years, captured 51% of the vote and will face state Rep. Mackenzie Cantrell, who got 37%, in the fall.Stan Whetzel finished a distant third.2022 Kentucky primary election results:Get the latest updates hereThe Court of Appeals contest was the highest on the primary ballot, which featured only contests with three or more candidates.The top two finishers in judicial primaries advance to the general election.Karem, the chief district judge, was criticized earlier this year for a proposal she later was forced to withdraw that would have allowed conferencing of criminal cases without a judge present. Critics said the plan — designed to reduce a backlog of cases — was illegal and unfair.But Karem is well known. She is related by marriage to former state Sen. David Karem and former Judge Edmund "Pete" Karem.In the only circuit court race in which an incumbent was challenged, In Circuit Court Division 5, Judge Mary Shaw fended off Tracy Evette Davis and Christine Miller. Shaw won 36% of the vote to 33% for Davis and 31% for Miller.Shaw had been seen as vulnerable because she signed the search warrant for the police raid in which Breonna Taylor was killed in March 2020. But she was rated qualified or highly qualified by 92% of the attorneys who rated her in the LBA poll — far higher than either of her challengers. In the 7th Division, criminal defense attorney Theodore “Ted” Shouse won 40 percent of the vote, while Melissa Logan Bellows, who most lawyers in the Louisville Bar Association poll said they didn’t know, finished second with 34% and will face Shouse in the fall.Critt Cunningham, deputy chief of the violent crime unit in the commonwealth’s attorney’s office, finished out of the running.None of the three candidates was endorsed by Citizens for Better Judges. Shouse said he was "humbled" by the support of so many voters and looks forward to connecting with more.In the most crowded race, the two biggest vote-getters were Sarah Clay, a former public defender who captured 38% of the vote, and Nichole T. Compton, who has a law degree and an MBA and is a former president of the Louisville Black Lawyers Association. She got 22%, narrowly edging F. Todd Lewis.The other candidates were Tim Buckley, Blaine Grant and Alan L. Lani.In a three-person circuit contest in the 10th Division, the two candidates who will move on to the general election were Patricia "Tish" Morris, who won 43% of the vote, and Dorislee Gilbert, who got 29%.Morris, who has practiced 20 years, used the same campaign colors as her father, Geoffrey Morris, the late circuit judge and prosecutor. Gilbert is a former assistant commonwealth's attorney and victim advocate.Zachary “Zach” McKee finished third.In District Court races, the two highest vote-getters in Division 4 were Yvette De La Guardia, a former public defender, who got 38%, and former assistant commonwealth’s attorney Lora Chisholm Holman, who got 32%. Jennifer Yancey was third.In Division 7, Megan McDonald, daughter of retired judges Tom and Dee McDonald, finished first with 44% of the vote, ahead of Shannon Fauver, who had 31%. Jacob Elder finished third.McDonald attributed her victory to "all of the hardworking people who tirelessly supported me" and to union members who voted for her. She also said: "I am proud of my name. My parents were my role models."In Division 8, former public defender Karen Faulkner, who go 47% of the vote and easily outdistanced Jennifer Stone, who has practiced family law and got 31%. Faulkner ran for county attorney in the Democratic primary in 2014.Lindsay Volk Beets, an assistant county attorney, finished out of the running, despite buying a front a front-page ad on election day in The Courier Journal.In the 15th Division, Mary Jude Wolford, who was endorsed by Citizens for Better Judges, got about 50% of the vote to about 29% for Claudette Patton. Samuel G. Hayword Jr. finished out of the running.Andrew Wolfson: 502-582-7189; awolfson@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @adwolfson.

With Cameron seeking governor's office, ex-US Attorney to run for attorney general in '23

By |2022-05-12T10:37:38-04:00May 12th, 2022|Breonna Taylor, Election 2020|

The morning after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced he'll run for governor next year, former U.S. attorney Russell Coleman announced he'll go for Cameron's job.Coleman emphasized his work as U.S. attorney under President Donald Trump — as well as his desire to serve Kentuckians again, this time as the state's top law enforcement officer — in an interview this week with The Courier Journal. "I’ve missed public service since the day I left the Trump administration (on the ex-president's final day in office in January 2021)," he said. "I loved that mission from President Trump of making America and making Kentucky safe again."A former FBI agent who's now a partner at the law firm Frost Brown Todd, Coleman will pursue the Republican Party's nomination for attorney general next spring and hopes voters will elect him to succeed Cameron that November. He said he had planned to run for attorney general in 2016 but instead accepted Trump's nomination to serve as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. "It is a place of service that I have long looked at," he said, adding that he admires the work Cameron has done in that role since he got elected in November 2019. "The superpower of the attorney general's office ... is cutting through the bureaucracies and the silos in federal, state and local law enforcement."More:Be the first to get Kentucky political newsColeman said a chief priority of his as attorney general would be to establish more cooperation among law enforcement agencies to combat hyper-efficient drug trafficking organizations and other threats.  He also stressed that he'll focus not only on Louisville and other urban centers but also on rural parts of Kentucky, pointing to his work during the Trump administration — such as establishing the first full-time U.S. attorney's office in Bowling Green — as an example of how important it is to make resources available to communities throughout the commonwealth. "You never saw me standing at a podium by myself," he said of his time as U.S. attorney. "It was always about 'we.' It was always about collaboration." Sign up:On Kentucky Politics newsletter delivered to your inbox weeklyHe credited Trump with making the work he did back then possible, saying: "I was able to have the latitude to focus on rural areas, to build out a new office in Bowling Green ... to focus on violent crime in Louisville."I was given the latitude to do that by a president that prioritized those issues, that supported law enforcement, that backed the blue."Coleman said he, too, will "back the blue" and support law enforcement.He said he saw some of the best in law enforcement in 2020, when Louisville experienced historic racial justice protests after Louisville police shot and killed Breonna Taylor in her apartment. He said he and other officials focused on trying to keep both protesters and officers safe.He also said "outliers" who cross the line in policing should be robustly prosecuted, pointing to his work in prosecuting Louisville officers charged with exploiting teenagers in the since-disbanded Explorer Scout program as an example. Background:How 2 sordid cops traded favors for sex with teens in Explorer Scout programHe also emphasized his support for using Group Violence Intervention initiatives to reduce gun violence in Louisville and for strengthening law enforcement's relationships with minority communities.In a news release announcing his bid for attorney general Thursday, Coleman highlighted work he said he did during a three-month stint in Iraq as an FBI agent in the mid-2000s, where he helped the military target terrorists in what he considers some of the "most rewarding work" he ever did."Our goal was to mitigate the threat," he told The Courier Journal. "We were embedding FBI agents with elite military units with the goal of capturing and killing terrorists."His announcement also included a long list of endorsements from public officials, prosecutors and law enforcement officials. He told The Courier Journal he sensed this opportunity might present itself, with Cameron pursuing the governorship, so he has been making calls this week to people he has served with and gotten to know throughout his professional career.He said he'll be staying out of what's shaping up to be an intense Republican primary battle for governor next year, instead focusing on making the best case he can to voters that he's worth electing as Kentucky's next attorney general.He told The Courier Journal: "My calling is to be a law man, to work with our law enforcement colleagues and try to keep families safe."Morgan Watkins is The Courier Journal's chief political reporter. Contact her at mwatkins@courierjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter: @morganwatkins26.

Here's everything you need to know about the four-day Louisville Juneteenth Festival

By |2022-05-12T05:55:00-04:00May 12th, 2022|Breonna Taylor, Election 2020|

LOUISVILLE, KY — The city of Louisville will host a four-day festival in June to celebrate Juneteenth.The 3rd Annual Louisville Juneteenth Festival will take place on June 16-19 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park, as well as other surrounding venues, and will feature more than 40 Black owned businesses, musical performances, panel discussions, networking events, food and much more."The Louisville Juneteenth Festival is unique here in Louisville because we're intentional about hiring onboarding vendors, local vendors, local talent and we're intentional about making sure that our region is represented in the production of the global Juneteenth Festival," Aaron Jordan, the CEO of Black Complex Louisville, a nonprofit that focuses on entrepreneurship, creatives, equity and belonging. And in Louisville, the city of Breonna Taylor that saw more than 100 days of protests after her death in 2020, leaning into the importance of Juneteenth has extra meaning."The significance of the Juneteenth holiday in Louisville is that this holiday hasn't typically been celebrated in this region," Jordan said. "It's really big in other parts of the country and so I'm really excited to host the Louisville Juneteenth Festival for the third time here in our region....it's a unique celebration of heritage as it originated in Galveston, Texas."A year ago, Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher signed an executive order, declaring Juneteenth an official city holiday, which was then followed by state Gov. Andy Beshear signing a proclamation to make Juneteenth an official state holiday. Juneteenth was officially declared a national holiday in June of 2020.You may like:How this Black-owned distillery is 'breaking the ceiling' in Kentucky's bourbon industryJuneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, is a nationwide celebration to commemorate the emancipation from slavery. Juneteenth, is a combination of "June" and "nineteenth," in honor of June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas, to inform a reluctant community that President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier had freed the slaves and to press locals to comply with his directive. There is no one reason why there was a 2-plus-year delay in letting Texas know about the abolition of slavery in the United States, according to Juneteenth.com. The historical site said some accounts place the delay on a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news, while others say the news was deliberately withheld."A lot of cities in other areas of Kentucky and other parts of the nation have been celebrating this holiday for a long time," said Michael Meeks, chief of equity for the city of Louisville. "In Louisville we have just recently acted in ordinance to codify this holiday....We look forward to this celebration as it comes up in June.”The first Louisville Juneteenth Festival was organized during the civil unrest of 2020 by a group of young leaders, activists and organizers. Many Black businesses, organizations, families and friends gathered to honor the legacy, history and continuation of Black culture in the country."We are forging relationships with lawmakers across the aisle to ensure Juneteenth will be recognized not just as a Black holiday, but as an American holiday," Jordan said.You may like:This Black-owned subscription box wants to reinvigorate the Black economy. Here's howTawana Bain, the founder of the Global Economic Diversity Development Initiative, a Black founded and predominantly Black-led, non-profit focused on building economic wealth for the Black community, expects the attendance for the festival to increase, growing from the more than 8,000 people last year.“When you support and you invest in something like Juneteenth, we attract talent from all over that helps rebuild our economy, that helps create jobs, that puts vendors to work and that allows the diverse community to be at the helm and the decision making of who they hire and who they supply," she said. "I really hope that many new faces come out to support Juneteenth as it expands and stays on the map for years to come.”Here's everything you need to know about the four-day Juneteenth festival in Louisville: When is the Juneteenth Festival?The Juneteenth Festival will be held on June 16-19.Where is the Juneteenth Festival being held?At Louisville’s Waterfront Park, and other surrounding venues.What events are being held during the 2022 Juneteenth Festival?Creatives, Professionals & Founder Workshop & SocialWHAT: Creatives, Professionals & Founder Workshop & Social: The Presley Post hosts a series of wellness workshops, member mixers and community events to create experiences that are memorable, upscale and life changing.WHERE: The Presley Post, 734 W Main St., Suite 106WHEN: June 16, 5-9 p.m.Lipstick WarsWHAT: Lipstick Wars: The "Lipstick Wars" is a women lead poetry slam hosted by Robin G. and Rheonna Nicole.WHERE: Paristown Hall, 724 Brent St.WHEN: June 17, 7-10 p.m.Culture, Business, & BourbonWHAT: Culture, Business, & BourbonWHERE: Rabbit Hole Distillery, 711 East Jefferson St.The Rabbit Hole Distillery is a facility devoted to the art and science of distillation.WHEN: June 18, 4-7 p.m.Midnight BrunchWHAT: A late night bite to eatWHERE: TBAWHEN: June 18, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.A Gathering at the BelvedereWHAT: A social gathering outdoors at the Belvedere. Attendees will be able to purchase food and other items from local vendors, while listening to music.WHERE: The Belvedere, 500 W Main St.WHEN: June 19, 3-9 p.m.Louisville Juneteenth Festival Afterparty​WHAT: Louisville Juneteenth Festival AfterpartyWHERE: The Wiggle Room, 1066 Bardstown Road WHEN: June 19, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.For more information, visit blackcomplexlouisville.com.Culture and diversity reporter Jason Gonzalez can be reached at jgonzalez1@gannett.com.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron files to run for governor in 2023

By |2022-05-11T17:45:24-04:00May 11th, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed paperwork Wednesday to launch a run for governor in 2023, ending weeks of speculation that he would join the field of prospective Republican candidates.Cameron filed a statement of spending intent form Wednesday morning with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, indicating such spending would be as a gubernatorial candidate.Two hours after The Courier Journal broke the news of his filing, Cameron made the formal announcement of his candidacy in an email and video — contrasting himself with the current office holder, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear.“I’ve decided to run for governor because Kentucky needs a leader who reflects the values of the men, women and children of all 120 counties,” Cameron said. “That’s not our current governor.”In his video, Cameron said Beshear is "not uniting Kentucky" and touted his own anti-abortion views, saying the state needs a governor "who understand that only faith can keep us strong."The attorney general is now the third Republican constitutional officer to have joined the race for governor, following state Auditor Mike Harmon and Agriculture Commission Ryan Quarles.Derby:Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike bit Churchill Downs' lead pony and got punched for itHarmon joined the race last summer, while Quarles announced his run for the office two weeks ago.Other Republicans who have said they are also considering a run for governor include former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft, state Rep. Savannah Maddox and state Sens. Max Wise and Ralph Alvarado. Also rumored to be considering a run is former Gov. Matt Bevin.Beshear has announced he is running for reelection, already raising more than $2 million for that run. Recent polls have shown his approval rating in Kentucky at nearly 60%. Elected in 2019 as the first Black attorney general in Kentucky history, Cameron is a political protégé of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, previously serving as his general counsel for two years.Cameron grew up in Elizabethtown, where his father owned a local coffee shop and his mother was a professor at the local community college. He received his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Louisville, where he also played on the football team.Background:What to know about Daniel Cameron, the attorney general deciding the Breonna Taylor caseAs attorney general, Cameron's office has faced off against Beshear in court many times with varying success, most often over challenges related to the governor's use of emergency powers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Cameron was also the center of national attention related to the Louisville police killing of Breonna Taylor in 2020. His office investigated her shooting but did not recommend the grand jury indict any of the officers for her death.Cameron and his spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colmon Elridge reacted to Cameron's entry to the race by stating he had a "weak record of protecting Kentucky children, seniors and survivors" and politicizes his office, while Beshear is "one of the most popular governors in the country because he works for Kentuckians."With Cameron's announcement, Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams indicated he would consider running for attorney general next year.This story will be updated.Reach reporter Joe Sonka at jsonka@courierjournal.com and follow him on Twitter at @joesonka. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today at the top of this page.

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