Recommended Events for February 2021

Monday the 1st • Poor Peoples Campaign Moral Monday Teach In
Tuesday the 2nd • Kentuckians, Where Do We Go From Here?
Tuesdays Beginning the 2nd • Integral Life and Leadership
Saturday the 6th • COVID Winter Hike at Earth & Spirit Center
Tuesdays Beginning on the 9th • Meditation for Young Activists
Tuesday, February 9th • Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Meeting
Saturday the 13th • Night Hike at Louisville Nature Center
Sunday the 14th • Night Hike at Louisville Nature Center
Tuesday the 16th • Greater Louisville Sierra Club Presents Sam Avery
Mondays starting February, 22nd • Monday ME: Mindful Explorations
Thursday, February 25th • River of Fire: A Conversation with Sr. Helen

March 2021
Saturday, March 13th • REAL presents Local Action for Climate Care

Join Kentuckians for the Commonwealth in
Engaging with the 2021 Kentucky Legislative Session










Monday, February 1, 3:30 pm

Poor Peoples Campaign
Moral Monday Teach In

Offered Online
Regardless of who's in power, we need to take action in support of the agenda of the poor and low-wealth people across this country. Recent events only embolden our resolve to put an end to policies that leave out the poor and to challenge at every turn the narrative that blames poverty on the poor, a narrative with bipartisan support. As we’ve said since launching this Campaign, this is not about right versus left, but about right versus wrong.

Join us on Feb. 1 at 3:30pm to launch Moral Mondays during the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration. *This event will be ASL interpreted and captioned.*

On February 1, the anniversary of the launch of the sit-in movement in Greensboro, NC in 1960, the Poor People’s Campaign will launch a new series of Moral Mondays to push Democrats, Republicans and Independents to pass bold and historic legislation to relieve the suffering of our people.

Please tune in for an important teach-in on the current political moment, a roll-out of the 100-day action plan and for a massive call-in action targeting Schumer and McConnell, demanding immediate action on Covid relief.

 




Tuesday, February 2, 7pm

Kentuckians, Where Do We
Go From Here?

A Virtual Front Porch Sit


We are joining with our friends at @Kentucky for Strong Families to host a virtual front porch gathering to talk about addressing racism. We are poor and working Kentuckians who know that racism has no place in any town in our state. We want to hear from you and let folks share their thoughts about how to talk to our neighbors about race.

This past election year was not like years in the past. Nobody has all the answers. No single person at Southern Crossroads knows everything. There's not one individual on deck to tell us about what this election means for the futures of our towns.

AND! Together, we know a lot. We are southerners. We know our towns. We've been taking action. If we all huddled up together, we will be impressed with how much we know as a group.

So that's what we are doing! Huddling together on the "virtual" front porch, to share what we're seeing. To share what we know. And to share our thoughts about building thriving communities across the south.

At times like these, there's nowhere else we'd rather be than with our southern neighbors. We've dug deep this year. Let's figure out what all this means for our towns on a call together. We are #Rednecks4BlackLives and we #Fight4TheSouth.

We fight for democracy in the hollers and out in the sticks. Our work, come whatever may, is to win the things we all need to live the good life, whether white, Black, or Brown. That means we need to map out, together, where we want to go from here.

Register for the online zoom call, and come sit a bit with your neighbors.
If you have any questions about joining the zoom, or if you have any accessibility needs you would like to discuss to be able to fully participate in the meeting, please email info@fight4thesouth.org

Register for the call here: https://bit.ly/35mxNMk



Four Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23, 12 - 1:30 pm

Integral Life and Leadership:
Cultivating a Path to Personal and Social Transformation

Offered online by Interfaith Paths to Peace
This four-week course on Integral Life and Leadership offers a multi-dimensional perspective on how integrative frameworks and practices can enhance the evolution of consciousness, relationships and leadership in social transformation. This course combines the Eastern disciplines for cultivating higher states of consciousness with the Western psychological insights for cultivating higher stages of consciousness.

Employing the work of Ken Wilber, it offers a comprehensive framework for understanding ourselves and the world. Participants will learn the integral vision and frameworks and then apply them to developing their own integral life practice plan, romantic relationship, and leadership capacity for social change.

Schedule - Noon
Feb 2 - The Integral Vision: Overview of Integral Frameworks and Integral Life Practice
Feb 9 - Integral Romantic Relationships: Maps For Cultivating Transformative Partnerships
Feb 16 - Integral Politics and Economics: What is the Evolutionary Iteration?
Feb 23 - Integral City: Cultivating The Beloved Community

Offered free. Details available here.








Saturday, February 6, 3 - 4 pm

COVID Winter Hike

at Earth & Spirit Center

Join us for a socially distanced nature hike to explore what hidden things are happening in nature even in winter. Staff Naturalist, Tim Darst, will lead a hike through the woods and wetlands in our nature preserve on the 27-acre Earth & Spirit Center campus, encountering the various organisms that live there. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing and be prepared to walk for 30-45 minutes. This event will also include a fire-side discussion about the many things that were encountered. Details here.




Tuesdays Beginning
February 9, 12 - 1 pm

Meditation for Young Activists

Hosted by the Earth and Spirit Center via Zoom
When your community is struggling with the pain and grief of systemic injustice, the climate crisis and the pandemic, how do you handle it personally? How do you deal on an emotional level with the burden you feel after you leave the protest? Join this four-week Zoom course for 18-35 year-olds, and learn how to use the practice of mindfulness to meet the crises we’re all facing right now.

“Without inner change there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

This four-week course offers space for self-identified activists aged 18-35 to pause, think and talk about our interconnected crises with a like-minded community, all while establishing or strengthening a mindfulness meditation practice. Whether you’re a frontline worker, student, organizer, social worker, teacher, farmer, or just someone trying to figure it all out, together we will explore lessons, practices and discussions centered on cultivating collective liberation through engaged spirituality. Beginning and experienced meditators alike are welcome, as this course introduces mindfulness through the unique lens of a collective and justice-oriented practice.

Week 1: Introduction to Mindfulness: Meditation as a Radical Act
Week 2: Rewilding the Heart: Awakening Compassion
Week 3: True Peace Work: Social Justice as a Spiritual Act
Week 4: Embodying Our Ecological Self: Acting on Behalf of Life on Earth

Details and registration here.





Tuesday, February, 9
7 - 8:30 pm

Louisville Showing Up for
Racial Justice Meeting

Offered Online
LSURJ is ending the year with a new and improved approach to our monthly meeting! Please make note of the new time and structure. Don’t forget – it’s a great time to invite a friend, family member or co-worker.

7:00-7:30 | Welcome for new folks--join us before the meeting if you want to learn more about LSURJ.

7:30-8:30 | Meeting, all are welcome! Let's end white silence. Topics this month include Justice for Breonna, Ending Cash Bail, fights over Defunding the Police and Investing in Our Community.

Feel free to join at either 7:00 or 7:30. To request ASL interpretation please email louisvillesurj@gmail.com.

Register at bit.ly/LSURJmeeting
 





Saturday, February 13, 7 - 8 pm
and
Sunday, February 14, 7 - 8 pm

Night Hike

Louisville Nature Center
Join us for a guided hike through the forest after dark.

For safety, this event will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants. Masks required for all in attendance.


Located in the center of Louisville and adjacent to the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, the LNC offers nature and sustainability education, as well as an urban wilderness experience. The unique urban forest includes two miles of hiking trails through the 41 acre Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, and 30 acres of surrounding forest.

The Nature Center and Preserve are located on an upland and floodplain forest that has over 180 species of trees, shrubs and flowering plants. It is also home to over 150 species of resident and migratory birds and other animals. The grounds include a Nature Play Area, a Bird Blind, a Rain Garden and a Sensory Garden that are home to butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects, and the center itself, which houses a few reptiles and amphibians, as well as other native wildlife specimens.









Tuesday, February 16, 7 pm

Greater Louisville Sierra Club
Presents Sam Avery

Hosted online.
Please join us as we welcome author and climate activist Sam Avery. Sam will discuss his new book, The Carbon Boycott: A Path to Freedom from Fossil Fuels. We will meet via Zoom. Click this link to register: https://tinyurl.com/carbonboycott

The Carbon Boycott makes the case that the science is clear: by the mid-20th century human beings must stop burning coal, oil and natural gas. Reducing carbon emissions is not enough--they must be eliminated. Each individual "doing their part" is only a start. We heat our homes, light our rooms, power our cars, prepare our food, and produce and distribute consumer goods with the help of fossil fuels. A practical and visionary re-imagining of the future is needed. Calling for a technical and spiritual ground-shift, this book proposes carbon boycotts as collective action, with groups and communities changing what products they consume and seeking new ways to work, live and play to steer aggregate demand towards solar, wind, geothermal and renewable energy alternatives.

Samuel Avery lives with his wife on a small wooded farm on the banks of the Nolin River in central Kentucky.  He spends his time gardening, building, writing, and operating a small solar installation company. Sam has been active for many years in a number of organizations and causes, including, recently, efforts to stop pipeline construction in Bernheim Forest and REAL (Reversible Energy Alliance of Louisville). “On the farm,” he says, “We have to find reliable sources of water, food, warmth, and energy.  We see where our lives come from.”

We hope you’ll join us for this important presentation.







Mondays starting
February, 22, 7 - 9 pm

Monday ME: Mindful Explorations

Offered online by Cory at
Heart Communications
Monday ME: Mindful Explorations invite us into weekly adventures, journeys in which we dive, or gently step (you get to decide which!), into ourselves in order to rediscover those forgotten, lost, and cut-off parts of ourselves.

Each week we’ll engage our curiosity by using practices of compassionate communication, somatic awareness, and creativity to challenge ourselves to play or to plunge, and see what we discover when we do!

Monday ME: Mindful Explorations are scheduled for 12 Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm ET via Zoom from February 22 until May 24. There are 12 sessions and 2 off weeks during this time. Every week focuses on a specific theme as listed below.
February 22's theme is Feeling the Feelings.

Each session includes:
- a meditation inspired by a message from my Cards for Remembering deck
- a compassionate communication-based teaching and practice OR
- a creative practice (that doesn’t require fancy art supplies) OR
- a combination of the two!
- time for sharing with each other in large and/or small groups
- an intentional closing, AND
- exercises to continue the exploration on your own

You can sign up for one, a few, or all sessions. One February 22, March 1, or March 8, sign up for a single "try-out" session for a reduced rate!

For list of all weekly themes, pricing, and to register for one, a few, or all 12 sessions, visit https://www.corylockhart.com/monday-me-mindful-explorations










Thursday, February 25, 7 - 8:30 pm

River of Fire:
A Conversation with Sr. Helen
A Virtual Event for Women

Hosted online by Spirit of Sophia
Spirit of Sophia invites you to join us for a conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean,csj as she shares with us her compelling discovery of white privilege and the beginning of her call to help others awaken to our universal call to social justice. Helen’s new memoir, River of Fire: On Becoming an Activist, was published in August of 2020.

Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, is a born story-teller and we are honored to have her speak about parts of her faith journey as it relates to social justice and activism.

Cost $35. Details and registration available here.


Engage with 2021 Kentucky Legislative Session
Alongside Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Visit KFTC's online Bill Tacker kftc.org/bill-tracker to learn about the bills KFTC is supporting, opposing, and tracking and stay up-to-date as we organize during the 2021 General Assembly.

KFTC's Priority Legislation

House Bill 21, or Breonna's Law, would expand Louisville's recent ban on no-knock search warrants statewide and make sure judges determine whether violent entry to serve a warrant is necessary.

Watch the recent Facebook Live conversation about Breonna's Law with Hood to the Holler founder Charles Booker and HB 21's primary bill sponsor, State Representative Attica Scott. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=217554096760099

House Bill 232, or the Voting Rights, bill would automatically restore voting rights to almost all people who have a felony in their past upon completion of their prison sentence, probation, etc.

Thanks to KFTC for providing these tools that help us stay connected and engaged with Kentucky's legislative process.


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