4th Annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy

The cold and chilly weather brought by hurricanes ceased in Louisville the 4th annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy block party. The energy of friends, neighbors, vendors, and performers were only rivaled by the clear, bright sky. Taking place at the Jefferson County Chapter headquarters of 745 Lampton Street, the block party proved to be another success.

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Louisville has experienced many ups and downs of the current political climate in the nation. Widespread violent crime, threats to undocumented immigrants, continued environmental injustices, and many other issues are evidence of the uphill battle that is present. Yet, hundreds gathered in Smoketown to celebrate gains in affordable housing, community revitalization, and unified organizing efforts across various issues. The Smoketown neighborhood is no different in its successes – it has maintained a strong momentum toward creating a neighborhood where all residents thrive.

Louisville resident, Cassia Herron who has attended the event in the past said, “I had been looking forward to attending as a stress-free, family-friendly, bike-able event for me and the kids. I love live music and I love to dance so the event was like a free mental health care session for me! Dancing can be liberating and a great way to relieve stress. I also like the event because it's a chance to catch up with people whom I otherwise would not get to see, but know from other work. I appreciated getting to catch up with the Smoketown Family Wellness Center folks and the picture booth is always fun!”

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A key piece of ensuring that residents continue thriving in Smoketown was the newly announced Smoketown Boys & Girls Club on Jacob & Finzer streets. The Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana and the Community Foundation of Louisville in partnership with The Wheelhouse Project announced plans of development at the block party.

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The exciting announcement came on the heels of breathtaking performances by local musical artists and young dancers that are taking the arts community by storm. And in true fashion, the Jefferson County Chapter of KFTC stayed on the course of furthering the mission for democracy: 11 were registered as new or renewing KFTC members, 10 people updated voter registrations and 5 people were registered to vote for the first time.

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The 4th annual Smoketown GetDown for Democracy was successfully carried out in a spirit of fun collaboration with community partners, and we all look forward to getting down together next year.

See more photos from the GetDown

https://www.flickr.com/gp/kftcphotos/0J28r3

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm7KUuSL

Check out the StoriFy made about the GetDown

https://storify.com/kentuckiansftc/2017-smoketown-getdown


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