Posts Tagged ‘women’

AttitudeTune-up? Life Coach from Louisville Offers the Tools

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Lies and deception are perfect themes for lyricists, soap operas, and page-turning novels. And, the lies we tell ourselves — the reasons why and how we can stop — line the self-help sections of bookstores everywhere.

This weekend’s guest on “Connections with Renee Shaw” says her small monograph on introspection is a must-read. Judging by her own sojourn (she abandoned a six-figure salary as a top executive to become a life coach and entrepreneur) she might know a thing a two about finding your life’s groove.

Louisvillian Cathy Holloway Hill is an author, speaker, and radio talk show host who has written books on our emotional plagues. Her first book “Emotional Bailout,” taught us how to find own our identities; control our destinies with our words, thoughts, and deeds; and how to start positive habits and stick to them. It was released in 2009 as the global and national economy began to shrivel and many were forced to re-invent themselves.

Her sophomore manual delivers a deeper dive into our psyches, and confronts the self-lies we convince ourselves is truth. “Lies, Love and Life: How to Uncover and Discover the Real You” is like a 12-step program for pulling oneself out of the ditch of dead-end jobs and trifling relationships to a higher ground of self-fulfillment and positive affirmations.

There’s more to it that I’ll leave you to discover in our interview on Sunday at 1:30pm ET on KET. Here’s a little of what you’ll see when you tune in.

Louisville Native Helps Organize and Rock the Vote

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Women Rock. And, they’re rocking the vote from the ground game strategy to the ballot box.

The 2012 election produced historic, ceiling-breaking victories for women serving in the nation’s capital. According to Rutger’s Center for American Women and Politics, a record-breaking 20 women will serve in the U.S. Senate (16 Democrats and 4 Republicans) and 78 in the U.S. House (58 democrats and 20 Republicans).

In 2013,  some 1,770 women will occupy seats in state legislatures across the country. And while those numbers may sound impressive, some states, including Kentucky, suffer a steep gender gap in electoral politics.

In Kentucky, we all know not a single woman is among our federal delegation. When it comes to the state legislature, 7 women (including the recent special election victory of former state Representative Sara Beth Gregory) in the 38-member state Senate and 20 women in the 100-member state House will descend on Frankfort in about 10 days to do the people’s business. The Center for American Women and Politics ranks Kentucky 38th among state legislatures for the proportion of women to men.

There’s a growing list of organizations and individuals determined to have more women take the oath of office in Kentucky, and more women are also working behind the scenes of political campaigns. The latter applies to Keidra King, a Louisville native who was inspired to wade into Democratic political strategy after working as a community organizer in Cincinnati in 2001 while a student at Northern Kentucky University.

Since that time, King has worked on Capitol Hill in the office of Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville; she was a field director for the Obama for America campaign in 2008; and was the state director in Kentucky for President Obama’s second-term campaign. Moreover, she can add election victories in Ohio and South Carolina to her street creds.

Keidra now works for Louisville Metro City Council and was recently named Kentucky state coordinator for the Presidential Inaugural committee.

This weekend on Connections, I talk with Keidra about working the ground game and GOTV efforts, the unpopularity of President Obama in Kentucky and how women and minorities are faring in electoral politics and policy decisions.

Tune in today at 5pm on KET 2 and Sunday at 1:30pm on KET to watch our entire conversation.

Legislators, Advocates Seek to End “Modern Day Slavery”

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The growing crime of children being enslaved for labor and sexual exploitation is prompting attempts to increase the penalties for human trafficking in Kentucky. It was announced mid-week in the Capitol rotunda that Paris Democrat Sannie Overly would introduce House Bill 350 to put an end to trafficking of children by increasing penalties and prison sentences. Under the proposal, sexual exploitation of minors would be upgraded from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C felony; and fines would spike form $500 to $10,000. Seizure and asset forfeitures provisions would be added to human trafficking offenses, much like what’s done in drug offenses, Overly explained.

“It provides a mechanism to make victims whole when they are forced to labor without wages or are the victim of wage theft. Those additional fines and penalties, those seizures of assets will go into a fund that will help law enforcement, prosecutors, and victims’ rights groups provide services to victims of human trafficking,” says Overly.

Marissa Castellanos, program manager of the Kentucky Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking project with Catholic Charities of Louisville, says there are 67 documented cases of the crime over the last four years in Kentucky, with 135 victims (some from other states) receiving services. Her group has helped those victims with housing, therapy, and medical care.

According to Castellanos, just over half the victims trafficked in Kentucky were trafficked for sex, which includes repeated rape and other abuses and often leads to commercial sexual activities such as prostitution, pornography, stripping and other types of sexual slavery. Castellanos spoke of young children and teenagers swapped as sex slaves, one child as young as six. Sexual exploitation is half the problem, the other half is women, immigrants, and children being forced to work for meager or no wages at all.

The Chief Deputy Attorney General for Kentucky, Patrick Hughes, relayed the importance of fighting human trafficking in the AG’s office and how the legislation empowers the office to do more. He spoke of the growing incidence of criminals scouring the internet to trade children as property.

“Like legitimate businesses that have embraced technology and the Internet to sell their products, unfortunately, so have these horrendous criminals, particularly to use children for sex crimes, pornography, and labor, and they profit from that,” Hughes said.

House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley of Hopkinsville co-sponsors House Bill 350, which will likely be considered by Tilley’s committee. The effort has drawn 45 co-sponsors from both sides of the political aisle.

On Connections with Renee Shaw later this month, I will sit down with advocates and bi-partisan duo of legislators to discuss sexual assault and human trafficking issues.

In March, Georgetown College is hosting the first conference on human trafficking in Kentucky. The conference, March 22 to 24, will raise awareness and deliver advocacy methods.

Learn more about human trafficking and House Bill 350 from the February 1st edition of Legislative Update and watch for my program on the issue Friday, Feb 24, at 5 pm on KET2 and Sunday, Feb 26, at 1:30 pm on KET.

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