Women’s Caucus will meet on Thursday, December 1

November 29, 2022

Louisville – The Louisville Metro Council Women’s Caucus will meet on Thursday, December 1, at 2:00 p.m. The in-person meeting will be held in Metro Council Chambers, Historic City Hall, 601 West Jefferson Street.

The topic for discussion is The Link. People who hurt animals don’t stop with animals. There is an established link between cruelty to animals and domestic violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse – regularly referred to as “The Link.” Councilwoman Paula McCraney (D7), Co-Chairwoman of the Women’s Caucus, helped to write and sponsor the first Link law in Kentucky, and the first one in the United States to mandate Link training to law enforcement.

“Abuse of any living being is unacceptable and endangers everyone,” said Councilwoman McCraney. “Therefore, it is important to me to spread the word about The Link, because recognizing that cruelty to animals is a significant form of aggressive and antisocial behavior may help further the understanding and prevention of violence.”

During the meeting, a short documentary film called, The Link, will be shown. The documentary premiered in Louisville on November 5, 2022. It features the horrific death of Kyon Higgins, Jr. (KJ), the 10-year-old boy whose mother shot and killed him, then placed his body in the trunk of her car in April 2021. Neighbors believed KJ’s mother had previously abused her son and their two dogs. Records show KJ’s mother had received at least three citations for dog neglect and filed for a domestic violence protection order against a man in 2014. Had KJ’s neighbors reported that they thought abuse was occurring in the home, because they had witnessed how she abused the family dog(s), KJ may be alive today.

“The creation of the LMPD Division of Animal Cruelty Enforcement is a compelling investigative approach that will send a strong message that crimes against animals and people are taken seriously,” said Sgt. Lisa Nagle, LMPD.

The Arrow Fund and the Kentucky Link Coalition corroborated with Udi Zaken of California, a film producer, to produce and direct The Link documentary. Zaken is a master’s degree student in Documentary Film Making at New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds from the film go to the Center for Women and Families.

Under KRS 61.826, some members will be video conferencing using WebEx. The meeting will be streamed on the Louisville Metro Council Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LouisvilleMetroCouncil.

The meeting is free and open to the public. The public may enter City Hall using the Sixth Street entrance.  Anyone needing assistance may enter City Hall from the Jefferson Street entrance. 

The Caucus Agenda is as follows.

Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions
    • Councilwoman Paula McCraney, Co-Chair, Women’s Caucus
  2. “The Link” Film Screening
  3. Discussion: “The Link”
    • Joye Keeley, The Kentucky Link Coalition
    • Sgt. Lisa Nagle, LMPD First Division Squad Two
    • Thom Ham, The Arrow Fund
  4. Closing Remarks
    • Councilwoman McCraney
  5. Announcements
    • Cassie Chambers Armstrong Co-Chair, Women’s Caucus

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