ICYMI: Sacred Heart Inauguration trip draws scrutiny, Keep Kroger in Old Louisville rally, and more…

Another gloomy day in Louisville… here’s what you might have missed today.

Sacred Heart alumnae challenge inauguration decision

In light of outcry from some alumnae, Sacred Heart Academy has reframed the message surrounding the decision to send its madrigal singers to President-elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration. The SHA Facebook page frames the trip as “a choral music performance festival and competition at George Mason University,” where the choir will join students from around the country.

The trip has been planned for a year and a half, and the school released a statement saying “participation in this event is not an endorsement of the president-elect, his words or behavior.”

Students can opt out of attending the actual inauguration if they wish.

At least one alumna has started a petition: “An open letter from SHA alums in opposition to Madrigal Choir’s participation in 2017 Inaugural Festivities.”

In the letter, she writes that this is not a political appeal but an ethical appeal. She then goes on to enumerate a lengthy list of what she deemed Trump’s ethical failings (with footnotes). She notes Trump’s mockery of people with disabilities and perpetuation of stereotypes.

“Most important in respect to Sacred Heart being an institution dedicated to the education and empowerment of women, this is a man who denigrates women. He has boasted of sexually assaulting women, stated that allowing married women to work is a bad idea, and deemed women worthy or unworthy based solely on their appearance. These actions and beliefs lie in direct opposition to what Sacred Heart stands for, to the values and beliefs that were instilled in us during our years as SHA students.”

The letter’s author encourages alumnae to sign the petition and add their graduation year.

A cable company by any other name…

Time-Warner. Charter. Now Spectrum.

Time-Warner Charter Communications is rebranding in the Louisville area and other Midwestern markets as Spectrum. What does that mean for you? According to the The Courier-Journal’s Sheldon Shafer, not a heck of a lot.

“Time Warner’s cable television, voice and internet customers will see the Time Warner name disappear from billings, mailings and advertising,” Shafer wrote. Faster internet speeds are coming, but that was already happening before the rebranding.

Spectrum also said the company will offer better customer service. Fingers crossed.

Keep Kroger in Old Louisville rally

Council members Barbra Sexton Smith (D-4) and David James (D-6) are organizing a rally to keep Kroger in Old Louisville; the event is set for Saturday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. Kroger announced last week it was closing the store on Jan. 28 citing the failure to agree on a new lease and financial losses.

On the event Facebook page, Sexton Smith said, “We need to let Kroger know how senior citizens and others will be impacted if this Kroger closes its doors.”

That Kroger location had been open for 37 years. According to spokesman Tim McGurk, the store’s 90 employees will be offered jobs at other Louisville Kroger locations for the same pay and benefits they were receiving.

Ghostlight Project

Speaking of rallies… the theater community of Louisville is joining with theater communities around the country to stage a unity rally on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. outside Actors Theatre’s bank building on Main Street.

According to the event Facebook page, “Inspired by the tradition of leaving a ‘ghost light’ on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.”

There will be a few brief remarks and then participants will share a “moment of light” with cell phone flashlights or analog ones.