The Third Thursday Lunch

A program from the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and the Sowers of Justice Network
FOR is composed of women and men who recognize the essential unity of all creation and have joined together to explore the power of love and truth for resolving human conflict. While it has always been vigorous in its opposition to war, FOR has insisted equally that this effort must be based on a commitment to the achieving of a just and peaceful world community, with full dignity and freedom for every human being. The program Solutions to Violence on WFMP Forward Radio airs all of these programs.

  1. Rescue and Refuge - Voices from the Borderlands

    Bob Kee and Dora Rodriquez come to us from Tucson with their life sustaining work for the migrants on both sides of the Arizona/Mexico border,
    Bob Kee volunteers with the Tucson Samaritans, a group dedicated to the survival of people who make the perilous trek from Mexico to the southern Arizona desert (
    Dora Rodriquez is the director of the Casa de la Esperanza, a hostel in Sasabe, northern Mexico. The Casa is staffed by neighborhood volunteers (all Spanish speakers) who offer hot food, hot showers, fresh clothing, maps and information about where to go for further assistance. (

  2. Dee Pregliasco- Voting Rights Under Attack

    Dee Pregliasco, First Vice-President of the Kentucky League of Women Voters
    Voting rights under attack: The current situation, locally and nationally
    According to the League’s website ( “Many changes have been made in Kentucky’s voting and election process, leaving voters confused and potentially prevented from voting”.
    Well known as a student of the tangled web of voting history in the
    United States, Dee Pregliasco’s presentation ia e a timely reminder
    that the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 8th, is a very
    important date to observe ---for voters in Jefferson County will be casting
    their ballots to determine their next mayor, 3rd district congressman,
    U.S. senator, state legislators, two possible amendments to the Kentucky
    Constitution and local school board races

  3. The Good Trouble Proposal - Tom FitzGerald

    The Good Trouble Proposal — a program to “engage communities and individuals more proactively in getting involved in environmental decision making at a local and state level.”
    Tom FitzGerald, better known as “Fitz,” was Director of the Kentucky Resources Council for 37 years. Since 1984, KRC has worked to protect those who live downhill, downwind, and downstream, and who have suffered the burdens of environmental pollution and injustice. With the support of friends and members, KRC achieved numerous successes in protecting Kentucky’s built and natural environment.
    FitzGerald, who says he’s never charged a client for legal services in his career, also has one final project — a program to “engage communities and individuals more proactively in getting involved in environmental decision making at a local and state level.”
    He tentatively named the “good trouble” proposal — an homage to the late congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis — FitzGerald added: “I'm always looking for good trouble to get into.”

  4. On Ukraine

    Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich
    Answering questions about Ukraine and Russia
    Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. He is also the founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statesmanship, the author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War, The End of American Exceptionalism, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S.Diplomacy.

  5. Hurt to Hope and ultimately, to Healing: How Gun Violence changed My Life

    Rose Smith's son, Cory Crowe, was gunned down in October 2014.
    Across the years since Rose Smith has evolved into a vigorous anti-violence activist and is a leader in the Moms Demand Action movement.In honor of Cory, she has established the ACE Project, A.C.E.= Acting Compassionately Everyday. Working With The Hand You Were Dealt. a community center in west Louisville where she wants other children to find a path more promising than the one which led to her son's death. Rose Smith was joined by Barbara Boyd, a member of the Third Thursday team representing the Sowers of Justice Network. Barbara’s grandson, Austin Goodlett, has recently been grievously wounded and disabled by gunfire.
    Barbara Boyd is a teacher (Rank I) retired from JCPS, a former chair of the KY Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression and the president of the Louisville branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

  6. 2022 Kentucky Assembly with Rep. Pamela Stevenson

    In this current legislative session, Rep. Pamela Stevenson is co-sponsoring bills concerned with civil rights, mental and physical health, veterans’ rights, animal welfare and instruction relating to African and Native American history.

    Beginning her career as a graduate of the Brown School, reaching the rank of colonel during 27 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and earning a doctorate in jurisprudence degree (JD) from Indiana University Representative Stevenson now directs a non-profit firm that specializes in family and elder law. In 2020 she was elected to represent Louisville’s 43rd political district in the General Assembly.