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Posted by: Meta Mendel-Reyes on September 16, 2017

A few days after the KFTC annual meeting, I was in Frankfort to participate in a rally to ask the governor to remove the statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol rotunda. As in Charlottesville, Durham and other Southern communities, many Kentuckians believe that it’s time to remove symbols of slavery and the war to defend it. At the end of the rally, attendees were invited to step forward and identify their organization. As the newly elected chair, I was proud to say that Kentuckians For The Commonwealth was in support.

Georgetown residents plan second local Pride event for October 28

Posted by: KFTC staff on September 16, 2017

Scott County members and allies have continued the push for a fairness ordinance in Georgetown, and hope to build upon the success of the campaign over the past year.

Scott County chapter hosts community conversation on taxes

Posted by: KFTC staff on September 8, 2017

The Scott County chapter hosted a community conversation around tax reform, allowing for members and others to discuss what they envision for Georgetown and Kentucky, and the role of state governme

KFTC members challenged, inspired at annual meeting

Posted by: KFTC staff on September 2, 2017

About 250 members enjoyed KFTC’s Annual Membership Meeting this past weekend, exploring the theme of arts and culture in organizing.

A Day in the Belly of the Beast

Posted by: Jeff and Sharman Chapman-Crane on August 23, 2017

President Trump has stopped a federal study looking at the relationship between strip mining and human health.

Laura Greenfield receives national youth warriors against poverty award

Posted by: KFTC staff on August 22, 2017

Laura Greenfield of Paris, Kentucky has been awarded the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award by the Marguerite Casey Foundation.

Community Backyard Brisket ‘N Badminton in London

Posted by: KFTC staff on August 20, 2017

KFTC hosted a community social event for members, friends and local residents interested in learning more about KFTC at the London office on August 18.

The potluck event, called the Backyard Brisket ‘N Badminton (BBnB), was well attended with a mix of returning members and prospects from Laurel, Pulaski, Whitley and Knox counties.

The Histories Told and Ignored at Cheapside

Posted by: Carly Muetterties on August 16, 2017

To those who believe removal of the statues at Cheapside Park is a destruction of history or an affront on Kentucky’s heritage: 

Happy 36th Anniversary, KFTC!

Posted by: KFTC staff on August 16, 2017

 It was 36 years ago today – August 17, 1981 – that a group of 26 people from 12 counties meeting in Hazard agreed to officially form a new organization: KFTC, then known as the Kentucky Fair Tax Coalition. 

"People, especially in eastern Kentucky, were getting to know each other. All around the region there was a loose network of people who had worked together with each other in various ways over the past 15 years or so. What we didn't have in those days was a structured connection between us. There was a no interlocking of these community-level efforts, until KFTC."  –  Herb E. Smith, Letcher County

According to the book Making History: The First Ten Years of KFTC:

"We just knew that it made sense to work together across county lines because the problems we faced were similar and needed to be addressed on the state or national level," said Gladys Maynard, who was representing the Concerned Citizens of Martin County and became KFTC's first chairperson.

Open House! Berea Office of KFTC Celebrates First Year at Broadway Location

Berea Office of KFTC Celebrates First Year at Broadway Location
Posted by: Matthew Frederick - Madison County Chapter Member on August 7, 2017

The Berea KFTC office recently opened its doors to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its move to the city’s historic Old Town.

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