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Build grassroots power: support Organizing Academy, Apprentices

Posted by: Elizabeth Sanders, KFTC Chairperson on April 13, 2017

Our values are being challenged every day – here at home in Kentucky and across the country.

But KFTC members are standing for the Kentucky we know is possible. In the halls of Frankfort and in our communities, we’re resisting with a vision for affordable healthcare, clean energy solutions, fairness and equality, and a healthy democracy.

Already this year, KFTC members have:

  • Lined the halls of the capitol in silent resistance at our Stand for Kentucky event.
  • Called, written to and met with elected leaders by the hundreds.
  • Turned out in big numbers to pressure congressional reps at town hall meetings.
  • Spoken up for our values at rallies, marches and in the media.

We believe in the power of community organizing. We know change doesn’t happen at the ballot box alone; voting is one tool of many. When folks come together around a common vision, we can make changes that benefit all of us. And when elected leaders do things that threaten our vision, we can stand together and resist.

This year KFTC launches the Organizing Academy to train folks in organizing skills and put more organizers on the ground in our communities. We’re also hiring Organizer Apprentices who will work with KFTC staff to learn about and practice community organizing. These strategies will help us build a larger, deeper movement of Kentuckians taking action for justice.

Your donation to KFTC during our spring membership and fundraising campaign will support the Organizing Academy and Apprentices. Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • Become a Sustaining Giver. Your Sustaining Gift will support the work now and into the future – building power for the long haul. 
  • Renew your membership with a one-time gift. Your gift of any size will renew your membership for another year and support the work this year.
  • Join KFTC. If you aren’t yet a member, now is the time to join. Your gift of any size will make you a member.
  • Recruit a friend or family member to join KFTC. As our numbers grow, so does our power.

Now is the time to stand for the Kentucky we know is possible. As our vision statement says, we’re working for a day when all Kentuckians enjoy a better quality of life. When everyone has health care, shelter, food, education, clean water and other basic needs. When discrimination is wiped out of our laws, habits and hearts.

We believe in the power of community organizing to achieve this vision. Your membership makes it possible.

 

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New local jobs! Better health! Just Transition! Here's how.

Posted by: KFTC staff on April 19, 2017

There is a clear path forward for creating thousands of new Kentucky jobs in the energy industry while cutting pollution, lowering electric bills and investing billions of dollars in workers and c

KFTC launches Organizing Academy, Apprentice programs

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 17, 2017

Amid a fast-changing political and organizing landscape across Kentucky and the nation, KFTC is launching the Organizing Academy and Organizer Apprentice programs.

The Organizing Academy, starting in June 2017, will be a multi-track leadership and organizing training program and the foundation of KFTC's expanding leadership development strategy.  

Benham solar represents a much deeper transition plan

Posted by: Lisa Abbott on April 7, 2017

The mountain community of Benham, Kentucky received a healthy dose of national attention recently when the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum announced it has installed solar panels to save thousands of

Kentuckians organize for climate justice

Posted by: Lisa Abbott on April 6, 2017

This is a critical time in the movement to create jobs, protect our health and climate, and advance a just transition for affected workers and communities.

Trump’s climate denials take away opportunities for jobs and better health in Kentucky

Posted by: KFTC staff on March 28, 2017

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Show Up For Fairness in Georgetown

Photo of crowd that helped deliver petition signatures in support of Fairness. Photo from Georgetown Fairness.
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on March 23, 2017

On Monday allies are expecting people to come out in support of Fairness in Georgetown, and are looking for people to come and share

Scott County Residents Ready for Landfill Hearing

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on March 23, 2017

Residents of Scott County have concerns around the existing landfill near Sadieville.

Northern Kentucky Prepares to Rally In Support of Open & Inclusive Communities

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on March 15, 2017

March Madness doesn't apply only to basketball, it seems. We have seen an increase in ICE raids across the country, targeting undocumented persons whose only crime have been a search for a better life. We have seen an increased number of attacks on folks for the mere perception of being Muslim. And we have seen a that many would argue is illegal, immoral, and is a twist on President Trump's campaign promise of a Muslim ban. Our organization has made a commitment to stand against such injustice, and we need you to help us put our words into action.

Kentuckians would lose thousands under House "replacement" health care plan

Posted by: Kentucky Voices for Health on March 10, 2017

HOW DO TAX CREDITS COMPARE BETWEEN ACA AND AHCA?
Check the Map & Take Action Now

An analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation has found that the "American Health Care Act" – the House GOP's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act – would disproportionately cut tax credits used by low-income, older Kentuckians to help them buy health insurance. That would cause many to fall into poverty or lose coverage altogether.

KFTC's statement on immigrants, refugees and Muslims

Posted by: KFTC Executive Committee on March 8, 2017

We the people …

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) has a vision of a Kentucky where “discrimination is wiped out of our laws, habits and hearts.” While discrimination already hurts many members of our communities, the current state legislature and our national government are taking aim at some of our most vulnerable neighbors: immigrants, refugees and religious minorities, especially Muslims. As we always have, KFTC is standing up for the targets of discrimination and working hard toward wiping discrimination out of our laws, habits and hearts. 

We voice our solidarity with immigrants, refugees and religious minorities who are coming under increased attack in this current political climate.

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