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Let's shift the political landscape: support Action for Democracy

Posted by: By Meta Mendel-Reyes, KFTC Chairperson on April 19, 2018

I was proud to join other Kentuckians in Frankfort on April 13 with my KFTC sweatshirt on. The huge crowd was what democracy looks like – even if the legislature was unworthy of it.

We all went to Frankfort to let our governor and legislators know that Kentuckians deserve better from our General Assembly.

This was one of the most damaging legislative sessions we’ve seen in years. Our elected leaders:

  • raised taxes on 95 percent of Kentuckians – not to raise new revenue for state investments, but to fund a tax cut for the wealthy and corporations.
  • passed a budget with significant cuts to education (including zero funding for textbooks and other school programs) and most other services across the board.
  • passed House Bill 169, which will increase incarceration of young people of color, and cost an additional $19 million a year that we could invest in community supports for preventing gang violence.

Donate now. Right now, during KFTC’s spring fundraising campaign, we have an exciting opportunity to double the money we raise. A generous member who believes in Action for Democracy will give us $100,000 – if we can first raise $100,000 by June 1. If we meet this match, your gift will double.

Join your local Democracy Team and help build grassroots power. Contact your local organizer or Alicia Hurle at alicia@kftc.org or 502-589-3188.

And they limited access to the capitol building for folks like you and me who have a right – and a responsibility – to talk with our leaders about what’s important to us.

But we also saw unprecedented grassroots energy. And we made our voices heard – through town hall meetings, lobby visits, rallies and thousands of phone calls and email messages.

It mattered that we showed up. KFTC members and our allies worked tirelessly to preserve a bright future for clean energy jobs and businesses by defeating HB 227, a bill that sought to wreck rooftop solar while rewarding monopoly utilities. We also helped stop several other bills that would have tipped the scales toward a dangerous national constitutional convention.

That’s why KFTC members are taking Action for Democracy.Still, Kentucky deserves better. And Kentuckians can do better.

Action for Democracy is action by and for Kentuckians. It’s about building grassroots power by bringing together our issue work and electoral politics. It’s about regular people getting excited about democracy and getting others involved. It’s about voting in better leaders. And it’s about working year-round – not just during an election – to build long-term grassroots power.

We’re registering voters, talking with folks about issues, hosting candidate forums, giving rides to the polls and spotlighting candidates we’re excited about. We’ve formed Democracy Teams across the state, and at least 27 KFTC members are running for office!

So much is at stake in this election year. Folks are hungry for a progressive vision and ready to work for it.

If you believe Kentucky deserves better, I’m inviting you to get involved. The boxes above offer two great ways for you to jump in.

Let’s build the democracy we know is possible. On to May and November!

 

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Anti-rooftop solar bill defeated in final hour of 2018 Kentucky General Assembly

Posted by: Lisa Abbott on April 17, 2018

In one of its final legislatives moves before adjourning on April 14, the Kentucky Senate tabled a vote on House Bill 227, the anti-rooftop solar bill pushed by utilities.

NKU rally for higher education

Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on April 12, 2018

Thursday afternoon hundreds gathered at Northern Kentucky University to speak out for more revenue, and to ask legislators to honor the commitments we have made to students across Kentucky.

The crowd began to gather before noon. Members of the broader community included KFTC, the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers, and the Northern Kentucky Justice and Peace Committe. However, the majority in attendance were students and faculty who were most likely to be impacted by the new state budget. Many came with signs illustrating issues impacting the NKU community. From rising costs of tuition, a tax structure that hurts lower and middle income Kentuckians, and what the impact of further cuts could mean to universities across the state.

Power House Workshops are here!

Posted by: Lisa Abbott on April 11, 2018

In April KFTC members launched the Power House Project, an exciting effort to build New Power in every sense of the word: new economic power, new clean energy power, and new politi

KFTC chapter annual meeting season begins soon

Posted by: Carissa Lenfert on April 10, 2018

Every year KFTC's local chapters hold a chapter annual business meeting. All KFTC members in the chapter are invited and encouraged to participate to elect new local leadership, nominate themselves and others to statewide committees, set local priorties and goals, and make suggestions for KFTC's statewide platform. These meetings are fundamental pieces of KFTC's democratic and grassroots process. We hope to see you at your local chapter annual meeting. Full list below!

Scott County Residents Stop Landfill!

Scott County residents filled the Fiscal Court chambers!
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on April 9, 2018

Since last January Scott County members have been working with others in the community to stop a proposed expansion of the landfill in the north end of the county.

NKY Members Support Immigrant Rights

Two DACA students who shared their stories, and described how the immigration system impacts families
Posted by: Joe Gallenstein on April 8, 2018

Northern Kentucky members of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth showed up to support ongoing work around immigrant rights in northern Kentucky.

A community conversation with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Posted by: KFTC Staff on April 6, 2018

2018 0329 PPCNCMR Benham KY stevepavey (40 of 43)On March 29, nearly a 150 people from across Kentucky and central Appalachia gathered in Harlan County for a community conversation with each other and with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, as part of the national listening tour of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Political powers showed their worst; we work to build the best

Posted by: KFTC staff on April 5, 2018

KFTC works for an open, healthy democracy and a high quality of life for all people. In recent days we witnessed some of the best examples of democratic participation and the worst examples of political manipulation. As legislators passed bills that undermine our democratic values and sense of basic fairness, Kentuckians stood up on the steps of the capitol and across the state to demonstrate the grassroots power at the heart of democracy.

As we move forward in this fight, it’s important that we stand together. We are working for a Kentucky that we haven’t yet achieved, where politicians don’t have the power to divide us. By being part of a movement that is inclusive and builds off the strength that we have when we work together, we can create such a Kentucky.

Steering Committee discusses legislature and organizing in eastern Kentucky

Posted by: KFTC staff on April 4, 2018

The KFTC Steering Committee met in Berea at the end of March to discuss the 2018 General Assembly session and KFTC’s organizing and Just Transition work in eastern Kentucky.

As the meeting was called to order, Steering Committee members revisited key questions that members asked during a leadership summit immediately following the 2016 elections: “what happened, why, and what’s next?” The Steering Committee revisited these same questions as they apply to the 2018 General Assembly session, emphasizing the longer term trajectory that lead to the legislative actions taken at the end of March.

Support healthy communities by supporting SNAP

Posted by: KFTC staff on April 4, 2018

All Kentuckians deserve access to food, shelter, education, and other basic needs.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka SNAP and formerly known as food stamps)is part of the Farm Bill, a piece of legislation reauthorized every five years. The bill also includes agriculture programs such as crop insurance and subsidies and rural development. The Farm Bill needs to be reauthorized by September 30, 2018.

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